The 1st Test between India and England was a massive encounter, though majority of the part was played by rain. India were brilliant in every aspect in whatever opportunity they got, starting with the bowling, fielding and even the batting.
But among all these pleasant events, what still seems to be bothering Team India especially in Test Cricket is skipper Virat Kohli’s form. The right-handed explosive batsman, barring that 72 he scored against England when they toured India earlier this year, is yet to even reach a 30. This dismal performance of his has been for the past almost 2 years now. The last time Virat had scored a century was way back in October 2019.
In this 1st Test match as well, Virat continued his poor form. British pacer James Anderson dismissed skipper Virat Kohli for a Golden Duck, thus dashing the hopes of his fans of seeing him rip apart opposition bowlers like he used to. The first round of battle between veteran pacer James Anderson and Indian modern-day legend Virat Kohli was won by the former as he dismissed the latter for a golden duck. It was indeed the story of the Tent Bridge Test match which ended in a draw on the fifth day with rain playing spoilsport.
Cricketer-turned-expert David Lloyd was impressed with the way Anderson bowled that delivery to Kohli, who just couldn’t find any answers to tackle the ball. It was an absolute peach of the ball by the Swing King that pitched in the corridor of uncertainty and did enough to induce an edge from the batter. The rivalry between two legendary cricketers was one of the talking points of the five-match Test series due to their history.
“What a moment of theatre when Jimmy Anderson got Virat Kohli first ball. The India captain’s entrance was like a gladiator’s but the old warhorse produced the ball of the game. The elation and emotion of Anderson contrasted with the despair of Kohli, who stood there motionless but had to go. A great piece of Test cricket and one not to miss,” Lloyd wrote in The Daily Mail. However, fans and experts could not see the contest between Anderson and Kohli at least in the first Test match at Trent Bridge due to the former outclassing the latter in his very first delivery. Lloyd enjoyed the battle between the two players and dubbed it as ‘warhorse’ Anderson getting the wood over ‘gladiator’ Kohli.