Anderson: Kohli lying if he says he is not concerned about scoring runs

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James Anderson: “It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there”

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England pace bowler James Anderson has taken a shot at Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian skipper is lying if he claims not to care about the number of runs he scores during the upcoming five-Test series.

On July 2, Kohli revealed that he had set himself no particular targets during the tour of England and insisted that his main aim is to lead his side to victory.

“It doesn’t matter whether I get runs or don’t get runs, what I want is the team to play well and the team to win,” Kohli had said.

However, Anderson voiced his skepticism towards Kohli’s comments.

“It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there,” Anderson told PTI as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world.”

During India’s tour of England in 2014, Anderson dismissed Kohli four times in 10 innings, which raised questions about the Indian captain’s technique.

However, Anderson admitted that he expects Kohli to have rectified those problems.

“I am sure he is practising hard at certain aspects of his game and that will make the battle between him and not just myself, but him and the rest of our bowlers, a really exciting one,” he said.

The five-Test series between England and India gets underway on August 1 at Edgbaston.

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