James Anderson questions Virat Kohli’s ability, BCCI President Anurag Thakur hits back

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New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2016 1:03:35 PM

A controversy has erupted after England fast bowler England fast bowler James Anderson took a slight dig at Virat Kohli.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Monday hit back saying, " Khisiyaani billi khamba nochey."(which roughly means a cat not able to catch mice will scratch the pillar in frustration). (Reuters Photo)BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Monday hit back saying, ” Khisiyaani billi khamba nochey.”(which roughly means a cat not able to catch mice will scratch the pillar in frustration). (Reuters Photo)

A controversy has erupted after England fast bowler England fast bowler James Anderson took a slight dig at Virat Kohli saying that if Indian captain’s technical glitches if any aren’t visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lacks pace and movement. BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Monday hit back saying, ” Khisiyaani billi khamba nochey.“(which roughly means a cat not able to catch mice will scratch the pillar in frustration). Virat Kohli’s coach Rajkumar Sharma slammed Anderson for his remark. “Virat proved everything to the world, it shows their frustration,” Yadav said. Notably, there was on-field spat between ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Anderson over the remark. However, the fire was doused by none other than skipper Kohli. Later during the interaction with media, Kohli sought to play down the issue. “Ashwin was disappointed with something James said, later I told James that its fine and that these things keep happening,” Kohli said, adding that “for the first time I was trying to calm things down.”

Anderson had made Kohli his bunny back in 2014 during the series in England where the batsman was repeatedly nicking away going deliveries outside the off-stump. With nearly 700 runs in this series, Kohli has punished England the most.

Asked what has changed in Kohli’s technique, the seasoned Anderson’s answer wasn’t a charitable one. “I am not sure if he (Kohli) has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England ? with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches. “When that (pace and movement) is not there, he (Kohli) is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin ? and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” Anderson did not hide what he felt about Kohli’s technique on a day when the skipper scored a career-best 235.

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