Ahead of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, Team India skipper Virat Kohli was full praise for veteran England pacer James Anderson, labelling him a world-class bowler. Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times in Test cricket but is yet to take his wicket in the ongoing four-match series.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Kohli opined on his battles with Anderson. There was a time when Virat Kohli was considered James Anderson’s bunny in the longest format of the game. He, however, failed to dismiss Kohli even once in the 2016 and 2018 series between the two sides.

“I think James Anderson is a world-class bowler. I probably would have thought way too much into how to handle him in England in 2014. I think from then onwards, I would have treated every bowler as someone who’s running with the ball, and I just need to play the ball, not the bowler,” said Kohli.

After dismissing Virat Kohli for the first time in 2012, James Anderson has not dismissed the 32-year-old since India’s tour of England in 2014. During that series, Anderson got the better of Virat on four occasions. He ended that series without a 50+ score.

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Kohli, while admitting that the pair share a lot of mutual respect for each other, pointed out that many other batsmen had lost their wickets to a particular bowler more than five times.

“Having said that, he’s gotten quite close to dismissing me a few times since then as well. In the last tour of England, a couple of catches were dropped. Even in the last game, a catch was dropped, so I could have been out a couple of more times to him. But that doesn’t make anyone a bunny,” he stated.

“Again, these are conversations that are quite one-sided. I’ve seen batters who are dismissed by other bowlers way too much. But it just becomes a conversation people have when they plot me and Jimmy against each other. We obviously have a lot of respect for each other,” he added.

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