As a confident Team India lock horns with England, former international cricketer Aakash Chopra has named one English bowler, Indian batsmen should be wary of. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & Co play four Tests followed by five T20Is and three ODIs in the ongoing tour which promises to be exciting.
Indian batters will be high on confidence after their heroics Down Under but Chopra has some warning signs for the hosts. Aakash Chopra warned Virat Kohli & Co against veteran England pacer James Anderson, stating the hosts shouldn’t take him ‘lightly’.
Indian batters need to be wary of James Anderson – Aakash Chopra
Anderson, who is the highest wicket-taking pacer in Test cricket history with 606 scalps to his name, will be coming into the series after having a terrific outing in Sri Lanka. He claimed a six-wicket haul in the first innings of the second Test. Aakash Chopra said although James Anderson is not fast enough but he still has the ability to scalp wickets.
“The Indian batsmen should not take James Anderson lightly. He may not have the pace and penetration that he used to have in 2012 but he has the ability and the brains to take wickets. The Indian batsmen will have to watch the seam closely and commit themselves on the front foot,” said Chopra in his YouTube channel.
Incidentally, James Anderson has 110 wickets from 26 Test matches against India at an average of 25.98. Aakash Chopra further suggested that the Indian bowlers need to step out against Anderson so that the pacer is forced to cut short his length.
“You will have to believe that all balls will be pitched up where you will have to come on the front foot. He will not let the batsmen leave the balls in these conditions and make them play. I will say that you should stand outside the crease when James Anderson bowls so that you force him to bowl short because he does not have the pace to push you back by bowling bouncers,” said Aakash Chopra.