Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval Test

first_imgJames Anderson was involved in a heated exchange with umpire Kumar Dharmasena and India captain Virat Kohli on Day 2 of the fifth Test at The Oval.The incident took place after Dharmasena gave Kohli not out after an appeal for leg-before by the English team off Anderson’s bowling during India’s first innings.In the 29th over, Anderson hit Kohli on his pads and immediately appealed for a wicket. But Dharmasena declined the appeal after which the decision was reviewed. While the replays showed that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps, Kohli was saved by the fact that review turned out to be umpire’s call as the ball hit Kohli just outside the line of off stump.England vs India, Day 2, The Oval Test: Live UpdatesHere’s a recap of the appeal and review:28.3 overs: J. ANDERSON TO V. KOHLINot Out! Kohli hangs on to his life and so frustrating for Anderson. He has bowled 254 balls to Kohli as of now and he is yet to get the Indian skipper out in this series. This one looked out though. Anderson bowled a full ball coming in with the swing after pitching. Kohli plays all over it and fails to connect. The English team cries out in an appeal but the umpire, after a lot of thinking, declines the request. Jimmy is convinced and so is his captain. They take the review. The replays roll in. The impact is umpire’s call and that is what saved him else it would have been curtains for Kohli. England does not lose their review but Anderson has a go at the umpire for no reason. He desperately wants to get one up on Kohli for sure. The match referee might request his presence soon!advertisement Anderson was frustrated with Dharmasena’s decision and that led to a exchange of words between the umpire and the bowler and later between Anderson and Kohli.READ – KL Rahul’s diving catch helps him set new fielding record in EnglandAnderson, who dismissed Kohli four times during India’s tour of England in 2014, is yet to dismiss the India captain in the series. Something which could have led to the unruly behaviour on the part of Anderson.Including the delivery on which the appeal was made, Anderson had bowled 254 deliveries to Kohli in the series without dismissing him even once.Meanwhile, Kohli who scored a mere 134 runs in the 10 innings in the 2014, has improved his record in the country drastically.In the four matches of the ongoing series ahead of The Oval Test, Kohli had scored 544 runs at an average of 68.Anderson, however, took two wickets immediately after failing to dismiss the India captain. He removed Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya in the space of two overs. Anderson is now heading the list of bowlers with most wickets against India in Test cricket. He went past Muttiah Muralitharan (105 wickets) after picking Pujara’s wicket.At the time of publishing this article, India were 109/4, 223 runs behind England’s 1st innings total of 332.last_img read more