James Anderson Said That he is not Going to Retire yet
The national teams of England and India held a long series of seven matches, including all game variations: the teams played one test match, three in the ODI format, and three in the T20 format. One of the main face-to-face confrontations was the battle between two veterans of their national teams: James Anderson said that he was not going to retire yet, as he still wanted to play with Virat Kohli.
“No, I’m not thinking about ending my professional career yet. My experience helps me, and I get real pleasure from the game. I would like to play with Virat Kohli again someday – he is an incredible player, the confrontation with whom brings me special emotions,” James Anderson said.
The confrontation between Anderson and Kohli began in 2014
Recall that the confrontation between Anderson and Kohli started in 2014, during India’s tour of England. In the future, James and Virat crossed paths on the field in 2016, 2018, and 2021.
Some experts noted that the test match between the England and India national teams, which took place in early July 2022, would be the last for James Anderson as part of the national team in the framework of the confrontations with India. Still, James’ statements mean that Anderson plans to play tests with the India national team in 2024.
The career of an English player cannot last forever
Earlier, Zaheer Khan noted that he was watching the face-to-face battle of James Anderson and Virat Kohli with great pleasure. However, the expert correctly pointed out that the career of an English player cannot last forever — Khan urged us to appreciate every match in which these great players participate.
“The more I watch the confrontation between Anderson and Kohli, the more I like it. James does not play matches regularly, and sometime in the future, the Englishman will end his international career. This moment is probably very close, so we must appreciate every match. Next time India and England will not meet soon, and we cannot say that James will definitely play,” Zaheer said.
Virat Kohli cannot return to the previous level in any way
Everyone notes that James Anderson’s career is nearing its end. Still, few people seriously focus their attention on the fact that Virat Kohli also passed the peak of his career a long time ago: now, one of the leading players of the India national team under the leadership of Rahul Dravid is experiencing a severe decline: Virat Kohli cannot return to the previous level in any way, and this is primarily because Kohli has serious emotional problems.
Virat himself assures that he can still regain his former form, and Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the India national team, expresses full confidence in Virat, but some experts no longer believe in the Indian player’s comeback to the highest level.
Note that the England national team is currently holding an ODI series with South Africa. Then the British will have to spend three more T20 battles with the South Africa national team.
And the India national team will have to hold an ODI series against the West Indies. And after the ODI series, the India national team will play 5 T20 matches with the same opponent.