Indian Cricket News: Former Indian great calls James Anderson ‘childish’ in the run up to the test series

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  • James Anderson comments regarding Virat Kohli made the headlines in all the leading sports publications across the world
  • Anderson said Kohli was ‘lying’ if he said that he didn’t care about scoring runs in England
  • Former Indian spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has called Anderson ‘Childish’ while referring to the verbal spat that has been started

India will begin their reduced 3-day practice test match against Essex today in order to get fully prepared for the 5-test match series against England starting August 1st. Prior to the run-up to the test series, both camps have already started exchanging verbal volleys with veteran fast-bowler James Anderson leading the charge from the English side.

Anderson’s comments blown out of proportion?

In latest cricket news live, James Anderson regained the top spot in the ICC Test bowling rankings but it was for all the wrong reasons why the 35-year-old was in the news this week. While speaking to PTI during the ODI series, Anderson had made comments replying to Virat Kohli’s press conference, where the Indian captain had said that his runs didn’t matter as long as the team achieved success and he wasn’t worried about his form.

Anderson had spoken in reply to Kohli’s comments, he said, “It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there. For India to win here, of course, it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world.”

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan not pleased with Anderson’s ahead of the all-important test series

Over the past 24 hours, Anderson’s comments have attracted a lot of traction with even former players getting embroiled in the growing spat. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who has an accomplished former Indian spinner referred to Anderson as ‘childish’ for his comments on Indian captain Virat Kohli.

“This is a typical style of attacking the captain and trying to disintegrate his mind. Once you attack the captain the entire team stands to suffer. It’s also an Australian tactic. If the captain stands tall, this criticism don’t matter,” said Sivaramakrishnan, while speaking to TOI.

As per the former Indian great, this is the sort of tactic that was used by the Australian teams before an important tour, but ever since the IPL even the most hostile Aussie players have toned down their aggression. “Before IPL started, the Australians used such tactics to unsettle the leader of the team. India coach Ravi Shastri would know how to handle this. Ravi is a master of handling the mental side of the game,” he further added.

There was one aspect in which Sivaramakrishnan agreed with Anderson, however in a much toned down version. Anderson had said that Kohli was ‘lying’ when he said that his own form didn’t matter as long as the team wins. The former Indian international said”Which batsmen doesn’t want to get runs? More so in Test match cricket. Even Anderson, as a tail-ender, would try to score runs for his team. As captain, Kohli would try and do the same by scoring runs. But more than his runs, his team would be his top-most priority. Therefore, his comments on Kohli are nothing but childish.”

After the 3-day practice match against Essex in Chelmsford, the Indian team will travel to Birmingham for the 1st test match. The visitors are coming into the test series after a losing the ODI series 2-1, after leading the series 1-0 after the first match in Nottingham.

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