James Anderson is the most Test wickets fast bowler in the history of cricket. Also James Anderson has won two Man-of-the-Series awards against India at home and also has a Player-of-the-Match award in India, in the Nagpur Test in 2012.
MS Dhoni said James Anderson was the difference between the two sides after England won the series 2-1.
James Anderson also has a history of getting into verbal with India’s players and the tension accurs in Lord’s in 2021.
Jadeja Tunnel Incident, Trent Bridge, 2014
This was happen on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test in 2014 when James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja had in the corridor on the way to the dressing rooms as they left the field for lunch.
The Indian team management alleged James Anderson had verbally abuse and then push Jadeja.
Indian management made a complaint to the ICC and Anderson was charge under Level 3 of the Code of Conduct which meant that had he been found guilty, James Anderson would have been suspended for at least two Tests.
England made a counter claim that it was Jadeja who had turn aggressively towards James Anderson in the corridor and James Anderson had only push him in self-defence.
This incident cause a rift between the two teams with India insisting James Anderson need to be punish for the offence while Alastair Cook then England captain said it was nothing more than a tactic from the visitors to unsettle his best bowler and try to get him suspend.
As there is no video evidence of the incident it was one team’s word against the other’s, and the ICC found Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 offence and fined him 50% of his match fees by which MS Dhoni was not at all please with.
There was further shock and dismay for India after James Anderson was found not guilty, with Dhoni maintaining that he had witnessed James Anderson abusing and pushing Jadeja and had no regrets about reporting it to the ICC.
Don’t Talk About Our Captain, Mumbai, 2016
James Anderson had dismiss Virat Kohli four times in eight innings when India toured England in 2014.
In 2016, when had a mammoth series, scoring a century and a fifty in Visakhapatnam and another fifty in Mohali before a double-ton in Mumbai.
With England on the brink of going 0-3 down James Anderson who had not been able to dismiss Kohli in the series, was ask whether he thought Kohli had improved since 2014.
He was reserve in his praise saying that while Kohli was a good player home pitches hid his flaws.
R Ashwin thought James Anderson was not being a decided to tell him so on the fifth day of the Mumbai Test, walking right up to James Anderson when he came to the crease.
Kohli had to step in to hold his offspinner back and while he found the exchange amusing his opposite number, Cook, said it was a bit of a “sour end” to the match.
How Did you bounce me? Lord’s, 2021
On the third day evening of the 2021 Lord’s Test when England nine down after having snatched a small lead, Jasprit Bumrah attack Anderson’s body with the short ball on the helmet once and on the gloves and arms a couple more times.
James Anderson seem to take exception to the tactic and had words with J.Bumrah at the close of play.
This rift continued into the next day when Anderson had words with Kohli while bowling to him, and on the last day, when England returned the favour, bowling short balls to Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Bumrah was getting angry by something in the morning session, and it led to a lot of verbals during England’s innings.
While the details of what was said to Bumrah and Shami are unknown but the stump microphone did pick up some unpleasant language from Kohli towards England’s batters on the fifth evening.
After the game, Kohli made a point of mentioning that the verbals directed at Bumrah and Shami in the morning session gave his side extra motivation when they came out to bowl.
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