Pakistan batting legend and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has taken a dig at English pacer James Anderson, slamming the bowler for his comments on India's Test skipper Virat Kohli and his batting technique. The former batsman asked Anderson to first take wickets rather than question Kohli's technique and ability.
The 34-year-old, who is England's highest wicket taker in Test cricket with 467 scalps to his name, recently came out and criticised Kohli saying that home pitches have helped hide the Indian skipper's batting flaws and that the wickets on offer suit his style of play.
"It is surprising to me that Anderson should question Kohli's runs and ability because I haven't seen him take too many wickets in India. Does Anderson mean to say that if you get runs in England you get some sort of certificate that makes you a quality batsman. Don't the English and Australian players struggle when they play in the sub-continent? Does that mean they are bad players or weak teams. To me it does not matter where you get runs because in Test matches runs are runs", Inzamam said as quoted by the Indian Express.
Inzamam, is considered one of Pakistan's greatest batsmen and has watched a number of players during his 16-year career. He was full of praise for Kohli, calling him a quality player.
"I always judge a batsman by seeing how many times the runs he scores leads to his team winning matches. In my opinion if a batsman scores 80 and it helps his team win, it matters more to me than someone scoring 150 and his team still losing. He is a quality player and when he is getting runs his team does well. That is important to judge or classify a batsman's value. There is hunger in him for runs."
India have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Test series with the fifth and final Test scheduled to take place between 16 and 20 December at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.