Mumbai: England lost their last four wickets for just 13 runs in Monday morning's session to crash to an innings and 36-run defeat in the fourth test, giving India the series victory. India lead the series 3-0 with one match to come, and have beaten England in a Test series for the first time since 2008.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur congratulated Virat Kohli and his team for the brilliant performance and had the perfect snide reply for James Anderson's dig.
"India have showed that they are truly the number one team in the world. The way Jayant Yadav has performed needs to be praised," Thakur told ANI.
On Sunday, after Kohli hit 235 for his third double hundred of 2016, Anderson was asked what had changed in the batsman's technique and his answer wasn't a charitable one. "I am not sure if he (Kohli) has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement," he said.
His words seemed to have irked Ravichandran Ashwin and emotions threatened to boil over at Wankhede on Day 5. Ashwin approached the bowler when he came into bat and directed a volley of angry words at him. Ashwin walked with him down the crease, forcing the umpire to intervene. Kohli then adopted an uncharacteristic role of peacemaker and stepped in to pacify the two players.
Aswin had the last laugh in this war of words as Anderson was soon caught to become his sixth victim of the innings.
Post the hosts' victory, Thakur was asked to comment on Anderson’s remarks and he gave a snappy reply, reported ANI. He quoted the Hindi proverb, “Khisiyaani billi khamba nochey (express anger after being left embarrassed) to describe what Anderson had said.
Anderson may have dismissed Kohli four times during India's tour of England in 2014 but the batsman has flayed Anderson and his bowling partners this time, already amassing 640 runs in the ongoing series at an average of 128.
(With inputs from agencies)
Updated Date: Dec 12, 2016 19:55:06 IST