After registering a massive 317-run win over the hosts, Indian skipper Virat Kohli lauded the team for exhibiting outstanding performance in all departments of the game. On a turf which was spinning viciously, Virat Kohli said that winning the toss wasn’t as crucial in winning the game as his side showed the requisite grit and determination to outclass England at Chepauk.
“The conditions were challenging for both sides, but we showed more application with the bat. We didn’t panic out there looking at the turn and bounce, we showed grit, got into the game and scored 600 runs in the game. We know our bowlers would do the job for us if we put up these runs. The toss wouldn’t have mattered much in this game to be honest, because if you looked at our second innings, we got 300 as well,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
“It wasn’t unfair if the toss went either way. Both teams should be in the game from the first session onwards, whether it is on spinning to seaming tracks, and that exactly was the case in this game,” he added.
For the first time since Covid-19 surfaced, fans were allowed to make their presence felt at the venue. Virat Kohli believes that the crowd plays a big role in boosting the morale of all the players in the team. The recent victory in the second Test is a perfect example of that.
“It was a bit strange in the first game to be playing at home with empty stands. We were pretty flat on the first two days over there to be pretty honest, myself included, didn’t pick up energy on the field. But from the second innings onwards in the first game, we picked up and were on the money in terms of our body language. The crowds make a big difference, this game was an example of the grit and determination this side shows and the crowd is a big part of that,” Virat added.
India and England will play the third Test match of the series at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. For the unversed, the third Test will be played with the Pink Ball. The four-match series is currently levelled at 1-1.