February 7 (Reuters) – England spinner Dom Bess said Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wicket in the opening test was “special” and that he was particularly happy with the process used to secure it.
Bess won 4-55 in Chennai, ripping the heart of India’s Middle Order, starting with Kohli.
The 23-year-old drew one of the world‘s best batsmen forward with a stolen delivery and induced a thick inside edge which Ollie Pope grabbed in the short leg.
“It’s definitely up there,” the spinner said when asked if Kohli’s wicket was the most satisfying of his testing career.
“The player of the caliber of who he is, I think phenomenal, a world class player, one of the best. But again, it’s more of a process – what I learn, what I do, what I do. allows for that. “
Bess claimed Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket in his next game and continued to account for Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant to keep England on top.
“He was looking to get him out, but it wasn’t about bowling with that magic ball,” Bess said of his “process.”
“It’s about smashing 10 to 15 balls in a good area and then something will happen.
“It’s that process to get there and that’s what I was really happy about.”
Bess also defended fellow spin Jack Leach who conceded 94 points in his 17 no-wicket overs in which Pant crushed him for five sixes.
“Pant is a whole different player, Pant has played phenomenal innings,” Bess said.
“But the way Leachy came back and just broke length shows her qualities.”