Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday rejected criticism of the spider-friendly Chepauk pitch, claiming that his side showed the requisite persistence and determination to conquer England in the second test, with the throw being no concern at all. India beat England on Tuesday by 317 runs on a dust bowl, which has been heavily criticized by former England players like Michael Vaughan. “We didn’t panic when we watched the turn and bounce, we showed grit, got in the game and scored 600 runs in the game. We know our bowlers would do the work for us if we set up these runs, Kohli said in the post-game presentation.
Former England players like Kevin Pietersen had mocked the field for the turn it offered from day one, calling it a “brave” job for a test match and that fortunes could have turned the other way if India had lost the toss and if the second.
Kohli said it didn’t matter.
“If you looked at our second innings, we also got 300. It wasn’t unfair if the toss went both ways. Both teams should be in the game from the first session, whether it’s spinning to seams, and that was exactly the case in this game, ”he said.
The India captain said playing for the fans was a big factor in their massive win as the home players were cheered on by the cheering crowd. The first game was played behind a closed door due to COVID-19’s pandemic restrictions, which were subsequently relaxed.
Under Kohli, India has now won 21 Tests at home, putting him on a par with its charismatic predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“It was a bit strange in the first game to play at home with empty stands. We were pretty flat there for the first two days to be honest, myself too, didn’t put any energy on the field.
“But from the second innings in the first game, we took the money in our body language,” said Kohli.
“The crowd makes a big difference, this game was an example of the persistence and determination that this side shows and the audience is a big part of that. When I run in to bowl in this heat, I need people to play. motivate me. is a perfect game for us. “
Kohli also praised wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his improved skills behind the stumps and the hard yards he has put in since touring Australia.
“Rishabh Pant has worked very hard in Australia, when he moves with the gloves you can see the difference in his reactions. He has lost a lot of weight and worked hard on himself.”
“It can be seen that the way he continued with so much twisting and bouncing is grateful to him. We want him to keep improving as a goalkeeper because we know the value he brings to the team.”
A disappointed English skipper Joe Root had no qualms about admitting that India outwitted them in all three divisions.
“It’s been training for us, you could come up with conditions like that and we have to learn from this and find a way to score runs. We have to learn to build pressure and throw six balls on one batsman,” said Root . .
“On the first day, we could have been a bit tighter, squeezed the game a bit more and made it harder for them to score.
“From day two it was a very difficult wicket to save. But we have to be smarter about building an innings.”
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