India skipper Virat Kohli was not too happy with the pitch provided for the first-ever Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
“I was quite surprised to see that much grass, to be honest. It should not have been the case,” said Virat Kohli.
England relished the batting pitch, following up on their first innings 537 with 260/3 declared to put India under pressure in the last two sessions. (SCORECARD)
Virat Kohli’s statement suggested India had hoped for more help from the track for the spinners while nothing happened on the first two days. (HIGHLIGHTS)
He said, even on the final day when India lost wickets, it wasn’t difficult to bat. Though wickets fell around him, Kohli hardly looked in trouble, remaining 49 not out.
“The first two days were really good to bat. Day 3 onwards, it slowed down a little bit but no demons as such. Sometimes, the situation becomes such that even on flat wickets, you tend to make mistakes. It looks that it is doing a lot more than it is actually.
“I spent a decent time out there and it is because we lost four-five wickets that it looked like it’s going to rip through from a good length area. That was not the case. The wicket was pretty decent throughout,” he said.
Expressing confidence in the batting of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli said it helped play an extra bowler. India has been on a dream run at home, winning 12 of their last 13 Tests. But here they had to bat under pressure to save the game. Kohli saw it as a learning experience.
“At least we know how to draw games now. Before this, some people were skeptical. We won games or we lost games. I spoke with Jadeja out there that it was an opportunity for both of us to improve on another aspect of the game. Maybe in Test cricket in the future, we will have this situation again.
Maybe we will have to apply ourselves again and show character, so our intent is to get runs in between but play percentage cricket, figure out areas where you want to take ones or hit boundaries but at the same time be sure of your defence as well. So, it was a challenging situation but one we countered really well, I thought.”
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