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Virat Kohli lauds his team after impressive series victory over England

Ravindra Jadeja picked up seven wickets on Day 5 as India wrapped up the five match series against England 4-0 in Chennai on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2016 18:10 IST
Virat Kohli,India vs England,Chennai Test
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (R) celebrates with teammates after winning the fifth Test match against England in Chennai.(AFP)

Ravindra Jadeja picked up seven wickets on Day 5 as India wrapped up the five match series against England 4-0 in Chennai on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Captain Virat Kohli lauded the efforts of the team and said that the win was a result of the positive cricket by the boys. “After winning the series 3-0 and coming out to win this Test in this manner is an evidence of the character that we possess in the side and the guys prepare like this while playing a test match for their country. It’s evident from the way they batted and bowled.” (SCORECARD)

He also praised Karnataka boys KL Rahul (199) and Karun Nair (303*) who steered the team to overturn England’s first innings total of 477 to post 759/7d. “We wanted some of the youngsters to step up. Someone like KL (Rahul), who’s had a great season but didn’t have a good couple of games and now he comes back and almost gets a double century and Karun, again, didn’t have two good Test matches and comes here to get a triple hundred,” he said. “So, that speaks volumes about the hunger they possess and eventually they got us into a position that there was only one winner in the game.”

Kohli said the psychological pressure created was what helped India take 10 wickets on the fifth day. “Mentally and psychologically, it’s always a dent on the opposition. We knew once we get a couple of wicket it’s going to be a downslide pretty quick as they don’t want to be in a position where they can lose the Test match especially on a wicket that wasn’t offering much to the bowlers and Jadeja coming and doing the job in the second innings.. I mean, picking up 7 wickets in the second innings and hitting the right areas and making it uncomfortable for the batsmen was great to watch. The intensity was great.”

India's Umesh Yadav (L) celebrates the wicket of England's Adil Rashid along with Virat Kohli (C). (AFP)

Kohli, who was adjudged as the man-of-the-series, continued to heap praises on his boys. “I’m very proud of the boys. Toss was out of the equation, the pitches were out of the equation and we were up against big totals and both times we ended up winning by an innings. And that’s something that doesn’t happen too often in Test cricket… especially with such an inexperienced side. So that speaks volumes of the belief that we have in the change room. It’s something that’s been created by the hard work of the boys and the management, and we believe in ourselves more than what others think of us. There’s mutual respect in the dressing room and that’s evident. None of them were playing selfish cricket and that’s what led us to be in the winning position more often than not.”

On being prodded in the post-match ceremony as what was his biggest take away from the victory, the swashbuckling batsman said: “In the past few series we have made mistakes of getting out in crucial moments of the series and I think that’s where we’ve developed in this series especially during breaks and intervals. And the lower order contribution has really stood out for me. They have deflated the opposition three times by getting more than 200 runs thrice and that again speaks volumes of their hard work that they’ve put in the nets to improve their skill.”

He also lauded the efforts of his pace battery, stating it was terrific to find Indian speedsters outdo the English attack. “The pace was right up there and they were quicker than theirs (England) and that’s a proud moment for me as an Indian captain to see them notching it up and making it uncomfortable for their (England) batsmen. Hat’s off to them. The kind of pitches we’ve played on, they knew the spinners are going to get most of the help but the way they showed heart was outstanding to see.”

First Published: Dec 20, 2016 17:29 IST