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Virat Kohli after India 317 run win vs England Game an example of grit and determination crowd a big part

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After India defeated England by 317 runs and levelled the 4-match series 1-1, captain Virat Kohli said that the match was an example of grit and determination from the team, adding that Chennai crowd made a huge difference.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli said that the comeback win shows Team India's grit and determination
  • Virat Kohli said that home crowd plays an important role in any match
  • India showed more application with the bat: Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli has said that his team's 317-run win over England to level the 4-match Test series 1-1 was an example of grit and determination. The 32-year-old also talked in length about the fans who came to support Team India at Chepauk.

Notably, fans returned to the stadium in India for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak and Kohli made sure that they were involved completely in the match. He was seen asking the Chennai crowd to whistle and motivate the India bowlers on multiple occasions. Kohli added that the home crowd is capable of making a big difference in any match.

"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. Chennai crowd are very intelligent, they understand their cricket really well. In a 15-20 minute period where the bowler needs the support of the crowd, it is my responsibility to involve everyone and bring in the crowd. If I am running into bowl in this heat, I need people to motivate me," Virat Kohli said during the presentation ceremony.

 

India showed more application with bat, toss wouldn't have mattered much

Further, Virat Kohli said that India batsmen applied themselves better than their England counterparts and that toss would not have affected the result of the match as his team scored close to 300 runs in the 2nd innings as well. Notably, England were bundled out for 134 and 164 in their 1st and 2nd innings respectively.

"It is a perfect game for us. 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. 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," Kohli concluded.

With the win, India have kept their chances of qualifying for the final of the World Test Championship alive. India need to win the series with a margin of 2-1 or 3-1 to face New Zealand at Lords in June.

 

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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