Virat Kohli led Team India towards victory in the 4th Test match against England at Kennington Oval, London. Notably, India defeated England by a huge margin of 157 runs and they managed to earn an unassailable 2-1 lead against Joe Root-led side in the 5-match Test series.
With the Oval victory under his belt, Virat Kohli is now the most successful captain in SENA countries among Asian captains. SENA comprises South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli now has 6 Test wins in SENA which is the most by any Asian captain. Notably, Virat Kohli now has 3 Test wins in England 2 in Australia, and 1 in South Africa. Not only this Kohli now is the captain with the 4th most Test wins in the history of the purest form of the game.
“We believed as a team that we could get all ten wickets”: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli praised the efforts of team India for making a comeback after they were trailing by almost 100 runs when they came out to bat in the second innings. In the post-match presentation he said:
“The character that the side has shown, to come back from 100 run deficit showed that we were not down and out. I said at Lord’s as well, I am proud of the character, among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain.
“It’s relative what you call flat, field wasn’t wet like the first three days, ball got scuffed up nicely, one side heavier, and exploited reverse swing perfectly. We believed as a team that we could get all ten wickets,” said Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli also lauded Rohit Sharma for his exceptional century in India’s second innings. The Indian captain further went on to praise Shardul Thakur for his match-winning efforts. In the post-match presentation he said:
“Rohit’s innings was outstanding, but the impact performance from the lower-middle order, Shardul’s fifty was the difference and a counterattack in the second innings. Looking to restrict us but he was outstanding.
“We never got towards statistics, we know what we focus on, we take a call on what feels best and we believe we can win Tests with it. Whatever the noise on the outset, it doesn’t bother us,” Virat Kohli concluded.
Meanwhile, India will lock horns with England in the 5th and final Test match of the series, which will start on September 10 at Manchester.