Team India skipper Virat Kohli was ecstatic after his team’s win and asserted that his side is always looking to win instead of surviving in the game. India once again did a big turn-around after conceding a first-innings lead to crush England by 157 runs in the fourth Test at The Oval.
The win sent India into a 2-1 lead in the series with only one game remaining. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat Kohli said:
“Well, I think the best thing about both the games has been the character the team has showed. We are not looking to survive in this game, we are here to win. Really proud of the character the team has showed.”
“It’s quite relative what you call flat [talking about the pitch]. The conditions were hot and we knew we were in with an opportunity when Jadeja was bowling in the rough. The bowlers were good with the reverse swing today. We believe we could get all 10 wickets, we had the belief.“
“As soon as ball started reversing, Bumrah said give me the ball” – Virat Kohli
Jasprit Bumrah produced one of the best spells seen in Test cricket for a while during the second session of Day 5. He produced fiery yorkers and inswingers as soon as the ball started reverse swinging. His spell read 6-3-6-2 in the post-lunch session which tilted the game in India’s favor.
“As soon as the ball started reversing, Bumrah said give me the ball. he bowled that spell and swung the game in our favor with those two huge wickets. Rohit’s innings was fantastic. What Shardul has done in this game stands out.“
“His two fifties deflated the opposition. I think he batted well in both the innings. Everyone is happy with the win. It gives us more motivation to win the next Test. We have the belief, we are just looking forward to the opportunities. The fans have been amazing as well,” Kohli added.
The win is India’s first at The Oval after the 1971 win. The next Test begins in Manchester on September 10.