Team India captain Virat Kohli expressed disappointment over not being able to play the final day of the first Test in Nottingham.
The Nottingham Test between India and England ended in a draw after rain showers washed the entire gameplay of the fifth day with India needed 158 runs to win and had the advantage of nine wickets in their hand.
India completed an unfinished task at Lord’s
However, India won the second Test at Lord’s in what was a nail-biting match that went on till the final session of Day 5. England were bowled out for 120 in the second innings as the visitors sealed a 151-run win to lead the series 1-0.
We were very disappointed that Day 5 didn’t happen in the first Test: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli said he was confident in winning the Nottingham Test and applauded his team for the courage they displayed at Lord’s in their massive win.
“We were very disappointed that Day 5 didn’t happen in the first Test, 150 to get and 9 wickets in hand. We were absolutely confident we would win. The second Test we approached with the same intensity and a will to win. It was very satisfying after what had transpired the morning of Day 5,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test.
“It just showed this team won’t take a backward step when provoked. We play together, play to win. We don’t let any opposition take us lightly. We and they know we are always going to compete and find ways to win matches and take a chance whenever it’s in front of us,” he added.
Mohammed Shami (56*) and Jasprit Bumrah (34*) stitched an impregnable partnership of 89 runs to set England for a target of 272 runs. Indian bowlers did the unthinkable task of winding up England’s innings in two sessions to win at Lord’s after seven years.
India and England will play the third Test against each other at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday (August 25).