England vs India 2018, 1st Test: We definitely need to apply ourselves, Virat Kohli

England vs India 2018, 1st Test: We definitely need to apply ourselves, Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli was the lone warrior for India. Credit: AP

Its all over at Edgbaston and the hard 3 days and 1 session have gone in the pocket of England. The stunning display of bowling by Ben Stokes and the fantastic captaincy by Root on Day 4 sealed it for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli quoted that he is happy to be part of the exciting game of cricket and added that the lack of application by the top-order batsmen have been negative to sort out.

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The Indian skipper quoted that the batsman should show the application on the middle to take the result in their way. He furtherly lauded the performance of England for their relentless attacking.

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Virat Kohli dismissed for 51 in 2nd innings. Image Courtesy: Getty

Virat Kohli went on to say that the opposition has been top-class and he is proud of his boys for giving the tough fight. The run-machine of India is happy that people got the thorough entertainment.

”I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit. Coming into today, it was going to be a stiff challenge and we knew that if we stayed calm throughout, we would give ourselves the best chance to win. This is why Test cricket is this special – it throws up so many things through the day and we did a good job in staying calm,” Virat Kohli quoted.

”We made sure we didn’t get ahead of ourselves and after three days of fantastic cricket from both sides it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game. It shows that there is so much more than just skills, runs and wickets when it comes to Test cricket at this level. It is a great time for us and hopefully, we can use it going forward,” Virat added.

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Meanwhile, Virat Kohli rates his classy hundred in the first innings of the game has been one of his best. He rated it second best to the knock against Australia in Adelaide.

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Virat Kohli scored a maiden century in England. Image Courtesy: Getty

There is no hiding from this game; we need to be positive, relentless. From the team’s point of view, my innings in the first innings are right up there, perhaps second after the knock in Adelaide. Had we won it would have been the best. We need to think how to regroup and get back for the next match. Test cricket is my favourite format, there is nothing better than testing yourselves over five days and I hope the fans like it too.

The 20-yearAll in all, England went 1-0 in the five-match series. Now, both the teams will make their way to Lords’ Cricket Ground to lock horns on August 9th (Thursday).


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