India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday rejected criticism of the spin-friendly Chepauk pitch, asserting that his facet confirmed the requisite grit and dedication to overcome England on it within the second Check with the toss not being a matter of concern in any respect. India on Tuesday beat England by 317 runs on a mud bowl, which was closely criticised by former English gamers corresponding to Michael Vaughan. “We did not panic on the market trying on the flip and bounce, we confirmed grit, bought into the sport and scored 600 runs within the sport. We all know our bowlers would do the job for us if we put up these runs,” Kohli mentioned within the post-match presentation.
Former England gamers corresponding to Kevin Pietersen had mocked the pitch for the flip it supplied from day one, calling it a “courageous” observe for a Check match and that fortunes might have swung the opposite manner had India misplaced the toss and batted second.
Kohli mentioned it would not have mattered.
“Should you checked out our second innings, we bought 300 as effectively. It wasn’t unfair if the toss went both manner. Each groups ought to be within the sport from the primary session onwards, whether or not it’s on spinning to seaming tracks, and that precisely was the case on this sport,” he mentioned.
The India captain mentioned taking part in earlier than followers was a giant issue of their huge victory as the house gamers had been egged on by the cheering crowd. The primary sport was performed behind closed door because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which had been subsequently eased.
Underneath Kohli, India now have received 21 Assessments at dwelling, bringing him at par with the his charismatic predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“It was a bit unusual within the first sport to be taking part in at dwelling with empty stands. We had been fairly flat on the primary two days over there to be fairly sincere, myself included, did not decide up vitality on the sphere.
“However from the second innings onwards within the first sport, we picked up and had been on the cash by way of our physique language,” Kohli mentioned.
“The crowds make a giant distinction, this sport was an instance of the grit and dedication this facet exhibits and the gang is a giant a part of that. If I’m working in to bowl on this warmth, I want folks to inspire me. It’s a excellent sport for us.”
Kohli additionally praised wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant for his improved expertise behind the stumps and the laborious yards he has been placing in for the reason that Australia tour.
“Rishabh Pant has actually labored laborious in Australia, when he strikes with the gloves you’ll be able to see the distinction in his reactions. He has shed lots of weight and has labored laborious on himself.
“It’s exhibiting, the way in which he stored with a lot flip and bounce, credit score to him. We would like him to maintain enhancing as a keeper as a result of we all know the worth he brings to the staff.”
A disillusioned England skipper Joe Root had no qualms in admitting that India outplayed them in all three departments.
“It has been an training for us, you possibly can provide you with situations like these and now we have to be taught from this and discover a approach to rating runs. We have to be taught to construct stress and bowl six balls at one batsman,” mentioned Root.
“On day one we might have been a bit tighter, squeeze the sport a bit extra and make it tougher for them to attain.
“From day two it was a really tough wicket to bat on. However now we have bought to be smarter about how we’re constructing an innings.”