India Captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday promised to give England a tough competition in the remaining three Tests after his team lost by huge 227 runs in the Opening match of the test series.
Virat Kohli faught a lone battle with a brilliant 72 runs knock as India succumbed to 192 runs in their chase of 420 runs on the 5th day of the first test in Chennai. The huge defeat came for India after team registered a historic series win in Australia in last month but Kohli said that his team is ready to give a tough fight to the visitors in the upcoming test matches.
“We are a side that accepts our failures and faults and learns from them,” the captain said after the loss. “One thing is for sure that in the next three matches we are going to give a tough fight and not let things slip away like it did in this Test.”
India were struggling when England’s Captain Joe Root scored 218 runs to post a huge total of 578 runs in their first innings. Pressure on Kohli’s Captaincy increased after he returned back to India on paternity leave following his team lost opening test against Australia & from there Ajinkya Rahane led team India to a 2-1 historic victory.
Off-Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed six wickets to dismiss England for 178 runs in the second innings but received little assistance from spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Virat Kohli blamed the entire bowling side as a whole before individually criticizing on Sundar & Nadeem’s bowling.
“You need your bowling unit to step up and create pressure on the opposition,” he said.
“If you talk about the fast bowlers and Ashwin, then we bowled consistently well in good areas,” he continued.
“But had Washi and Shahbaz bowled economical spells, then the situation would have been better”, Kohli signed off.