India’s highest talented bench strength has convinced captain Virat Kohli that the team will have a relatively good ride as the transition phase progresses over the next few years. With the rise of many young players like Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj and Maverick Rishabh Pant, India has been on a roll at home and abroad.
On Saturday, the team defeated England 3–1 by an innings and 25 runs in Ahmedabad in the fourth and final Test. This was after an embarrassing 227-run defeat in the first Test.
“The return to Chennai delighted me the most. The first game was an aberration and England overtook us. The toss played an important role and the bowlers were not in the competition. We bowled with more intensity and were on the field. Returned. Hearty, “Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
Kohli said, “Our bench strength is very strong and it is a good sign for Indian cricket. When the transition happens, the standards will not fall and the partnership of Rishabh and Washery showed in the decisive turn of the match.”
After winning the second and third Tests respectively, India won the fourth match within three days.
He said, “We had to pick our body language after the first game in Chennai. In international cricket every team is a quality side and we need to work hard to beat them at home as well. Keeping in mind that intensity What matters most is its identity. For our team, “Kohli said.
Star opener Rohit Sharma scored 161 runs in the first innings of the second Test and the captain felt that the complexity of the series had changed with veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s 32-wicket performance.
“Rohit’s knock was the defining moment in Chennai, and Ashwin has been our most banker player over the years, so he has been our best player of the series.
Kohli said, “Now we can accept that the World Test Championship final, which took place in New Zealand in 2020, but now it is a reality.”
Ashwin, who finished the series with 32 wickets and a century, was adjudged Man of the Series and the spinner was happy to qualify for the WTC Finals, stating that the win was a collective effort.
“The fact that we qualified for the WTC finals is very important. Despite Australia being high, intensity was low after Chennai. Every time the series had a challenging time, someone put their hands up, so this series win was perfect. “Up there,” said Ashwin.
Ashwin also praised Rishabh Pant, saying that it is unfair to compare the young wicket-keeper batsman to the veterans of the game.
“If you’ve gone through Rishabh last year, put a board on it, that it’s a little unfair compared to the legends, and the way he came out of it and kept in this series is great.
He said, “Axar (Patel) is someone who came to Jaddu’s place. He deserved all the accolades and was very accurate for someone playing his first series.”
England captain Joe Root admitted that his team was excluded from the hosts in the series.
“The first game was positive. We have not faced India in the final three and we need to learn and maintain this experience and this series,” Root said.
“There are some key areas where India caught the game and we did not do that. Washington (Sundar) and Rishabh played very well at a time when we had a good grip on the game. We did not score the way we scored. Has liked, and India has shocked us. “
Root also defended England’s much-hyped rotation policy, saying that resting players is important.
“It’s really important that we have to look at our players in terms of resting, and we can’t keep them playing until they fall. We need to take care of them and rotate them as needed.”
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