Captain Virat Kohli is very happy after India’s stunning win in the second Test against England. He spoke on different aspects after a resounding win against England on the fourth day at Chepauk Stadium here. Kohli spoke openly about the pitch as well as the presence of the audience.
On the entry of spectators in the stadium, Kohli said that when the spectators were not on the field in the first Test, the energy seemed low. But after this we gradually united and changed the strategy. The audience also got a lot of love in this match. The audience in Chennai is very discerning. I also needed an audience to be inspired and got that here.
Asked about the conditions and the toss, Kohli said, ‘We scored over 600 runs in both innings on this pitch. We did not panic. As far as winning the toss on the Chennai pitch is concerned, it does not matter much. We also batted well on the third day. It would be wrong to say that toss makes a difference. Whether the pitch Virat praised wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant fiercely. He said, ‘He did great keeping. He has worked hard in Australia and also lost weight. We want to see him grow stronger because we know that he has great importance in Team India.
The Indian captain further said, ‘Sometimes bowlers need encouragement. That’s why I also keep the audience excited. We showed good attitude on the field. Our batting on this pitch was excellent. We do not panic. We were not impressed by the turn and bounce. If he scored more than 600 runs in both innings, then we knew our bowlers would do the rest.
Virat also spoke openly about his batting. Virat, who was dismissed for zero in the first innings, contributed 62 runs in the second innings. He said, ‘In the second innings, I changed my batting and decided to play more defensively. I now try to correct my mistakes immediately. ‘
Kohli praised Akshar Patel, who took five wickets in his first Test match. He said if he were fit, he would have played in the first Test. He bowls fast, hoping that he will move from here to this moment.