‘Proud’ Virat Kohli lauds team’s character and friendship in dressing room

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‘Proud’ Virat Kohli lauds team’s character and friendship in dressing room

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SportsCafe Desk

12/20/2016

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his pride over the convincing triumph over England in the 5-match Test series and has praised the team’s character and bonding in the dressing room. Kohli also reserved special praise for the Indian pacers, who have outperformed their English counterparts.

"Couldn't have asked anything more and especially after winning the series 3-0 and performing like this. It's an evidence of the character of this side and what the guys prepare like for a Test match, playing for the country," Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. 

They take a lot of pride and it was evident in the way we batted and bowled. We wanted the youngsters to do well. KL Rahul had a good domestic season but didn't have a great outing and then came back and almost got a double century. Karun didn't have two good Tests and then does this (an unbeaten 303).

After KL Rahul and Karun Nair’s brilliant innings took India to a mammoth total of 759 in their first innings, India bowled out England for 207 riding on Ravindra Jadeja’s seven-wicket haul. Kohli believes that conceding such a big lead in the first innings, despite scoring 477, deflated England mentally.

It's always tricky when you have scored 477 and then concede a lead of 282. Mentally and psychologically, it is always a dent. We knew that.

"We realized that once we got a couple of wickets, it will be a downward slide. They don't want to be in a position after getting so many runs and be in a losing position. Jadeja did the job in both the innings. Hit right areas and made it uncomfortable for the batsmen. Intensity was top class," Kohli said.

India have won the series 4-0 despite losing the toss in four of them, and the Indian skipper has credited the team’s hard work and bonding for this.

"Very proud. Toss and pitches were out of the equation. We were up against big totals and we won by an innings. Doesn't happen too often in Tests. We work hard everyday and believe in us. We don't care about what's happening outside; what matters is what each one of us thinks about the other. There's lot of respect and friendship in that dressing room and it's evident on the field. Nobody is playing for himself. Every time we were put under the pump, we have tightened up on giving away wickets at crucial time, especially after intervals. We have improved on that.

"The lower order has deflated the opposition, scoring 200+ three times, and their hard work in the nets showed. Our pace was quicker than theirs, even the consistency was better, and it was very proud moment for me as an Indian captain, seeing the fast bowlers stepping it on. Kudos to the hard work they have put in in the past few months," he explained.

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