After winning the series over England, Virat Kohli was full of praise for Rohit Sharma.© AFP
Virat Kohli praised Rohit Sharma’s contribution and said that his knock in Chennai on a furious turner gave momentum to India’s favor after losing the first Test by 227 runs. India, after losing the series opener, bounced back to win the remaining three matches emphatically as they sealed the 4-match tie at 3–1. In the second Test, Rohit hit 161 runs in the first innings and helped India to a big first innings total of 329 runs. After winning the series in Ahmedabad, the Indian captain said in the post-match press conference, Rohit’s knock was the deciding moment. In the series for India.
Kohli said, “Rohit’s knock was the most decisive moment for us (in the series) to come back. Getting a score of 150 (161) on that pitch was equal to 250 and that was what we got in the competition.”
“During the series, he received significant defeats and partnerships,” Kohli said.
Kohli also gave a chance to the youngsters (Washington Sundar and Axar Patel) and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Kohli said, “Axar and Washington are ready and the idea was for the youngsters who came along fearlessly and perform. Rishabh and Vashi did it in a game-play partnership and also with Axar.”
In the fourth Test, Rishabh Pant hit his third Test century and Washington Sundar played an unbeaten innings of 96 runs to help India to a huge first innings of 160 runs.
In response, England were held to a score of 135 as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel took five wickets on Day 3 to end the game.
Kohli also praised Ashwin and called him India’s “most bankable player” over the years.
Kohli said, “Ashwin has been a banker for us for the last six-seven years in Test cricket.”
With this win, India also qualified for the World Test Championship final and will take on New Zealand at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
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