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India vs England: Virat Kohli Says India Played Fearless Cricket

India lost the fifth and final Test by 118 runs despite heroic resistance from opener KL Rahul (149) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (114) in the second innngs.

After the match, captain Virat Kohli said India played fearless cricket and the team has a lot of character but lacked in experience. “We have character in the team and we just need some experience,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.

“England are a professional side and we realized that as the game changed with in two-three overs. England also don’t go for draws and they played fearless cricket and so did we. That is why you won’t see draws,” he added.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Jimmy Anderson of England celebrates with team mates after dismissing Mohammed Shami of India during the Specsavers 5th Test – Day Five between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“Both the teams know this series has been a competitive one. This has been a great advert for Test cricket. The basic idea was to go out there and play the cricket we are supposed to do,” Kohli said.

England, thus, won the series by a comprehensive 4-1 margin after India were bowled out for 345 chasing 464 for victory.

Kohli also lauded the efforts of Rahul and Pant, who raised hopes of an improbable win. The 29-year-old said the team’s willingness to fight till the end came to the fore.

“I think a lot of credit has to go to the two young guys. The kind of cricket we have played might not show on the scorecard,” Kohli said.

“Pant showed a lot of grit and character. When you get into a zone when you are not thinking about the result, things go your way. I am delighted for both the guys and it speaks of India’s future. We did not take out opportunities,” he said.

Kohli has had a great series himself amassing 593 runs

“Hardik” Happens in Trent Bridge, England collapses for 161

There is a new hero in England and its captain’s favorite hardik pandya. The lad gave his best performance of all time in a match that could be the disaster decider for Captain Kohli’s side.

Despite not being able to impress with his performance, hardik was in the playing list and Nottingham witnessed while he proved his worth in the team and took the English batsmen head on. Pandya became the second fastest Indian to take a five-wicket haul when he took just 29 balls to rattle the hosts. Harbhajan Singh is the only other bowler to take five wickets in fewer balls for India than Hardik Pandya’s 29 balls on Sunday.

Pandya produced an inspired spell of bowling to record his best figures in Test cricket. Pandya had come under criticism earlier for lack of contributions with the ball and for failing to justify his position in the Test team with the bat. Before the start of the third Test, Michael Holding had come out and questioned Hardik Pandya’s place in the Indian team. He had said that Pandya is not yet the all-rounder India wants him to be, because he is ineffective as a bowler and also not scoring enough runs with the bat.

Incidentally, Pandya was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian side after the first two Test matches of the series – both which India lost.