Indian veteran skipper Virat Kohli has the honour to his team after an incredible win in Bengaluru and levels the series as 1-1. Kohli told at the post-match conference that “Our player showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility and the way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable.”
Kohli gives an insight into the attitude of the team, “The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance,” he said.
“We would have liked anything over 200; we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now.”
The 28-year-old also said set off his batting unit for showing lots of gravel and willpower, “After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock in the end, Ishant’s application that was a bonus.”
The Pune’s match has hit the team hard, a man of the match KL Rahul has come with an impressive performance.
“After that first loss, to come here and do what we did is really really special. We have achieved a lot but this win for a young team will be really really special,” Kohli said.
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“I have played all my cricket here. I told them if we get 150 lead we will win by 30. We knew the third day was the best day to bat on, and the approach from us was brilliant.”
Rahul said about missing out on a hundred, “Openers need to get big runs. This was a disappointment, but now that we have won, that disappointment is gone.”
“My shoulder gets quite sore, I can’t dive, and I have to restrict a couple of shots. It is not such a bad thing. I can bat within myself. I am enjoying batting with the problem,” Rahul said.
Losing skipper Australian Steve Smith feels that the second Test against India was a great test match.
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“Certainly the match ebbed and floed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren’t up for it today,” said Smith.
“It was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quicks throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy. Series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi,” he added.