IND vs ENG: 'We Showed Grit, Determination' Toss Didn't Matter: Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli credited his teammates for the application they showed with the bat - and also praised the crowd at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium - during the second Test against England that the host won by 317 runs on Tuesday and levelled the four-match series 1-1.
"We were on the money this game in terms of body language and what we wanted to do on the field. The crowd makes a massively different and you push more as a team when the fans are behind you."
" This game is an example of the grit and determination we've shown as a side and we continue to do that - and the fans' support is a big part of that," said Kohli at the post-match prize distribution ceremony.
"The conditions were challenging for both sides, but we showed more application, determination, and grit to battle it out. We didn't panic looking at the turn and bounce on the pitch, trusted our defense, and got into the game."
"We scored close to 600 runs in the two innings and if you put up that kind of batting performance and string in those partnerships, we know we have got the bowlers to do the job in home conditions," said Kohli.
The pitch at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium has drawn polarised reactions from pundits and former players, with several people saying that it was "not fit" for a five-day Test match.