India vs England 2020-21, 1st Test: Watch how Yohan Blake hails Virat Kohli's excuseless captaincy
India has witnessed a tricky start to the four-Test series against England for the Anthony de Mello Trophy. The opening Test saw India suffer a 227-run defeat. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli made no excuses for the loss, as Yohan Blake hailed the former's captaincy.
Host India is not off to a great start against England in the four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy. It suffered a 227-run defeat in the opening Test, at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai, on Tuesday.
With this win, England has drawn first blood in the series and would fancy its chances to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final. Meanwhile, India needs to bounce back and win it by a margin of 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the same.
Following the game, Kohli admitted that England was the better team in all departments, as the visitor outplayed the host, while he took the blame upon himself. Kohli's excuseless admission has earned the praise of former Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake.
"What I really love about Team India is that Virat Kohli doesn't find any excuses. That's what I really love about his captaincy; he took the blame for everything. He said the bowlers didn't find the right areas and that the batsmen were not as consistent. He said 'we got to go back to the drawing board and come back'. And, that's what I love about Virat Kohli and his captaincy," said Blake in a video on his Twitter handle, reports PTI.
Furthermore, Blake was also impressed by how young opener, Shubman Gill, and young wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant is rising in the ranks of Test cricket, courtesy their dazzling performances. While Gill scored a half-century, Pant played a brilliant knock of 91, all in the first innings. He also heaped praise on the senior batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara.
"And also, what stood out for me was Shubman Gill, he's a wonderful batsman. Of course, Rishabh Pant is excellent. Not every time he's going to put on a show, but he's excellent for the game of Test cricket. That's why I love Test cricket, it mentally tests you. (Cheteshwar) Pujara in Australia showed that wonderful fight and that's what I love to see," he added.
Watch Blake's reaction on the first Test here:
England won the toss and elected to bat, as it posted a monstrous 578, courtesy Root's 218, while India was bundled out for 337, as Dominic Bess claimed a four-for. England managed 178 in the second innings, as Ashwin claimed six, whereas while chasing 419, India was skittled for 192, while Jack Leach claimed four.
Brief scores: England 578 & 178 (Root 40; Ashwin 6/61) defeats India 337 & 192 (Gill 50, Kohli 72; Leach, 4/76, Anderson 3/17) by 227 runs.
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