Pataudi Trophy 2021: Virat Kohli reveals what inspired India to go after England on Day 5 of 2nd Test
India came up with a phenomenal performance to tame England on Day 5 of the second Test for the Pataudi Trophy at Lord's. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli has revealed the reason that prompted the Indians to go after England.
Team India is ecstatic following a marvellous performance as it tamed England by 151 runs in the second Test of the 2021 Pataudi Trophy at Lord's in London on Monday. With this win, India leads the five-Test series 1-0.
The Indians put on a spirited show with bat and ball, as England was outplayed in all departments. However, what was notable was their energy on the field that was evident throughout the day.
Consequently, following the win, skipper Virat Kohli revealed the reason that made the Indians go after the English on the final day. During the post-match presentation, Kohli said that some heated on-field events between the two sides charged the Indians up.
"We thought 60 overs to go, we could have a crack at the result, and we had the belief that we could get them out in those 60 overs. I think the bowlers were just outstanding, and what happened in our second innings, right at the end with the bowlers, a bit of tension on the field really helped us and really motivated us to finish this game," Kohli said.
"It's quite special, and especially when someone like Siraj is playing for the first time at Lord's and bowling the way he did, was outstanding. As I said, what happened on the field really charged us up and gave us that extra motivation to finish the game off," he added.
Kohli also applauded the batting effort showed by the tail-ender pair of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah that allowed India to register a lead of 270-plus. "Just to applaud what Jasprit and Shami did... it takes a lot of character and heart to play under those circumstances as bowlers who don't get much to bat, and just putting their hand up for the team when we needed it most, it was something that we were really proud of, and we want to let them know. They were charged up, and both took the new ball and got us two breakthroughs as well, which were very crucial for us," he acclaimed.
Speaking ahead of the remaining Tests in the series, he concluded by saying, "We have three more games to go. Our aim is five Test matches. We are not going to sit on our laurels after this match and just take it easy. If at all, we going to get more intense and more precise in what we do in the next outing."
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