Chasing the target of 368 runs given by India, England were all out after scoring 210 runs in their second innings. The Indian bowlers delivered big time with the ball in the second innings. Umesh Yadav, playing his first Test in the Test series, picked 6 wickets for India in the match.
Reacting to India’s first Test win at Oval in 50 years, skipper Virat Kohli lauded his men for their outstanding performance.
“Well, I think the best thing about both the games has been the character the team has shown. We are not looking to survive in this game, we are here to win. Really proud of the character the team has shown. It’s quite relative to what you call flat. The conditions were hot and we knew were in with an opportunity when Jadeja was bowling in the rough. The bowlers were good with the reverse swing today. We believed we could get all 10 wickets, we had the belief,” Kohli told Sky Sports during the post-match presentation.
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Furthermore, “As soon as the ball started reversing, Bumrah said give me the ball. He bowled that spell and swung the game in our favor with those two huge wickets. I think you pointed his performance. Rohit’s innings was fantastic. What Shardul has done in this game stands out. His two fifties deflated the opposition. I think he batted well in both innings. We never go towards analysis, statistics, and numbers,” skipper Kohli he added.
Eventually for his brilliant century in the second innings, Rohit Sharma is awarded the ‘Man of the Match’
“I wanted to be on the field as much as I could. That hundred was special. We know how important was the second innings. Virat just mentioned the effort from the batsmen, and as a unit it was really important. It’s my first overseas hundred. Really glad that I could get the team in an important position. There was pressure after that 100-run trail. Once we got the lead, we just wanted to put pressure on the bowlers”.
Adding on to it he added, “I try to contribute for the team, it’s important for me. I know the importance of opening the innings. I am glad I could make it count. It’s always important to embrace the challenge, it’s not going to be easy. The real game-changer was after the World Championship final. Looks good at the moment, the message from the physio is that we got to asses every minute.”