- After losing the first 2 Test matches, India secured a 203 runs win in the 3rd Test match
- Virat Kohli was the star batsman for India scoring 97 runs in 1st innings and 103 in the 2nd innings
- Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his efforts in the 3rd Test match
After a disastrous start to the Test series and losing the first 2 Test matches, India have roared back in style defeating England 203 runs in the 3rd Test match to bring the series score to 2-1. After the match, Skipper Kohli dedicated the massive win to the residents of Kerala, who are currently going through a tough time with the disastrous flood in that region. He said,”We as a team want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala. This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team. A tough time there.”
Virat Kohli was again the star player for India scoring 97 runs in the 1st innings and 103 in the 2nd innings, replicating his total score from the 1st Test match. However, the biggest positive to come out from the 3rd Test match was the performance of the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hardik Pandya and Ajinkya Rahana, all of whom were heavily criticised by media and fans alike during the run-up to this match.
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Hardik Pandya’s first ever Test 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings was the turning point of the match and gave India a huge advantage going into Day 3. With the 4th Test match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton starting in over a weeks time, team India will get ample time to prepare and rest up as they plot their way back into the Test series after going down 2-0.
One major talking point from the 3rd Test match will be England captain Joe Root’s decision to send India into bat after winning the toss, which eventually gave Indian batsman the perfect platform and opportunity to bury the ghosts of previous performance and start afresh without the pressure of chasing a big target.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli was confident that India could turn it around in this Test series. He said,”We definitely believe we can come back from 0-2 to 3-2, we just need to keep moving forward, keep winning.”
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In latest cricket news, Speaking after the match, England’s captain Joe Root spoke about his decision at the Toss and said,”It was always going to be a difficult decision and looking at the toss, there was some light grass on the wicket and it was a good opportunity to get ahead in the game. That didn’t happen.”
There is no doubt that the majority of the run-scoring burden is on Captain Kohli but the 29-year-old will be proud of how his other batsmen batted in this Test match following horrendous displays in the first 2 Test matches.
In latest cricket news, With a win in the 3rd Test match, Virat Kohli has surpassed Sourav Ganguly (21) as the most successful captain in Test matches and now is only behind MS Dhoni, who has won 27 matches as a captain.
Speaking after the match after receiving his Man of the Match award in the presentation ceremony, Kohli said,”The win was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have done so well in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game where we were outplayed out of the last 5, and that was Lord’s.”
Speaking about the performance of the batting unit following two successive failures, Kohli said,”We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, even Ashwin did well with his injury. So we, as batsmen, did well to give them a cushion for the bowlers to go hard. Even the slips did well, and this mix of all skills couldn’t have come at a better time.”
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