New Delhi: Soon after India secured a comfortable 246-run victory over England, skipper Virat Kohli taunted Alastair Cook and Co. for lacking intent on 5th Day.
“We understand they have quality players who have played a lot of cricket. Their captain has over 100 Tests, so have another couple players. You expect them to show that resilience and character and fight,” said Virat.
“Not giving away more than 1.5 runs per over, we thought they would come out with more intent, to be honest. And to see the approach they had obviously gave us assurance that once we get a couple of wickets, it will crumble pretty quickly because there wasn’t much intent from the batsmen.” he added.
England skipper Alastair Cook hit back at the Indian skipper's intent saying, “They are good bowlers in these conditions. In Rajkot we got over 700 runs. Here we made them really work hard in the last innings."
“They are not Supermen by any stretch of imagination. They are a fine bowling attack, but we showed in one game we can score runs against them, with four of us notching hundreds. This game too in the last innings we made them work really hard for wickets,” Cook added.
Cook also credited Kohli’s knocks of 167 and 81 as the decisive factors behind India's victory. “If you took Virat’s runs out of the game -- I know you can’t do that -- but we have put their batters under a lot of pressure.”