Virat Kohli said he is sure that India won’t let things slip away in the remaining 3 England Tests.© BCCI
India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday vowed to give England a “tough fight” in the remaining three Tests after his side lost by 227 runs in the opening match. Kohli fought a lone battle with his 72 as India crashed to 192 in their chase of 420 on the fifth and final day’s play in Chennai. The result for India comes after a historic series win in Australia last month, but Kohli said his team is ready to fight back. “We are a side that accepts our failures and faults and learns from them,” the captain said after the loss.
“One thing is for sure that in the next three matches we are going to give a tough fight and not let things slip away like it did in this Test.”
India were left playing catch up after England rode on skipper Joe Root’s 218 to post a mammoth 578 in their first innings.
Pressure on Kohli’s captaincy increased after he returned from Australia following his team’s opening loss and Ajinkya Rahane led the team to a 2-1 victory.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed six wickets to dismiss England for 178 in the second innings but received little help from left-arm orthodox Shahbaz Nadeem.
Kohli blamed his bowling group as a collective, before singling out Sundar and Shahbaz for criticism.
“You need your bowling unit to step up and create pressure on the opposition,” he said.
“If you talk about the fast bowlers and Ashwin, then we bowled consistently well in good areas,” he continued.
“But had Washi and Shahbaz bowled economical spells, then the situation would have been better.”
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