`Satisfied` Kohli credits India's `collective efforts` for Test series win over England

| Updated: Dec 12, 2016 18:34 IST

Mumbai [India], Dec.12 (ANI): Describing the emphatic win over England as very `satisfying`, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has hailed his team's collective effort rather than crediting himself for the five-match series win over the Alastair Cook-led side at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday. "You can't alone do it up there in the middle. There have been guys who have been part of the wonderful partnerships. Once you get a momentum in the partnership,then you as a batsman can express yourself. So, it has been a collective effort. I won't say I have done everything by myself. Yes, I worked hard on my game, but it's the team that have helped me play in the way that I can because everyone played with the same mindset," Kohli said in the post-match conference. Kohli, who was declared `Man of the Match` smashed a brilliant 235-run knock to become the first Indian skipper to score three double-tons in a year. It was his first double century in Tests against England. He reached the milestone in 302 balls with 23 fours but no sixes. He was ably supported by Jayant Yadav (104), who not also brought his maiden Test century but also shared a huge 241-run partnership with the skipper for the eighth wicket. Jayant also became the first individual to score a century at the number nine spot. Downplaying that the victory in Mumbai was an `easy` one, Kohli praised his team for bouncing back from tough situations and putting constant pressure on the opposition to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. "I don't think it is easy. We have been put under pressure many times. I think I will give my team a lot of credit for bouncing back from those tough situations. We have not got everything on platter. I think we had to work hard for it. I think it is a result of constant pressure. We forced the oppositions to make mistakes. And with the batting as well, we showed the really good character by coming back into the game and showing the enough patience more than the oppositions," the swashbuckling batsman added. Asserting that India were tested in the game, the skipper said that he was happy to see his side coming out on top and play like champions. "I think I will credit my team more than calling it an easy series win. No series win is easy and especially this one when we know England is the top quality Test side. We knew they will going to try and bounce back. In this game, after two-nil down, they got 400. We were tested and we came out on top. When there is a champion team, we have to play like a champion team to win the series and that is exactly what we have done," he added. Ecstatic after being able to contribute in the series win, Kohli said that he is very proud of the way his team had forced England to commit mistakes, especially knowing the fact that the Alastair Cook-led side had repeatedly outplayed them in the past. "For me as a captain and as a player, it is very satisfying, especially knowing the history that they have played some great cricket in India and England. To force them to make those mistakes is something we can be very proud off as a team. It feels very good at the moment that I have been able to contribute in a series win," he insisted. Earlier, India piled a respectable 631 runs in the first innings in reply to England's 400, taking a 231-run first innings lead. Resuming at yesterday's score of 182-6 on day five, England fell prey to some classic off-spin bowling from Ashwin as they could only add 13 runs to their second innings before being bundled out for 195 runs. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he bagged six wickets in the second innings to end with the match figures of 12/167. By defeating the Alastair Cook-led side, India have now regained the Anthony de mello trophy which was with England after they won here in 2012. India, who are now unbeaten for 17 matches in the longest format of the game, will now play the dead rubber fifth Test match against England beginning on December 16 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. (ANI)
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