New Delhi: The third test match of the 5-match series was played between India and England at the Headingley ground. In this match, the British defeated the Indian team by an innings and 76 runs. The poor game of the Indian batsmen was a big reason for the loss in this match. Meanwhile, Team India captain Virat Kohli has given a big statement, breaking the silence for the first time after this defeat.
Kohli said this thing
India captain Virat Kohli said after the innings defeat in the third Test here on Saturday that there was a lot of pressure on the ‘scoreboard’ with England taking a huge lead as well as their bowlers performing brilliantly. The Indian team was reduced to 278 runs in the second innings, losing eight wickets before lunch on the fourth day, losing by an innings and 76 runs. The team could score only 78 runs in the first innings. England then scored 432 runs in their first innings to take a big lead of 354 runs. England has likewise leveled the five-match series at 1-1.
Kohli told the reason for the defeat
Kohli said after the match, ‘When you get out within 80 runs (in the first innings) then it is the pressure of the scoreboard and after that the opponent team makes such a big score.’ The Indian team had scored 215 runs for two wickets on the third day, due to which it was in good condition. Kohli said, ‘But we played well yesterday to stay in the match, we tried as much as we could and also gave ourselves a chance.’
England’s bowling was excellent – Kohli
Regarding the England bowlers, he said, ‘But today the England bowlers put a lot of pressure and in the end got the result they wanted.’ Kohli said, ‘The first innings score was very bad, it can happen in this country, the whole innings collapses like a pack of cards.’ On the fourth day’s play, he said, ‘We thought the pitch was good for batting. But the disciplined bowling forced them to commit mistakes and the pressure was too much. When you are not scoring runs, it is very difficult to get over the pressure. Due to this the batting collapsed.
The statement given at the toss
The Indian captain had won the toss and decided to bat. When asked about the decision of the toss, he said, “No, the pitch was looking good for batting, when England started batting, our bowling was not that good. How both the teams played in this match, the result is according to that. The Indian team took the lead in the second Test with a resounding victory. But now the series is level, then the captain of the Indian team said, ‘We had expected him to return.’