Trent Bridge, Nottingham: India quickly took the one wicket it needed on the final day of the third test to clinch a 203-run victory.
India captain Virat Kohli dedicated the win – just the country’s seventh in tests on English soil – to those affected by the floods in the Indian state of Kerala that have left more than 400 people dead and sent more than 800,000 fleeing for dry land.
“It’s a tough time there. People are going through a lot,” Kohli said. “This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team.”
“First and foremost, we as a team want to dedicate the victory to the flood victims back home in Kerala. People are going through a lot, and this is the least we can do,” said Kohli in the post-match interview.
Kohli was the man of the match for his scores of 97 and 103. He was also ably assisted by his teammates and the Indian skipper seemed especially happy about the reemergence of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Both have been India’s biggest assets in Test cricket and turned in anonymous performances in the second Test.
“Very crucial how Rahane played, having lost Puji just before lunch. He’s very positive, we love that about him,” he said. “He can change the whole complexion of the game, and that’s what he did. They’re a quality bowling attack and you need the grit to score against them, and that’s what Jinx in the first innings and Puji in the second showed.”
“The victory was much needed at this stage of the series and to have a performance like that, which was so clinical in all three departments, is something that was pleasing to me as a captain,” said Kohli.
“The players are really proud of what they’ve done in this Test too. Everyone is taking responsibility at the right time.”
By scoring his 23rd Test century in the second innings at Nottingham, Kohli moved level with Steve Smith, Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Justin Langer and Javed Miandad.
He has scored 440 runs in the series, 234 more than the next highest run-scorer, England’s Jonny Bairstow.
Kohli also said that the fast bowlers are getting better with every Test match they play. In this Test, Hardik Pandya took five wickets in England’s first innings while Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul did the cleaning up act in the second innings.