England defeated India by 227 runs in the first match of the series in Chennai. Indian team captain Virat Kohli admitted after this defeat that his team did not put much pressure on England. Kohli said, ‘I don’t think in the first part of the match we put the necessary pressure on him with the ball. Overall as a bowling unit we should have kept them under control.
India had a target of 420 runs in the fourth innings but on Tuesday, India’s second innings was reduced to 192 on the last day of the match. Captain Kohli scored the highest 72 runs in the second innings. Left-arm spinner from England
However, Kohli said, “The fast bowlers and Ashwin bowled well in the first innings but at the same time we needed to rein in the runs so that some pressure could be created.” Kohli however admitted that the role of this wicket was also very important. “It was a slow wicket and the bowlers were not getting the kind of help which made it easy for the batsmen to change ends,” he said. It seemed that the wicket in the first two days did not help the bowlers much.
Kohli, however, also credited his game to the England team. Kohli said, ‘He should get credit for the kind of game that England showed. He scored big on the board. Our body language and passion was not up to the mark.