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India beat England in the second Test to tie the 4-Test series 1-1. Indian captain Virat Kohli praised spinner Akshar Patel after the win. He said that this is a special moment for the left-arm bowler. Had he not been hurt, he would have played in the first Test as well.
Kohli said that if Akshar gets such a pitch, he can wreak havoc. They have 2 more important matches left. Kohli also described Rishabh Pant as an important member of the current team. He said that Pant did a great wicket-keeping despite the turn on the pitch.
Pant improved himself as wicketkeeper
Kohli said, ‘Pant had worked hard during the tour of Australia. When they hit the ground with the gloves, they have a different attitude. He has worked hard on himself. We want him to keep improving himself as a wicketkeeper.
The arrival of spectators gave confidence to Indian players
Kohli said, ‘It was bad enough to play with the audience in the first Test. We had no energy left in the first 2 days of the first test. From the second innings of this test, we started doing Momentum gain. There was a change in our body language. The arrival of the audience gave us confidence.
Chennai audiences understand their role
Kohli praised the audience and said that the Chennai audience is very intelligent. They understand their role. There is a moment during the test when the bowler needs support. My role is to keep the fans connected to cricket. Actually, Kohli was seen motivating the audience on the ground during the first innings. Its video went viral.
Forced the batsmen to make a mistake
After the match, Akshar Patel said that taking 5 wickets in the debut test is special. There was a lot of turn on the pitch. I was bringing variations in bowling speed and forcing the batsmen to make mistakes. At the same time, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav said that my role was to stop the run. We were planning for this series from Australia tour itself. Not playing cricket in the last 2 years was challenging.
Next day-night test will start from 24 February
Kuldeep said that we were not under pressure after losing the first Test. We were in the same situation in our debut series against Australia in 2017, but we had made a comeback. I knew we would comeback. The next 2 Tests between India and England will be played in Motera, Ahmedabad. The third Test will be played from 24 February. This will be a day-night test. At the same time, the fourth test will begin on March 4.