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England captain Joe Root is delighted after his team’s 31-run win against top-ranked India in the Edgbaston Test. Chasing 194, Ben Stokes put Indian hopes to rest with a double-wicket in which he removed captain Virat Kohli on 51.

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He then fittingly got rid of the last India batsman – Hardik Pandya – as England team broke into celebrations taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Root himself had a decent game having scored 80 runs in England’s first innings – his 12th straight half-century against India in as many Tests. Praising his bowlers for the win, Root said, “I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit more than anything. The easy thing to do is to criticise the batters, but it isn’t easy taking 20 wickets on a pitch like this.”

With India 110/5, at the start of the penultimate day’s play, it was anybody’s game. And with first-innings centurion Kohli still batting, India had a little edge over their hosts but James Anderson picked up overnight batsman Dinesh Karthik in the first over to put his team ahead. Root says keeping calm was the key.

“Coming into today, it was going to be stiff challenge and we knew that if we stayed calm throughout, we would give ourselves the best chance to win. I felt quite calm, might not have appeared to be but it is something I need to work on. That is what the atmosphere is all about, this is why Test cricket is this special – it throws up so many things through the day and we did a good job in staying calm and kept believing in each other,” Root said at the post-match presentation.

Root feels the win gives England a lot of confidence ahead of the second Test at Lord’s which starts from August 9.

England were 87/7 and an overall lead of 100 runs at one stage. However, the young bowling allrounder Sam Curran turned the game around with a an attacking half-century to give his team a fighting chance. This was after he had scored a handy 24 in the first innings and then picked up fours (five in the Test) wickets as well.

Praising the 20-year-old who was playing in just his second Test, Root said having him in the playing XI is like having two Ben Stokes. “Sam Curran has a great amount of skill. It’s great having him in our side and he’s very exciting and promising cricketer. He just didn’t seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like having two Ben Stokes in the side. He is only in his second Test and it’s easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us,” he said.