India dominated at Trent Bridge because we put runs on the board: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored 97 and 103 at Trent Bridge. @Getty

Virat Kohli was an understandably please captain after overseeing a famous Indian victory at Trent Bridge, and personally satisfied for having played a leading role in it. Kohli was named Man of the Match for his 200 runs in the Test – 97 in the first innings and 103 in the second – as India beat England by 203 runs.

After chastening defeats at Edgbaston and Lord’s, Kohli’s team rebounded in stunning manner to make it 1-2 with two Tests to go, and having performed so wonderfully just four days after an innings defeat gave the skipper plenty to be proud about.

The victory was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have been clinical in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. A complete Test for us,” said Kohli after the win. “There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game where we were outplayed out of the last five, and that was Lord’s. The four fastest bowlers in the series have been Indians and we’re proud of our fitness levels. We want the opposition to bat well and get runs and we don’t want to gift them any. We definitely believe we can come back from 0-2 to 3-2, we just need to keep moving forward, keep winning.”

India’s bowlers did well to take 20 wickets in each Test of the the tour of South Africa in January, but a lack of runs meant they lost the series 1-2. In the first Test they bowled out England twice but the batsmen, barring Kohli who scored 149 and 51 there, once again underperformed and India were beaten by 31 runs. At Lord’s, India got the toughest conditions of the series on a wet day and were bowled out for 107.

At Trent Bridge, innings of 329 and 352/7 declared allowed the bowlers to push towards a famous win, and their pace bowlers claimed 19 of the 20 English wickets to fall. The batting, Kohli identified, was the difference at Trent Bridge.

Ajinkya Rahane 81 Trent Bridge
Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 in a partnership of 159 with Virat Kohli. @Getty

“We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, even Ashwin did well with his injury,” he said. “So we, as batsmen, did well to give them a cushion for the bowlers to go hard. Even the slips did well, and this mix of all skills couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Kohli also singled out India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who made 81 on day one and with Kohli added India’s highest partnership in England since 2002.

“Ajinkya was clear in his mindset in the first innings, and when he goes out and plays like that, he can change the complexion of the game. It was about getting stuck and not throw our wicket away. They’re a quality attack and you need grit and determination, and Ajinkya did that in the first innings and [Cheteshwar] Pujara in the second,” said Kohli.

Asked about his series returns of 440 runs in three Tests, as compared to four years ago when he managed 134 in 10, and Kohli said: “I haven’t thought about the 2014 failures, but I’d like to thank my wife who is here and keeps motivating me.”