kohli

After losing the Edgbaston Test to England by 31 runs, Indian skipper Virat Kohli admitted that the better side won and his team needs to step it up by being positive and relentless, similar to how England were in the first Test.

“There is no hiding from this game; we need to be positive, relentless,” said Kohli during the post-match presentation. “Couple of times we made comebacks and we showed a character.”

SCORECARD | REPORT DAY 4 – AS IT HAPPENED

India’s bowlers managed to bowl out England for 287 and 180 and Kohli reckoned they have set the tone for the rest of the series. “Bowlers were outstanding in the second innings and we can be proud as team to the start this way in a big series against England in England,” he said.

The skipper, who made 149 and 51 in the match, expressed disappointment with the way the top order performed. While Kohli scored 200 runs in the match, the rest of the batsmen could only muster 214.

“Our shot selection could have been better. We definitely need to apply ourselves better with the bat, but England came back superbly and we need to take the positives and move forward. There is a lot to learn from the lower order in the first innings, Ishant and Umesh got stuck in the middle.” said the 29-year-old.

Commenting about his first-innings 149, Kohli said had his team won here it could have been his Test knock. “From the team’s point of view, my innings in the first innings is right up there, perhaps second after the knock in Adelaide. Had we won it would have been the best,” he said.

Kohli had scored two hundreds (115 & 141) at Adelaide but India lost to Australia by 48 runs.