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Virat Kohli was instrumental in India winning the 2nd Test vs England at Visakhapatnam Getty Images

India scripted a resounding 246-run win over England in the second Test of the five-match series to take a 1-0 lead in at Visakhapatnam. While skipper Virat Kohli‘s aggregate of 248 runs (167 in the first innings and 81 in the second) laid the foundation of victory, England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who missed the last Test, felt that it was crucial to dismiss Kohli early on. Despite the humiliating loss, Woakes felt that all was not lost and England have a good chance to bounce back. England have been able to bounce back trailing 0-1 versus India in the last three series played between both sides. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Speaking about Kohli’s performance in the previous Test, Woakes said, “Kohli scored lot of those runs, Pujara has also scored. Kohli has scored majority of runs, particularly in that second Test match. So, we are going to have plans to him to try and stop him scoring. Once he gets in, it’s hard to get him out. I feel that the teams are fairly evenly matched,” added the star all-rounder from England’s camp.

“Although we have lost that last Test match, we felt that we have played some good cricket on this tour barring a session maybe. We obviously do have to win here (talking about the toss) to make sure we can win the series..everyone is in good spirits (on team morale after previous loss).”

Talking about his own form after being rested in the previous tie, he said he was “fit and raring to go”.

When asked that bowlers always have niggles and if he felt disappointed to miss you given the way he bowled in the first game, Woakes said, “Yeah, I suppose you always want to play, you don’t want to miss any Test match, particularly when you feel you are in decent form and decent nick. Yeah, I suppose its one of those things which happens..”

On missing the services of their fast bowling spearhead Stuart Broad, Woakes said, “Obviously, it will be a huge loss if Stuart doesn’t play..he is a world class bowler, he has been there for a long period of time. He has showed how good he is in one spell he bowled, I think it was one of the morning sessions, the last Test match.”

When asked if he feels Mohali, traditionally known to favour fast bowlers, is the venue where England can boost their seam attack given, Woakes replied, saying, “potentially, may be…as you mentioned there has been history here that potentially might help the seamers a little bit better but then same time last year’s Test match it was just the opposite.”

Woakes also fielded a volley of questions surrounding ongoing “Sweet-Gate” in context to what happened with the South African team in Australia and also in the ongoing series in India. He said he feels there were “grey areas” which need to be clarified.