Virat Kohli made 58 in the second innings and Kohli, who went past the 500-run mark for the series
Virat Kohli made 58 in the second innings and Kohli, who went past the 500-run mark for the series

After a 60-run loss to England in the 4th Test in Southampton, India skipper Virat Kohli lauded the home team’s fighting spirit and conceded that India were always under pressure chasing the target of 245 because of England’s good bowling performance.

“(We) thought we were in with a fifty-fifty chance last night and Didn’t get a good start (today) and England applied a lot of pressure,” said Kohli during the post-match presser, adding “But we were always under the pump. The pressure was non-stop.”

Off spinner Moeen Ali claimed 4 for 71 in the second innings to add to his 5 for 53 in the first.

India were in a spot of bother at 22 for three early in the run chase before Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane revived India with a stand of 101 runs for the fourth wicket, but Kohli rued lack of partnerships otherwise.

“Me and Jinks (Rahane) did well with that partnership, but if you don’t have a partnership before or after it becomes difficult,” said Kohli, who went past the 500-run mark for the series.

Despite enjoying the upper hand twice in the match, India failed to capitalise as England’s lower-order made telling contributions and the Indian skipper hinted that those handy contributions made a big difference.

“It is quite handy to have guys who can strike the ball well in those positions, said Kohli. “Once those partnerships get going, it gets frustrating. Every team feels like that, when the lower-order gets runs. They were braver in tough situations than us. Those contributions from lower-order have been significant.”

After being 86 for 6 in the first innings, England’s last four manage to add 160 runs with Ali adding 40 and Sam Curran scoring 78. In the second innings, Curran’s valuable 46 coupled with Jos Buttler’s 69 meant England’s last five added 150 as opposed to the 122 by the top five.

“Every team feels like that, when the lower-order gets runs. They were braver in tough situations than us. Those contributions from lower-order have been significant. Would like to congratulate Sam Curran, a nice find for England and he’s doing well,” added Kohli.

While acknowledging India’s ability to put up a fight in the series, Kohli also underlined the importance of results. The skipper pointed out that being “competitive” is not enough and that India require to cross the line in order for all their individual efforts to in fact, materialise.

“We can look at the scoreboard and say we were only 30 runs away or 50 runs away, but we have to recognise that when we are in the midst of the situation, and not later. We know that we have played good cricket, but we cannot say again and again to ourselves that we have competed. When you come so close, there is an art of crossing the line as well, which we will have to learn,” he said.

“We have the ability and that is why we are getting close to a result, and we have belief in that ability. But when a pressure situation comes, how we react to it is something we have to work on a bit, something everyone is ready to work on that. We are not feeling that in the last Test we will not play with intensity. We still have one opportunity to improve our mistakes and to learn to capitalise during pressure situations.”