Chennai crowd are very intelligent: Virat Kohli
The first Test match between India and England was played behind closed doors at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Joe Root scored his fifth double century in his 100th Test match. He was named the man of the match. England won the match by 227 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the high-profile series.
After losing the first Test match, India were under pressure as they had to win the Test series by 2-1 or 3-1 else, they are out of the race to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final. Earlier, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the ICC WTC final after Australia postponed their tour of South Africa.
If England win one more Test match, then India are definitely out of the race. In the second Test match, India made a stellar comeback as they kept the visitors at bay. The hosts won the game by 317 runs. Rohit Sharma scored 161 in the first innings with the help of 19 fours and 2 sixes. Ravichandran Ashwin took his 29th fifer in Test cricket.
Ravi Ashwin scored his fifth Test century in the second innings and became the first cricketer in the present era to score a hundred and take a fifer on three different occasions. Ravi Ashwin was named the man of the match for his all-round performance.
Chennai crowd are intelligent: Kohli
Indian captain Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better performance from his boys as they performed really well and stunned England cricket team in the second Test match. In the process, India registered their biggest win over England in Test cricket. Kohli, at the post-match presentation, termed Chennai crowd as ‘intelligent’.
“It was a bit strange in the first game to be playing at home with empty stands. We were pretty flat on the first two days over there to be pretty honest, myself included, didn’t pick up energy on the field. But from the second innings onwards in the first game, we picked up and were on the money in terms of our body language.
The crowds make a big difference, this game was an example of the grit and determination this sideshows and the crowd is a big part of that. Chennai crowd are very intelligent, they understand their cricket really well.
In a 15-20 minute period where the bowler needs the support of the crowd, it is my responsibility to involve everyone and bring in the crowd. If I am running in to bowl in this heat, I need people to motivate me. It is a perfect game for us,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.