Kohli on India’s biggest Test win: Kohli threw accolades on Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja and the team for a gargantuan victory.
In which ended up being a cakewalk for India, they literally conquered the first Test against West Indies. A record-breaking victory (by an innings and 272 runs) came India’s way in under three complete days.
Speaking during the post-match presentation, captain Virat Kohli was contended with the way his team played in these three days. Having lost India’s last series 1-4 against and in England, Kohli was asked about the difference in conditions of England and India.
“I don’t think you can compare the two conditions [England and India]. That was a bigger challenge. We understand that with the ability we have, we will dominate in these conditions. We were very clinical,” he was quoted.
Kohli didn’t feel it to be correct to speak on what went wrong for the inexperienced opposition. “It’s not something for to speak on [West Indies’ performance] I’m sure they’ll sort out the errors. We don’t want to focus on what the opposition does,” he said.
Apart from praising the team’s effort as a whole, Kohli was delighted on the way debutant Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja batted during India’s innings. “Delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. Playing his first game, seeing him dominate – the guy showed he is different quality. That’s why he’s been pushed to the Test team. It is exciting to see from the captain’s perspective.
“Jaddu as well – he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures. We believe he can turn matches for us,” said the Indian captain.
Although the Indian fast bowlers picked only three (out of 20) wickets in two innings, Kohli was satisfied to see them bowled in the way they did. “If you see the first innings, the way Umesh and Shami ran in to bowl. Few wickets with the new ball and you can put the opposition under pressure. Shami took wickets on a pitch that was offering nothing. Didn’t want to play four bowlers with the heat factor,” Kohli added.
Apart from their cricket-related performance, another facet of the game which allured praise for India was their handsome over rate in both the innings. On being asked about the reason behind the same, Kohli answered, “It was a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well. With the new rule of not drinking water. The guys struggled a bit because of that, it was difficult for guys to bat 45 minutes without water. I’m sure they’ll look at those rules and adjust it for conditions.”
Read some of the Twitter reactions on India’s dominating performance below:
Biggest innings wins for India:
innings & 272 runs v WI, Rajkot, 2018
innings & 262 runs v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018
innings & 239 runs v Ban, Dhaka, 2007
innings & 239 runs v SL, Nagpur, 2017
innings & 219 runs v Aus, Kolkata, 1998
— Aniruddha (@ABDAniruddha) October 6, 2018
टेस्ट इतिहास में भारत की सबसे बड़ी जीत पर क्रिकेट टीम को शुभकामनाएं
राजकोट टेस्ट में भारत ने वेस्ट इंडीज़ को पारी और 272 रन से हराया#INDvWI
— अनीता यादव (@anitayadav55) October 6, 2018
Think Windies could have batted again for 3rd time today and may be 4th and 5th time tommorow & 5th n 6th time on day 5 just for the few spectators who had come to watch this useless test match #INDvWI
— Sunil Shenoy (@sunil_shenoy) October 6, 2018
— waQas ali khaMosh (@wAk_sports) October 6, 2018