Kohli pleased with lower order contributions


India Test captain Virat Kohli was delighted with his side’s 197-run win over New Zealand in Kanpur, and was especially pleased with the way the lower order helped out with the bat.

India’s 500th Test ended in victory on day five thanks to efforts from Ravi Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin, with bat and ball. Ashwin wook 10 wickets in the match but also scored a vital 40 in the first innings.

Jadeja, who was man of the match, made 42 and 50 lower down the order, and also took a five-fer in the first innings. Kohli was happy to gain a psychological advantage through the wagging tail.

He said after the match: “Lower down the order, it’s the most important thing in Test cricket, all the good sides around the world have that.

“That’s one area we are working very hard. Everyone wants to contribute. Ashwin, Saha, Mishra as well.

“That’s a big psychological dent on the opposition, they think then can get us down before 300 but we get 330.

“It’s a memorable Test, it’s been a very good Test, from the second day onwards when New Zealand were batting really well we and Ashwin were chatting how we had to show good resilience to win it.”

For his part, Jadeja was happy with his efforts and congratulated Ashwin on reaching 200 Test wickets, saying that they worked well as a pairing.

Jadeja said: “I’m used to bowling on such wickets, on turning tracks. That’s what I was focused on. I was enjoying myself.

“The wicket was pretty slow in the first innings. I think we tried and mixed the pace, fast, slow.

“Obviously Ashwin is a very good bowler on slow turning tracks and I would like to congratulate him for 200 wickets.

“I’m enjoying bowling with him, and whenever wicket was not falling we always talk about what to do. We enjoy each other’s company.”