Kohli: India showed character

Test cricket

India skipper Virat Kohli was pleased with the way his side ended the first Test against England, saying they needed to show similar character in future tense situations.

The match in Rajkot ended in a draw as India held on in the final session, reaching stumps with four wickets in hand. It was nervy though, as England took their six wickets in under two sessions.

But Kohli, who was the driving force in the defence, ended on 49 not out after playing a solid, non-flashy knock, was pleased to show that his side was not boom or bust.

He said of his final stand with Ravi Jadeja: “Well, at least we know how to draw games now. Before that, some people obviously were skeptical about our side knowing how to draw games.

“We won games or we lost games. I spoke with Jadeja out there that it was an opportunity for both of us to improve on another aspect of the game.

“Maybe in Test cricket in the future, we will have this situation again. Maybe we will have to apply ourselves again and show character.

“So, have the intent to get runs in between but play percentage cricket, figure out areas where you want to take ones or hit boundaries, but at the same time, be sure of your defense as well.

“So, it was a challenging situation but one that we countered really well, I thought.

“We looked at it as an opportunity for us to know how to play in this situation. The best learning is in the game.

“You can practice all you want in the nets, but only way you know how to make runs is when you understand how they are done.

“When you are put under pressure, if you bat out the innings, if you play a draw, then you understand as a team when you need to switch gears and trust your defense and slow the game down.

“Those things are very important to learn as a Test side if you have to be consistent over a period of time and not just a shot in the dark.”

The second Test starts at Visakhapatnam on 17 November.