India captain Virat Kohli insisted that his team would not be disappointed with a magnificent innings and 76-run defeat in the third Test at Huddingley, which saw England draw the five-match series 1-1.
After Kohli won the toss, the fate of the tourists in Leeds was effectively sealed when they were bowled out for just 78 runs by six first-choice bowlers without the England team.
“I can guarantee one thing, we will not be disappointed with this loss,” Kohli said.
When England batted, captain Joe Root scored 121 – the third century of the series and the sixth in Tests this year – for a total of 432 at his Yorkshire home ground.
On the fourth day of the week, before the tourists lost to the new ball, the Indian batsmen scored 91 runs in reply to Cheteshwar Pujara.
He lost his last eight wickets for 63 runs in 19.3 overs before lunch, with Oli Robinson taking the best 5-65 in the Tests.
Despite this, India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after enjoying a rain-drawn draw at Trent Bridge before a decisive 151-run win at Lord’s.
And although there is little time for the fourth Test to begin at the Oval on Thursday, there was no doubt about India’s ability to bounce Kohli back to London.
“You can’t be a bad team overnight,” the star batsman told reporters.
“If what happens in one game guarantees you the same thing in the next game, we should have beaten England again, which didn’t happen because it’s a new day,” Kohli added. .
India lost the first Test against Australia in Adelaide in December and were bowled out for just 36, which claimed a memorable 2-1 victory over the injured squad.
“We like to be in a situation where people start coming to us with doubts and really start questioning the ability of our team,” Kohli said. “It’s the situation we like the most.
Root, meanwhile, was enjoying his team’s first win in eight Tests, with Michael Vaughan having the record for the 27th victory in 55 matches before breaking England’s record.
“I can’t be too proud to be ahead of Michael, but you don’t do it yourself as captain, it also depends on the group of players and the coaching staff,” Root said.
“I’m really proud of the way they did it this week.”
Root is under pressure to play international cricket in the biosecurity bubbles, many England players are worried about arrangements for Australia’s upcoming Ashes tour and vice-captain Jose Butler will be available next week due to an unexpected birth. Will Her second child.
Root has also suffered the constant absence of close friend star all-rounder Ben Stokes due to mental health issues.
But acknowledging that he was going through a “very difficult time”, Root, 30, insisted he had not set a “time limit” as England captain.
However, Robinson’s rise has been a plus, even if his four-Test career derailed in June against New Zealand at Lord’s with the publication of historic racist and sexist tweets.
The 27-year-old fast bowler has dashed hopes that India were to be included in the list of ‘miraculous’ victories at Headingley with a superb spell of 4-25 in eight overs at Hudgens, which included Pujara, Kohli, Rishbha Pant and Ishant Sharma was among them.
Robinson was slammed by a crowd of more than 16,000, and was fired by Yorkshire as a young professional for violating team discipline.
“It’s one of the best days of my cricket career,” he said. “It was a wonderful feeling, the crowd was incredible.
“The noise when we got Kohli out was horrible, it was just an incredible experience and the feeling of getting that wicket.”