“I feel super proud"
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has opened up about how “elated” he is to have won the second Test match against England.
Kohli and his squad ended the Test at Lord’s with a 151-run lead over England on Monday, August 16, 2021.
He labelled the victory a “day late” Independence celebration.
India is now 1-0 up in the five-match series against England.
Speaking of India’s victory, Virat Kohli said the Indian team “fed off” the energy of the crowd, and expressed his happiness at being able to send positive news back to India.
“It’s a day late celebration for Independence Day. It’s the best feeling we can give the Indians here and back in India.
“We have three matches to go and we will be just as intense.”
India’s victory over England marks their third win in 19 Tests at Lord’s. Therefore, Virat Kohli spoke very highly of his team.
The skipper continued:
“I feel super proud of the whole team. The pitch didn’t offer much in the first three days.
“The way we played this morning with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Burmah with the bat was important.
“We believed we could get them out in 60 overs and the bowlers were outstanding.”
Following India’s Test match victory, ESPN Cricket Info took to Twitter to showcase Virat Kohli’s growing talent as a skipper.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 17, 2021
The positive reactions to Virat Kohli’s captaincy come shortly after he was branded “overrated” during India’s second Test match at Lord’s.
Kohli faced major backlash for his average performance in the first innings, making just 42 runs off 102 balls.
After being caught out by England’s Joe Root, Indian fans were disappointed at Virat Kohli’s standard of playing.
They also believed that they would always be waiting for the skipper to score his record-breaking 71st century.
Speaking of Virat Kohli’s Test average, Island Cricket Administrator Daniel Alexander said:
“Virat Kohli’s Test average since 01st January 2020 is 24.18 (16 inns, 387 runs).
“Kohli has not scored an International century in his last 48 inns, last International 100 was against Shakib-less Bangladesh in India on 23rd November 2019.
“Most overrated cricketer ever.”
Other Twitter users agreed with Alexander’s statement, with one saying:
“Probably the worst phase of Kohli’s career right now.
“All the trolling aside, had it been any Australian England or NZ captain, they would have stepped down from captaincy, for team’s sake.
“Kohli should have done this long back, WTC finals was his last chance.”
India will face England in their third Test match from Wednesday, August 25, 2021.