Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 1-4 series defeat to England

first_imgIndia put up a great fight despite staring down the barrel on the fifth day but in the end fell short by 118 runs to lose the final Test against England at The Oval on Tuesday.Chasing a mammoth 464 and with three wickets down for 58 going into the final day’s play, India ended up reaching 345 thanks mainly to the efforts of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane.Rahul top-scored with 149 runs and added 118 runs with Rahane (37) for the fourth wicket before teaming up with young Pant to add another 204 runs for the sixth wicket.Oval Test: England overcome Rahul, Pant tons to beat India and clinch series 4-1Pant ended up scoring 114, his maiden Test hundred which he brought up with a massive six against Adil Rashid.But once Rahul and Pant fell, it was all over for India, who may have lost 1-4, but the series scoreline doesn’t reflect the true nature of this series.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test series”Credit has to go to both those young guys for stepping up on this stage. From three wickets down, it take guts. It might not show in the scoreline but both sides played in great spirit.Rishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundred”That was an example of two guys not giving up and entertaining the crowd. This has been one of the best series I’ve been involved in, and a great advert for Test cricket,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementNobody gave India a chance in this Test before the final day’s play but Rahul and Pant made sure all three results were possible till the time they were at the crease. Which has been the story of the series throughout the 42-odd days with India coming close but failing to get over the line.Rishabh Pant a work in progress, feel former India wicket-keepersEven at the Oval, for most of the final day, the story was of a spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory but it wasn’t to be after all.Kohli, who ended up as the highest run-scorer with 593 runs in the five matches, also rued the missed opportunities in the final Test and throughout the series which resulted in their downfall at Birmingham, Lord’s, Southampton and Oval.Anderson surpasses McGrath to become 4th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket”We will sit down and think about, if we had taken those opportunities, we missed quite few. When both teams are going for wins, you can have a result that looks like that [4-1], they don’t go for draws.”They played fearless, you hardly have draws in these tense series and that’s what the scoreline shows. I’m not saying it wasn’t a fair scoreline, because they played better than us, but we can take a lot of heart and apply lessons to how we play Test cricket,” Kohli went on to add.Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.The 36-year-old Anderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record Test run-scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.last_img read more