At the start of day 05, the first Test was set for a classic finish, as India needed another 157 runs, with nine more wickets at their disposal, while England needed another 9 wickets.
Persistent rain in Nottingham, however, meant that not a single ball was bowled on the final day, leading to a stalemate.
As India hit 52 runs from their 209 goal thanks to positive batting from KL Rahul on day 04, Virat Kohli felt his team wanted to get a good crack at the target on the final day.
‘We were expecting rain on days 3 and 4, and it chose to arrive on day 5 when we wanted to get a good goal. We wanted to start strong, and on the way to day five we felt we had the chance right before the ball. We definitely felt like we were right up there, and it’s a shame we could not finish day five. We reached 50 overnight, a positive effect for us. It was not just survival, it was about getting to the limits when we get the chance, ”said Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli praises the Indian tail for their important contribution with the bat in Nottingham
One refreshing thing we saw in this Test match is that the much-discussed Indian tail contributed with the bat in India’s first innings.
The last three batsmen – Mohammed Shami (13), Jasprit Bumrah (28) and Mohammed Siraj (7 *) – add 48 runs between them and ensure that India swells their lead to 95.
Kohli said the performance was the result of hard yards putting in the above names in the run-up to the series, while attributing the trio to the lead India eventually achieved.
‘It’s the hard work of three weeks (the bat in the lower order). They were regularly in the nets, and we only got a 95-point lead from their efforts. I think they did an excellent job with the bat, “said Virat Kohli.
Both sides are going to London where they will lock horns at Lord’s Cricket Ground from 12 August.