Virat Kohli’s effort goes in vain as England win first Test


In one sense England need Stokes more than he needs them, as he is among the first generation who can play Twenty20 tournaments rather than Tests to enjoy a lucrative career.

"It is a fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?"

Ben Stokes took the key wicket of Virat Kohli as England beat India in the first cricket test by 31 runs on Saturday. Based on the score, team England scored 287 runs in the first innings and lost all wickets. So the bowlers are always in the game so yuou do expect batsmen to get a ball that has their name on it.

Ishant (five for 51) ruined England's attempt to rebuild when Dawid Malan edged to gully for 20 and then took three wickets in one over either side of lunch.

He said: "They're a very good team but we're very much in the hunt [here] when the ball's moving. Ishant showed character here, Umesh hung around with Hardik again", he said. But one thing that really stands out for me is that inner drive and determination from this group of players. "That gives us a great amount of confidence going into the rest of the series as well", he added.

Just as we shouldn't have got too down on him after his debut at Headingley, however, so we shouldn't get too excited after one good game.

Ultimately though, England fans and players alike were spared the levels of anxiety suffered at Edgbaston in 2005 or Trent Bridge in 2013 as Stokes tempted Pandya (31) outside off, the ball sliding off the edge and into the grateful hands of Alastair Cook at first slip with India still 31 runs shy of parity. But ultimately, we've seen throughout this game that the ball has move around so if we put it in the right areas for long enough, we'd get our rewards.

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"I think I've learned that as I've grown up, with two very competitive brothers in the back-garden cricket, 'don't give them anything!', and I try to take that on to the pitch".

Pandya hit a flurry of boundaries to ease the Indian nerves but Ben Stokes got rid of the Indian captain with his second delivery of the day.

Root said: "I spoke to the boys at the start, and said "Just go out there with that belief, desire that you have done the previous two days in the field" - and they didn't disappoint". "Back in the day I used to think about playing in different conditions, different countries, but when you become captain it's about taking your team across the line".

"I couldn't be prouder of that".

England are still in with a chance largely thanks to the all-round contribution of 20-year-old Sam Curran - who followed his first-innings four-wicket haul with a maiden Test half-century to inspire the recovery second time round from 87 for seven to 180 all out.

"The reason Sam's played is firstly for his performances that he's put in for Surrey". Not bad for only his second Test. "They want the ball, they want to do the batting and they just want it all the time", he said.

Virat Kohli is now officially the No. 1 Test batsman in the world as per the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen.