India tour of England, 2018.
ENG 198/9 (20.0 Ovs)
IND 201/3 (18.4 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Kohli, India captain: The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding. At one stage we thought they’d end up getting 225-230 which would’ve been tough. But the character they showed, that’s something we’re very proud of. Just hit our areas better I guess (in the second ten overs). We have the quality to bowl wicket-taking deliveries as well. Applied decent pressure on the batsmen and pulled the game back nicely. 25-30 runs in this format can be massive. Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer. He’s confident with his skills with bat and ball. He’s sure of what he wants to do. With the ball, the way he picked up those wickets after getting hit for boundaries and sixes. His all-round performance was standout today. Was difficult for the bowlers. Have to be honest. Pitch was really, really flat. We enjoyed ourselves as batsmen. England got 200-odd, we got there with few balls to spare. Don’t like to look at hindsight and say we could’ve added another bowler. Guys came up with the goods. We’re gonna continue and try different things. You saw the kind of energy and attitude we had on the field. Feels great to have a series win at the start of the tour.
Morgan, England captain: Tremendous start with the bat. Roy and Buttler prove a dominant force at the top, we didn’t do their platform justice. Probably fell between 20-30 short, just in our execution of shots. Faltered in execution – finding our areas and picking the balls to hit. Normally it’s one of the best parts of our game. India bowled well but on a small ground on a flat wicket, we’re expected to score more than that. We were okay with the ball. Difficult to defend on grounds like this. It’s more the conditions. When you play against teams like Pakistan, India, they have a big following and we’re used to it. It will continue for the rest of the summer, won’t change. Hopefully we can learn as we go along. This series has had three different performances for us. Old Trafford turned, Cardiff – the ground was bigger. And today it was high-scoring. Different pressures. It’s exciting. Trent Bridge has been a good ground for us. The last few of times we’ve lost the toss there, we’ve been able to get a result. Toss for us is less significant. Hopefully, it’s entertaining.
Rohit: That’s the style of my play. Assessing conditions was important at the start of the innings. Once we see off the new ball, we always knew wicket was a good one with short boundaries. Idea was to hold the shape when playing big shots. That’s exactly what I did. I like to be calm, not to panic too much. I know once you’re there, you can make it up later. It’s important to spend some time in the middle and try and play the field. Always important to try and assess the bowlers as well. With four fielders inside, there’s always that option to take chances. With the wicket being so good, I knew I just had to stay there and things will get easier and easier. Pandya has done that for a few years now. More often than not he’ll play such innings in the back end. He’s quite used to it now. The way he bowled gave him confidence. He’s a fearless individual which allows him to do whatever he does on the field. That’s what the team wants him to do.