Skipper Virat Kohli today said that it was a test of physical and mental strength that he slammed his maiden Test ton on English soil to guide India to 274 in the first innings of the series opener.
Replying to England’s 287, Kohli dropped twice by Dawid Malan in the slips off pacer James Anderson — scored a gritty 149, his innings laced with 22 fours and a six, to enable the visitors trim the first innings deficit to 13 runs.
“It was difficult, but I told myself that it was important to enjoy this moment and consider a challenge to take the team far and the innings deep. It was a test of physical and mental strength and I’m glad that we could come close to their total and we’re pretty much in the game,” Kohli was quoted as saying by BCCI.tv on Friday.
“When you help the team that way, it obviously feels great. I have to laud the tail as well,” he added. Kohli also praised the Indian lower-order batsmen for supporting him from the other end after the top and middle order collapsed.