Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

  • Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

Anderson was also full or praise for young Sam Curran, who brought England back into the game with a maiden Test half-century after they were reduced to 87 for 7 in the second innings at one stage.

India´s captain Virat Kohli celebrates scoring his century on the second day of the first Test match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, August 2, 2018.

Virat Kohli single-handedly kept India in the first Test with his maiden hundred in England but the captain would still rate the memorable knock second to his 141 in a lost run-chase against Australia in Adelaide nearly four years ago.

"No-one is invincible in world cricket". I played four matches for Sussex, and a few One-Day matches too, but I bowled almost 250 overs in that.

After a cautious start, Curran grew in confidence and clobbered Ravichandran Ashwin, who was the pick of the Indian bowling attack in the first innings, for a six and a four off consecutive balls in the session before tea. If he bats like he did in the first innings, even batting with the tail, it was so hard to keep them on strike - the way he batted with the tail was brilliant.

"So, yeah, I mean we need five wickets, it's as simple as that, and we need them quickly otherwise they'll get the runs".

"We are trying to get everyone out".

Anderson then had Kohli dropped with the score stuck on 100, Malan in the slips the guilty party. "We can get him out", he said.

"You can't drop Kohli on 21 because he's one of the best players in the world and he'll capitalise on that, which he did. So I have to give a lot of credit to them for getting us this close, because they got stuck in there and supported me really well, and I could feel confident about them being out there, which is very important".

No matter how well one does in the shorter formats of the game - One Day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) - yhe true worth of a cricketer and a team is always judged by performances in the long format - Test cricket.

The duel between the 36-year-old, Test cricket's second most successful pace bowler, and Kohli made for rivetting viewing on the second day before the Indian skipper, dropped on 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan, went on to hit 149.

"He (Curran) knows exactly what he's doing, how to set batsmen up, and we saw he has talent with the bat as well".

"I did not think 10 years ago I was going to be sitting here in my career so I have no complaints whatsoever and I am not in a frame of mind to prove myself in any country".

Kohli, whose arrival at the wicket had been greeted by some boos from the Edgbaston crowd after his controversial celebration of Joe Root's run-out on Thursday, stopped the visitors' reply to England's 287 from falling into disarray. The India/England five Test encounter may not be labelled as a blue riband series like the Ashes or India versus Pakistan but the approach of both teams just goes to show that this will (hopefully) be a series to remember.

"I don't want to sound negative after he's made such an exciting contribution to this game, but the obvious concern is how effective Curran would be if the ball isn't swinging".