India wrapped up the formalities on Wednesday morning to clinch a hard-fought win in the third Test and stay alive in the series 2-1. The teams now head to Southampton for the fourth Test
Speaking at the post-match presentation, man-of-the-match and captain Virat Kohli said, "The victory was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have been clinical in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. A complete Test for us. There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord's.”
Kohli was especially effusive in his praise of the bowlers. "We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, they were waiting and ready, even Ashwin did well with his injury. The bowling group was ready to take 20 wickets again," the skipper said.
The captain even went on to say that they still believe they can win the series although history is not with them. "We just need to keep moving forward, keep winning. We wouldn't be 2-1 if we didn't believe. The respect and the belief in the change room is important, and one must keep wanting to win. We need to bring out the impact performances in the next two Tests as well," the skipper explained.
--By A Cricket Correspondent