Virat Kohli gave credit to the Indian cricket team’s mindset as they won the two-match Test series by beating Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in the maiden Day/Night Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
After the match, Kohli said that the boys can pick up wickets on any kind of surface with the way they are bowling currently. “Only your belief can make you win. If you feel fast bowlers are not in the game then you are already into a negative mindset. With the way these guys are bowling now, they can pick up wickets on any surface at home or away,” he said in the post-match ceremony.
“Even the spinners, if they play away from home, they should have the belief that they can take a fifer. So I think it’s all about the mindset you walk in with. If you have a set template saying I might not be bowling that much in the game, then your body language is such.
“These guys are very hungry and I feel we are in the right kind of space to capitalise on opportunities and everyone is enjoying playing in this team. That’s the standout feature about us,” Kohli added.
Kolkata turned pink for India’s maiden pink ball Test as the hosts wrapped up the match and series within one hour of play’s start on Day 3. Thanking the crowd, Kohli said, “Amazing. The numbers have only gotten better. I think yesterday was even more than Day 1 and we didn’t expect so many people would turn up today especially us having chance of finishing the game very early, but still to see so many people witnessing an Indian win in the stadium is special and I think it sets a great example and also reiterates the point I made about Test centres. It’s a good step forward in that regard.”
Meanwhile, opposition captain Mominul Haque expressed his disappointment and said, “Definitely a bit concerned and it’s very disappointing for everyone. We have to learn from the last two games and not repeat mistakes.”
“I think the Pink Ball was challenging especially because it moved a lot with the new ball. If I look back, there were positives. Ebadot bowled really well and Mushy and Liton showed what they can do with the bat. Indore was a dry wicket and I don’t think it would make any difference whether we batted first or bowled first,” he added.
Ishant Sharma, who was awarded player of the match as well as series for snaring 4/55 for a match haul of nine wickets, said, “Shami told me to give him whatever I’m carrying in my pocket (laughs). We enjoy each others’ success as fast bowlers. I’m just hitting the right areas and sticking to my plans. We developed that in the last game (the leg-cutting ball coming into the left-hander from round the wicket) and we had chats with the bowling coach and batting coach who thought it was a fluke, but I bowled that ball deliberately and I did the same this game. When we started it didn’t swing and last night it swung and we adjusted to the conditions very well.”