After enduring a heavy defeat in the opening encounter in Chennai, Virat Kohli-led Team India produced a remarkable comeback and won the following contest being played at the same venue by a massive 317 runs. R Ashwin emerged as the standout player from the contest as the spinner finished the contest with eight wickets and scored an impressive century in the second innings.
Apart from Ashwin, debutant Axar Patel also had a good outing on a sharp-turning Chepauk track and completed a five-wicket haul in the second innings. Among the batsmen it was Rohit Sharma, who laid the perfect platform for the hosts after smashing 161 runs in the first innings.
That winning feeling!
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2021
Team India rejoiced the moment and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Here are a few tweets:
Superb character and fighting spirit on display. Well done boys. The focus is now on the next one. pic.twitter.com/TEVceiOhYM
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 16, 2021
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) February 16, 2021
I can’t express how I feel right now, but I am so very grateful to each and everyone who has wished me over the last few days. I would also like to thank the #KnowledgableChennaiCrowd for turning up in numbers and making me feel like a hero. pic.twitter.com/VXEgC0GU2D
— Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2021
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) February 16, 2021
This was England’s biggest lost in Asia in terms of runs and with this win the four-match series is now leveled at 1-1.
“I am enjoying my game and am really happy it happened in Chennai. Every load up gives a different result in terms of which way the pitch is behaving. I try and load up differently, use the breeze, use different angles to release the ball, speed of the run-up. This is working because I have created this awareness for myself. I have been playing it for the last 25 years. I really had to express myself,” Ashwin said during the post-match presentation ceremony.