India take significant momentum from a 203-run victory at Trent Bridge going to the fourth Specsavers Test in Southampton next week.
And the India captain issued a warning to England that having halved their lead to 2-1 in Nottingham they are out to do what no team has done for 81 years.
“We definitely believe we can if we play cricket like this,” he said. “Some people may have lost hope when we were 2-0 down but we never lost belief in the changing room. What goes on on the outside doesn’t matter to us.
“We want to keep pushing forward. It doesn’t matter who makes the runs or takes the wickets, we all have to put our hands up and make the impact performances.”
Don Bradman’s Australia, against England in 1936-37, are the only outfit to turn around a series from 0-2 to 3-2. Yet India’s skipper insists a repeat of this performance on the south coast can set up a grandstand finish at The Oval early next month.
“The performance from us here was spot on and much needed at this stage of the series. It was so clinical in all three departments and that made things easy for me as a captain,” he said.
“All the players are really proud of what they have done in this match and all in all the complete Test match for us.”
England were certainly outperformed in all areas with India boasting the fastest bowling attack, more consistent batting contributions including a century from Kohli, and holding their chances in the slip cordon.
Of the three it was the bowling unit – just one of the 20 England wickets to fall went to spin – which pleased Kohli the most.
“We have had the four fastest bowlers in the series so far and that is something that we are really proud of,” he said. “We also have fitness levels and our mindsets and are just eager to go out there and play for the team, cutting down any loose deliveries or loose phases.”
Kohli insisted the swing from a defeat by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s to a 203-run victory at Trent Bridge is not evidence of inconsistency, rather that India are clicking into gear.
“There was no panic when we were 2-0 down. We only spoke about the fact that we have been outplayed in one Test out of the last five overseas and that was at Lord’s,” he said.
“Our bowlers are bowling so well and if we can just step up as batsmen we will definitely be on top. That is exactly what we did because we dominated this game because we put runs on the board and then the batsmen.
“It was just a question of what we can do as batsmen whether we could provide them with that cushion and that’s exactly what we did with both skills coming together and [with the] slip catching.”
Source : EXPRESS