Virat Kohli says India must learn how to cross the finish line

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Kohli's men were unable to salvage the series against England.

Virat Kohli lauded the intensity shown by his men in the fourth Test against England at Southampton but the India skipper believes it is imperative for his side to learn the art of finishing the job.

Chasing 245 to win, India fell to a 60-run defeat at the Ageas Bowl as England clinched the five-match series 3-1 with a match to spare. It was once again a case of so near, and yet so far for the visitors who suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat to South Africa on their previous overseas tour.

Speaking after the Southampton defeat, Kohli stressed on the importance of capitalising on advantageous positions such as the first innings where India were well placed to take a commanding lead.

“We can look at the scoreboard and say we were only 30 or 50 runs away, but we have to recognise that when we are in the midst of a situation, and not later. We know that we have played good cricket but we cannot say again and again ourselves that we have competed,” Kohli said.

“When you come so close, there is an art of crossing the line as well, which we will have to learn. We have the ability, which is why we are getting close to a result. But when a pressure situation comes, how we react to it, is something we have to work on a bit,” he added.

India's batting collapsed after Kohli's dismissal in the second innings.

India’s batting collapsed after Kohli’s dismissal in the second innings.

It was once again a poor start to the series which proved costly for Kohli’s men. In South Africa, they went down 0-2 before bouncing back with a win in the final Test and in England, they suffered losses at Edgbaston and Lord’s before notching up a win at Trent Bridge.

The India skipper believes his side need to start overseas series much better if they are to have a better chance of wins.

“Look we’ve spoken about the fact that even during the match when we’re in a driving position, we should be able to capitalise on it and not let the opposition come in, and fight back again and again. We can take a leaf out of that. Nottingham we did that, for three days we were relentless and on top,” the 29-year-old explained.

“So we need to think about how to start a series like that as well. As a group, we need to be more relentless when we start a series and a bit more expressive and fearless at the beginning of a series,” he added.

The two sides will lock horns now in the fifth and final Test which gets underway at The Oval on September 7.

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Virat Kohli has outshone Joe Root in the batting department.

England clinched Test series victory over India at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday and now hold an unassailable 3-1 lead heading into the fifth and final match at the Oval starting on Friday (September 7).

After a Test match for the ages in Southampton, we look back at some of the key numbers so far in the series.

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Most runs in the series – Virat Kohli

Matches – 4
Innings – 8
Runs – 544
Average – 68
Balls Faced – 954
Centuries – 2
Fifties – 3
Top Score – 149

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates reaching his fifty during play on the fourth day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest England on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Head and shoulders above the rest: Virat Kohli.

Jos Buttler (260), Sam Curran (251), Cheteshwar Pujara (241) and Ajinkya Rahane (220) make up the top five.

Most wickets in the series – James Anderson

Matches – 4
Innings – 8
Wickets – 19
Average – 17.68
Economy – 2.39
Overs Bowled – 140.1
Maidens – 38
Runs conceded – 336
Best – 5-20

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: England bowler James Anderson celebrates after having India batsman Shikhar Dhawan caught during the 4th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Integral again: James Anderson.

Indian paceman Ishant Sharma (15) is second while Stuart Broad and Mohammed Shami are tied on 14, with Jasprit Bumrah the fifth-most productive bowler on 11 scalps.

Anderson is now just four wickets shy of levelling Australian great Glenn McGrath’s haul of 563 scalps.

Most catches – KL Rahul and Alastair Cook (tied with 11 each)

The Indian opener’s catches have come during just seven India innings, as opposed to Cook’s eight occasions in the field. KL Rahul snaffled a series-high four during the tourists’ emphatic third Test win at Trent Bridge.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: England batsman Alastair Cook looks behind after edging the ball to Rahul off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 17 runs during day four of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

KL Rahul has been a safe pair of hands in the slip cordon for India.

Highest Partnership in the Series Sixth-wicket stand of 189 between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes at Lord’s.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Chris Woakes of England celebrates reaching his century with teammate Jonathan Bairstow during day three of the 2nd Specsavers Test between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Epic stand: Chris Woakes and Bairstow piled on the runs at the Home of Cricket.

Highest Team Total – England: 396-7d, off 88.1 overs in second innings of second match at Lord’s.

Chris Woakes celebrates after scoring his maiden Test hundred at Lord's

All-rounder Chris Woakes (137*) celebrates after scoring his maiden Test hundred.

Most fours – Virat Kohli (61)

Kohli registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday.

Simply sublime: Virat Kohli.

Most sixes – Sam Curran (4, from just five innings)

Curran scored a superb 78

Sam Curran hasn’t been afraid to smash the ball around.

Highest strike-rate in an innings – Jos Buttler 121.87 (39 off 32 balls, including three 4s and two 6s)

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: England batsman Jos Buttler drives a ball to the boundary watched by wicketkeeper Pant during day four of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jos Buttler was among the runs in both innings in Nottingham.

Highest Test aggregate of runs  Trent Bridge (1,159 runs scored between the sides).

India will not want to lose the momentum from their Trent Bride win.

India were the dominant side in the third Test.

Total amount of wickets to have fallen – 144: 40 at Birmingham; 27 at Lord’s; 37 at Nottingham and 40 during the Southampton Test.

Most extras conceded in an innings – 34, forming England’s first innings total of 246 at Southampton (B: 23; lb; 9, nb: 2).

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in action during day three of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 1, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant faced tough conditions to keep to at the Ageas Bowl.

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Sam Curran has come in for some praise from the India skipper.

India’s hopes of salvaging the five-match series were extinguished on Sunday as they fell to a 60-run defeat to England in the fourth Test against England.

Despite relinquishing the series 1-3 with a match to spare, India skipper Virat Kohli lauded the intensity shown by his men and vowed to come back stronger in the final match at the Oval.

“I thought England played really well to give us that target, seeing how the pitch was and the ball was spinning, it was challenging for us,” Kohli said after the match.

“We thought we were in with a chance last night but we didn’t get the start we wanted, they were relentless with the ball and applied pressure throughout. Credit to them, they bowled well and we couldn’t get enough.

“There were many factors, but not many negatives, England played better than us and deserved the win. We need to take the positives into the next Test match.

“Apart from Lord’s I don’t think we have been outplayed, it’s been enjoyable, teams going at each other with good quality. We’ll go to the Oval and come out with the same intensity.”

Sam Curran dismissed Kohli in the first innings at Southampton.

Sam Curran dismissed Kohli in the first innings at Southampton.

Kohli, who went past 500 runs individually in the series, lauded England youngster Sam Curran for his fighting displays with the bat in both the innings. The 20-year-old England all-rounder struck a brilliant 78 in the first innings before following it up with an equally crucial 46 in the second innings.

“I think it’s great to have guys who strike the ball well in those positions, you can get a partnership together and hurt the opposition,” Kohli said about the youngster.

“They are fearless and have skills, they were braver than us in tough positions. Runs from the lower order were significant, I congratulate Sam Curran, he’s been a fine cricketer.”

The fifth and final Test between the two sides will get underway at the Oval in London on September 7.

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