Kohli said the visitors managed to gain a 27-run first-innings lead thanks to a ton by Cheteshwar Pujara and contributions from tail-enders, which means the Indians could have had a bigger first-innings lead if another top-order batsman had contributed.
“England played better cricket than us and deserved to win,” Kohli said after the match.
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India are currently engaged in a five-Test series in England which ends on September 11, leaving hardly any time for some of Test players to get ready for the ODIs. Moreover, just a week after the Asia Cup final, India play the West Indies in a Test series which will be closely followed by the tour to Australia.
Given the heavy workload, the Indian selectors decided to rest Kohli. However, it’s a full-strength squad otherwise.
Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah – playing in the England Tests – are in the team, as is Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is deemed to be fit.
Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu returns to the team after missing out on selection for the England series after failing the fitness test.
Also back in the mix is batsman Kedar Jadhav who returns after a length injury lay-off following a hamstring injury. He did not score many runs in the recent ‘A’ teams quadrangular series but has still found a place in the team.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthk, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel.
The Indian skipper has been having an excellent time in England in India’s ongoing tour as he continues to make amends for his poor time in 2014. Kohli is currently the leading run-scorer in the five-match series by some distance with 440 runs in six innings at an average greater than 73.
“Sachin Tendulkar was aesthetically very pleasing, easy on the eye. But if I had to win a game I would have banked on Brian Lara and I see that trait in Kohli,” Lloyd was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“He is a bit like Viv Richards too – he can absolutely dominate an era. Sachin was a great player but Kohli can inflict more damage.
“The way he (Kohli) constantly talks and inspires the bowlers is quite a treat.”
Popularly known as ‘Bumble’, Lloyd believes Kohli is a natural leader for the Indian team.
“He obviously gets the respect because he is a fabulous player, but you can see that the emotion apart, he is very honest with his players as well,” added Lloyd.
“There’s been a massive turnaround in this Indian team in the way quick bowlers have taken over completely and I feel Kohli is the perfect man to develop them. He looks a natural leader.”
Kohli and his men currently trail the five-match series 2-1 heading into the fourth Test at Southampton which gets underway on Thursday. The former England batsman feels India have the ability to pull off the impossible given England’s current batting woes.
“Well, no other team but for Don Bradman’s 1936 side has done it. So it will be difficult. But in England this season, teams getting 300 should be in a position to win and I believe India would be in the game,” Lloyd concluded.