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It's been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team: Virat Kohli

By Nilabh Aole -

Dominating win for team India over England in all three formats of cricket in their tour to the Indian subcontinent under the leadership of young skipper Virat Kohli. He concedes that it was one of most memorable series a bunch of positives for the national squad stepping up in every crucial situation.

During the match presentation of the final T20I against England, which registered an ecstatic win over the visitors by a huge margin of 75 runs. Virat said, "It's a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It's been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format."

Crediting the series win to the veterans like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, for their crucial contributions in the limited overs series. Virat said, "It's not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai (Ashish Nehra) and Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh). I am new to limited overs cricket and they have been around long before me. I'm taking advice from them whenever possible, they're so intelligent, a lot of credit goes to them."

Applauding the effort of Dhoni for scoring his maiden T20I fifty and helped the team register a huge score of 202 for 6 in first innings. Kohli said, "I wanted to send (Dhoni) up the order, he's the one who says he'll come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. He is priceless."

Talking about the incredible bowling performance of youngster Yuzvendra Chahal, who finished the match with amazing figures of 6/25, the skipper said, "He (Chahal) knows these conditions (as he plays Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL), he knows how to bowl here, he knows the length. I have a lot of faith in him, and he plays with a lot of confidence. He has a lot of skill and he has the character as well.Having two leg-spinners on a dry wicket, we always knew we would get a few chances. Mishy (Amit Mishra) started it, and then Chahal took five wickets in two overs."

Speaking about the match-deciding overs, Virat said, "Mishra's two overs, and that one over from Jordan to Yuvi, that changed the momentum. It pushed us past 200, and that gave us the psychological advantage."

When asked about the response of the crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which is the second home for Kohli after Delhi, he said, "Coming back here after a while, a long time since we played the IPL final here. The occasion demanded us to be at our very best. We lost all three tosses, similar to the Test series as well, and we've won all three series."

Chahal was rewarded with Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series, said, "It felt good because I'm playing an India match in Bangalore for the first time. It always feels like home. I've bowled in the Powerplay before in the IPL, and Virat has confidence in me that I can do that."

He further added, "At the start, I plan that batsmen will want to go for their shots because it's a small ground, so I have a chance for wickets. I bowl a fuller length, so I have a chance for lbw if they miss the sweep and reverse sweep. Never dreamed I'd get six wickets."

England skipper Eoin Morgan reckons that the hosts played brilliant cricket and they deserved to win the series. He said, "We made a fatal error in losing two in batsman when we were going so well. Outstanding bowling from Chahal and India put in a performance worthy of winning the series. We could have done with myself or Joe getting 70 or 80 but it wasn't meant to be tonight."

Morgan concluded, "It was a beautiful wicket to bat on, very small boundary, and altitude as well. We would have taken 190 at the start of the game. Our batting performance was possibly the worst in the last two years, but we won't necessarily dwell too much into that."

Nilabh Aole

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