India lost the fifth and final test for 118 races despite the heroic resistance of starter KL Rahul (149) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (114) in the second inning. After the match, captain Virat Kohli said that India played the intrepid cricket and that the team has a lot of character but lacked experience. "We have a character on the team and we just need some experience," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony of the subsequent match.
"England is a professional team and we realized that as the game changed, in two or three overs England did not bet on the draws and played the intrepid cricket, and so do we, so they will not see draws." he added.
"Both teams know that this series has been competitive, this was a great announcement for Test Cricket, the basic idea was to go out and play the cricket that we are supposed to do," said Kohli.
England, therefore, won the series by a wide margin of 4-1 after India was thrown by 345 chasing 464 for the victory.
Kohli also praised the efforts of Rahul and Pant, who raised hopes for an improbable victory. The 29-year-old said that the team's willingness to fight until the end came to the fore.
"I think we should give the two youngsters a lot of credit, the kind of cricket we have played might not appear on the scoreboard," Kohli said.
"Pant showed a lot of guts and character, when you get into an area when you're not thinking about the outcome, things go your way, I'm delighted with the two guys and talk about the future of India, we do not take chances," he said. .
Kohli has had a great series himself accumulating 593 races.