India lost the fifth and final Test against England for 118 races and suffered a defeat of the series 1-4. India captain Virat Kohli said the final score of 1-4 is not a true reflection of how Team India competed in the five-game test series. "I think the score of 1-4 is fair, because England played better than us, but we were not beaten except for the Lord's Test," said Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. India lost the fifth and final Test at the Oval of London for 118 races despite the spectacular shows of KL Rahul (149) and the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (114) at the second inn.
Kohli said that despite the series' defeat, India can take many positive points of the series.
"We can take a lot of heart out of this, but we have to apply ourselves better next time," he said. "There is a reason why we voted Sam (Curran) to be the Man in the series, it takes character to get in and play like that, he put England ahead in the 1st and 4th Test matches." The Indian patron guaranteed result-oriented launches in test matches as this series has provided. "There should be thrilling throws everywhere, the crowd wants results and it's good for the game," he said.
Kohli had special words of praise for Pant, who marked his virgin Test century on Tuesday. "Pant showed a lot of guts and character, we have character in the team and we just need some experience, when you get into an area when you're not thinking about the result, things go your way," he said.
"I think we should give a lot of credit to the two young people (Rahul and Pant)," Kohli said. "I am delighted with both guys and talk about the future of India, we do not take advantage of our opportunities."
"The type of cricket we have played may not show up in the scorecard, but both teams know that this series has been competitive," he added. Kohli said that the series has been a great publicity for Test cricket.
As a farewell, the Indian captain congratulated Alastair for completing a glorious cricket career.
"Just one word for Cook, you had a great race, the best for all your future endeavors," Kohli finished.
(With PTI entries)