Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victims

first_imgVirat Kohli on Wednesday dedicated India’s third Test victory against England to the people of Kerala, who have been suffering for days now due to the flood in the state.Nearly 400 people have lost their lives in flood-ravaged Kerala after the state witnessed the worst floods in almost a century. Flood waters have razed tens of thousands of homes, and washed away roads and bridges. Around 1.3 million are sheltering in thousands of relief camps.The state government is now seeking nearly USD 1.4 billion to finance reconstruction work due to the destruction.”We as a team want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala. (Applause from the crowd). A tough time there, and this is our bit that we can do,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match at the post-match presentation.Also read – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victories Nearly 400 people have lost their lives in flood-ravaged Kerala (Reuters Photo)India crushed England by 203 runs in the third Test at Nottingham to cut down England’s lead to 2-1 in the five-match Test series. This was India’s seventh Test victory in England and second at Trent Bridge.India needed just 1 wicket to win the match on the final day of the Test match. They bowled just 17 deliveries before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed James Anderson as England, chasing an improbably target of 521, got bowled out for 317 in their second innings on the final day.Also read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainWhile Ashwin got one wicket in the fourth innings, it was fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah who turned out to be the wrecker-in-chief for India as he demolished the England batting lineup with his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.advertisement”The victory was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have been clinical in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. A complete Test for us. There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord’s.Also read – Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat Kohli”We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, they were waiting and ready, even Ashwin did well with his injury,” Kohli said.The win also saw Kohli go past Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 Test wins as captain of India. The 29-year-old is now the second most successful Indian skipper in history after MS Dhoni, who has 27 victories to his name.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in EnglandThe match also witnessed Kohli score 200 runs in total with his 23rd Test hundred coming in the second innings. Kohli dedicated his hundred to his wife Anushka Sharma after the game.”I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She’s motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She’s the only one who keeps me positive out there,” Kohli said as Anushka looked on from the stands.Both teams will now have a gap of 8 days before the fourth Test which will be played at Southampton from August 30.last_img

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