Stokes trumps Kohli as England win thrilling Test

Stokes trumps Kohli as England win thrilling Test

Root, the orchestrator of an outstanding collective which prevailed by 31 runs on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, rightly proclaimed a wonderfully absorbing contest as a "fabulous advert" for Test cricket.

"It is a fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?"

Ben Stokes starred on the decisive day as England beat India by 31 runs to win a thrilling first Test at Edgbaston, drawing first blood in the five-match series. He changed the course of two innings.

Just as we shouldn't have got too down on him after his debut at Headingley, however, so we shouldn't get too excited after one good game. So the bowlers are always in the game so yuou do expect batsmen to get a ball that has their name on it. On another day I could have got him and we could be in a much different position now. "With that sort of a game hedging on the balance I thought we did compete really well through the game".

Kohli was happy with the character India showed in coming back on the first two days of the Edgbaston Test, but he knew his side needed more.

The trial is expected to last a week which the player hopes will see him free to return in time for the third Test of the series at Trent Bridge a week on Saturday.

Regarding Stokes, the England captain added, "When he turns up to practice or as soon as he puts on an England shirt he's so dedicated to this group of players, to this team and whatever happens going forward he's going to be a big part of this dressing room".

"We are trying to get everyone out".

But Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls to remove Dhawan (26), Vijay (20) and Lokesh Rahul (four) to start India's wobble.

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The right-hander looked in fine touch at the crease against experienced pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but came undone to be trapped lbw for 20 by rookie Sam Curran after a lapse of concentration.

Two balls later, he got Ben Stokes and then dismissed Jos Buttler in the same over. That's all you can ask as a captain, the guys to do as you ask, and under pressure to stay as calm as we did.

"From the team's perspective, I think it was right up there", Kohli said.

It was a morale-boosting moment for Malan, who had dropped three slip catches this match, including flooring Kohli on 21 and 51 during the star batsman's first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

"The reason Sam's played is firstly for his performances that he's put in for Surrey".

Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli then celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" mime - mocking Root's gesture last month, after clinching the one-day worldwide series at Headingley with a second successive hundred.

The biggest point to ponder from this is can the Indian team make a note of this and the significance their captain brings to the table in this series and the rest to follow?

Virat Kohli is now officially the No. 1 Test batsman in the world as per the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

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