Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has dedicated his side’s win by 203 runs over England in the third Test at Trend Bridge on Wednesday to the flood victims of Kerala.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Kohli said, “First and foremost we as a team want to dedicate this victory to the flood victims in Kerala. People are going through a lot. This is our bit we can do.”
The ravaging floods in the southern Indian state has left nearly 400 people dead and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. The news of widespread devastation has prompted many foreign countries such as UAE and Qatar to offer generous financial help for the flood victims. UAE in particular has offered a financial aid of Rs 700 crore, Rs 100 crore more than that of announced by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
Talking about the Indian team’s win, Kohli added, “The victory was much needed and to have a performance that was so clinical is pleasing for me as captain and the management. All in all it was the complete Test match for us. There was no need to change anything. At Birmingham it was close. As a batting group we spoke that if we step up we will definitely be on top.
“That is what we did. We dominated this game because we got runs on the board. The bowling group was eager to take those 20 wickets again. It was about the batsmen, what could we do to give them that cushion.”
Kohli’s English counterpart, Joe Root, told BBC’s Test Match Special programme, “With the slip catching we do a hell of a lot of work in practice and we’ll be trying to make sure we get right for the next match. We are 2-1 up in the series, it’s not all doom and gloom and we have to look at all the good stuff we have done and take that to Southampton.
“It’s a hectic series so it is important to get away and have a few days at home, so if the guys want to get away it’s up to them. You have to give yourself the chance to be in the right frame of mind.”
India’s victory on Wednesday came just days after they were outplayed by England at the Lord’s, subsequently losing the match by an innings and 159 runs.
The fourth Test match of the series will start in Southampton on 30 August.