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India captain Virat Kohli reacts to England thrashing in series opener

Virat Kohli’s India suffered a humbling defeat to England in the opening Test (Picture: BCCI)

Virat Kohli says India are determined to ‘bounce back’ from their emphatic defeat to England after going 1-0 down in Chennai.

Jack Leach took four wickets and James Anderson claimed three as England bowled India out for 192 on day five to win the series opener by 227 runs.

India found themselves on the back foot for the majority of the Test after England captain Joe Root won the toss and proceeded to score a brilliant double century.

The tourists’ first-innings score of 578 set the platform for a famous win which sees England take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.

Kohli said: ‘There will be hiccups, but we as a side are always looking to improve. We’ll be looking to bounce back.

‘It was a pretty slow wicket with not much happening in the first two days with the ball. You have to give credit where it’s due and we have to understand the things that we’ve done decently in this game.

‘England played far more professionally. You need your bowling unit to step up and perform more collectively. It’s okay, lack of execution is understandable. We’re always learning as a side.

Jack Leach and James Anderson bowled England to victory on day five (Picture: Getty)

‘Test cricket is a grind. England were ready for the grind and were far more equipped.’

England skipper Root, meanwhile, added: ‘It was a crucial toss but from that moment onwards we needed to make the most of it and we did that very well.

‘We batted well and the bowlers, in conditions that are alien to them, they bowled very well.

‘We knew it would be a good wicket. The first partnership was crucial and it was about making big contributions and partnerships being valuable.

Joe Root’s double century set the platform for the incredible win (Picture: Getty)

‘At different times guys came in and made contributions and thankfully it was me who made a big one.

‘That is the way we are going to win out there. Someone is going to have to do that consistently – it might be someone else next week, but collectively we’ve got to do it.

‘India are going to come back strong, they are a proud team with a strong record at home.’

Chennai also plays host to the second Test, which starts on Saturday.

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