Joe Root and Virat Kohli react to India’s crushing win over England

The tourists suffered their heaviest defeat in India (Picture: Pankaj Nangia / ECB)

England captain Joe Root says his side were given ‘an education’ in their heavy defeat to India in the second Test at Chennai as the hosts levelled the series with a dominant display.

The tourists slumped to their biggest defeat in India after being bowled out for just 164 on the fourth day to give the hosts a 317-run victory with over a day and half to spare.

England’s defeat leaves the series finely poised ahead of the third day/night Test in Ahmedabad next week and Root has urged his players to bounce back after a disappointing few days.

India put on a masterclass to blow England away in Chennai (Picture: Pankaj Nangia / ECB)

‘I think credit has to go to India. They played very well and outplayed us in all three departments,’ said Root as he reflected on the defeat.

‘We got a bit of an education. We have got to learn. These are the conditions you sometimes come up against. We have got to find a way score in these conditions and take wickets.

‘With the ball on day one we could have been a bit tighter and squeezed the game a bit more.

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‘With the bat it was a challenging wicket from day two onwards. We have to be smart with how we score out here. We have to learn from the opposition.

‘We are 1-1 in the series with two important games to come. We are very much in this series. It is set up very nicely.’

India skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, dismissed criticism of the pitch at Chennai and praised his players for upping their game and intensity to deliver a ‘perfect’ victory.

Kohli skippered India to a comprehensive win over England (Picture: Pankaj Nangia / ECB)

‘It was a bit strange in the first game playing at home without the crowd. Things were a little flat in the first couple of days, myself included,’ said Kohli.

‘The second innings onwards in the first game we picked up our game and were on the money. This game the crowd made a massive difference. You push more as a team and this game was example of the grit and determination as a side.

‘Our application with the bat was outstanding. Conditions were challenging for both sides but we showed more application to grit it out. We didn’t panic. We scored 600 in two innings combined. It was a perfect game for us.’

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