It was Kohli's highest score in 19 innings against England since scoring 103 in Nagpur in 2012. Thus came Indian skipper Virat Kohli to stay at the crease until the end. But there were no demons as such in the pitch. We play to take 20 wickets and win the match. This situation was an opportunity for us to improve our game.
Rashid's partner in crime Moeen Ali saw Ajinkya Rahane for one in the next over to leave India reeling at 71-4 from 23.4 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (9) was the next to go. Before that, some people obviously were skeptical about our side knowing how to draw games.
"Where in Bangladesh we struggled with consistency of length, I thought it was a lot better".
However, as the fans looked tense during India's chase, Kohli didn't fail to show his amusing side. "There will not be much grass and we should expect the ball to turn from lunch on Day 2", Sriram said adding that there has not been any instruction from the team thinktank.
He had reached his hundred off 194 balls, inclusive of ten fours.
It was the 30th Test century for the left-handed Cook and record fifth in India, more than any overseas batsman. He went past Sir Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd and Hashim Amla, who all have four hundreds in India.
England were denied a victory as India held out on the final evening of the first Test on 172 for six but Cook hailed the "bloody hard work" his side had put in and congratulated them on an admirably sustained and skilful effort. England had the opportunity to post a huge total - as against a big total, yet they did not.
On the day, Ashwin at one point of time was bowling a negative line to both Cook and Ben Stokes (29 not out) outside the leg-stump in order to stem the flow of runs.
"We had so many chances that could have gone (our way)".
"Our spinners are nowhere near the finished article, but they can all be pleased how they bowled in this game and it was a tough five days", he noted. Maybe we will have to apply ourselves again and show character, so have the intent to get runs in between but play percentage cricket, figure out areas where you want to take ones or hit boundaries, but at the same time, be sure of your defence as well. Their bowlers, especially the spinners were dealt confidently by the English batsmen and the Indian fielding was also pretty ordinary throughout the match. "We'll assess things over the next few days and have a look at Jimmy but I'm not envisaging any changes".
"The fact that they took more wickets than India's spinners in Rajkot doesn't mean that a spin-friendly pitch here will be a disadvantage for us", he said on Tuesday.
Bayliss added: "He's been with the squad for about six weeks, but it feels like he's been here for two or three years - he's got that type of a personality". Sometimes, the situation becomes such that even on flat wickets, you tend to make mistakes. They should have won the game if they had outperformed our spinners.