An emphatic 75-run victory over Australia to level the four match series and Virat Kohli ensure he declared to everyone that his team were not ‘out there to prove anything to anyone’ but just to show themselves that they can win from any situation.
After conceding a 87-run first innings lead and setting Australia just 188 runs to win the match, India emerged victorious in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1.
Virat KohliAfter losing the first Test the way we did, we wanted to bounce back and not show to anyone but ourselves how well we can compete. It was about taking responsibility. The way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable. The moment they(Australia) did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance.
The Indian captain emphasized the significant role played by Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane with their 118-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Virat KohliAfter conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, showed so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock in the end, Ishant’s application, that was a bonus. The team is not going to look back now.
Rival captain Steve Smith reckoned it was a "great Test match."
Steve SmithIt certainly ebbed and flowed throughout. I am proud in the manner boys played. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren’t up for it today. It (pitch) was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quicks throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy.