England may not have won against India but people were still pretty pleased by their performance


A draw is never the ideal outcome when you're gunning for a victory, but England still showed off the strength of their team in the first Test against India.

And people were pretty pleased with how the team performed.

Alastair Cook was particularly praised for how he led the squad.

Cook himself seems to agree with this post-match analysis, believing that England's "brilliant performance" in Rajkot proves they have a realistic chance of winning a second successive series in India. He congratulated the side on their performance, even though they just missed out on a victory.

Cook appeared exhausted at his post-match press conference, but summoned the energy to praise his team for moving from their shock defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Alastair Cook
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"No one was talking of us having a chance in this series, but the way we played showed we're in there," he said.

England's next task is to recover in time for the start of the second Test on Thursday. "It's obviously disappointing we didn't quite get over the line, but everyone can be very proud of how we played," Cook added.

He gave a particular mention to Haseeb Hameed, the teenager who was Cook's opening partner in his debut match.

(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

"He's a find, isn't he? We said before the game we had no doubt he could play ... he certainly can play," he said.

Cook is no slouch himself. He scored his fifth century in India, more than any visiting batsman in history. He admitted that he'd sacrificed a bit for the test, having spent less than a day with his new-born youngest daughter before flying out to captain the side.

Alastair Cook
(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

"It's never easy, and you want to try to make it worthwhile and score a few runs to say it's worth it. When you've seen your daughter for 18 hours ... it's nice that you've scored a few runs," he said.