Kohli: Hunger and belief key to India success
Virat Kohli was full of praise for the hunger and belief shown by India after they skittled pitiful England out to seal a crushing innings-and-75-run victory and win the Test series 4-0.
The tourists were on course to salvage a draw on the final day after captain Alastair Cook (49) and Keaton Jennings (54) put on 103 for the first wicket, but Ravindra Jadeja inspired India to yet another crushing success.
Spinner Jadeja took career-best figures of 7-48 as England crumbled once again, collapsing from 192-4 to 207 all out with another feeble display of batting.
India go from strength to strength under the captaincy of Kohli, who saluted the character of his team-mates after they gave another demonstration of how they have come to top the rankings.
He said: "After winning the series 3-0, to come out here and play like this is evidence of the character we've got in the side. The guys prepare well, take a lot of pride in playing for their country, and it was evident with the way they batted and bowled.
"We wanted the youngsters to step up, someone like KL [Rahul, who made 199 in the first innings], whose had a great season but didn't have a couple of good games but comes in and almost gets a double century, and Karun [Nair after] two not good Test matches and gets 300.
"That speaks volumes of the hunger we possess, that got us into a position when there was only going to be one winner."
These are the moments u cherish all your life. So proud of these guys for putting in all they had.-- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 20, 2016
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Kohli, named man of the series for his incredible exploits with the bat, hailed Jadeja and said he always thought England could fold under pressure.
"We understood that once we got a couple of wickets it's going to be a downslide pretty quickly." he added.
"Jadeja did brilliantly picking up seven wickets on a wicket like that, getting it into the right areas and making it uncomfortable for the batsmen. It was brilliant to watch and the intensity was top class."