Indian captain Virat Kohli has dedicated his side’s 203-run win over England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham to the floods victims of Kerala.
It was exceptional Test match for Team India. They were down and out after the second Test at Lord’s and the Kohli-led team showed great character to bounce back from a morale-deflating loss and registered a comprehensive win in the third Test.
The series stands 2-1 now, still in favour of England but this victory has spiced things up for the remaining two Tests.
During the post-match presentation Kohli said, “We, as a team, want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala, said Kohli adding, “This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team. A tough time there.”
Torrential rains in Kerala have so far claimed 370 lives and displaced over seven lakh people to 5,645 camps.
Even though the rains have finally eased up in the state, thousands are still feared to be trapped, awaiting relief and rescue. The total loss Kerala has suffered in the floods is estimated to be over Rs 20,000 crore.
After setting an improbable target of 521 runs for England to chase, India bowled out England for 317 in the second innings after they had shot down England for 161 in the first innings.
While Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah picked up 5 wickets each in the first and the second innings, respectively, Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the match for his 97 and 103 run-innings in the match and the 29-year-old dedicated the award to his wife, Anushka Sharma, who has been at the receiving end of social media trolls recently.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my wife who is here and keeps motivating me. She’s copped a lot in the past but she deserves the credit for this one,” added Kohli during the post-match presentation.