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'England were more professional and consistent' - Kohli disappointed by India's performance
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'England were more professional and consistent' - Kohli disappointed by India's performance

India skipper Virat Kohli has conceded his team's low level of intensity and body language was an important factor contributing to their humiliating defeat in the series opener at Chepauk.

Chasing a mammoth target of 420 runs, India's batting was completely decimated in the face of a persistent English bowling attack spearheaded by Jack Leach and James Anderson.

Only Kohli and Shubman Gill offered some resistance to the rampant tourists as they collapsed a massive 227-run loss.

"Our body language and intensity was not up to the mark, second innings we were much better. We were better in the second half of the first innings with the bat," Kohli stated.

"We have to understand the things that we have done decently in this game and the things that we haven't and as a side, we are always looking to improve. England were far more professional and consistent throughout the Test match than we were," the remorseful skipper added.

Kohli was also mindful of his team's lack of discipline reflected in England batsmen's plundering job in the first innings.

"Collectively as a bowling unit, fast bowlers and Ash [Ravichandran Ashwin], were good in the first innings but we also needed to contain a few more runs and create pressure."

"Having said that, it was a slow wicket and not helping the bowlers which made it easy for the batsmen to rotate the strike and get into the game."

Contrary to the dominant trend, India's spinners were outperformed by their counterparts in helpful conditions. Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem were rendered ineffective and Kohli admitted their reduced precision made things easier for England.

'That's a fair assessment. You need your bowling unit to step up and create pressure on the opposition."

"We didn't achieve that in this game which is fine, lack of execution is acceptable but to understand our mindset was right is very important for us.

"We did well in the second innings with the ball and put pressure on them. We are always learning as a side and evolving as a side."

With the toss being assumed to play a major role in deciding the course of the encounter, Kohli gave credit to England for being the better side and maintaining control over the proceedings.

"The toss ended up being crucial, I didn't think it would. We don't want to take anything away from England with the way they played. No excuses. We are a side that accepts our failures and faults and learns from them.

"One thing is for sure that in the next three matches we are going to give a tough fight and not let things slip away like it did in this Test."