India vs England: Virat Kohli, R Ashwin in verbal duel with Jonathan Trott

Virat Kohli

"You don't have the best of ability at 9, 10, 11. You can't expect someone to smack Anderson over the top for a six on this pitch. All this game the average has been 70 and 80 runs a session."

"Basically, we were looking to take the singles. We were just looking to eat into the lead. What best we could muster we did muster. Putting it into a larger scenario, we needed to even the game. We just about did it," he maintained.

Ashwin said he cannot say that he was happy with his bowling in the series in which in which he has given away over 50 runs for each of his 13 wickets, though he had bowled well in patches.

"I cannot say that I am happy with the performance because the team hasn't won at the end of the day. It's not that I have picked up wickets and won that I am satisfied. There is always scope for improvement. There have been patches in this series that I have bowled really well. One of my best spells didn't get rewarded. That happens in Test cricket," he said.

Asked what had gone wrong with his bowling, he shot back, "Didn't I just say that I bowled a few good spells and didn't get rewarded? I think that answers your question."

Questioned what was told by him to Trott for the batsman backing up too far, he said,"(I said) I can run him out if he can hit the ball. He said you might as well run me out," the Indian off-spinner said.

"(It was) just about the shot that he got away with the rolling ball. Just seemed to us it was a little innocuous. When you talk about gamesmanship, you should hold by yourself to take the same from the opponents," he said.

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