Captain Virat Kohli was adamant going into the fifth and final test in Chennai that he wanted the team to give it their all and win the series comprehensively. India had already secured the 5 match series with a 3-0 win and England were playing for pride. England had a great start to the match batting first and putting up a total of 477.
The Chennai pitch was a flat track and the Indian batsman made the most of it. The young guns took over with KL Rahul making up for his previous failures scoring a fantastic 199. However his innings was overshadowed by K Nair’s fabulous unbeaten triple century. Nair scored his first triple century at a strike rate of 79.52 and was well supported by R Ashwin and R Jadeja who both made half centuries to give India a massive total of 759 and a lead of 282.
There were some who believed that Kohli should have forced England to bat earlier on the fourth day and not given K Nair additional overs to get to his triple century. England batted out the few overs on the fourth day without losing a wicket and also had a great partnership on the morning of the fifth day to make it appear that the final test was heading for a draw – just like the first test of the series.
However R Jadeja got captain Alistair Cook for the sixth time in the series and the Indians imposed a lot of pressure with good field settings and some great bowling by the spinners and pacers. R Jadeja ran through the England batting line-up which witnessed yet another batting collapse which resulted in them losing by an innings and 75 runs. Jadeja finished with his first 10 wicket hall and has now proved that he is an essential part of the Indian test team. Captain Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the series award.
In a post match interview, Virat Kohli said “We worked hard day in, day out, we don’t care what happens outside, lots of respect in the changing room. That’s how we ended up being in a winning position more often than not. Every time were we under the pump, we’ve fronted up. The lower order has made outstanding contributions. [Fast bowlers] The pace was up there, consistency, better than theirs and that makes me very proud.”