India captain Virat Kohli insisted his side would not be “demoralised” by a resounding innings-and 76-run defeat in the third Test at Headingley on Saturday that saw England level the five-match series at 1-1.
The tourists’ fate in Leeds was effectively sealed when they were dismissed for just 78 by an England team without six first-choice bowlers after Kohli won the toss.
“I can guarantee one thing, we will not be demoralised by this loss,” said Kohli.
When England batted, captain Joe Root made 121 — his third century of the series and sixth in Tests this year — in a total of 432 on his Yorkshire home ground.
India’s batsmen fought back, with Cheteshwar Pujara making 91, before the tourists succumbed to the new ball on Saturday’s fourth day.
They lost their last eight wickets for 63 runs in 19.3 overs before lunch, with Ollie Robinson taking a Test-best 5-65.
Yet India had…