Having come close to taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment with the the draw in the opening Test but defended his decision of declaring only after lunch on day five.
It was a tough Test match for the bowlers overall at Rajkot, with England piling on over 500 runs in their first innings and 260/3 in the second. The left-hander joined forces with debutant, Haseeb Hameed, who had outpaced him on the fourth day.
India's strength lies in their batting and spin department but the England team have showed that they not only have a formidable batting unit, but their spinners too have been more effective in generating more spin, bounce and trajectory in this Test.
"If we continue the same way we did in Rajkot there's no reason why we can't trouble India with our spinners. He has just got a bowling niggle really. just the normal wear and tear of bowling, so he's fine to play". Joe Root took a simple catch at second slip to send back the opener. He also bettered Jacques Kallis' eight centuries to register most hundreds by a visiting batsman in Asia. It seems like Murali Vijay will hold on to his post after his decent display during the Rajkot test, but there is a huge doubt over the participation of Gambhir, who scored 29 and a duck in two innings for India. Be it pulling him out of a first-class game in between.More news: Clinton wins New Hampshire's 4 Electoral College votes
He has been nicknamed "Baby Boycott" for his unflappable batting style after a prolific run in domestic matches back home. Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja eventually negotiated the final ten overs that completed the draw.
'It's very important to observe those things going into a game against a top side, because you need 11 players who are on the same page and ready to go into battle.
Kumble also defended the bowlers, stating that it was a good wicket to bat on and six tons from either side proved that. "Relentless with the ball, we didn't let India score too quickly. When there is the pressure to win the match, you can play your shots, but when you are trying to save the match, you have to keep the intent going but can't play as many shots", said Kohli.
He told Sky Sports: "We then batted under pressure second innings and I thought the way Haseem played was brilliant and made today possible". They got it to reverse as well and they troubled all the English batsmen.