Indian skipper Virat Kohli and England captain Alastair Cook had differing views on the match situation following the hosts' easy 246-run victory over the visitors in the second Test at Visakapatnam. The result helped India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
The Delhi-born player questioned the visitors' tactics while Cook hit back by saying his team's approach in the fourth innings was the best way to go. Indian bowlers are not "supermen by any stretch of imagination", he added.
Set 405 to win in the second innings, England started positively with openers Cook and Haseeb Hameed digging in to bat for more than 50 overs, but once they fell it was a matter of time before the Indian bowlers wrapped the game. While England's openers earned plaudits for resisting the Indian bowlers, Kohli said not showing intent was not the way to approach the game.
"We thought they would come out with more intent to be honest. And to see them approach that they had obviously gave us assurance that once we get a couple of wickets, it will crumble pretty quickly because there wasn't much intent from the batsmen", Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
"If you are looking for runs, you defend well because your head is on the ball as well. So that was the idea to get runs as the pitch gets tougher to bat on, show intent and keep getting runs in between, extend the lead so the opposition feels the heat of those 30-40 runs. It is a pretty basic thing to do, to be honest, and if you don't have intent in the fourth innings, it is tough to play out four and a half sessions."
Cook for his part praised the way the Indian bowlers went about their job but defended the way his team went out to bat in the fourth innings while also revealing that winning the toss plays a big role in the sub-continent.
"We can all agree it was a good toss to win. The first day was the best day to bat. It became harder to score. They bowled well. They are good bowlers in these conditions. But in Rajkot we got over 700 runs and here we made them work really hard in the last innings. They are good bowlers, but they are not supermen by any stretch of imagination."