Proud of the fight, says captain Kohli

India's Ishant Sharma celebrates with teammates the dismissal of England's Jonny Bairstow during the third day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham England Friday Aug. 3

Tendulkar had joined South Africa's Jacques Kallis in number-one position in January 2011, but had dropped to second spot following the Jamaica Test in June 2011 after he had missed the three-Test series against the West Indies. "This match has switched one way and then the other". I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it as we're going to be working on how to play the off spin.

However, fellow England all-rounder Sam Curran was named Man of the Match after starring with both bat and ball. Three of the four smallest targets that India have failed to chase down have come in the last three years, including the Cape Town Test at start of 2018, when they lost chasing 204. Glad to be part of such an exciting Test.

"One more partnership and we could have pulled this home". It was nice to hear someone like Curran talk about how that game had an influence on him.

Now, matches like this, finishing with Stokes being roared on by the Hollies Stand, will inspire the next generation. "There is no hiding from this game; we need to be positive, relentless", Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

His affray trial begins on Monday, but he allayed any worries he might be distracted with his performance this week.

Kohli, 29, is the first India batsman, and seventh overall, since the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to climb up to the top of the chars in the Test rankings for batsmen since June 2011.

"What a game. I'm still trying to soak it all in", said Root.

"Sam has a bit of Stokes in him".

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Adil Rashid ended Sharma's innings.

The left-handed all-rounder scored 24 and 63 with the bat, and claimed match figures of five for 92 with the ball, which not only earned him the player of the match award but significant gains in the latest rankings. Chris Woakes, fit again after quad and knee injuries, should receive the call, while Dawid Malan, fresh from exorcising some of his demons at second slip by holding the first catch of England's final victory push, could yet earn a reprieve to avoid further disruption. Also, our hero Kohli was still in the middle. The India skipper was denied the chance of a flying start.

Speaking of the team's road ahead, Kohli's aggressiveness would be another aspect which would be pored about.

Stokes sank to his knees when he removed Kohli, knowing that it was the moment when a tense Test match turned in England's favour.

India move on to Lord's, where it is likely to be dry, suiting the tourists. He is also the youngest to win the award against India since Umar Gul at 19 years, 357 days in Lahore in 2004. "It's just disappointing, more so for them than anyone else".

"We've just got to be positive, fearless, enjoy our cricket and try and take the negatives out of the equation, look at the positives and try and build on those". It shows that there is so much more than just skills, runs and wickets when it comes to Test cricket at this level. When it is like what we have seen in Birmingham, it is brilliant. "Whenever you are in a close game, you want to be on the right side of it".

Jonathan Agnew was speaking to BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt.

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