Curran behind England win in 1st Test, says Nasser Hussain


But without fellow all-rounder Curran's contribution, England may well have lost their 1,000th Test match.

"I'm so proud of the group, we just wanted to show that fight and desire of the three previous days and we did".

He said: "There were a couple of times when we made comebacks and I felt that we showed character there - but a team like England will not let you do that every day of a Test match, and we realised that on the final day". It was second innings and we were chasing and I had total clarity that we were going for the target, not once did I think that we were not. "We missed a few chances but we didn't feel sorry for ourselves and that's a great sign for us going forward".

Like Ravichandran Ashwin in the opposite camp, the English skipper too defended his batsmen, saying that the conditions were suited to pacers in the game and that both bowling attacks exploited them well.

Consequently, India will like to take the remaining one wicket as soon as possible.

He said: "They're a very good team but we're very much in the hunt [here] when the ball's moving".

Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers. "With that sort of a game hedging on the balance I thought we did compete really well through the game". Like he wanted to play county cricket and skipped the Afghanistan Test.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations.

I've always felt with Ashwin that he reacts badly to being hit.

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"One criticism for @Virat.Kohli is that he should give a consistent run to his batters & more time before dropping them". But, there is the question, is captain Kohli asking his players something they aren't capable of achieving?

India got off to a near flawless start with the opening duo of Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) putting on a 50-run stand - the first fifty-plus opening stand for India in England after 18 innings.

Resuming on overnight 110 for five, India folded up for 162 in 54.2 overs despite Kohli's combative 51 off 93 balls and Hardik Pandya's 31.

Curran took five wickets in the match, across the two innings. India now looked to Pandya and Ishant Sharma to take them to just their seventh win in 58 Tests in England. "Throughout the game there were wickets falling left, right and centre. I don't believe it was a correct decision", he said.

". From there, the rest of the guys did exactly what was asked of them".

"I think Kohli is best in the world and anyone who averages 50-plus in all three formats must be a very, very fine player".

Star batsman Kohli had made 149 - his maiden Test century in England - during India's first innings at Edgbaston. "The way that he played at such a young age, that was the big turning point of this Test match".

A year ago, the Team India management (dominated on overseas tours by the captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri) decided that India's best ODI opening batsmen were Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and that there would be no tinkering with the ODI squad, thereby effectively closing the door on the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahjane.