Visakhapatnam, Nov 21: After a convincing victory in the 2nd Test against England today (November 21), Indian captain Virat Kohli revealed the reasons for not enforcing the follow-on.
On the 5th and final day - Monday, the hosts completed a massive 246-run win over the Alastair Cook-side to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match rubber. The 3rd Test starts in Mohali on November 26. (Kohli praises 'priceless' Jayant)
India scored 455 in the first innings and bowled England out for 255. With a 200-run lead, Kohli had the option of enforcing the follow-on but decided against it. India batted again (204 all out) and set a 405-run target. England were bowled out for 158.
In the post-match press conference, Kohli was asked about his decision of not enforcing the follow-on and he defended it by saying the lead was not big enough and the pitch was not turning much.
"Depends how many runs you have (to enforce the follow-on). If you are 350 runs ahead and the wicket literally turn square then you will put them in. But if it is 200 (lead) and the wicket has not broken down too much at the end of Day 4," explained Kohli, who won the Man-of-the-match award.
"Today (Day 5) was literally the time it (pitch) spun. And it did a lot more than the first three-and-half days. So you analyse those things. If you are playing on a wicket that is turning a lot then you would definitely enforce the follow-on, say, with a lead of 250 plus, for sure. But in this case I think we needed those 100 or 200 more runs to put the opposition back in again. Because they have to play for survival.
"It is a pretty easy call to take seeing the number of runs you are ahead. This time we could not have enforced the follow-on because it was only 200 and the wicket, according to me, was not doing enough to get them all out for 100 or 200. Once you have a big score, scoreboard pressure is different. Then you can put more pressure than with 200-run lead," Kohli added.