Kolkata, Oct 4: As India trounced New Zealand by 178 runs in the 2nd Test and reclaimed the top ranking, captain Virat Kohli did not forget to thank the crowd at Eden Gardens, which, according to him, made a "massive difference".
On the 4th day yesterday (October 3), India won the Test against the Kiwis, with that the series 2-0 with a game remaining and returned to the top in ICC Rankings, displacing Pakistan. (Ind-NZ series photo gallery)
During the day's play on Monday, Kohli was seen urging the fans to get behind the team. He raised his hands, clapped and called on the fans to do the same, for which, they obliged. There were more than 12,000 spectators at the ground.
Speaking after the match on Monday, the 27-year-old skipper mentioned how "loud" fans in Australia, England and South Africa get behind their teams and he wanted to see the same here in India.
"I think it makes a massive difference. We experience that when you go to Australia, England, South Africa, they get a couple of wickets and the crowd gets really loud and as a batsman you understand that creates a lot of pressure," the right-hander said.
"So I just try to think how you would feel as a batsman, when the ball is reverse swinging and the crowd is going mad behind a bowler who is warm and willing to take wickets. We were able to pick up two-three wickets because of that," he added.
Kohli said the fans in the stands helped India to pick New Zealand wickets. Chasing a mammoth 376-run target, the visitors folded for 197 in 81.1 overs. Mohammed Shami, the local boy, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 scalps each.
"The crowds also love it, you engage them for the betterment of the team. Shami would have bowled three overs but he fed off the energy and he bowled 12 more balls for the team. We would have been waking up at 6:30 again had it not happened," Kohli explained.
"More than the bowlers, the crowd helped us pick up those wickets. The energy was outstanding.
"For someone like Shami running in, he knew people will be cheering for the country, cheering for him. It makes a massive difference in the bowler's mindset and that's why I got the extra urge to ask these people to get behind the team and obviously put the pressure on the new batsman," he added.
The third and final Test of the series will be played in Indore from Saturday (October 8).