England cricketer Ollie Pope has told that Indian skipper Kohli had walked up to him and warned “this is the last of the flat wickets” his team would see on the tour.
England team asuccumbed to the spin duo of R Ashwin and Axar Patel to suffer heavy defeats in the next three Tests.
“In the second innings the pitch started spinning quite a lot, Pope said during Surrey’s pre-seson media day at the Oval.
Having opted to bat first in the series opener, England put up a mammoth first-innnings total of 578 woing to skipper, Joe Root’s 228.
Playing in his first Test since dislocating his left shoulder last August, Pope chipped in with 34 from 89 balls.
England won first match by 227 runs, giving little indications of the struggles that awaited them in the next three Tests.
Chatting to the more experienced guys like Joe Root and Ben Stokes, those guys were pretty much saying exactly the same: these are the toughest conditions they have played in, Ollie Pope said.
“If those guys are saying it as well, you know how challenging it is. “The Indian bubble was a pretty tough one,” he said.
They were quite business-like hotels so there’s not a massive amount going on, there’s not real outdoor space to get used to, have a run-around or kick a ball around or anything normal.
“So being back and strolling to go and get a coffee or anything like that, it’s just that bit of normality that I think humaans need, really.
“It does have its challenges and everyone deals with them in slightly different ways but it is very nice to be out of those bubbles and let free a little bit.”
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