Nagpur: England batsman Jonathan Trott feels that they were rewarded for sticking to their guns when Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli were involved in a rescue act.
"I think they (Dhoni and Kohli) played unbelievably well for five hours. Credit to them. But we stuck to our guns and kept the pressure on them and eventually we got the breakthrough and we pushed on and got four wickets," said Trott referring to the Kohli-Dhoni fifth-wicket partnership of 198 that got the home team back in the match.
"It's changed the match massively. It's a credit to the guys for sticking out for five hours and not getting a wicket and then coming back to the game and evening things out," Trott remarked further.
"You're starting the day at four down and if you take a few risks and lose a few more wickets.....You don't need that," he said referring to India's precarious position of 87 for 4 at the start of the day.
"They played well but just as equally, we played well. Great day of Test cricket and we're privileged to be a part of it," he added.
According to the England No 3, his captain Alastair Cook effecting a brilliant run-out of his counterpart Dhoni could turn out to be a series-deciding dismissal.
"It's still pretty neck and neck but credit to the bowlers and to take the chance and grab it like Alastair did was a game changer or even a series changer.
"Dhoni runs very quickly between the wickets so that makes Alastair's effort that much better. Going to his right and throwing down the stumps with the momentum taking him the other way. It's one of those things, a catalyst for changing the game. Hopefully, it can be a game changer for us and hopefully it can add to us winning the game."
Story first published on: Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:53 IST