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Who said what: World reacts as England beat India in the fifth Test

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6.33K   //    11 Sep 2018, 22:42 IST

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Both KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant batted brilliantly on day 5

England beat India by 118 runs in the fifth and final Test of the five-match Test series and improved the scoreline to 4-1.

With just seven wickets needed for victory, Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul gave India some hope with some fantastic batting before the Indian vice-captain was dismissed for 37. Rahul continued his fine form with the bat and reached his fifth Test century.

Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, showed the world what he is capable of as he smashed a fantastic century and shared a 204-run partnership with Rahul for the sixth wicket. The moment Rahul (149) and Pant (114) were dismissed by Adil Rashid, Ravindra Jadeja tried to delay the inevitable but England pacers cleaned up India's tail with ease to end the match.

This is how the Cricket fraternity reacted to what happened on the day.

James Anderson (on breaking Glenn McGrath's record): I am happy to win the game. My job was to hold an end. I was in a good rhythm. Thankfully, Joe let me take the new ball. On Cook, yes, he is my best mate and I am going to miss him. He has been brilliant.

Sam Curran, England's Man of the Series: It is just nice to be involved in such a historic series. To win the series and send off Cookie, it is phenomenal. Playing with the likes of Broady, Jimmy and Stokes, It has been a good learning curve. I think consistency is the main thing. Don't look too far ahead. Hopefully, I can keep contributing. Missing out on the second game and then coming back to contribute was a great thing for me.

Alastair Cook, Man of the Match in his final Test: It has been the most amazing week. Got a text from Beefy (Ian Botham) and he said 'Can I have your script writer?' The memories shared with my team is what I'll miss the most. Some very good moments. Today it showed how tough Test cricket can be. I leave with great memories. To see Jimmy go past Glenn McGrath was brilliant.

Just has been a privilege to have played with England's greatest cricketer. No disrespect to any other cricketer. He almost takes it for granted that he will hit the length from ball one. It is fitting that he got the last wicket. You miss all the highs. I would miss playing for this team. This week can't be beaten. I can walk away with my head held high.

Virat Kohli, India's captain and India's Man of the Series: I think a lot of credit has to go to the two young guys. The kind of cricket we have played might not show on the scorecard. But both the teams know this series has been a competitive one. This has been a great advert for Test cricket. The basic idea was to go out there and play the cricket we are supposed to do.

England are a professional side and we realized that as the game changed within two-three overs. Pant showed a lot of grit and character. We have character in the team and we just need some experience. When you get into a zone when you are not thinking about the result, things go your way. I am delighted for both the guys and it speaks of India's future. We did not take out opportunities.

England also don't go for draws and they played fearless cricket and so did we. That is why you won't see draws in these kinds of series'. We can take a lot of heart from this but apply ourselves better the next time around. There is a reason why we voted for Sam to be the Man of the series. It takes character to come in and play like that. He put England forward in the 1st and 4th Test match. There should be exciting pitches all over the result. The fans will come and watch if both teams play for a win. Just one word for Cook. You have had a great career. All the best for all your future endeavours.

Joe Root: It has been a very tough series. India have played some exceptional cricket. Everyone watching would have been thrilled as well. India batted really well to get into that position in the final session. I mean Alastair has been such an exceptional player for a long time. He has been a huge part of our dressing room.

Jimmy has a lot left I am sure. To achieve what he has is unbelievable. He has been bowling as well as he ever has. Hopefully, he can continue for many more years. We are growing all the time. Some young guys have stood up and performed. We have a lot of learning to do.

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