AHMEDABAD: England skipper Alastair Cook, who starred with an epic 176-run knock in the second innings, lauded the fighting spirit of his team and vowed to come back stronger in the second Test in Mumbai.
"We can look at a number of reasons why we didn't win, our first innings was not good enough. But it was a great fightback in the second innings, we were in a tough situation and there was always a glimmer of hope, it had to be something special," Cook said after losing the opening Test by nine wickets.
"It was a challenge, we knew me and (Matt) Prior needed to do majority of the work and there was inspiration at the beginning of the day. The guys showed a lot of character.
"We'll work hard going into Mumbai. We need runs in the first innings, they are crucial in the sub-continent, and we need to keep working as hard as we can and play close to our potential," he added.
Meanwhile, man of the match Cheteshwar Pujara said the wicket was easy to bat on. "The ball was coming nicely onto the bat. There was turn, but it was slow. As a team we knew we had to put up 500-plus and I had to hang around to play my role.
"In the second innings the ball was hard and I had a lot of confidence. I was out for almost a year and since I'm back I'm enjoying it."