The decisive day began with India 381 runs adrift of a world record run-chase of 420, but the dusty Chepauk track kept crumbling to allow Jack Leach to spin a web in his spell of 4/76, after Anderson (3/17) had removed Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.
The only resistance in India’s second innings came from Gill and skipper Virat Kohli. But Gill was cleaned up by Anderson for 50 and Kohli’s stumps were rattled by Ben Stokes for 72.
“Credit to England; they got stuck in and put up a big total on the board. Our body language and intensity was not up to the mark,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.
“We have to understand the things that we have done decently in this game and the things that we haven’t, and as a side we are always looking to improve. England were far more professional and consistent throughout the Test match than we were,” Kohli added.
India’s big defeat was significant since it is only their fourth loss at home in the last 10 years. Three of those defeats have come against England and one against Australia.
The defeat, after the historic high at Gabba last month, led to an outpouring of reactions on social media from experts and fans alike.
To hammer India in India is an incredible performance … 227 run victory … This team are onto something potentia… https://t.co/Hfhz3eWLet
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1612858033000
5️⃣ Overs3️⃣ Maidens6️⃣ Runs3️⃣ WicketsOne of the great spells @jimmy9 🐐Scorecard: https://t.co/dE3BqcSAE5… https://t.co/S8T3L5eBou
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1612850669000
England’s positives though outweigh India’s. Not just Root but stellar performances from Stokes and Anderson and qu… https://t.co/ttMXGhrpPD
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1612862418000
What a win by @englandcricket and what a fantastic 💯 Test match for @root66…pretty much the perfect game! #INDvENG
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) 1612859853000
For his stellar knock of 218 in the first innings, Joe Root has been awarded the Player of the Match 💪#INDvENG https://t.co/vX0Jefh04V
— ICC (@ICC) 1612859717000
Toss is an important factor. But not the only factor. Remember India lost three tosses in Australia and won two of… https://t.co/fyJFgqkZAC
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1612860772000
Outplayed on our own conditions by a team that should most probably have struggled here. Hope we come back strongly… https://t.co/up0HfQX0qE
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) 1612857421000
India , yaad hai maine pehele hi chetawani di thi ke itna jasn na manaye jab aapne Australia ko unke ghar pe haraya tha 😉
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) 1612860073000
India’s only fourth defeat at home in the last 10 years. Lost to England (3) and Australia (1)#IndvEng#IndvsEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 1612857987000
Don’t lose heart Indian fans. Last time India lost first test of a series, they won the series.Last time India lo… https://t.co/4rZjjjwmol
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1612858153000
More than slagging India off, let’s applaud England. Superb Batting on day 1 and 2 to set up the win. Change of app… https://t.co/i0S2NY7MIT
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1612860302000
The second Test will be played at the same venue from Feb 13, and it will be interesting to see if the surface changes in any way after this embarrassing loss for the home team.