"I think it was quite a tough pitch to bat on".
A year ago, the Team India management (dominated on overseas tours by the captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri) decided that India's best ODI opening batsmen were Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and that there would be no tinkering with the ODI squad, thereby effectively closing the door on the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahjane.
England finally broke Virat Kohli's resistance to secure a 31-run victory over India after a titanic struggle in their 1,000th Test match.
However Brearley was all praise for the Indian skipper, who today perched on top of ICC rankings for Test batsmen. "That's why Joe Root is not in there. I think that's a good way to fire myself up".
"I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it - as we're going working on how to play the off-spin".
Every player, who is a leader has his own style and Kohli is no different, feels Brearley.
"I can understand that you need to switch off after a series but that can't be five days at a stretch". He is keen, and hawk-eyed.
Test matches have been providing cricket fans with thrills and spills for 141 years and this match was a prime example.
Hailed as an astute captain of his generation, Brearley had a word of caution that Indian dressing room shouldn't be overawed by his persona. Three wickets from Ben Stokes - including the vital one of Kohli, trapped LBW for 51 - and one from Adil Rashid were enough to finish the job, bowing India out for 162, to leave their skipper a relieved man. He is like a deity, like others before him, the 3000th Indian deity. In six of those seven games that he's failed, at least one other Indian has gone on to make a hundred.
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The immediate prize of Kohli was not to be, but second-best was Karthik, ending a troublesome sixth-wicket stand of 34 which had narrowed the margins while England's bowlers exhausted on Friday.
Brearley found some similarities between Kohli and former Australian captain Ian Chappell. "Ben has no concerns about it as well".
"Whenever you play in close games like this, you desperately want to be on the right side of it for so many reasons - but one thing that really stands out for me is that inner drive and determination from this group of players".
Brearley is of the opinion that Cheteshwar Pujara should replace KL Rahul a No 3.
I knew there was still a lot of hard work to do [after the Kohli wicket].
Brearley hoped for greater crowds in the remaining Tests, but at the same time professed the acceptance of day-night cricket to help preserve the longer format of the game.
England's first-ever test was against Australia in 1877. You will get people watching it. "Just thinking about how we're going to regroup and come back stronger in the next Test". Their win-loss ratio here is the third-best for any team at a venue in which they have played 25 or more Tests.
Stokes went past 100 career Test wickets. However, he insisted that the individuals in the team need to sit down and asses and come out positive for the remainder of the series.