India beat England by 317 runs to level Test series
With local hero Ravichandran Ashwin claiming eight wickets in the match and scoring 106 in the second innings, India completed a 317-run victory inside four days in Chennai.
Some said the Chennai pitch, which crumbled from nearly the first day, was not fit for a Test.
But England made no public complaint and Kohli rejected the criticism and said his side played a "perfect game". "I think our application with the bat was outstanding," said the India captain. "The conditions were challenging for both sides but we showed more application and grit and determination to battle it out.
"We didn't panic out there looking at the hard turn and bounce on that pitch."
Kohli highlighted that India scored 600 runs over two innings despite the conditions, and winning the toss made no difference.
"So if you put up that kind of batting performance and you string in those important batting partnerships then we know that our bowlers are going to do the job."
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But he added: "I would say it was a challenging wicket. I do think that it was an important toss to win."
England, struggling since the opening day, kept losing wickets after resuming on 53-3 on day four.
Root departed for 33 soon after lunch, falling to Patel.
Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav joined in to finish off the innings, taking Moeen Ali after he smashed 43 off 18 balls.
The last wicket partnership of 38 between Ali and Stuart Broad, unbeaten on five, was England's highest of the match.
England conceded a lead of 195 and then struggled on a pitch that offered turn from day one.
"This wicket was very different to the one we played on in the first game," Ashwin conceded, but he added that the wickets had not fallen from the balls he expected.
"It was the mind of the batsmen that got us wickets."
Opener Rohit Sharma hit an attacking 161 to set up India's big innings after they won the toss and elected to bat first.
Kohli made 62 in the second innings, putting on a key 96-run seventh-wicket partnership with Ashwin on day three.
The third Test -- a day-night match -- will begin in Ahmedabad on February 24.
Authorities have not said if fans will be allowed into the world's biggest cricket stadium -- with a 100,000-plus capacity -- for the game.
India 1st innings (329, R. Sharma 161; M. Ali 4-128)
England 1st innings (134, B. Foakes 42 not out; R. Ashwin 5-43)
India 2nd innings (286, R. Ashwin 106; M. Ali 4-98, J. Leach 4-100)
England 2nd innings (target 482 - overnight 53-3, Lawrence 19, Root 2)
R. Burns c Kohli b Ashwin 25
D. Sibley lbw b Patel 3
D. Lawrence st Pant b Ashwin 26
J. Leach c R. Sharma b Patel 0
J. Root c Rahane b Patel 33
B. Stokes c Kohli b Ashwin 8
O. Pope c I. Sharma b Patel 12
B. Foakes c Patel b Yadav 2
M. Ali st Pant b Yadav 43
O. Stone lbw b Patel 0
S. Broad not out 5
Extras (b6, lb1) 7
Total (54.2 overs, all out) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Sibley), 2-49 (Burns), 3-50 (Leach), 4-66 (Lawrence), 5-90 (Stokes, 6-110 (Pope), 7-116 (Foakes), 8-116 (Root), 9-126 (Stone), 10-164 (Ali)
Bowling: Sharma 6-3-13-0, Patel 21-5-60-5, Ashwin 18-5-53-3, Siraj 3-1-6-0, Yadav 6.2-1-25-2
Result: India won by 317 runs
Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Virender Sharma (IND)
TV Umpire: Anil Chaudhary (IND)
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)