India were 110 for five - still 84 runs shy of victory - with England needing five wickets.
The senior pacer has been in the Test set-up for a decade now and this series could be the one where he makes a serious impact.
"Test match cricket is the best format in cricket and it's my favorite format in cricket", he said. That came after his four-wicket haul undermined India's first innings batting.
England didn't catch well, but eventually pulled off a sensational victory over India in the first Test at Edgbaston on Saturday, leaving skipper Joe Root gushing over the quality of the match on Saturday.
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.
"I'm still trying soak it all in, but it was a fabulous team performance".
"But that's not the case".
But it took Stokes just three balls to get Kohli, and another three to shift Shami and leave India needing a further 53 from their last two wickets.
The Indian captain though praised England for their relentless performance and said his team was made to work hard for the runs. Ishant Sharma's sensational triple-wicket over had the hosts reeling at 87/7 but then a certain 20-year-old showed his batting prowess. I was in awe of everyone.
The decision to bring the leg-spin of Adil Rashid into the attack might have looked obvious from a distance, but it is different when you are the captain and you know someone like Hardik Pandya could take him to the cleaners. "To go out in that situation and show the guts and determination he did, was brilliant to see from such a young guy".
Joe Root's side will hope to build on their 31-run over the tourists at Lord's on Thursday but will be without all-rounder Ben Stokes.
The skipper was downbeat after the match despite his 22nd Test ton.
The first of three wickets to fall for eight runs as he side slipped 3-216, Root's misfortune was accompanied by a full-house "send-off" from his opposite number Virat Kohli.
England take a 1-0 lead to Lord's but must now figure out how to replace Stokes for the second Test as he heads to Bristol, with his trial for affray due to start on Monday.
About his first-innings century, Kohli said: "From the team's point of view, the century was probably up there".
The ECB has much-beleaguered plans for "The Hundred", a new form of cricket that sees franchise teams compete in games with just 100 deliveries.
"When the focus is on the larger picture, these things don t matter - you are able to bat longer than you would ve done otherwise and the ability you have inside just unleashes because you re not focused on your personal milestones", added Kohli, who has now scored 5,754 Test runs at an average of 54.28.
The home side's 31-run win over India, completed at the end of a very special hour and a half on a sunny Saturday in Birmingham, left everyone breathless.
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