"India lost control then - he needs to look back on his captaincy and say 'when I've got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?'"
He then revived England after they slumped to 87 for seven in their second innings with a dashing 63, his maiden Test fifty, that took them to 180 all out and meant India faced a challenging target.
Sam Curran's half-century provided the much-needed boost to England and ensured that the bowlers had something to play for.
It became 54-2 in three balls as number three batsman KL Rahul (4) played a loose shot and diverted a thick inside edge onto his stumps.
An emotional Ben Stokes, who took four wickets including the big one of Kohli to dent India's chase, said Curran's counterattacking 65-ball innings was the turning point of the match.
With India edging their way towards victory on Saturday, it was no surprise when England captain Joe Root brought the Durham all-rounder on as first change.
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For England captain Joe Root there was the relief of seeing his side win the first Test of a series after a run of three straight defeats in campaign openers against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan. "Stokesy's got that knack, hasn't he?" said Root of another big moment Stokes had ceased. "I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though", Hussain told Sky Sports.
Played well in the series against Pakistan at the start of the summer but was unable to show his class in Birmingham, scoring just one run. Indian bowlers looked more disciplined in the second session and started to hit the right areas. There is no hiding from this game. "We need to take the negatives out and build on the positives as we go on", he said.
He made 149 in India's first-innings 274 and steadied India after they slipped to 78-5 on Friday at Edgbaston.
They resumed on their overnight 110 for five, with Kohli 43 not out and India s hopes of victory resting on the shoulders of their star batsman. "We can get him out", said Anderson, England's leading wicket-taker. Umpire Aleem Dar turned it down, but DRS overturned the decision as England finally got their breakthrough.
It was typical of Stokes that he had dangerman Kohli lbw with just his third ball and three balls later had Mohammed Shami caught behind to leave India floundering at 141 for eight.
He got a couple of reprieves early in his innings but his intent to scrap it out under overcast conditions with an incisive Sam Curran (4/74), wily James Anderson (2/41) and relentless Ben Stokes (2/73) asking probing questions, stood out.