LondonThe Indian team defeated England by a huge margin of 151 runs in the second test played at Lord’s. At the historic Lord’s Stadium, known as Home of Cricket, hosts England had got a target of 272 runs in 60 overs, but the entire team was bundled out for 120 runs. Captain Virat Kohli has described this victory as the most special gift for the country on the occasion of Independence Day.
Proud of the team…After the victory, Kohli said – Very proud of the whole team. The pitch didn’t help much in the first three days. The first day was the most challenging. The way we played in the second innings after coming under pressure, especially Jasprit and Shami, was excellent. We believed we could get him out in 60 overs. What happened on the field during our second innings (there was a lot of tension between the players of both the teams) helped us.
Batting coach appreciatedVirat praised the batting coach for the excellent batting of the bowler specialists. He said the batting coach has worked really hard with the boys. We know how priceless those runs are. The last time they won here under the captaincy of MS Dhoni was (in 2014). That moment was very special. Let us tell you that when India were struggling on the 5th day, Shami (56 not out off 70 balls) and Bumrah (34 not out off 64 balls) turned the match around with an unbroken partnership of 89 runs for the ninth wicket.
What did Kohli say towards Siraj?Kohli also praised Siraj, who took 4 wickets. He said – especially when a player like Siraj was playing at Lord’s for the first time and he bowled brilliantly, then this win becomes even more special. The crucial breakthrough with the new ball was the right start for us. Reminiscing the past Independence Day a day ago, he said – it has come a day later (after Independence Day) but it is the most wonderful gift we can give. We are not going to stop after this match.
[Attribution to NBT]