India captain Virat Kohli, who was an animated character throughout the second Test against England, has opened up about the driving force behind Lord’s win.
The hosts clinched a 151-run victory in the second Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
England were all out in their second innings for just 120 runs in pursuit of a 272-run target.
Notable performances of the match
In the first innings of the match most of the Indian batsmen stumbled, KL Rahul was the only player to mark an impressive 129 runs of just 250 balls. His hundred helped India put on a fighting total of 364 runs on the board.
England captain Joe Root also showed class in the 1st innings where he scored 180 runs of 321 balls and gave England a lead of 34 runs.
Not to forget the stunning performance of India’s right-arm pacer, Muhammad Siraj, who took 4 crucial wickets of England players in both innings.
Although there were some stellar knocks from both the teams, but KL Rahul was declared the player of the match for his gritty performance under pressure.
His 126-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma (83) strengthened India’s position in the 1st innings.
The 29-year-old looked rock-hard solid in his defense. Though his strike rate was a bit low, the Punjab Kings skipper was in sheer control of his game.
Kohli opens up about on-field arguments
Bumrah was involved in a heated exchange with English fielders while batting on the last day of the match. He had managed to pull over an unbeaten 89 runs partnership with Mohammad Shami. Their partnership was the foundation of the team’s victory.
It all started when Bumrah faced a series of short-pitched balls from England pacer James Anderson on the third evening of the match. One bouncer that hit him on the helmet made him extremely furious.
“What happened at the end of our second innings with the bowlers, that bit of tension really helped us and charged us up and motivated us to finish this game off,” Kohli said after the game.
“It takes a lot of character to bat like that under pressure, as bowlers who don’t often bat, and they then charged out and took the new ball and got us two breakthroughs as well, which was crucial for us.”
Bumrah remained not out with an excellent 34 runs and Shami with his unbeaten 59. Their unbeaten partnership strengthened India’s position before Kohli declared the innings with 2 wickets in hand.
India had to defend the overall lead of 272 runs with 60 overs remaining in the test. Indian seam bowlers wiped out both England openers for ducks within the first two overs of the last inning.
The collapse of openers was a big blow to the hosts after which no player stayed at the crease for long. And to England fan’s horror, the whole team was dismissed for just 120.
The Indian captain was all praise for his Royal Challengers Bangalore colleague Mohammad Siraj, who grabbed eight wickets in the game to put India on top.
“We had the belief we could get them out in those 60 overs and the bowlers were outstanding – especially for someone like Siraj, playing at Lord’s for the first time,” Kohli concluded.