IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: Virat Kohli ecstatic with India’s historic win, says ‘It’s the best independence day we can give people back home’ – Team India captain Virat Kohli is overjoyed after winning the 2nd Test against England at Lord’s on Monday. This is India’s third win at the mecca of cricket in the longest format of the game. Virat said that It’s the best independence day they can give people back home.
WHAT. A. WIN! 👏 👏
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“Super proud of the whole team. The way we stuck to our plans after being put in. The pitch didn’t offer much in the first three days. First day was the most challenging. The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure – Jasprit Bumrah and Shami were outstanding. We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. The tension in the field in our second innings, what happened there, helped us,” Virat Kohli said in post-match presentation.
IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: Jasprit Bumrah stole the show with bat and ball (3/33 and 34*) and Mohammed Siraj (4/32) wasn’t ready to miss the opportunity to shine at the Home of Cricket.
IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: It all started with the mind-blowing 89-run 9th wicket partnership between Mohammed Shami (56*) and Jasprit Bumrah that set the game up and swung the momentum right in India’s favour from a position wherein the hosts were looking favourites to take the game. Once the Indian team declared the innings, the morale of the team was sky-high and it was visible from the moment they stepped onto the field in the second session on Monday.
“Batting coach has worked really hard with the boys. They have the desire in them to do well for the team. We know how priceless those runs are. Have been a part of the winning Test last time under MS. That was pretty special. But this one, to get a result in 60 overs is quite special. And especially with someone like Siraj playing for the first time at Lord’s and he bowled superbly,” Virat Kohli added.
“We decided 60 is our mark. Crucial breakthroughs with the new ball was the right start for us. Very happy with the support we got, especially when we’re playing away from home these things are very important. It comes a day later (after Independence Day) but it’s the best gift we can give. We’re not going to sit on our laurels after this match. Today that one was purely gut feel. I get many wrong, but if you don’t take a chance you never know,” Virat Kohli concluded.
IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: England captain Joe Root was disappointed after the loss. “Unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to see out today which is very frustrating. But there’s still a lot of cricket to be played in the series. We went from a very strong position where we looked like we would win the game to losing. More than anything just got a few things wrong. That partnership, they did pretty well,” Root said.
“But lots of things I’d do differently if given an opportunity. His attitude (wood), the way he goes about things. Mo’s come back well. There are things we can take from this game. We’re used to playing five-match series. Important not to panic and stay calm. So good to have the crowds back to sporting arenas in general,” Root added.