The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli was proud of his team and had a massive smile on his face after India registered a historic Test win over England at Lord’s on Monday. With the win, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Kohli said the tension on the field motivated the team to win the game at any cost and that is exactly what they did as a charged-up Indian team bundled out England for 120 and won the game by 151 runs on Day 5.
There was constant sledding throughout the day from the likes of Kohli, James Anderson, Mohammed Siraj, Jos Buttler, and Jasprit Bumrah which heated up the atmosphere at Lord’s.
Talking about his team after the game, Virat Kohli said, “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. The first day was the most challenging. The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure – Jasprit and Shami were outstanding.”
He further added, “We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. A bit of tension on the field really motivated us to finish the game. We feed off the energy of the crowd as well. [Independence Day win] The best gift we can give to India, but we have three more Test matches and we can’t sit on our laurels.”
Shami and Bumrah made a brilliant partnership of 89 crucial runs during an unbroken record 9th-wicket partnership to turn the game in India’s favor before running through the English batting lineup with the Dukes’ ball in less than 52 overs.
Describing the same, Virat Kohli said, “Putting their hand up was something we were really proud of and we wanted to let them know (ovation for Bumrah-Shami). The 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.”
India skittled out England for 120 in less than two sessions on a highly charged Day 5 at Lord’s to win the second Test by 151 runs on Monday and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. With about a half-hour left of a fractious day featuring regular verbal clashes between players, Mohammed Siraj cleaned up Jimmy Anderson and wheeled around the outfield in delight at the home of cricket.