All morning the blue sky was over our boys as it took just 10 minutes and 17 balls to end the unfinished business. This was a callback or history repeating itself from 11 years ago when Rahul Dravid and the boys did the same. That win was in 2007 and it paved the way for one of the most memorable series triumph.
Even though this win has put India 2-1 on the scoreboard there is a long way to go. The 4th match, the Southampton Test will be in eight days and the team’s coach has promised that the team will carry the positivity of this match’s win to the next.
Post the 203 run win, our team’s coach said that the team will take a fresh guard at Southampton. After the first two losses, this was the win the team so desperately needed to get the fire going again. This series is proving to be all about fighting back, adapting and facing new challenges.
Both the batsmen and bowlers showed vast improvement since the first two matches. The pace bowlers were unstoppable and got 19 out of the 20 wickets. Both Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah got their five-wicket hauls making them the real heroes of the match. Even Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma were on the mark. This led to the team’s coach Ravi Shastri claiming it be “the best pace bowling attack India has ever had.”
Kohli also remarked that he was undoubtedly happy that four of the fastest bowlers of the series were Indians. He said that it was the combinations of the batsmen and the skill of the bowlers along with the slip catch that leads to Test cricket wins.
Kohli also said that there was happy party music playing and the sadness of the first two losses was gone and a new positivity had entered the dressing room. Many of the players had gone into a sort of shell after the first two losses but this win had brought their spirits back up. The team will be meeting fans and family as they go into a four-day holiday mode post-victory.