ENG vs IND: The 2nd Test at Lord’s between India and England offered a gripping finale. By the end of Day 4, India was looking down the barrel with a lead of just 154 and six wickets lost. Rishabh Pant fell early on day 5, but the Shami and Bumrah show rescued India with an 89 run unbeaten stand. England needed to bat out of their skins to target 272. A dynamic speech from Indian skipper Virat Kohli before the English run chase got Team India into fighting mode!
Virat Kohli is known to wear his heart on his sleeves. His aggressive style on and off the field makes him an intriguing character. He is never one to shy away from banter on the pitch. The skipper was at his animated best during the Lord’s Test. With India declaring the innings shortly after lunch, a defeat for the visitors was out of the question. They had to bowl England out in two sessions at their home, which they did!
A video of the Indian captain and his speech during the team huddle has gone viral. He can be seen urging and rallying up players as he said, “For 60 overs they should feel hell out there”.
India’s quartet of pace bowlers responded admirably and bowled their hearts out. England succumbed to a 151 run defeat with only Joe root, and Jos Buttler offering some resistance.
Kohli was really proud and ecstatic after the victory but maintained they were not going to sit on their laurels.
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 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. Putting their hand up was something we were really proud of and we wanted to let them know (ovation for Bumrah-Shami). Batting coach has worked really hard with the boys. When we were No.1 we were getting runs from the lower-order. Then we shied away from it. But now they (lower-order) have the desire in them to get the runs and do well for the team.
The England captain was at a loss for words at the end. This was the first time he had hit a century in a losing cause.
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. 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.
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