Captain Virat Kohli was super proud of his team at the post-match presentation after Team India scripted one of their greatest-ever Test wins away from home at Lord’s.
On a day that started with India firmly on the backfoot with a poultry lead of 154 runs and just one specialist batsman in Rishabh Pant, the visitors showed incredible mental toughness, grit, patience, and of course, skills, to turn the tables on England by handing them a 151-run drubbing.
Virat Kohli, who was absolutely amazing with the kind of passion he displayed throughout the day, was full of praise for his players, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who, with their 89-run-stand ensured that India were able to dictate terms to England later in the day.
“Super proud of the whole team, the way we stuck to our plans, being put in our performance with the bat was outstanding. Pitch didn’t offer much on first three days. But the way we played in the second innings, under pressure, from Jasprit and Shami was outstanding,” said Virat Kohli.
It was an extremely tense day at Lord’s Test with emotions running rampant in both camps. The verbal duels between Jasprit Bumrah and Mark Wood/Jos Buttler fired things up even more and skipper Kohli admitted that it motivated his side to the hilt.
Bumrah and Shami added 89-runs for the 10th wicket and they were rightly greeted with a standing ovation by the dressing room.
“Wanted to let them know that we appreciated what they did, and they took the new ball and made breakthroughs for us,” he added.
“We thought with 60 overs to go we could have a crack, and they were outstanding. A bit of tension on the filly motivated us to finish the game, ” he added.
Apart from Shami and Bumrah, Ishant Sharma also chipped in with valuable 16 runs and the kind of improvement that the lower-order batters have shown is something Virat was really appreciative of in the post-match interview.
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“When we were most successful, our lower order was contributing, we went away from that a bit away from home but they are putting in the hard work with are theee coaches. The belief and the desire are there, to do the job for the team.
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The last time they won at Lord’s was under MS Dhoni in 2014 where Ishant bounced out England. Virat reminisced that win besides drawing a parallel between Ishant’s 2014 performance and Siraj’s heist in the latest victory.
“Last time was special, Ishant bowled outstandingly. But this one, to get a result in 60 overs, is quite special. With someone like Siraj playing at Lord’s for the first time and bowling as he did was outstanding. We decided 60 was our mark, crucial breakthroughs were great for us and we carried on from there,” said Kohli.
The atmosphere was absolutely electric at Lord’s with Indian fans getting behind the team and Kohli admitted that they did feed off their energy.
He also said that the Lord’s Test win is an Independence Day gift to Indians while asserting that still a lot of game remains to be played in the five-match series.
“Second half of the day, we thought we were on top and our fans got behind us. We feed off the energy of the crowd as well. The best gift we can give to India, but we have three more Test matches and we can’t sit on our laurels. [Robinson review] That one was gut feel but I like to go with my instinct.” signed off Kohli.