India’s humongous 151-run victory over England in the 2nd Test match has undoubtedly paved its way into a special place in every ardent Indian cricket team fan’s heart. A victory of epic proportions, India’s come-from-behind victory at the ‘Home of Cricket’ has to go down as one of the most iconic and special moments of Indian cricket’s folklore and will be talked about for quite some time. The highlight of this match was the equal number of contributions that came in from every single player of the team and the team did not have to depend on any particular player! In this article, we delve deep into 3 iconic moments that stood out in the game!
Mohammad Shami’s prowess with the batThe Indian cricket team fans have time and often complained that the Indian tail does not wag and that the Indian tailenders do not contribute runs. But Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah silenced all haters and turned around all misconceptions. Their 89-run partnership essentially brought India back to the game and Shami notched up a classy half-century too. His knock of 56* runs is special in ways more than one as he has surpassed some legends in the form of Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to their individual scores at Lord’s. Both the legends’ highest score at Lord’s are a meagre 37. Shami thus has astonished and stunned every cricket fan with his sheer charisma and flamboyance with the bat.
India’s dominant pace-batteryIndia’s huge turnaround in the pace department must be highly credited to India’s bowling coach, Bharat Arun. Under his tutelage, the Indian bowling department has undergone a revolution and the likes of Japsrit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma have stamped their authority in the longest format of the game. Their bowling prowess was once again on display as they snapped all 20 wickets in the game against the hapless English batters. Mohammad Siraj was a spectacle to the eye and he scythed through the batting line-up of the ‘Three Lions’ and bagged 8 wickets in total. His daredevilry in terms of his attitude and fearlessness was in complement with Virat Kohli’s in-your-face attitude and the English batsmen received a barrage of heated moments. Ishant Sharma too helped his rich vein of experience get into the fore and picked up 5 wickets.
The less-glamorous but important partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar PujaraOff-late Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been under-performing and have been at the receiving end of trolls and blatant, heavy criticism. Their slow and calculated approach during Day 4 of the match received mixed views, but it helped steady a derailing Indian ship. At a time when India was 55/3 and had dealt with huge blows in the form of wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the duo stitched a responsible and mature partnership of 100 runs and bailed India out of the precarious situation they were in. While Pujara managed to muster 45 runs, India’s vice-captain amassed 61 runs. Their innings’ might have not been blistering or swashbuckling, but it most certainly helped India come out of danger waters. If we change the lens from which we have been watching the duo and stress on the importance of their knocks on Day 4 of the match, we would realise the importance of their position in the team