If the Lord’s Test win in 2014 was a sweet experience for the Indian fans, the 2021 win at the same venue was on the back of a surreal team performance. At 194/7 earlier on day five, India were in tremendous pressure before Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah added 106 runs in between them to take India to a total of 298 runs, which allowed for the visitors to launch an assault in the final two sessions of the Test.
During the course of their partnership, the Indian lower-order were on the receiving end of a barrage of verbal comments from the hosts. In the post-match presentation, Indian skipper Virat Kohli insisted that the bit of on field tension in the second innings motivated the Indian team to get a result at Lord’s.
"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. We thought with 60 overs to go we could have a crack, and they were outstanding. A bit of tension on the field really motivated us to finish the game,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
In the last three years, the Indian lower-order had struggled in comparison to the earlier times, which led to India posting totals on the back of their top and middle-order batsmen. However, Kohli insisted that the bowlers put in efforts to improve their batting display throughout the last few months which helped them at Lord’s.
“Wanted to let them know that we appreciated what they did, and they took the new ball and made breakthroughs for us. 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 the coaches. The belief and the desire is there, to do the job for the team.”
It was India’s second Test victory at the iconic venue, after Ishant Sharma guided them to one in 2014. While stating that the last one was special, Kohli stated that to get a result within 60 overs with a relatively newer bowling unit made the 2021 win more special.
“[Lord's victories] 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.”
“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. [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. [Robinson review] That one was gut feel but I like to go with my instinct."