Virat Kohli says he is ‘super proud’ of his India team after they pulled off a remarkable victory over England in the final hour of the Lord’s Test.
India were on the back foot in the morning session of the final day having slipped to 209-8 – a lead of just 183 – but Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah shared a ninth-wicket stand of 89 to effectively bat England out of the match.
Joe Root’s side needed to survive 60 overs to secure a draw after Kohli declared shortly after lunch, but the hosts were bowled out for 120 with 8.1 overs of the match remaining.
‘I am super proud of the whole team for the way we stuck to our plans,’ Kohli said after India’s 151-run win. ‘Our performance with the bat was outstanding after we were inserted.
‘The pitch didn’t offer much in the first three days, the first day was the most challenging.
‘The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure – Shami and Bumrah were outstanding this morning.
‘Then, with 60 overs left in the day, we thought we could have a crack at the result. We had the belief and the bowlers were outstanding. The tension on the field motivated us to win the game.’
India’s remarkable victory at Lord’s means they lead this five-match series 1-0, after the opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn. The third match starts on August 25 in Leeds.
Kohli added: ‘I have been part of winning a Test match last time here under MS Dhoni but to get a result here in 60 overs is quite special.
‘With the declaration, I thought anything under 55 overs didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to walk off thinking “what if we had four or five overs more?”
‘We decided 60 was our mark and crucial breakthroughs with the new ball helped us. We won’t rest on our laurels, we will get more intense and precise.’
England captain Root offered to take responsibility for the demoralising defeat and admitted he got some tactics wrong on the final day.
The hosts lost control of the Test during the unlikely partnership between Shami and Bumrah on the final morning and Root said: ‘Tactically I got a few things wrong, and a lot falls on my shoulders.
‘The game could have looked very different if I had managed things slightly different, and I will learn from that experience.
‘Looking back, some of the field placings and the way we bowled at them – we could have attacked the stumps more frequently. I would have maybe taken more time and brought more methods of dismissal into the game sooner.’
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