India v England
While the hangover of a historic win at the Gabba earlier this year is yet to subside properly, the Indian team has added another chapter in what seems to be the most ecstatic run in Indian cricket’s history. Hey, guys! You’re watching RCB 12th Man TV.
Going into day 5 at the Lord’s, all three results seemed possible, but an Indian win was the most unlikely one of them all. But with some individual brilliance, coupled with a gritty team effort, they managed to conquer Lord’s rather emphatically, and here are the three heroes from the big win at the home of cricket. At number three the Bumrah-Shami partnership. Who would have predicted this?
India v England 2021
They were expected to do it with the ball. But Bumrah and Shami decided to flaunt what they can do with the bat as well, and not just bat, but batting opposition out of the game. All the talk about India’s tail failing to contribute can take a back seat now. An unbeaten 89-run partnership in the second innings was full of swagger and the fiery attitude this Indian team is known for. In fact, it was this partnership which added the extra zing that was needed for the team to go for the big win.
At number two – KL Rahul. It’s difficult to bat at Lord’s, especially for a non-English batter who had to adjust to the slope. But none of that matter for KL Rahul who got himself a spot on the prestigious Lord’s honours board with a century, helping India to set up a fighting total after being asked to bat first. The fact that Rahul batted when it was cloudy with a bit of rain around, made his innings even more memorable. Is this the rise of KL Rahul part 2 – something similar to Rohit Sharma, whose game found new heights when he was promoted as an opener in the ODIs?
And at number one – our superstar from RCB Mohammed Siraj. It’s amazing, how one spell of bowling can change the fate of a cricketer so much – that one spell Siraj bowled against KKR last year in the UAE.
And since then, he hasn’t looked back. Growing from strength to strength, Siraj was instrumental in India’s win with two four-wicket hauls in the game. He hit the top gear in the second innings, pegging England back, whenever they look like inching towards the draw. India have the lead now, but captain Kohli has promised that they are only going to elevate their game from here on and not sit on the laurels of a win at Lord’s. Aren’t we just in for some delightful cricket in the weeks to come?