With India’s victory over England in the recent Test 1, it has been pointed out that no longer is one player expected to be the ‘Hero’ and win the match on his own; rather it is through the effort of the entire team. “KL Rahul and Rohit had an outstanding partnership on day one,” Indian Captain Virat Kohli had said, in an interview with BCCI TV.
“The opposition put us [in] and [they thought] we were going to get blown away. Just the character we showed, to get a result in 60 overs on day 5 when the pitch was not offering anything to the bowlers… all I can say is I am really proud of the team. We have had some amazing overseas wins but this one is right up there just because of the belief and character we showed and that’s been the hallmark of our team.”
Indian Bowlers destroy England
Among the most noted contributions to the match were those of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Siraj overpowered England. In the penultimate session, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane batted out two sessions, keeping India afloat. By doing this, they also managed to resurrect their careers, which had taken a hit earlier.
The Player of the Match was KL Rahul and India won by an impressive 151 runs.
“I thought anything under 55 overs didn’t sound right – I didn’t want to walk off the field wishing we had a few more overs. We decided on 60, and the breakthroughs – the new ball were vital for us. Our fans gave us so much support today; these things are very crucial and we fed off the energy of the crowd. It was Independence Day yesterday and this is the best gift we can give the people of India and the Indians that are staying here. We’re not going to rest on our laurels. If anything we’re going to get more intense and precise in what we do in the next three Tests.” said Kohli after the win.