Team India did not achieve the desired result in Edgbaston’s rescheduled match against England in July 2022. However, this 2021 Pataudi trophy, which ended in a 2-2 draw, will be remembered as one of India’s best performances on English soil. In fact, had rain not washed away the final day of last year’s Nottingham Test, the Test series would have been 3-2 as the Indian had to chase 157 runs with 9 wickets in hand.
But India did in the Lord what they couldn’t do in the Trent Bridge. The guests showed a commendable character as they came from behind to defeat England 151 to take a 1-0 lead. After the heroism of C.L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the first innings, the duo of Jasprit Bumra and Mohammed Shami upset the hosts in the second innings. They created a decisive win-win position with 89 runs for 9th wicket to help India set a 272-run goal for Joe Root & Co.
READ ALSO | ‘What about Virat’s future?’: Here’s what Shahid Afridi replied to a fan’s question on Twitter
The serve of Bumra and Shami has already filled the entire Indian dressing room with confidence. And when they came out to defend the score, it took Kohli’s bowlers just 51.5 overs to drop England.
Veteran wicket-batter Dinesh Kartik, who was part of the commentary box, recently revealed the mindset of then-captain Virat Kohli with whom he took the field with in the last opportunity.
Speaking to Cricbuzz about ‘Summer Stalemate’, Karthik said, “Virat Kohli said a very interesting line. I think it was after the match. He said: “I wanted the English batsmen to feel what it was like to be in hell at a time when they were at a breaking point.” He literally walked and talked about talking for 50 overs when India was bowling because it was a really busy time for England.”
“The wicket has weakened a little more than in the first opportunity. If at all they should have been batting more comfortably. But that’s what pressure does to you. But it was the psychological pressure that India exerted. And the hole in which the British dug in, and the field that they prepared for the English henchmen – all this played a role, ”he added.
Karthik went on to explain how exciting it was to be part of the team during Kohli’s captaincy. The veteran Stamper revealed that Kohli only had one goal before heading out for one last opportunity at Lord’s; take all 10 England wickets.
“Kohli was very lively, but he says things that sometimes really fire you up in a party, and this party has to be special to be a part of it. I was part of the meetings where he encouraged the players to do something special. But I think he was fully charged and aiming for those 10 wickets and he got them in 50 overs. It was probably one of his best test matches,” he said.
Get the latest cricket news, Schedule as well as cricket results here