After the team registered a comeback from behind victory for the ages at Lord's on Monday, the players of the squad couldn't help but celebrate it in the most passionate way possible. While the players shared dance steps, they also embraced each other and had a great time together.
In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on its social media handle, players can be seen giving their initial reaction after the win. The video traces their emotional arc from getting off the field to the Long Room to the Lord's dressing room. While Mohammed Siraj could be seen dancing, Kohli was seen hugging Rohit Sharma before the whole team stood and applauded each other for what was a complete team performance with several notable performances.
The complete video could be accessed on the official website of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Here is a glimpse:
While India were staring at a prospect of a defeat when Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma got out quickly inside the first hour on Day five, a scarcely believable half-century from Mohammed Shami, coupled with gritty innings from Jasprit Bumrah and their unbeaten partnership of close to 90 runs for the ninth wicket gave India the belief to go for the win. Following that it was Siraj's 4-32 and Jasprit Bumrah's 3-33, which ensured that India became only the second team in Test cricket history to win a Test after declaring an innings after Lunch on Day 5.
"To be very honest, we all knew that we were counting on Rishabh to carry on with the tail and get us some extra runs. We were thinking, 'Okay 200 will be great, 175-180, we'll take that as well to have a crack at them'. But 270 was something we could not have imagined. It just shows in this game when you walk on the field, you have a chance as an individual, and if you have the belief to take that chance, special things can happen," captain Kohli said after the match.
"It's probably one of the best Test matches we have played. Everyone showed character, to win Test matches like that, you need character and that's exactly what everyone did, not just one or two guys but all eleven came together and put their hand up at different stages and took the responsibility. That's a great sign for the team," opener Rohit Sharma said.