In a rather emotionally charged Test match at Lord's, players of both the teams had a go at each other but eventually, it was the Virat Kohli-led Indian side that had the last laugh. After the match was started to slip out of their hands on Day 5, a spirited show from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami with the bat coupled with a superb bowling performance led by Mohammed Siraj helped India complete a memorable win at the home of cricket.
There were quite a few verbal exchanges in the match between the players but the highlight has to be the spat between captain Kohli and veteran England pacer James Anderson. In a recent video that is now going viral on the internet, Mohammed Siraj and Kohli were seen pointing towards James Anderson. Moreover, as the fast bowler walked up the field during the second innings, Kohli and Siraj were seen putting their hands on the forehead, a probable gesture that he could yet again receive a few short pitch balls in the second innings at Lord's.
Here is the video:
Notably, an animated exchange between Anderson and Bumrah had sparked when Bumrah had delivered some bouncers to welcome the English pacer in the first innings. When the England team thought to return the favour to the Indian lower-order batters, they failed miserably as the duo of Bumrah and Shami played innings to remember at the iconic venue.
Very happy with the support we got: Virat Kohli
After the game at Lord's concluded with the Indians marching to a 151-run win, captain Kohli lauded the supporters of the team, along side praising his strike bowler of the day Mohammed Siraj.
"But this one, to get a result in 60 overs is quite special. And especially with someone like Siraj playing for the first time at Lord’s and he bowled superbly. We decided 60 is our mark. Crucial breakthroughs with the new ball was the right start for us. Very happy with the support we got, especially when we’re playing away from home these things are very important. It comes a day later (after Independence Day) but it’s the best gift we can give," Kohli had said at the post-match press conference.
"We’re not going to sit on our laurels after this match, five Test matches is our focus. Today that one was purely gut feel (the Robinson LBW review). I get many wrongs, but if you don’t take a chance you never know," he had added.