London, August 17 (IANS) Just after India declared their innings after lunch in the second Test against England at the Lords, skipper Virat Kohli went into a huddle and held a pep talk whose details were not clear. Whatever he said, it was inspiring enough for a bunch of bowlers already fired up.
The opening shooter KL Rahul, who was the player of the match, revealed this after the match.
“We knew after lunch the statement would come and bowlers were really eager and looking forward to going out there and each of them knew they were going to bowl 10-12 overs,” said Rahul, who made 129 in the first innings.
The goal of bowling England out in 60 overs was lip-smacking given that Indian bowlers Mohammed Shami (56 not out) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 not out) had already put the hosts under the pump with bats in the first session.
“The partnership between Shami and Bumrah first and foremost to start the day … It’s so good when your bowlers go out there and show so much heart. And fight like that. It just pumps you up. The cones were waiting to get a crack on them. They were really looking forward to it, ”Rahul added.
“We knew the course was up and down, and the opportunity like this to win a bid does not always come, so we were all very, very eager and excited as a bunch. So yes going out there and doing a show like that is very, very special. ”
In general, English players are never worked up and quietly start their task. However, the jumper to James Anderson by Jasprit Bumrah at the end of the third day shook the English, and who went to war over the ensuing and eye revenge with short deliveries to Bumrah on the fifth morning. It was something that eventually came to bite them back.
When Anderson and Jos Buttler had exchanges with Bumrah, the entire Indian team banded up and were further motivated.
“We as a team are never afraid to say a word or two. Or, if someone goes to one of our guys, then the rest of the 10 guys are really pumped too. That’s the kind of team we are. It’s the kind of atmosphere or the team spirit we have that if you go after one of our guys, it means you go after the whole team, ”Rahul added.
“Like I said, the bowlers would go out there and have a crack, and we would all be in the middle and give it our all in the 60 overs we were going to bowl. So like I said, it’s great to see people come and see. Speak out loud how badly each team wants to win. Really happy to see both teams play with so much heart. ”
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