India have had a taste of some special victories on English soil over the years. At the turn of the century, Sourav Ganguly broke the barrier and became the flag bearer of India’s resounding run overseas across formats.
If Leeds Test in 2002 emanated a new era for Team India, Rahul Dravid replicated what was a sumptuous victory at Nottingham 5 years later. The baton to lead India was steadily passed to MS Dhoni who had a torrid summer in England in the 2011 tour.
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The corresponding England tour in 2014 also proved unforgettable for Team India, but the highlight was 2nd Test at Lord’s where India won after 28 years. In the second episode of ‘India’s journey from Eden gardens to Lord’s’, we wind the clock back and discuss the 5 factors which led India to victory at Lord’s in 2014.
The ‘Magnificent’ Ajinkya Rahane
India were tottering on 86-3 when Ajinkya Rahane stepped in and took on the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. While the other batsmen fell like a pack of cards, Rahane held one end firmly. He also shared a 90-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bolster India to 295 in the end of first innings.
His 103-run innings not only came off with a decent pace, it laid a foundation for a historic Test for Team India.
Ishant Sharma’s bouncer barrage
Well! If you ask Ishant Sharma about the proudest moment of his career until now, his unwatered reply would be “7 wickets at Lord’s”.
England were inching towards a hard fought victory with Joe Root and Moeen Ali withstanding the Indian bowlers. The then-skipper MS Dhoni urged Ishant Sharma to test the English batsmen with vicious bouncers frequently. The move worked big-time and Ishant dismantled England with 95 runs to spare.
To know more about the Lord’s Test, watch the video below:
From Eden Gardens to Lord’s Episode 2: The day India conquered Lord’s after 28 years #FYS #Cricket