Ishant Sharma has the honour of leading India off after his match-winning 7/74 #EngvInd https://t.co/J4eQMLZApV
— Lord’s Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 21, 2014
Indian team’s 95-run win over the host team England in the second Test match not only gave India a special win after 28 years but also gave a lead of 1-0 in the five-match test series.
Ishant Sharma’s fast bowling gave him career best figure 7/74 and demolished England by 95 runs. This is India’s second win at Lord’s in 17 Tests here after Kapil Dev led team won in June 1986.
At the post-match press conference Indian Captain Dhoni said that the victory is “memorable” for him because he may not play a five-day match again at the Lord’s cricket ground. India made 295 and 342 to beat England 319 and 223.
England were at a comfortable 173 for four when the last six wickets were lost for only 50 runs. Dhoni praised the young and inexperienced team and said that the win is a result of hard work and team effort .
He felt that India was also in a position to seal victories in South Africa and New Zealand but somehow they were not able to do that.Dhoni felt preparation was important whether they win or not. Ishant’s previous best tally was six for 51 against New Zealand at Wellington this year.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting criticized England skipper Alastair Cook saying that he will not improve as a player. England lost 7 tests out of 9 with their loss against India. Cook made 10 runs in first innings and 22 in second innings.
Since England’s loss of Ashes series, Cook has been criticized to step down and now after losing to India. But the England skipper said that he had no intention of stepping down from the captaincy.