Indian captain Virat Kohli said that he would not pick on any particular issue as the reason for defeat after India went down to England by an innings and 76 runs on Day 4 of the Headingley Test. Instead, Kohli commented that India ‘fail as a team and win as a team’. He conceded that they failed in the third Test.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has said that there has not been any chat at all about Cheteshwar Pujara’s form in the dressing room. According to Rohit, all the talk has been on the outside but within the team, everyone is in full backing of Pujara.
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami refused to comment too much on off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s non-inclusion for the third India-England Test at Headingley. Ashwin was not picked in the playing XI for the first two Tests as well.
England fast bowler James Anderson has admitted that they were hugely disappointed following the 151-run loss to India at Lord’s. He added that the team as a whole got over it and prepared for the next challenge ahead. England were all over India on Day 1 of the Headingley Test on Wednesday. Anderson led the way picking up the first three wickets for England as India were bowled out for 78. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns then featured in an unbeaten 120-run partnership to complete England’s day of domination.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that he is not at all surprised with pacer Mohammed Siraj’s instant success in international cricket. According to Kohli, Siraj has always had the skills to succeed on the big stage but the Australia gave him that much-needed confidence. Siraj was chosen for the tour Down Under as a back-up to the main pace bowlers. But injuries saw him being thrown into the deep end and he responded in admirable fashion.
Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar feels it will be very difficult for England to make a comeback in the series after the manner in which they lost at Lord’s. England dominated the Test for most part but succumbed to pressure on the last day to go down by 151 runs. Gavaskar believes the Lord’s defeat would have dented the hosts psychologically, from which they will find it tough to recover.
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has praised upcoming fast bowler Mohammed Siraj for his excellent performance in the Lord’s Test. Siraj claimed 8 wickets in the match as India registered victory by 151 runs to go 1-0 in the in the five-match series. Tendulkar has been highly impressed with how consistent Siraj has proved to be during his short career in Test matches.
Indian captain Virat Kohli revealed that continuing tension between India and England players during the final day of the Lord’s Test gave them greater motivation to win. After Jasprit Bumrah’s bouncer barrage to James Anderson in England’s first innings, Mark Wood gave it back to the Indian bowler when he came out to bat. Tempers flared out in the middle with Bumrah engaging in verbal duels with the Englishmen. India were then all pumped up when they came out to bowl in the final innings.
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Cheteshwar Pujara (45) added a crucial 100 runs for the fourth wicket on Day 4 of the Lord’s Test against England. However, both fell before the close of play as the hosts seized back the advantage. India ended the day on 181 for 6, with a lead of only 154 runs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (14 off 29) and Ishant Sharma (4 off 10) were at the crease for India at stumps.