We witnessed an abrupt end to what was an enthralling series between England and India in the United Kingdom. There have been some iconic moments from this series that Indian fans would cherish for years to come. Whether it was Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery spell at the Oval or Rohit Sharma getting his first overseas century, these moments would have a special place in Indian cricket history.
Today, we’re looking at five such iconic moments from the England vs India Test series that made us get off our seats and applaud.
INDIA’S FAMOUS WIN AT LORD’S
After the disappointment of not having the chance to win the first Test on the fifth day, India went into the second Test at the hallowed turf of Lord’s buzzing with confidence. Winning at Lord’s is the goal for any visiting side and Virat Kohli’s men made sure that they tasted victory at the mecca of cricket. The game was hanging in balance going into the final day but two unlikely heroes with the bat in Mohammed Shami and Bumrah helped India reach a total that was out of England’s reach on day five. What followed was one of the best bowling performances by Team India in its history. It took just 52 overs for India to emerge victorious and script yet another famous win at Lord’s.
JASPRIT BUMRAH VS JAMES ANDERSON
Sticking with the Lord’s Test, it was the exchange of words between James Anderson and Jasprit Bumrah that fired this Indian side on the final day. Anderson wasn’t overly impressed with the barrage of bouncers he had to face at the fag end of day four and he let Bumrah and his teammates knew how he felt about the situation. The whole Indian team got riled up with the words spoken by Anderson and then the hostility Bumrah faced while batting in the second innings. Captain Kohli made sure that his team gave twice as much as they received and those 52 overs for England felt like hell for the English batters. Anderson and Co. made the error of teasing the lion, something they would take note of in the future series.
WIN AT THE OVAL AFTER 50 YEARS
India’s second win of the series came at the Oval and it was a special one. It was after 50 long years that Indian managed to win a Test match at the venue and it came at the best time possible. After managing just 191 in the first innings, the team had its back against the wall for the majority of the Test. But this Indian team doesn’t back down irrespective of the situation of the game. Their batters got them back in the back in the second innings and on a flat track in London, the bowlers made sure they put on a masterclass of fast bowling on a placid wicket to get a famous win.
THE ‘SHAMRAH’ SHOW
At the Lord’s Test when all felt doomed for India on the final day, the team found an unlikely source of runs from Mohammed Shami and Burmah. The English bowlers lost the plot while bowling to these tailenders and started bombarding them with regular shot balls. Joe Root kept the field in strange boundary saving positions and that helped both Shami and Bumrah to get settled. Once the duo got in, they were giving the top order a run for their money with the kind of shots they displayed in the middle. This was the ‘Shamrah’ show at Lord’s as they scored a record partnership of 89 for the ninth wicket in England.
BUMRAH’S SPELL AT THE OVAL
Jasprit Bumrah saved his best for the last as he single-handedly changed the complexion of the fourth Test at the Oval. Bumrah bowled an economical spell before lunch on the fifth day morning but nothing seemed to disturb the English top order on what was the flattest wicket of the series. Whatever Bumrah had in lunch is something the nutritionist should take note of. He came with the intention of taking the pitch out of consideration and once he got a bit of reverse swing, he became almost unplayable. In a spell that would be remembered for years to come, Bumrah gave away just six runs in his quota of six overs, bowled three maidens and picked up two crucial wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow. He turned the match on its head and without that spell, India wouldn’t have won the game to take a 1-2 lead in the series.