'You go after one of our guys...': Kohli and Co bully Englishmen into submission at Lord's

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That's what you expect with two competitive teams - great skills, and a few words as well. We don't mind some banter. You go after one of our guys and all XI of us will come back - KL Rahul

Virat Kohli and company had their foot firmly on the throat of the Englishmen when Ollie Robinson came out to bat with Mohammad Siraj on the hat-trick at Lord’s and the scoreboard reading 90/7.

With the game headed for a tense finish, words were exchanged on the field regularly.

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They thoroughly deserved this win and they will celebrate in style. It was a team performance where everyone contributed. England lost out on key moments with the ball and their batting was too dependent on Joe Root.

Kohli said that the verbal altercation between England players and the two Indian tail-enders Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah spurred them to go flat out at the home team in 60 available overs. And Indians eventually got the job done in 51.5 overs with pacers producing a high-quality show to dismiss England for 120.

“Super proud of the whole team. The way we stuck to our plans after being put in. The pitch didn't offer much in the first three days. The first day was the most challenging,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.

Jasprit Bumrah clashes with Jos Buttler
India's Jasprit Bumrah clashes with England's Jos Buttler. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Jasprit Bumrah clashes with Jos Buttler
India's Jasprit Bumrah clashes with England's Jos Buttler. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Jasprit Bumrah clashes with Jos Buttler
India's Jasprit Bumrah clashes with England's Jos Buttler. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Jos Buttler vs Bumrah
England's Jos Buttler (right) is held back by Joe Root after a conversation with India's Jasprit Bumrah during day five of the Second Test match at Lord's. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

“The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure - Jasprit and Shami were outstanding. We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. The tension in the field in our second innings, what happened there, helped us,” Kohli, who had sledged Robinson during the fag end of the second innings, said.

India set England a 272 run target following an 89-run stand between tail-enders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami. The duos special was applauded by the entire team which came down from the dressing room to welcome them.

“Putting their hand up was something we were really proud of and we wanted to let them know (standing ovation for Bumrah-Shami). The batting coach has worked really hard with the boys. They have the desire in them to do well for the team. We know how priceless those runs are. The belief (from lower-order) was missing for a while but now it is back,” said Kohli.

It was India's third Test win at Lord's and Kohli called it a special one.

“Have been a part of the winning Test last time under MS (Dhoni). That was pretty special. But this one, to get a result in 60 overs is quite special. And especially with someone like Siraj playing for the first time at Lord's and he bowled superbly. We decided 60 is our mark. Crucial breakthroughs with the new ball were the right start for us. Very happy with the support (crowd) we got,” he added.

England skipper Joe Root admitted they got their tactics wrong when Shami and Bumrah were batting.

“We went from a very strong position where we looked like we would win the game to losing. More than anything just got a few things wrong. That partnership, they did pretty well. But lots of things I'd do differently if given an opportunity.”

On the positives, Root added: “His attitude (Mark Wood), the way he goes about things... Mo's (Moeen Ali) come back well. There are things we can take from this game. We're used to playing five-match series. Important not to panic and stay calm. So good to have the crowds back to sporting arenas in general,” said Root.

KL Rahul got his name on the honours board with a sublime hundred and was the player of the match.

“I’ve been looking at it every morning to see if they've put it on permanently. They haven't - it's still a temporary piece of paper (name on the honours boards),” said Rahul.

“To put on 360 on the board was really crucial, very happy. Been here for a couple of months now and been working really hard on our skills. Even in the first game at Trent Bridge, the batsmen have shown a lot of discipline.”

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