Virat Kohli after losing World Test Championship final against Black Caps clearly said in the press conference that one loss can’t define the character of our team and the consistent cricket we have played over last two years to reach at the finals and even suggested that ICC should at least consider keeping three Test matches to decide the eventual winners of Champions of World cricket.
Many would think that these statements from Kohli came in as he was the losing skipper but if we look at the hindsight he was absolutely spot on the kind of resilience this current Indian Test team has shown against the wall is simply commendable as the one in Australia where they were bowled out on 36 runs and lost that Test match in three days to this one at Lords where English players thought they can easily marginalize this Indian team.
They hardly knew that the moment they are thinking that they have won the game easily their dreams will be shattered by two tailenders in form of Bumrah and Shami who averages 3 and 11 in Test cricket respectively. But the heated exchange between two teams and trying to take revenge from Bumrah over the short balls he bowled to Jimmy Anderson was a complete debacle on England side.
India has been a superior team on the last day of Test cricket be it Shami and Bumrah 89 runs partnership for ninth wicket and clinching two early wickets of England when the host came out to bat on ducks.
Mohammad Shiraj has been an absolute find for India and the best thing about Hyderabadi pacer is his ability to take wickets in the crucial junctures of the game whenever the ball is handed to him by a skipper Kohli.
The Kind of Performance that he churned out at Lords speaks volume about his talent, temperament and his message of saying his critics that I am here to stay for long.
Virat Kohli verbal battle with James Anderson where the former said later “This isn’t your backyard” came true as ultimately it proved out to be Men in Blue backyard who thrashed host by 151 runs in 2nd Test at Lords. This victory is pretty special as it came out to be on “Home of Cricket”.