The Indian cricket team is being praised from all sides after registering a spectacular win against England on Monday. India won the fourth Test by 157 runs at the Kennington Oval and took a crucial 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
England needed to score 291 runs with 10 wickets remaining to win the fourth Test on the final day. The match was progressing towards England’s victory and then a draw. However, the tourists displayed an exceptional display of skill with their fast bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, running through the hosts. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns put on a 100-run partnership for the opening wicket, but the middle order could not hold on to it and collapsed.
India captain Virat Kohli’s clever strategy to shuffle the bowlers resulted in England being bowled out for 210 in the fourth innings. Barring Mohammad Siraj, all Indian bowlers took wickets in the final innings.
Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who is also the BCCI President, praised the team for the performance.
Stating that the current group of Indian players knows the art of absorbing pressure, Ganguly wrote on Twitter, “Indian cricket is way ahead of (the rest).”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan reacted to Ganguly’s tweet. While he admits that India is a great team in Test cricket, he claims that is not the case in the limited overs format.
Earlier in a tweet, Vaughan had admitted that “Team India is better when it matters.” He wrote, “Sometimes you have to accept that when the pressure is on the team is better than you, when what really matters is India.”
The victory at the Oval was India’s second victory at the venue after 50 years. The final and fifth test match will start in Manchester from 10 September.