With registering a well deserved win at Lords in the 2nd test of ongoing five match series, the Indian cricket team has finally ended a drought of overseas test win. Though the series it still open and England has a chance to fight back, this win at Lords bears a huge significance for the cricket frenzy India.
Last win at Lords – Year 1986
The history repeats itself. And for the Indian cricket team, it took over a quarter of century to repeat their glorious history at the Lords – revered as the Home of Cricket. The last win at lords registered over 28 years ago under the captaincy of none other than legendary cricketer Kapil Dev. Interestingly, 10 out of the 11 players in the current Indian squad were not even born when Indian team demolished this formidable fortress of England cricket.
Last win overseas– Year 2011
With this win, India has also ended its dry run in the overseas test cricket (not a single win since year 2011). There had been a few contests in recent past when India was very close of winning a test match overseas, but they were not able to break the shackles of their win less overseas journey.
Dhoni – The Indian test captain is born
Cricket critics had started raising questions on Dhoni’s captaincy after a number of close matches resulted into a draw or a lose. The Indian team wasn’t able to overcome the opponents even after being in a winnable situation at the venues like Wellington and Johannesburg.
Even after proving his mettle in all other forms of the cricket including the One-days and 20-20s, Dhoni continues to represent worst figures in Indian test cricket on his name as captain. So far, India has lost 11 out of the 25 matches overseas. Before him, the maximum losses were on the name of Saurav Ganguly, Tiger Patudi and Mohammad Azharuddin, accounting for 10 defeats each on the foreign wickets. A win at Lords will certainly boost the confidence of Indian team captain to claim his long due win in an overseas test series.
A Message to the Cricket World
If Indian cricket team continues their dream run in the ongoing test series and defeats historically strong England on their home turf, a strong message will be sent to the other dominating teams of test cricket like Australia and South Africa and their arch rival Pakistan. The message will be loud and clear that the Indian team no longer bears the tag of poor visitors and they are capable of giving a tough fight to the opponents no matter against whom and where they are playing.
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