"If You Go After One Of Our Guys, All 11 Will Come Right Back": KL Rahul After India's Thrilling Win At Lord's
The Lord's Test match saw plenty of heated moments between India and England
- Abhimanyu Bose
- Updated: August 17, 2021 11:41 AM IST
India beat England by 151 runs to go 1-0 up in 5-match Test series
KL Rahul was adjudged player of the match
The match also saw plenty of heated moments between the two teams
India beat England in the second Test at Lord's on Monday to take a 1-0 series lead in the five-match series. The match saw some dramatic twists before an unbeaten 89-run stand between Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah allowed India to declare just after Lunch and then bowl England out with less than nine overs to go for a stalemate to register a 151-run victory. The match also saw plenty of heated moments between the two teams. The England players took a special interest in having a go at Bumrah, after he had tried to bounce out James Anderson in the hosts' first innings. KL Rahul, who was named player of the match for his gritty century in the first innings, said that the on-field chatter ended up motivating the team to go for the win.
"With two competitive teams you're going to see a lot of heart and great skills and some words," the India opener said after the win.
"We don't mind a bit of banter, but if you go after one of our guys all eleven will come right back," Rahul said.
"That got us going, and the bowlers were really pumped to go out and have a crack," he said about the on-field chat.
After England won the toss and put India in to bat, KL Rahul set up India's 364-run total in the first innings with a brilliant knock of 129 off 250 deliveries. Rahul put on 126 runs with his opening partner Rohit Sharma, who fell for 83 and then a stand of 117 with his skipper Virat Kohli, who made 42.
"I've been looking at it every morning to see if they've put it up permanently," Rahul said about having his name on the Lord's Honours Board.
"Really happy that the hundred could set up a victory for India," he said.
"Put into bat, we had to go out and give the team a good start and put up a total. The opening partnership was really crucial," he said.