India under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy endured two horrid tours of England in 2011 and 2014 but there was one Test match among the 10 that were played in total which made the whole cricketing fraternity stand up and applaud the performance of the visiting team.
That performance came in the Lord’s Test in 2014 which India won by 95 runs in dramatic fashion on July 21 to end their 28-year-old jinx at the iconic cricket stadium. The win also ended a run of more than three years without an overseas Test victory for MS Dhoni’s team.
Riding on three brilliant individual performances from Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane, India registered their first Test win at the Lord’s cricket ground since 1986 to take a surprising 1-0 lead in the five-match series but their form fizzled out in the remaining three games which they lost by big margins to lose the series 1-3.
Nonetheless, the Lord’s Test 6 years ago will always remain special for Indian cricket fans thanks to the way they fought in the match and gave England a taste of their own medicine.
Captain Alastair Cook was then sent packing as he edged a delivery which left the off-stump after pitching, caught by Dhoni.At the end of day 4 India had reduced England to 105 for 4 with Joe Root and Moeen Ali surviving the nervous few moments at the end of day’s play.Root and Moeen survived till the drinks break in the first session with the former reaching his half-century in 122 balls.Ishant was then introduced into the attack and he immediately responded by taking Moeen’s wicket at the stroke of lunch.After the break Ishant was at it again as he picked up the wickets of Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Stuart Broad with the short-ball strategy working wonders for him and the Indian team.With the backbone of the English batting lineup shattered to bits, Ravindra Jadeja ran out James Anderson with a direct hit to trigger massive celebrations on the field and inside the Indian dressing room.
India (295 & 342) beat England (319 & 223) by 95 runs in the Lord’s Test on July 21, 2014,It was India’s 1st Test win at Lord’s since 1986 and 1st win in an overseas Test in more than 3 years,Ishant Sharma was adjudged Player of the Match for career-best figures of 7 for 74 in the final innings.