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'They are 1-0 up and fully deserve it': David Gower hails 'passionate' India's 'stunning performance' on final day

Former England captain David Gower was highly impressed with the way India defied the odds to script a memorable win at Lord’s against England on the fifth day of the second Test.
David Gower was impressed with India's fine turnaround on final day. (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 19, 2021 02:20 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Former England captain David Gower was highly impressed with the way India defied the odds to script a memorable win at Lord’s against England on the fifth day of the second Test. India were 181/6 when the final day’s play commenced, with a lead of 154 runs, and although all three results seemed possible, it looked as if England would take the game away once they restricted the opposition to 209/8 early.

However, what followed was the stuff of epic proportions with two of India’s tail-enders – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – adding an unbeaten 89-run partnership. India declared their second innings on 298/9, setting England 272 to get, a target which proved too much for the home team to overcome. Siraj and Bumrah combined to pick seven wickets and bowl England out for 120. Seeing how things transpired, Gower hailed India for the passion showed, which acted as the catalyst for their 'stunning' show on Day 5 of the Lord's Test.

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"That was a stunning final day performance. Literally stunning. The last hour and a half in the morning, that really decided the game. My great friend and ex-colleague Michael Atherton often used to say 'Test matches can be lost in one bad session'. Well, that was one bad hour that cost England," Gower told Cricket.com in an interview.

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"But hats off to India. Just the way bowlers kept going, just the way Kohli’s enthusiasm kept them going, just showed everyone how passionate this Indian team is. They are 1-0 up and they fully deserve it."

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What makes the Lord’s win special was its evenly-contested nature until India dominated England on the final day. Although rain washed out the final day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, India and England played out an engrossing Test match at Lord’s which was just what the series – the first of the second edition of the World Test Championship – needed, reckons Gower.

"It was a great match. It is what we, as traditionalists, like. We like a game that lasts all the way through five days, has twists and turns, has people wondering who is going to win and there are enough twists and turns to keep a fan going over five days. That’s what we love about Test cricket. That’s what makes it entertaining - in a very different way to white-ball cricket we see so much of, these days," Gower added.

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