Cricket stars praise India for 'deserving' win, say England was 'bullied, bounced out'
London: India's historic 95-run win over England at Lord's on Monday elicited reaction from the cricketing fraternity with most praising India and Ishant Sharma for a sterling effort and critiquing England.
Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne on Monday said India "bullied and bounced" out England to earn their first win at Lord's since 1986.
India's Ravindra Jadeja is held up by a teammate as he celebrates after running out England's James Anderson to win the test match on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London, on Monday. Pic/AFP
"Horrific hour for Eng. India bullied & bounced them out. Remember Eng won the toss on the greenest pitch ever & blew it, changes needed!!" tweeted Warne, referring to the bouncers bowled by Indian pacers, especially Ishant.
India won the second Test at the 'home of cricket' by 95 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series against England. The first test at Trent Bridge resulted in a draw.
The last time India won a Test at Lord's was when Kapil Dev's men defeated England in 1986.
The former leg spinner also praised pacer Ishant, who achieved career best figures of 7/74, for getting left-hander Moeen Ali out off a bouncer on the last ball before lunch.
"Great 1st session at Lords today & an awesome delivery from Sharma last ball before lunch. Also, I donated my plaster cast to the Lords museum - weird item, but fun!" added Warne.
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said India were deserving winners. "Eng may have comitted harakiri after lunch but Ind was the better side over 5 days. Deserving winners," tweeted Manjrekar.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra said, “This is it. 28 years for a win at Lord's. Best Test win under Dhoni's captaincy. Lost the toss, not the plot. New era has started. Kudos.”
The Delhi lad though threw in a word of caution. Pointing out that seven of the cricketers in this Indian team weren't even born when India won in 1986, he expressed the hope that the next win at Lord's wouldn't take that long. "7 of the Indian playing XI weren't even born when India won at Lord's in 1986. Hope we don't have to wait this long for the next win," he tweeted.
He had a special word of praise for Ajinkya Rahane, whose brilliant 100 set up the match for India. "At times what happens on day-1 is forgotten by day-5 in the euphoria of the win...it wouldn't have happened without Rahane's ton. Brilliant."
On Ishant's match-winning spell, he said, "This is the best bowling effort by an Indian fast bowler that I've seen...privileged. It's in 'that' league. Take a bow, Ishant."
Meanwhile, left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, who is currently out of the team, said this was their greatest overseas win.
"India's greatest overseas win. Well done team india," tweeted Singh, who last played a Test for India in 2011.
Other cricketers who wished India and thrashed England:
India T20 star Suresh Raina: Fantastic win. Congratulations to the Real Lords! #TeamIndia Now a series win. #BCCI
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh: Welldone guys great show at lords. Proud of u all @msdhoni @BCCI @ImIshant #bhuvi. Love u guys
Legendary India off-spinner Bishan Singh Bedi: Well done India-Well bowled Ishant!No sympathies fr Eng who need a head-master not a coach!!!
Former England captain Alec Stewart: Congratulations to India. You've thoroughly deserved your fantastic win at Lord's. You've outplayed England on a very English pitch.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan: WTF have we just witnessed over the last hour..... Change required I am afraid...Out lead… Out Bowled... Out Batted...Out Thought...
India pacer Zaheer Khan: Well Done Team India on a fabulous Test match win!!! Ishant Sharma, match winning bowling spell .....
Former India batsman VVS Laxman: "Wow!! Fantastic win!! Congratulations to MSD and his boys for such a significant win!! You made the entire country proud!!"
Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody: Congratulations Ishant Sharma, 7/74 answers a lot of your critics, great display of determination, mental toughness and skill.