Lords Again! How Dhoni's men recreated history after 28 years

Jul 22, 2014, 08:50 IST | Debasish Datta

28 years after Kapil Dev's team defeated the hosts at Lord's, MS Dhoni's men have repeated the feat. But that's not where the similarities between the two teams end

London: 28 years after Kapil Dev's team defeated the hosts at Lord's, MS Dhoni's men have repeated the feat. But that's not where the similarities between the two teams end.

India-England stats, Lord's Test

Kapil Dev was the captain the last time India beat England in a Test at Lord's.

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Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

Twenty eight years later, the legendary all-rounder was back at the venue in his capacity as a commentator, and needless to say, he was thrilled after MS Dhoni's side recorded a 95-run win.

"It's a great victory. I want India to win everywhere they play. But, it's surprising that this is only our second Test win at Lord's in 82 years," Kapil told mid-day.

Recalling the game in which he led the side to victory, he said: "Although I have forgotten some things, I do remember that it was a collective effort that took us to that five-wicket win.

Chetan Sharma celebrates after dismissing Mike Gatting in the second innings. File Pic/Getty Images and Ishant Sharma celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Joe Root yesterday. Pic/AFP
Chetan Sharma celebrates after dismissing Mike Gatting in the second innings. File Pic/Getty Images and Ishant Sharma celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Joe Root yesterday. Pic/AFP 

I remember Dilip Vengsarkar's excellent century and Mohinder Amarnath's superb 69 in the first innings. I was awarded the man-of-the-match (for the Test haul of five wickets and an unbeaten 23-run in cameo in the second innings).

"Chetan Sharma too got five wickets in the first innings. So it was a complete team effort."

About the celebration that ensued, Kapil said: "We danced a lot in the dressing room and there was a lot of noise. But it was not as big as the celebration we had after the World Cup win in 1983."

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Kapil feels Lord's has undergone a lot of changes since then and those times were completely different. "There used to be a rest day in between the Test then. But who has the time these days," he asked.

Figure trigger
1: The number of times two Indians have taken six or more wickets in the same Test -- Bhuvneshwar (6-82 in the first innings) and Ishant (7-74 in the second)
3: The number of consecutive ducks for Ben Stokes
3: The number of years since India last won a Test abroad
2: The number of Tests won by India at Lord's since 1932
8: Thenumber of India players who have scored 50s in this series

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