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

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.

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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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