Team India defeated England in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval in London to go 2-1 up in the ongoing five-match series. Chasing a target of 368, the hosts got bunded out for 210, losing the contest by a massive margin of 157 runs.
Rohit Sharma’s outstanding century, Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational bowling, Ravindra Jadeja’s impressive spin display, Umesh Yadav’s comeback performance, Shardul Thakur’s all-round exhibition of top-class cricket and the remarkable captaincy of Virat Kohli were all the major factors behind India’s historic triumph at the oval.
This was India’s first Test win at this venue since 1971, also it was the first time since 1986 that India won multiple matches in a Test series in England. Further, it was only the second occasion when India registered a win in an overseas Test after being dismissed for under 200 batting. The first such incidence came in 2018 against South Africa at Johannesburg.
Visiting sides winning Test matches at Lord’s and the Oval in the same series:
- 5 – Australia, in 1930, 1948, 1972, 2001, and 2015.
- 4 – West Indies in 1950, 1973, 1984, and 1988.
- 3 – Pakistan in 1992, 1996, and 2016.
- 1 – New Zealand in 1999
- 1 – South Africa in 2012
- 1 – INDIA in 2021*
“The character that the side has shown, to come back from 100 run deficit showed that we were not down and out. Among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain,” said winning skipper Kohli at the post-match presentation.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Great show ..The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure..indian cricket is far ahead then the rest @BCCI
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 6, 2021
The beauty of Test cricket.
Team INDIA reaching new heights every series 🇮🇳
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 6, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 6, 2021
— 𝑫𝒊𝒎𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒏𝒂 (@IamDimuth) September 6, 2021
This is a very special Test Match win. After being 127/7 on the first day, not many teams can make a comeback and win a away test the way Team India have done. That is why this is a very special Indian Team. Congratulations to everyone for playing their part in a memorable win. pic.twitter.com/9XDJCCrAwC
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 6, 2021
There's something special about this bowling attack, they see a chance to win they forget they are out of form or out of touch. Flat track doesn't mean flat bowling. #ENGvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 6, 2021
What an incredible comeback by India after the first day.
Shardul Thakur and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers and the bowlers were terrific especially in the second innings. A win to remember #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/gOcUJa6fT8
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) September 6, 2021
That is a proper Test win .. !!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 6, 2021
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 6, 2021
This,amongst the many other wins in Australia and England only reaffirm the belief that India is no longer a team dependant on one man for winning. Whether it’s a Mohammad Siraj or a Shardul Thakur,their team depth has been quite exemplary in tests.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 6, 2021
If Lord’s was special, today’s win at The Oval is spectacular. #TeamIndia thrives on challenges and loves to overcome them. Congratulations to the entire group for an incredible performance. @Jaspritbumrah93’s journey to 100 Test wickets has been phenomenal #ENGvIND
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 6, 2021
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) September 6, 2021
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) September 6, 2021
Another brilliant 5th day Indian win in London.
On the two grounds that have offered the least seam and swing, India have beaten England by over 150 runs.
India are a better team in all-conditions; England need extreme home conditions to close the gap
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) September 6, 2021
Brilliant Test match. India have struck a mighty blow and it will take something special at Old Trafford for a battered and bruised England to draw the series now. #ENGvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) September 6, 2021
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) September 6, 2021
THIS. IS. IT! 👏 👏
Take a bow, #TeamIndia! 🙌 🙌
What a fantastic come-from-behind victory this is at The Oval! 👌 👌
We head to Manchester with a 2-1 lead! 👍 👍 #ENGvIND
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2021
India's first Test win at The Oval, London since 1971
First time since 1986 that India has won multiple matches in a Test series in England
Second time India has won an overseas Test after being dismissed for under 200 batting first (v RSA at Johannesburg in 2018)#ENGvIND 🇮🇳
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) September 6, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2021
THEY’VE DONE IT! ❤️🔥
A historic win at the Oval by 157 runs!
INDIAAAAA, INDIAAAAA 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
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— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) September 6, 2021
A fantastic win for India at the Oval. They have been too good today, particularly Bumrah. England had their opportunities in this match but failed to take them. 2-1 to India with one to play #ENGvIND
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) September 6, 2021
Visiting sides winning Test matches at Lord's and the Oval in the same series
Aus (5) 1930, 1948, 1972, 2001, 2015
WI (4) 1950, 1973, 1984, 1988
Pak (3) 1992, 1996, 2016
NZ (1) 1999
SAf (1) 2012
Ind (1) 2021#INDvsEND #IndvEng#ENGvIND #EngvsInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 6, 2021
London conquered: Lord's & The Oval!
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 6, 2021
Yet another sensational overseas Test win for India in 2021, where they’ve had heroes up and down the order & contributions from so many #EngvIND
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 6, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 6, 2021
Credit where due. @imVkohli was tremendous as a captain today.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 6, 2021
🇮🇳 2 – 1 🏴
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 6, 2021
India conquer London, AGAIN! 🇮🇳
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 6, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 6, 2021
3 wins in England.
2 wins in Australia.
1 win in South Africa.
6th win in SENA conditions in Test cricket – dominant at home, winning in overseas – Virat Kohli writing history as a captain in Test cricket. pic.twitter.com/IBa1kEutOX
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 6, 2021