There was a time when India would have rolled over to their former masters.
Overwhelmed by the grandeur of Lord’s and its mystique they may have settled for simply being there, just being in the contest.
That couldn’t be further from the Indian national team in 2021.
Just as Sourav Ganguly did in 2002, when he took off his shirt like Andrew Flintoff months earlier in Mumbai, and signalled to the world they would not take a backwards step, no stage is too grand for this side.
Not that it was known at the time, but a series of bouncers from Jasprit Bumrah turned the second Test at the home of cricket in India’s favour.
Bumrah, one of the world’s best bowlers, whose unusual mechanics is the antithesis of James Anderson’s classical action, ruffled the English spearhead who is still taking wickets at 39.
Anderson took exception and engaged in a fiery confrontation with Bumrah and the…