Hailing England's performance at Lord's against the visiting Indian side as very "powerful", veteran fast-bowler Stuart Broad has said that he feels quite relieved with home team's comfortable win after the "emotional" roller coaster that the closely contested Edgbaston Test was.
After England's win by an innings and 159 runs, Broad was quoted saying, "I think it was a powerful performance from the team right up there. The emotions of the Test match at Edgbaston last week, so close that went, it took a lot out of us. So, it was great of us to come at Lord's with the same amount of intensity and energy. We got the best of the conditions. The clouds seemed to work for us and also the sun was out when we were batting. There was a lot of skill involved with the side."
"We are delighted with the way we performed. When the ball is swinging it gets easy to chase, with five slips in place all the time. The economy rates were very good and we didn't give India too many freebies," Broad, having silenced a lot of his critics with a good performance in the second innings, said and added, "We made Pujara work so hard for his runs. 87 balls, I think. There was always a ball with the batsman's name on it. It was a really strong performance by all our bowlers and it really worked,"
Broad thinks that constant rain intervals were not helping the cause of his rhythm and reiterated that it is difficult bowling in such conditions.
"I was gutted when the rain came in, I was really getting in the rhythm then. It was a real shame. I didn't bowl much from the pavilion end much. It was nice to get a chance from this end. The hat-trick ball was disappointing, it was so bad. I started it too straight," he said.
Broad concluded by praising teammate Chris Woakes for his wonderful maiden ton that took the game away from India and said, "Woakes is such a wonderful player, he's great at everything he does. Lord's is a wonderful place. Walking through the long room is such a great feeling and something that you take with you,"
(Inputs from India Today)