London, July 22: Calling it a "remarkable win" and a "precious day" for the entire country, former captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar hailed the Indian team for winning the Lord's Test against England yesterday (July 21).
This was India's first Test win at Lord's after 28 years and only their second overall at the "Home of Cricket".
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last year, said he was "really proud" of the team and praised Ishant Sharma as he bowled India to victory with a seven-wicket haul.
"It is a remarkable win, and a precious day for the entire country. I'm really proud of the boys and the way in which they never let the game slip out of their hands. This was our first win at Lord's in 28 years, which makes it even more special," Tendulkar told "The Indian Express" yesterday.
"I didn't see the entire day's play but made sure to catch the crunch moments. And I did watch Ishant Sharma's spell. I'm so happy for him. I have seen him develop from close quarters over the years. He is a very hard-working guy and a great talent. We all have always had great faith in him and today he was just exceptional," he added.
Tendulkar pointed out that as in Johannesburg and Durban, there were number of players who contributed to the victory at Lord's.
"Winning Tests in England is very special. What really stood out for me from this match was the number of performers we had across all five days. It reminded me of our wins in Johannesburg (2006) and Durban (2010). In both those games, everyone chipped in with special performances," he said.
Earlier this month at Lord's, MCC, captained by Tendulkar won against Rest of the World in an exhibition match to celebrate the 200th birthday of Lord's Cricket Ground.