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    Lords of Lord's: The five heroes of India's historic win

    Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma played pivotal roles in India's historic triumph on Monday, which helped the visitors to their first Test win at Lord's since 1986 and only second overall in 82 years.

    If Rahane's century on day one laid the foundation, Ishant Sharma's hostile spell of fast bowling ended it in heroic fashion - earning India historic fame and embarrassing the hosts who are now winless in last 10 Tests.

    The win incidentally also broke India's spell of dry run overseas, where they had failed to register a win in 15 Tests since 2011. Here's a lowdown on how the above turned into 'Famous Five' at the Home of Cricket.

    Ajinkya Rahane

    Rahane's innings on the opening day signified that demons in a track resembling grazing ground can be won over, and that his 96 at Durban and the maiden Test hundred at Wellington were no fluke. Instead, those were signs of things to come. And Lord's became witness to that.

    A punched boundary - Rahane's 15th, other than a six - brought up a famous hundred as the team gathered at the iconic Lord's balcony to acknowledge and applaud the right-hander's stellar effort.

    Rahane, batting at No. 4, scored 103 and shared a crucial 90-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (36) to take India out of the woods from 145 for 7 after the top order failed to convert their starts into something big.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    Bhuvneshwar bowled an exceptional spell of swing bowling in England's first innings on day two to rattle the hosts' top order with a triple strike to back his crucial knock of 36 in India's first essay.

    The new-ball bowler bowled a stretched spell of 10 overs up front to get rid of Alastair Cook (10) and Sam Robson (17). He then returned after lunch to take care of Ian Bell (16) to leave England worried at 70 for 3 on a grassy track that continued to offer assistance to the fast bowlers.

    Bhuvneshwar then once again struck a vital blow later in the day with the second new ball when he got the big wicket of Ballance, who was caught by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni while attempting a fine glance.

    Playing his first Test at Lord's and only second in England, Bhuvneshwar resumed his good work on the third day to end with figures of 6 for 82, which helped India bowl out the hosts for 319 in reply to their 295, thereby restricting the lead to a slender 24 runs.

    His performance with the bat got another star in India's second innings when Bhuvneshwar struck his third half-century of the series in a 99-run eighth-wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja that helped India post 342 and set England a challenging target of 319.

    So far, Bhuvneshwar has scored 201 runs and taken 11 wickets in the series - signalling towards an allrounder in the making.

    Murali Vijay

    India owe it to Vijay's 95 in the second innings to keep them in the match, especially by the end of day three when the opener's gutsy unbeaten half-century helped India survive a hostile spell of bowling by the England pacers, leaving the Test interestingly poised.

    After erasing England's small lead of 24, India were in a relatively comfortable position at 118 for 1, but then lost three wickets in the space of five runs to slip to 123 for 4. But from there, Vijay and Dhoni ensured there were no more casualties.

    Vijay continued his good work on the fourth morning in pursuit of his second hundred of the series, and he looked good to do that having survived the morning session.

    But he fell agonisingly close to the landmark, having played a patient but classic Test knock of 95 in 247 balls, taking India's lead into the competitive zone past the 200-run mark.

    Ravindra Jadeja

    It was only due to Jadeja's counter-attack and his partnership with Bhuvneshwar on day four that allowed India's lead to cross 300 and set England a stiff target of 319. England's bowlers again struggled to dislodge India's tail and the Jadeja-Bhuvneshwar partnership helped India post a total of 342 in their second innings.

    Jadeja then came on to remove England opener Sam Robson off the first ball of his spell, giving the Indian pacers a window to rip open England's top order, which they did with three quick wickets to make India favourites going into the final day.

    Ishant Sharma

    A career-best 7-wicket burst by the Delhi speedster sucked life out of England to give India their first Test win at Lord's in 28 years.

    Five wickets in eight overs (after two on the previous day) of bone-chilling Test-match fast bowling became part of cricketing folklore as Ishant ripped England apart with a barrage of short balls.

    Fans had their heads in hands when Ishant's introduction before lunch on day five resulted in three boundaries by Joe Root and 14 runs in the over. But then lightning struck.

    The wreckage began off the last ball before lunch. Ishant had Moeen Ali hopping to a bouncer and gloving a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg to keep India believing going into the break. That's where England's 'hour of lament' and India's 'moment of reckoning' began.

    Joe Root, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad all became victims of an Ishant short ball - which embarrassed the English and pleasantly surprised the Indians. The Delhi speedster ended with a Man-of-the-Match spell of 7 for 74 - his personal best, first (seven-wicket haul) by an Indian in England, fifth best figures at Lord's by any visiting bowler and best bowling at Lord's by a subcontinent bowler.

    Rest, as they say, is history