Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

  • Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Rain delayed the start of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

In this summer's opening scene, when England won the knife-edge match at Edgbaston, India's batting was a one-man show.

Earlier, ahead of the Ireland T20Is too Arjun was spotted bowling at Team India nets when Kohli and his boys were in London.

Will Cheteshwar Pujara be benched again?

However, Arun hinted at playing another spinner at Lord's. The first-drop, who has struggled to get going overseas and in the county season with Yorkshire, still has the experience of playing in English conditions.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".

It will also be interesting to see if Cheteshwar Pujara will be called back to the side or not after being left out for the first Test.

However, it remains to be seen if Dhawan will be dropped after just one bad outing.

Two spinners or one spinner?

Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.

That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

England will be without their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has a court hearing to attend.

England, 1-0 up in the five-match series after an absorbing 31-run win at Edgbaston last week, will hand a debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope after dropping the out-of-form Dawid Malan.

Pope, who is just 20, will slot in at number four for England, as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, despite not batting there for his county Surrey - a decision that has anxious some, but not Root.

England: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

In order to win the second Test, the batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Vijay, Dinesh Karthik - need to click in unison because the bowlers are doing their job handsomely. The temperatures will hover around 30 degree Celsius with little clouds floating over the ground.