Publicado: Vie, Agosto 10, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

With the rain never stopping long enough for the toss to take place, both England and India have still to name their starting XI. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly.

There have been talks about bringing Pujara back into the scheme of things to bring some solidity and if that happens, Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul will have to sit out.

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.

After scoring his maiden ton on the English soil, Kohli returned in the second innings and played a 51-run knock to steer India closer to the 194 runs target set by England. He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out. He claimed 4 wickets in the 1st innings and hit a vital half-century in the second.

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In team news, England had announced a 12-man squad with 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope coming in to make his debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad. They were reduced to 80 for seven in the second innings before young all-rounder Sam Curran's attacking 63 rescued them as they reached 180.

England will miss the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will be appearing in Bristol to answer charges of affray. "With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

India have only managed to register two Test wins over England at Lord's (D4 L11); one of those came last time out (2014) whilst the first occasion (1986) saw Dilip Vengsarkar score his third Test century at the venue, a feat that is yet to be matched by an overseas batsman.

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

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