London: The second test match between India and England will be played at Lord’s ground from 3:30 pm tomorrow. Captain Virat Kohli can also seriously consider including his best spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI in this match.
Lord’s pitch will be like this
Lord’s pitch is generally dry. In such a situation, both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can be included in the playing XI. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can trouble the England batsmen with their bowling. It will be interesting to see whether England will keep grass on the pitch here like in 2018, as the Indian batting collapsed in two days and all-rounder Chris Woakes became the hero of England’s victory.
Ashwin can be dangerous on Lord’s pitch
If captain Virat Kohli wants to see his batting strong, then it would be the right decision to keep Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, who can prove to be dangerous on the Lord’s pitch on the fourth or fifth day as a bowler. Talking about the weather, the maximum temperature in London is 24 degrees and the average temperature is around 14 degrees.
Difficult to play Shardul Thakur
Looking at Ravindra Jadeja’s batting talent, the Indian team management did not keep Ashwin in the playing XI of the first Test match. During the practice at Lord’s, fast bowler Shardul Thakur’s trouble has increased and in such a situation there is a possibility of Ashwin getting a place in the playing XI.
Kohli, Pujara and Rahane all three are flopping
Captain Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have failed three of India’s leading batsmen. It should not be forgotten that apart from Rahane’s century in Melbourne, all three have not been able to play big innings for the last two years. Meanwhile, Kohli and Pujara have not been able to convert their good starts into centuries.
Batting order can be changed
The lower order batting order may be changed again due to a strain in Shardul Thakur’s muscle. If Thakur doesn’t play, Kohli may reconsider his 4-1 bowling combination as sticking to one strategy may not be possible given the weakness of the lower order batting.
Ishant or Umesh may also get a chance
If Kohli wants to go with four fast bowlers, then either Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav will be taken in place of Thakur, but this decision will not be easy. Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal is now fit, but KL Rahul has cemented his place in the top order by performing well in the first match. If Agarwal is fit, there will also be an option to field Rahul in the middle order instead of Pujara.
The teams are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj , Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav.
England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Jack Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Olly Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood .
The match will start at 3.30 pm in the afternoon.