India will look to brush aside their narrow defeat at Edgbaston and come out with a better performance, especially with the bat, when they face England in the second Test against England beginning Thursday at Lord’s.Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin Has Been Rewarded For Reviving His White Ball Skills, Says Virat Kohli
England came out on top in Birmingham but only just – by 31 runs – in what was a thriller, where teams wrestled back and forth for the advantage before the hosts finally got the better of Virat Kohli’s men. Also Read - MS Dhoni's Eye For Intricate Details & Practical Advice Will Help Team India: Virat Kohli
In both the innings of the first Test, all the batsmen, apart from skipper Kohli failed. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. The 29-year-old scored 149 in the first innings while the other batsmen could only score 107 runs combined. The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls. Also Read - Virat Kohli Responds to Reports About Rahul Dravid's Appointment as Head Coach: "No Idea Exactly What's Happening"
So, the Indian team management may make a few changes in the batting department at Lord’s, bringing in experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in place of Lokesh Rahul, who failed to perform at Edgbaston.
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It is also probable that India might replace underperforming opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan with Pujara and ask Rahul to open the innings with Murali Vijay.
In the bowling department, India might be tempted to play two spinners given the performance of Ravichandran Ashwin in the first Test. Kohli, while speaking on the eve of the Lord’s Test, too admitted that the idea of fielding two spinners was definitely in contention. They could ponder bringing in one of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav and field a two-pronged spin attack along with Ashwin by giving a break to one of the fast bowlers.
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England, on the other hand, are also without Stokes for this game as the all-rounder has a court hearing to attend, which began on Monday and is expected to last for around a week. Chris Woakes has been named Stokes’ replacement but Moeen Ali could well get the nod ahead of Woakes in hot and dry conditions at Lord’s.
Skipper Joe Root has already confirmed that 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his Test debut in the Lord’s Test. He will be replacing Dawid Malan who did not have a great outing in the Birmingham game.
However, India will like to draw inspiration from the last Test they played at Lord’s in 2014 when they defeated England handsomely by 95 runs.