Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Intermittent rain delayed the start of the second Test between India and England in London on Thursday. India will also be anxious about Ajinkya Rahane's mode of dismissals in the first Test, so if he can provide Kohli some support, things can very well change. India cricket team probably wanted Arjun to bowl to them as they had problems countering Sam Curran in the Edgbaston Test that they lost by 31 runs. The tourists' record at the venue is not a flattering one as they have won only 2 out of the 17 Tests they have played there.

'But it's about backing it up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that'. At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India (in 2014) spin came into it a lot in the second innings.

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

Pope comes in place of dropped Dawid Malan, which means England will have a new slip cordon in place.

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

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Uncapped Essex paceman Jamie Porter has been omitted from a 13-man squad, with England yet to decide whether Chris Woakes or spinner Moeen Ali will replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who misses out due to his ongoing court case.

R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather.

Captain Kohli was the only one who stood up to the English pace attack in the first Test, scoring a century and a half-century.

Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective. "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". They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration.

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