The Indian team, which failed to score a big score in the first match despite the presence of world-renowned batsmen, will take the field with the determination to bat up to their laurels in the second Test against England starting at Lord’s today. The five-match Test series is currently tied at 0-0. India would like to take a 1-0 lead by winning the second Test at Lord’s. Looking at the pitch of Lord’s, Virat Kohli can make big changes in the team in the second Test match. Let’s take a look at which playing XI India will play in the second Test against England.
1.Lord’s pitch can spin
There is no chance of rain in London and the weather will be pleasant. Lord’s pitch will be better for batting, on which the ball can also spin in the coming days. Off-spinner Moeen Ali has been included in the England team for the second Test, which is clear that the spinners will be helped on the Lord’s pitch.
2.Ashwin will be able to replace Shardul
Shardul Thakur has been ruled out due to injury before the second Test. In his place, Ravichandran Ashwin or Inshat can get a chance. However, if the pitch at Lord’s is favorable for a spin, then Ashwin is sure to get a chance. Not only in bowling, but the team’s batting also deepens with the arrival of Ashwin. In such a situation, Ashwin can be given a chance in place of Shardul.
3.Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav will also consider the name
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. Kohli had said after the first Test, ‘There is every possibility that we will go ahead with this (4-1 combination) but we always choose the team keeping the circumstances in mind’.
But if the captain wants to see his batting strong, then it would be the right decision to keep 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.
4.This will be the batting order
In the first Test, India’s three leading batsmen, captain Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane, failed in this innings. 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. Mayank Agarwal is fit now and KL Rahul has cemented his place in the top order by performing well in the first match. There will also be an option to field Rahul in the middle order if Agarwal is fit. But Pujara and Rahane may not be in their best form but they can be left out for the time being only in case of injury.
5.This can be the playing XI of India
In the first Test match, India’s fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj all performed well. Jasprit Bumrah took 9 wickets in the match, while Mohammed Shami and Siraj also appeared in excellent rhythm. In batting, KL Rahul made his place in the team for the second Test by playing an innings of 84 runs as the opening batsman.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.