Intermittent rain delayed the start of the second Test between India and England in London on Thursday. Seems the first session is going to be washed out. "There is constant feedback from the management, obviously people have their own ways of looking at the game and their own ideas when it comes to captaincy and so on, but I feel I have had really good communication with all the players." he said.
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.
Alastair Cook needs 84 to become only the second batsman ever to post 2,000 Test runs at Lord's, he'll need 100 to go above the leading scorer there (Gooch, 2,015); he's averaged just 18.4 across his 11 Test knocks so far in 2018 however. The big question that India will be who will play if Cheteshwar Pujara has to be slotted in.
They also have the option of playing a second-spinner, be it orthodox left-armer Ravindra Jadeja or left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya the man most likely to miss out if either slow bowler is selected.
Neither team have named their final XI, although 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his England debut.More news: Israeli spy agency Mossad killed Syrian Weapon Scientist
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Rainy morning in London!
India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win. "If we tweak a few things here and there we should be on the right side of the result".
A couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord's.
Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".
Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.
With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.