Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

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All eyes have been on Virat Kohli and the Indian team management as they are expected to make some bold calls ahead of the second Test between England and India, starting August 9 at Lord's, London.

As England and India clash at Lord's Cricket Ground today, MiD DAY brings you the most amusing, unusual and controversial events at the hallowed venue. It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it. 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. "He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket".

Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11.

His 149 in India's first innings was the 22nd century of his 67-match Test tenure.

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But in a dry English summer that has seen pitches more receptive to slow bowling than usual, England could recall off-spinner Moeen Ali to partner leg-break bowler Adil Rashid even though England captain Joe Root bowls occasional off-breaks. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.

How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.

Team India: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

'He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

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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.

We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test.

But he was wary of playing an extra batsman at Lord's.

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