Playing two spinners at Lord's tempting, says Virat Kohli


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.

'But it's about backing it up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that'.

For England, 20-year-old Ollie Pope is set for debut but it will be interesting to see the combination India goes in with.

England, therefore, will have the confidence and advantage of playing at Lord's but they will not write off India.

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England might have settled on one of their two selectorial decisions, the other will be decided on the first morning, a straight shootout between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, with Jamie Porter released from the original squad of 13.

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

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"I think Steve Smith is probably the hungriest batsman but he's obviously not playing for 12 months, so Kohli really is the premier batsman in world cricket".

"Then we need some composure", he added.

That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in past year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship. Arjun is bowling at the batsmen to make them feel comfortable while facing Sam Curran who bamboozled the top-order with his left-arm seam bowling last week.

India were able to initiate batting collapses in both innings at Edgbaston and will have high hopes of doing so again here at Lord's against an England batting card that remains for whatever reason exceptionally brittle.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 global against Ireland in June. "The frustrating thing about last week it wasn't poor batsmanship (sic) that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets".