India lost the first test at Edgbaston against England despite giving a tough fight. Kohli’s rock solid performance in both the innings, Ravichandran Ashwin’s seven wickets and Ishant Sharma’s five-wicket haul could not guide India towards a win but they are on a mission to avenge their defeat by winning the Lord’s test. Here are some of the reasons India could win the second test. India won their last test at the Lord’s in 2014.
- Lessons learned from the first test
India dropped Cheteshwar Pujara and Kuldeep Yadav for the first test and ignoring an experienced player like Pujara and a consistent player like Kuldeep frowned many experts. In addition, overdependency on Kohli is another Achille’s heel for the team. India is looking to overcome these drawbacks and win the second test with a massive difference. In addition, India played a single warm-up match before the first test after limited overs series. India wants to rectify these issues to make a comeback.
- Virat Kohli
Undoubtedly, Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world and this run machine slammed 200 runs from the first test. He gave a tough fight for the opponents in the first test and scored about 50 percent of the rest of his teammates. He slammed 92 runs from the bottom order of the lineup for the stands of last two wickets in the first test match and proved that he can handle critical situations alone as a batsman as well as a captain.
- A terrific form of bowlers
Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin picked a decent number of wickets in the first test and got good hands from other bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Kuldeep Yadav is expected to play in the Lords’ test, which adds to the confidence levels of the team. Though the absence of bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a point of worry for the team, India wants to bounceback by consistent performance of the bowlers in the second test.
- The absence of Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is the local lad for the Lords’ and he will miss out the second test due to a court hearing on 7th and 8th August probably. Ben Stokes picked the wickets of Kohli and Hardik Pandya and ended up with 4 scalps under his belt in the first test. The absence of this all-rounder is a huge blow for the hosts in the second test.