Five things India need to do in second Test at Lord's


Five things India need to do in second Test at Lord's

Tendulkar notably played his first ever Test match against England at the Lord's in 1990, and he also played his last ever competitive match in the same venue in 2014 post his global retirement, when he played for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC - He has been an honorary member of the club since 2010) against a Rest-of-the-World XI, on the occasion of the Lord's ground's 200th birthday. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly.

The management could also replace underperforming opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan with Pujara and ask Rahul to open the innings with Murali Vijay. Same goes for how India counter their middle order woes and whether India play with two spinners. India need to think about a second spinner at Lord's. He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami.

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.

Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here. He claimed 4 wickets in the 1st innings and hit a vital half-century in the second.

The 20-year-old Surrey rising star is a direct replacement for Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan, dropped after two low scores in England's 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week. They were reduced to 80 for seven in the second innings before young all-rounder Sam Curran's attacking 63 rescued them as they reached 180. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow had a good outing and surprisingly, Sam Curran came up with a vital cameo to guide England to a challenging total.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen.