Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

Chris Woakes will be aware of the weight of expectations on his shoulders. With pitch looking dry India could go into the Test with two spinners, while Virat Kohli has dismissed the view that the team is overly reliant on him in overseas conditions.

"I'm doing as much as I can as a captain, I feel. Don't worry about what's happening around you, keep your focus on what you want to achieve, and let your heart guide the way", he told ESPN Cricinfo.

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.

"I think being in the right mindset is a very individual thing". A look at the probable XI for the Indian cricket team, according to Hindustan Times.

Given India's struggles with the bat at Edgbaston, there is also a fairly strong feeling that they might opt to bring in Cheteshwar Pujara to strengthen their lineup replacing Shikhar Dhawan or perhaps even Hardik Pandya - a suggestion given more credence by the long net session that Pujara has undergone both on Tuesday and Wednesday. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls.

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.

"Stokes is going to be a massive miss at Lord's, but we knew he wasn't going to be involved. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him". If I hadn´t got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling - that´s a very natural aspect of playing team sport. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out.

After the pulsating drama of last week's opener in Birmingham, expectations for Lord's remain high, but with a series fascinatingly poised, five days of glorious sunshine forecast and a bountiful crop of intrigue both on and off the pitch, you wouldn't bet against it delivering. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don't take something as a pattern soon.

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