New Delhi. The second match of the five-Test series will be played between India and England at Lord’s ground from August 12 (Thursday). Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur will miss the second Test due to injury. India captain Virat Kohli has said that while deciding on Shardul’s option, the team management will focus not on batting ability but on a player who can help in taking 20 wickets. This statement of Kohli can be considered both good and bad for veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Thakur was preferred over Ashwin as a fast bowling all-rounder in the first Test.
Ishant or Umesh may also get a chance
Kohli’s statement could also mean that he has confidence in Ashwin’s wicket-taking ability and it could also be that Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav bowled a few runs compared to Ashwin’s. Will give more strength to the attack. Giving information about Thakur being ruled out of the second Test due to a strain in his left leg, Kohli said in a pre-match press conference, “The good thing is that Jadeja has scored runs in the first test and he is more confident in the second match.” We already have depth in our batting and the lower order is also contributing with the bat.
Batting will not be affected due to Shardul’s absence
Kohli said, “Yes, Shardul has more batting potential but Pujara, Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) and I didn’t score enough runs.” do. He said, “Every match is an opportunity for other batsmen to take charge. Rohit and KL Rahul played really well and we were quite comfortable with our position as a batting unit and we don’t think we will have one batsman less if Shardul doesn’t play. “Kohli once again indicated that he wants to follow the path of the first Test in the second Test as well.
Our goal is to take 20 wickets: Kohli
“It’s a perfect balance for us to strike but if someone like Shardul is not available then of course we have to think about how we are going to get 20 wickets and try not to include any player who doesn’t want to be picked up,” he said. Scored some runs with the bat. We are quite comfortable with what happened in the first match.” At the same time, Kohli does not feel that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara not playing big innings is a matter of concern. “I don’t think it is a matter of concern,” he said. Our main focus is not on how individual players are performing, but on how collectively they give strength to the team. What is your best and strongest batting unit that you can field.
There is no need for Pant to change his attitude.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has mixed success with his aggressive approach in the two Tests this season in England and Kohli does not want the youngster to change his approach. He also told that the message of the management for Pant is all along. Kohli said, “Of course, the message of the team is very clear. We expect an innings from him that will change the momentum and turn the tide of the match.”