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Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

But Kohli, the newly crowned No 1 Test batsman in the world, knows that his team are one slip-up away from going 2-0 down with three to play - a deficit that has been overturned only once in Test history. Ben Stokes will miss the second Test because of his court hearing this week in Bristol, according to a statement.

But in Lord's, not only history, the weather conditions are also likely to favour India in London.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change. Welcome to the live blog for what promises to be another intriguing Test match.

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. "Depending on the team balance but yeah, I think it's definitely in contention", he said.

However, Gambhir feels that the Indian batsmen should put their hands up and perform.

"It's not like we're getting rolled over - every Test match that we're playing is competitive", Kohli said. He bowls a ball that spins away and one that spins back in.

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It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. But, if you can't chase down 193, something is seriously wrong. In Indian side, except skipper Virat Kohli, top order is the issue of concern.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the second Test at Lord's, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down. So yeah, (it is) tempting though to field two spinners, but again we have to take a call on that.

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression".

"He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at No 4 in Test cricket. But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don't need to worry too much".


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