Virat Kohli’s India look to rally, as England’s pace threat looms


London, August 8: World No 1 India face crunch time as they face a buoyant England in the second Test starting at Lord’s on Thursday with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, the most successful bowlers at the iconic venue, looming as big threat.
Be it blinking or counter-punching, India must revisit plans and execute with precision if they are to bounce back and make amends for the 31-run defeat at Edgbaston that has set them back in the five-match series.
On the South Africa tour in January, focus was on whether the team management picked the best batting line-up to counter the Proteas pace threat. By the time they recalled Ajinkya Rahane, the series had been lost, with victory in the final game in Johannesburg proving a mere consolation.
India will thus look to be more proactive as falling 2-0 back will make comeback next to impossible. Rahane hasn’t looked anywhere near his best though, while calls for bringing back No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara have grown after the top-order collapses in the first Test. (Agencies)