Date: August 12-August 16, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Lords, London
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England is set to host India for the second Test of the 5-match series at Lords, from August 12 – August 16. Despite some phenomenal performances by Joe Root, KL Rahul, James Anderson amongst others, the 1st Test ended in a draw as rain played spoilsport on the final day. Nonetheless, both India and England have a good amount of positives to take from the Nottingham Test and would make the most of it when they next face each other at Lords.
India have quite some takeaways from the Nottingham Test including Bumrah’s fifer and KL Rahul’s remarkable innings. Coming to the batsmen, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul would be the top batsmen picks for India, with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja being a must-have in one’s fantasy. Besides, KL Rahul can act as a good captain choice too. Coming to the bowlers, what has come as a big blow to Team India is Shardul Thakur’s hamstring injury which he picked up ahead of the 2nd Test, and he’s set to miss the 2nd Test for India. As skipper Kohli already mentioned that the team will go ahead with a 4 seams -1 spin bowling combination, Ishant Sharma could possibly come in for Shardul. Seamers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are the top bowling picks that can turn out to be good choices.
With English Skipper Joe Root single-handedly leading the English side’s batting in both the innings, he is a must have-pick for one’s fantasy team and a dependable captain choice. With England pacer Stuart Broad picking up an injury on his calf, there’s a good chance that he’ll miss the 2nd Test against India, with Mark Wood being his potential replacement. Further on, James Anderson and Sam Curran can further fetch good points from their respective departments. The former can act as a good vice-captain choice as well.
Probable Playing XI
India- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
England- Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley/H Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence/Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad/Mark Wood, Craig Overton
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, KL Rahul,
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mark Wood, Mohammad Shami, Ollie Robinson
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