‘Stick With Shikhar, Rahul’: Aakash Chopra Predicts Playing XI & we so Agree With Him


Shared News | August 9, 2018 10:50 AM IST

India vs England 2nd Test Lord’s Predicted XI: Commentator Aakash Chopra has once again addressed the right issues and contrary to all circulating notions, wants Virat Kohli to stick with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, despite their failures at Edgbaston. This is quite startling as everyone was expecting Cheteshwar Pujara to be a certainty in the side, but Chopra feels if you thought they were good enough in the first Test, you must give them another opportunity, fair enough?

The only change he wants in his line-up is Kuldeep Yadav in for Hardik Pandya, keeping the weather in London in mind. It is going to be sunny and hence on a dry pitch he wants to spinners to bowl at the English batsmen.


Meanwhile, India lost the first Test at Edgbaston narrowly by 31 runs. India have good memories of Lord’s from the last time they played, hence former India captain Sourav Ganguly also feels that at Lord’s, India has it’s best chance at this venue.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s dominant form has taken him to the top of the tree in the ICC Test rankings for the batsman. The India captain was also the mainstay of the Indian batting at Edgbaston where he scored 149 and followed it up with a 51. He was the only batsman who showed the temperament to last at the wicket. Kohli scored 200 runs individually in the match, compared to 214 combined by the rest. That is a stat that does not look or sound good, especially in a Test match, where it is a collective effort that wins you matches.

Here is the English XI:

Squad: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson

Young Pope is all set to make his Test debut.