India’s Cricket Team is currently in England. Having been on the losing end of the ODI series, they want to get their revenge in the tests. However, the start has been pathetic from them. India lost by 31 runs against a motivated England side, thereby falling 1-0 down in the test series. The second test at the Lord’s gets underway today.
Ahead of the commencement of the match, Virat Kohli, who is the team’s captain has a big decision to make about the starting eleven. The team was poor in the first season and several changes need to made in the eyes of many. In a country where Kohli has failed to maintain consistency, he is also failing to get his set up right.
Ahead of the match in his pre-match press conference, Kohli did not hide the fact about being tempted to play a second spinner. However, the rains in London have made sure that the first session of the test is washed out. Unfortunately for both the teams, their lineups have been leaked on social media. It has been confirmed that Virat Kohli has decided to pick the same players who featured in the Edgbaston test that India lost.
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On the other hand, the hosts England have made one change to their line-up. Pace bowler Chris Woakes has been brought in for the spinner Moeen Ali. If the leaked images are a true specimen of the two lineups, it would mean that Virat Kohli has gone for the same eleven in successive tests for the first time in 37 matches.
Leaked Indian XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
Leaked England XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.