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India Vs England. 2nd Test: Hardik Pandya can be replaced by this Indian all-rounder, believes Mohinder Amarnath

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 August 2018, 18:57 IST

Virat Kohli is all set to face England in the second Test, starting August 9 at Lord's after losing the opening Test match by 31 runs at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.

Former Indian cricketer Mohinder Amarnath suggested that inclusion of the CSK all-rounder in the Indian squad might turn out to be a blessing in disguise in second Test match at Lord's.

Virat Kohli led Indian cricket team would expect its floundering batsmen to take more responsibility in pursuit of a series-levelling victory in the second Test match against England at Lord's.

"It might also be a good idea to play Ravindra Jadeja instead of Hardik Pandya. Jadeja’s spin might be a good foil for the pace trio and Ashwin, and he might also contribute with the bat. It is unfortunate that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was so good on the last tour, is injured but Jadeja might give the team balance," Amarnath wrote in his column for TOI.

The former Indian cricketer Mohinder Amarnath wrote that "Going forward into the Lord’s Test, the performance of the bowlers will give India a lot of hope. Ishant Sharma was excellent and got wonderful support from Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav".

"The bonus was the superb bowling spell from R Ashwin and, till the end of the match, it was evident the hosts were not able to read him properly."

Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun informed that Jasprit Bumrah has yet to fully recover from a thumb injury and will be unavailable for India’s second Test against England.

Indian Squad:

Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

England squad:

Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid

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First published: 8 August 2018, 18:57 IST