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Virat Kohli Reveals What Went Wrong In Second Test

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Published:

India were handed a humiliating defeat by England in the second Test at Lord's. The result has put visitors 2-0 behind in the five-Test series, and allied doubts of a repeat of 2011 tour, when they were whitewashed 4-0 in four-match Test series by the hosts.

While the defeat in the first Test at Birmingham had a few positives, India were abysmal at Lord's. The world's best ranked side were bundled out twice within two and a half days, batting less than 83 overs en route to their innings defeat.

Following their abysmal display, fans have lost their cool and bashed the team left and right. Ex-cricketers have also voiced their disappointment over India's shocking display against England. Virender  was disgraced by his team's performances at Lord's, terming it as "very poor". Sachin Tendulkar was also least pleased with the performance and ordered  India to "pull up their socks and produce better cricket". 

READ: Sachin Tendulkar Orders India To 'perform Better' After Humiliating Defeat Again

On what went wrong - The Indian skipper Virat Kohli conceded that team combination was "a bit off" in the second Test against England and urged his struggling batsmen to "keep it simple" in the head to save the ongoing series.

India could only make 107 and 130 in the second Test and will need to avoid a loss in the third game to stay alive in the series. Referring to his team's batting struggles in English conditions, Kohli reiterated that the problem is more mental than technical. 

Kohli refused to blame the weather conditions after India's crushing defeat, claiming his team need to apply themselves and counter the conditions as when they come. He further went on the laud the English bowling attack for their relentless approach.

Speaking about his own performance - Kohli failed to take the field at the start of day four, and came in to bat at number during India’s second innings due to his recurring back problem. However, the Indian skipper was confident of regaining full fitness before the third Test. 

The result has put visitors 2-0 behind in the five-Test series and India will need to avoid a loss in the third game to stay alive in the five-match series. The third test match will commence from August 18 in Nottingham.

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