England and India will take on each other in the second Test of the five-match series at Lord's starting August 8. The host's took a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the first Test at Birmingham by 31 runs. It was a match dominated by bowlers, with the batsmen, except Virat Kohli, struggling in pace-friendly conditions.
Kohli stunned the cricketing world when he announced that Test match specialist Cheteshwar Pujara had been dropped from the playing XI for the first Test. It was a major surprise, given his record in this format.
Pujara's replacement KL Rahul had a forgettable game, scoring 17 runs in the two innings. The performance of the Indian batters at Birmingham meant the fans started asking for the return of Pujara.
And now, a couple of days ahead of the second Test, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has asked the fans regarding the inclusion of Pujara in the playing XI. He posted a question for the Indian fans on Twitter, which read, "Pope likely to play for England, Should India play Pujara in the second test. ? After all it’s Lords"
India made a total of 436 runs in the two innings at Birmingham, out of which 200 was scored by Kohli. The Indian skipper was the lone fighter in an otherwise poor batting unit, which had no answers to the pace attack of England. While the selection of Pujara is still up for debate, England's team for Lord's has been all but confirmed.
The host's announced their 13-man squad for the second Test, which saw two notable changes. Ben Stokes, the destructor with the ball in India's second innings, was left out due to his hearing in court, which is scheduled later this week. He is replaced by Chris Woakes, who missed the first Test after recovering from an injury. There is also a maiden call-up for young Ollie Pope, who comes in for Dawid Malan following his poor displays, both with bat and in field, in the first Test.