LORD’s TEST 2021 PREVIEW

LORD’S  TEST 2021  PREVIEW

Courtesy : Insidesports

INDIA -ENGLAND 2nd TEST

After nature played its game at Trent Bridge in the first test, the stage is set for yet another show at LORD’s , London tomorrow ( 12.8.2021).

The tame draw at Nottingham was cruel to India as they were sitting comfortably at 52/1 at the close of fourth day.  But the persistent rains prevented any play on the 5th day.   India brimming with that confidence in their ranks will try to keep that momentum in the second Test at Lord’s.

India started its Test cricket History at Lord’s way back in 1932 under the leadership of Col. C.K. Nayudu, suffered humiliating defeats at Lord’s , including India’s lowest score of 42 ( of course now 36 is their lowest score made  in Adelaide in 2020-21 ) in 1974 in the second innings. Until 1986 India couldn’t  muster a win  at Lord’s. 

In 1986 a spirited Indian team under the captaincy of India’s mercurial all rounder Kapil Dev won the Test series by 2-0 including  a win at Lord’s, thanks to all round performance of Kapil Dev.  Another win came in 2014 under Dhoni when Ishant Sharma & Bhuvnesh kumar made merry in bowling  and A. Rahane scored a century.

Though Lord’s is not a favourite hunting ground for India as they won only 2 times out of the 18 outings, but this time around India is capable of upsetting the applecart of England team as their bowling unit is raring to go at the opposition in full throttle as we have seen at Nottingham when England were skittled out just for 183 runs on the first day.

The injury scare is there for both teams with India missing Shardul Thakur who is nursing a calf muscle injury and both the senior pros of England bowling attack, Stuart Broad and James Anderson are doubtful starters for Lord’s Test.

For England their captain, Joe Root, one of the world’s best batsmen stood tall among the ruins at Trent Bridge. Sans Root, their batting unit is in shambles. Openers wobble and middle order is not firing and the tail didn’t wag as Bumrah cut them to size in both innings.  Now, with Moeen Ali , recalled from his THE HUNDRED tournament duties, may  replace the out of form Dan Lawrence.  And in the bowling department, two bowling spots up for grabs as the two senior pros are doubtful starters.  Mark Wood and Saqib Mahmood( who had a good outing in the shorter formats for England) may fill the void.

For India it will be a selection headache as to whether to include a fourth seamer or the spinner R. Ashwin in the playing XI. As Kohli prefers the template of 4 seamers and one spinner in England conditions, and in all likelihood Ishant Sharma will make the cut into the XI.  The batting performance of Indian team was good  despite the failure of the bigwigs,  viz., Pujara, Kohli and Rahane.  K.L. Rahul, fighting for his place in Tests, found his mojo and the indian tail wagged and put indian team in a commanding position at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.  So, there may not be any changes in batting line up. So, it’s advantage India at Lord’s. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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