Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

  • Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

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However with India's batsmen severely tested by England's seamers in the first Test, and England usually more comfortable picking a seam-dominated attack, it would not be surprise should Woakes ultimately be named in the final XI, his overall chances of selection perhaps slightly lower than Moeen's but not by much.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn´t get across the line", added Kohli, now the world´s top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day worldwide cricket.

India will face England on Thursday at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground. "I think it's the fearlessness", Pope said.

India were dismissed for under 300 in their first innings at Edgbaston and then failed to chase down a target of 194 second time around, being bowled out for 162 after Kohli made 51. But, if you can't chase down 193, something is seriously wrong. It's nice hearing stories that you are not the first one to play when young or after not a huge amount of games. With pitch looking dry India could go into the Test with two spinners, while Virat Kohli has dismissed the view that the team is overly reliant on him in overseas conditions.

He also urged his batsmen to maintain composure, instead of resorting to aggression.

Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the second Test at Lord's, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.

"I don't think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon". So yeah, (it is) tempting though to field two spinners, but again we have to take a call on that.

"How we react to a situation when a wicket goes down is more mental than technical. As a batting unit, we have discussed that", the skipper said. "But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don't need to worry too much".