Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that in the second Test match against England he could play a fast bowler instead of the spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
On Wednesday, India suffered a heavy blow after bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur was unavailable due to the thigh muscle injury. However, Kohli believes the versatile player will be able to play for the third Test.
Virat Kohli alluded to placing a fourth pass in front of Ravichandran Ashwin to replace Shardul Thakur:
Despite Kohli pulling a lot of patches after dropping Ashwin in the first game, it does not look like Kohli will replace Thakur with the spinner and he is likely to bring in a fourth seam bowler like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj .
Skipper Kohli said the team did not have to worry much about the unavailability of Thakur as there are enough options to choose from, which somehow indicates that the skipper has a four-point attack at Lord’s want to make.
Virat Kohli says India do not need a batsman after Shardul Thakur’s injury
Thakur played a big beat in Brisbane, which was the impetus for India to win the match and eventually the series. However, the Mumbai player could not open his account in Nottingham but has the potential to deliver important runs.
Kohli says the team does not have a batsman and they will strive to target 20 wickets from England and also show confidence in the other batsmen of the team.
“We do not feel that our batsmen are short if Shardul does not play. “For us it is about finding the right balance, if Shardul is not available, we will first try to take 20 wickets and we feel comfortable with the first test,” said Kohli.
“Shardul offers more batting ability, but if we say that, we are well placed from the batsmen’s point of view,” he added.
Ravindra Jadeja, who was played as Ashton’s forerunner, struck a brilliant half-century in Nottingham, where she’s 56 runs helped India overcome England’s dominance through Anderson and Ollie Robinson.
Kohli believes that the versatile self-confidence will have a lot of confidence when he bats in the second Test match and also accepts that the middle order of India did not deliver runs.
‘The good thing is that Jadeja already got runs in the first game, so he will enter the second game confidently. It makes our bat a little deeper, the lower order also contributed to the bat, ”said Kohli.