The decision to land Virat Kohli with four fast bowlers at Trent Bridge and then at Lord’s is correct. Rain in the first Test kept India out of the win, but a powerful fast attack at Lord’s helped India to a 1-0 lead in the series. In the second Test, it was believed that Ravichandran could replace Ashwin, but Kohli believed in Ishant Sharma. In such a situation, the question now arises whether Virat will consider Ashwin in the XI in the Third Test, or do not want to ruin his winning combination, after a grand victory at Lord’s. Former India batsman and commentator Akash Chopra commented. Akash hopes that Ashwin will fail to find a place in Leeds for Headingley Leeds, who will be of much help to the fast bowlers.
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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akash said, ‘Not in headingley. I don’t see Ashwin playing in the next game. But there is still some time left and one player can get hurt but I think India does not want to go with a combination of two spinners and three fast bowlers. There was a good chance at the Lord’s where you could play two spinners. The pitch was dry, and a hundred were played. In the Lord’s Test, skipper Kohli gave a chance to Ishant Sharma, who met expectations and took 5 wickets in the match. Ashwin performed brilliantly in his home Test series against England. In the Chennai Test, he scored centuries with the ball and the bat.
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Virat Kohli stunned England for the first time at the historic Lord’s Ground. This was only the third victory for Team India at Lord’s. Thanks to Mohammad Siraj’s stunning bowling from Mohammad Sharaj-Bumrah’s bat, India defeated the English team by 151 runs in the second Test. Prior to this, the first match of the five-match Test series was drawn by rain. The third Test of the series between India and England will be played at Headingley Leeds from 25 August.