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India will eye an unassailable series lead against England as captain Virat Kohli searches for form with the bat when the third Test of the five-match series begins at Headingley, Leeds, on Wednesday.
Kohli’s last international century came in November 2019 and though he has scored a couple of 40s in the series so far, the expectations are high from the 32-year-old.
The form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had also been a cause of concern for India but the experienced duo batted for almost 50 overs on day four of the Lord’s Test and were responsible for taking the game to the final day before the Indian pacers scripted a famous win.
The performances of openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have been a big plus for India in the batting department. Both have shown remarkable temperament and technique in testing conditions to give the team solid starts.
Rahul, who was drafted into the playing XI in place of the injured Mayank Agarwal, has grown in confidence with each innings, which is critical for success in English conditions. Rohit too has looked in sublime touch and will be keen to continue taking responsibility at the…