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There’s A Huge Similarity Between Virat Kohli & England Weather, Both Defy All Logic


India suffered a major injury blow on the eve of the second Test as Shardul Thakur was ruled out of the Lord’s Test with an injury. 

In the absence of a proper fast-bowling  all-rounder, Thakur provided the visitors with a perfect balance between the batting and bowling department in the opening Test.

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Now that he is injured, Virat Kohli and the team management have to look at other alternatives but sadly, there is no like-for-like replacement for Thakur in the Indian squad. 

Kohli is left with only two choices — pick a frontline pacer and compromise with the batting or pick Ravichandran Ashwin who can also contribute with the bat.

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Who will India pick in Shardul Thakur’s absence?

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While picking Shardul in the opening Test, we were told that it was done to strengthen the batting lower down the order and if we go by that logic, Ashwin should be the number one choice to replace Thakur as he is the only bowler who can bat properly. 

However, reading Kohli’s mind is not easy at all because you never know what he will do next.  

The logic with which the team was selected for the Nottingham Test is of no significance. Kohli has clearly hinted that he would like to go into the Lord’s Test with four pacers and if that means we have a long batting tail, so be it. 

“Good thing is that Jadeja has got runs in the first Test already and he is going into the second game confident that already makes our batting deeper, the lower order contributed with bat a well,” Kohli said during a virtual press-conference ahead of the Lord’s Test.

“Yes, Shardul brings in more batting ability but having said that from the batsmen’s point of view, we are well placed because Pujara, Jinx (Rahane) and myself we didn’t score too many,” said the Indian skipper, when asked about the team’s batting combination.

“For us, it is about finding that perfect balance. But if someone like Shardul is not available, we will definitely look at first how to pick 20 wickets, and not try to plug in another guy who can give us runs with the bat. We feel very comfortable with how the first Test went,” said Kohli, giving a clear hint that he would like to go in with four pacers which means Ashwin will continue to warm the bench.

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Kohli’s thought process is just like English weather, it defies all logic and nobody knows which way it’ll swing. 

Before the series opener, he was concerned about the team’s batting and the way India’s top-order, barring Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, performed, proves he was right as India’s batting has been fragile in the last few months. But instead of sticking to his initial template, he has decided to move away from it just because he feels that way.

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Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami scored crucial runs down the order in Nottingham that helped India take a healthy lead in the first innings. Perhaps their batting has given Kohli the false assumption that our batting is sorted and he is ready to go in with one batsman less.

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