Both Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have given a dream start to the team at Lord’s, they have dominated the England players with patience and determination. The Indian team which started the second day with 276/3 has lost four wickets adding just 70 runs to the score.
India is 346/7 before the lunch session. Ravindra Jadeja with 36 and Ishant Sharma 0 is in the middle. The most annoying factor for the team India is its middle-order. The middle-order batsmen are not firing since the 2020s. Their batting average is under 30.
Pujara has just scored 552 runs with an average of 25.09 in 13 matches and 23 innings. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has made only 387 runs with an average of 24.19 in 10 matches and 16 innings. Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane’s average is 25.76. He has scored 541 runs in 13 matches and 22 innings.
If top-order won’t fire today, it is colossal damage for the team India as middle-order is completely failed. Virat scored 42 runs but Rahane (1) and Pujara(9) gave their wickets very cheaply. As aforesaid, middle-order is not performing up to their standards.
Indian bowlers have given unforgettable series victories against Australia and England with both bat and bowl.
The least Test average at Lord’s in the Current Indian Playing XI: Cheteshwar Pujara – 19.60 Virat Kohli – 21.40 (Minimum 5 Innings), as per the sports analysts.
Now it’s in Jadeja and tailenders’ hands that how much score India will put, whether it reaches 400 or not.