Virat Kohli believe India are close to beating England

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

All eyes have been on Virat Kohli and the Indian team management as they are expected to make some bold calls ahead of the second Test between England and India, starting August 9 at Lord's, London. However, the Brits weathered the storm and eventually prevailed with a 31-run victory. The skipper hit 149 and 51 in the 1st Test respectively, however, the other batsmen were not up to the mark. He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami. However, all their efforts went in vain and India couldn't topple the might of the Englishmen at Edgbaston in Birmingham. With pitch looking dry India could go into the Test with two spinners, while Virat Kohli has dismissed the view that the team is overly reliant on him in overseas conditions. In the meantime, Michael Vaughan, the former English batsman, has put forth his predictions for the upcoming encounter at the Mecca of Cricket.

Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively. Umesh Yadav was also impactful.

Meanwhile, Root has defended England's decision to thrust 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope straight into the No 4 position in place of the axed Malan, despite batting lower down the order for his county.

New selector Ed Smith said upon the selections, "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

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And Root spoke of the confidence England had derived from winning a game which, on the third afternoon, seemed destined to end in defeat before Sam Curran turned the tide with a counter-attacking 63 from 65 balls. With the bat, skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and opener Keaton Jennings are doing good. It was Sam Curran, who made runs, otherwise, England were 70/7 (87/7).

With Ben Stokes unavailable for selection - the all-rounder, accused of affray, is now on trial at Bristol Crown Court - either Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali will step into the No 7 spot depending on the pitch and whether England want to play a second spinner alongside Adil Rashid.

Will Shikhar Dhawan get another chance or it is comeback time for Cheteshwar Pujara?

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

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