At lord's Jasprit Bumrah gave Indians a great start with the new ball and his burst of bouncers to James Anderson will be remembered for a long time.
At Lord's Ishant not only Bowled more number overs but also took key wickets in the second innings to keep India in Game. He too played his role perfectly by striking at regular intervals.
As Nasser Hussain says it is the bowler that wins you the games and this time too it proved right. Siraj managed to bowl with intent and aggression and was brilliant throughout the match as he picked up eight wickets
Shami's half-century in the 2nd test and remarkable 89 run partnership with Jasprit Bumrah helped to chase 271 runs in the second innings. He'll be a part of the match Once again.
India will stick with Ravindra Jadeja as the lone spinner owing 4-1 pace and spin combination. In Lord’s Test Jadeja, failed to make an impact with bat and ball. He didn’t bowl a lot too. But with Leed’s pitch being more to his liking, Jadeja’s role becomes important.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant could not quite get going as to how he would have liked. The stage was set on the fifth day for the southpaw to add some quick runs, but he departed in trying to chase a wide. Pant will be itching to get back among runs at Leeds.
Rahane was also facing a lot of pressure despite that he managed to score 61 runs in the second innings. India needs the Vice-Captain to be Consistent as he is in the 5th crucial position.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s struggles continued as he yet again failed to get going. While he managed to score 42 and 20 in the Lord’s Test, he was far from his fluent best. He looked in decent nick in the second innings, but his old habits of poking of the balls that are to be left alone came back to haunt him.
The return to the form of Cheteshwar Pujara augurs well for India. Yes, he took his time, but with three quick wickets falling around, India’s Mr. dependable decided to blunt and frustrate the English bowlers by playing risk-free cricket.
On the other hand, the Karnataka batter who was tipped to bat in the middle-order before the series was forced to open batting when Mayank Agarwal was concussed. Rahul has grabbed this opportunity with both hands and has so far registered 84, 26, 129, and 5 in two Test matches.
Sharma had to cop a fair bit of criticism due to him not converting his starts into something substantial in the away Tests. But the senior batter has delivered by scoring a brilliant 83 in the second Test at Lord’s. He has been a perfect foil to Rahul.