Indian southpaw opener Gautam Gambhir believes the second Test match at Lord’s is the most important in the series. India is trailing by 1-0 in the five-match series after losing the opening game by 31 runs.
Therefore, it is pivotal for the visitors to bounce back strongly in the second Test match. In fact, Gautam Gambhir believes that it is going to be difficult for the visitors to come back in the last three matches if they lose the second Test. In fact, only a few sides have won three matches on the trot in England conditions.
“This Test is the most important match in the series. If you are 1-0 down and can’t make a comeback in this Test match and this match goes the other way…as far as I remember, very few teams are there, who have won three matches in a row,” India Today quoted Gambhir as saying.
Meanwhile, on 2014 tour, India won the second Test match at Lord’s after the first match ended in a stalemate. However, England was able to bounce as they won the remaining three matches.
”In 2014, England were 1-0 down after two Test matches. The first Test was a draw, they lost at Lord’s and they won three in a row. For India I feel this is the most important Test,” the southpaw said.
Gautam Gambhir went on to add that the Lord’s Test could be a make or break match for the Virat Kohli-led team. Furthermore, the Lord’s pitch will suit the Indian team better as spinners can extract the turn.
“The weather conditions and Lord’s wicket, which is generally dry and of what we saw in one-day cricket from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, I think this is India’s best opportunity to win because, after this, the weather will cool down as September approaches. So, this is the make or break of the series,” he added.
Delhi batsman went on to add that if India plays its best five bowlers, then they will have a good chance to win the second Test at Mecca of cricket.
“If India plays their best five bowlers, that will give them the best chance to win this Test match. At the same time, your batsmen need to make runs. You can’t expect to get out at 200 and your bowlers bring you back each time in the game. It was Sam Curran, who made runs, otherwise, England were 70/7 (87/7). But, if you can’t chase down 193, something is seriously wrong,” Gambhir remarked.
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