Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and former opener Virender Sehwag have backed India to win in a second Test match at Lord’s. Ganguly believes that Lord’s pitch will be favorable to Indian spinners.
Furthermore, Virat Kohli is also contemplating to play with two spinners. Therefore, it would be interesting to note who will join Ravichandran Ashwin, whether it will be Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav.
“The weather has improved in London. The playing conditions are perfect for cricket. India have the best chance to bounce back in the series at Lord’s,” Ganguly said while talking to India TV.
“The wicket will be favorable for Indian spinners in the later days of the match. The forecast suggests rainfall, so the ball will definitely swing here. The Lord’s Test will be a carnival for five days,” he added.
On the other hand, Virender Sehwag also believes if the pitch is helpful to the bowlers, then the visitors will have a good chance of making a comeback into the series. Meanwhile, England has lost their three matches and drawn two in the last five matches at home of cricket.
“This will be a crucial game for India. England hasn’t won a match here for a long time. Recently, Pakistan also defeated them at Lord’s. Earlier, India and Sri Lanka have also won Test matches here. It’s a great chance for India to make a comeback. If the wicket is helpful to bowlers, India has the best chances to win,” Sehwag said.
Meanwhile, both Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag believes that Virat Kohli will continue with his fine form. In fact, Kohli was the lone warrior in the first Test match at Edgbaston. With the poor of other Indian batsmen, the onus will be once again on Virat Kohli.
“Watching his current form, I believe he’ll definitely score a hundred at Lord’s. I can see that hunger for runs in Virat Kohli. Overcoming the failure he suffered last time in England, Kohli will score many runs this time,” Virender Sehwag said.
“If you see his career graph, you’ll notice that when he hits a century he continues to score hundreds in consecutive matches,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.
India had won their Lord’s Test on the previous tour of 2014 in which Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma were the heroes.