India will lose this Test, but they can bulid on 2nd innings positives: Vaughan
"They'll lose this week, I'm pretty sure. But can you find a bit of form from one or two of those players… Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara? Sharma can't afford to get out to the pull shot once again. Virat Kohli himself needs to find form and rhythm," Vaughan told cricbuzz on Thursday evening.
Rahul becomes 3rd Indian opener to hit century at Lord's
Vinoo Mankad (184 in 1952) and current Indian team coach Ravi Shastri (100 in 1990) are the only other Indian openers to have achieved the feat. The right-handed batsman reached his sixth career Test century with his ninth boundary and on the 212th ball he faced. He shared century stands with Rohit Sharma (83) and skipper Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma scores his highest overseas, but fails to get century
Sharma, who has shored up India's top order by putting on strong opening wicket stands ever since he has joined the team as opener has scored seven half-centuries away from home in 22 Tests so far. Prior to the 83 on Thursday, Sharma's top score abroad was 79 against Sri Lanka in Colombo, made exactly six years ago in August 2015.
Golden Memories: When Wadekar's India scripted history in England
It was leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar's 6/38 -- along with left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi's 1/1 and S. Venkataraghavan's 2/44 -- that helped India shoot England out for 101 in the second innings of the third and final Test and upturn the disadvantage of a 71-run deficit into a gettable 173-run target for India in the fourth innings. The first two Tests of the three-match series, played in July-August 1971, had been drawn.
Ashwin's omission: Justified or not?
It left English pundits, including former captains like Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, quite aghast. Indeed, the buzz created by the decision stole the thunder from fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah trapping Rory Burns leg before wicket in the very first over even before the home side had got off the mark. Ashwin was the pick of the spinners in the clash with Australia last winter.
1st Test: England elect to bat, India include Thakur, Rahul
India, who have drafted in KL Rahul as opener, are playing four seamers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur. Thakur has been picked to provide all-round option. Ravindra Jadeja is the lone spinner. India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Rahul, Vihari emerge options to open for India in 1st Test
It will be a tough task to beat England in England considering that India are struggling to find an opener to provide stability and a pace bowling all-rounder who can bring in the balance. One thing going for India is that they have managed to spend some time in England. On all the recent three tours -- 2011, 2014 and 2018 -- acclimatisation to the weather conditions was a worry. No wonder, India lost series on all three occasions.