Ind vs Eng 2nd Test: Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill back in nets ahead of Chepauk Test; See pics; After a crushing 227-run defeat in the first Test against England, India cricket team began their practice for the second Test that will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium from February 13 in Chennai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted images from the training session on Thursday with skipper Virat Kohli, Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill among the players in the training.
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Among others, all-rounder Axar Patel was seen bowling to Kohli. The left-arm spinner, who was not included in the playing XI after suffering a niggle in practice before the first Test. He is expected to make a comeback to the team in place of an injured Ravindra Jadeja. However, if Kohli decides against playing three spinners, he could replace Shahbaz Nadeem.
In a separate video shared on Twitter, Patel was seen bowling in good rhythm pushing Kohli to use his front foot. After a while, Patel was back at the nets to bat and was seen timing the ball effortlessly. The way, India failed to better England’s first innings total, Patel could be key in lower middle-order to add some valuable runs.
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test: India skipper Virat Kohli concentrates on batting
However, the eyes will be on Kohli, who has been criticized for his captaincy. But the only way he can turn the tides is by continuing to score runs. While he is yet to score a century this year, Kohli hit
He was among the few batsmen who hit the nets on Thursday. Kohli scored 72 in the last game but for India to beat England, the skipper will need at least a ton. Ajinkya Rahane will also be under scanner after scoring just one run in two innings combined in the first Test against England. Against Australia, he scored a century in Melbourne but apart from that, it has been a hit and miss for the Mumbaikar.