After getting defeated in the first two Tests of the five-match series, skipper Virat Kohli hinted that the visitors may employ an extra batsman in the crucial third Test which starts here on Saturday.
India gave a good fight before losing the first Test by 31 runs in Birmingham. In the second Test, they were outplayed by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s.
Kohli was the only Indian batsman who managed to trouble the English bowlers in the first Test. The Indians continued their poor form with the bat in the second Test as well when even Kohli proved to be a flop. The poor results have evidently put the usually aggressive Kohli under pressure ahead of the third Test.
“Depends on what the surface is like. If there is going to be enough assistance for the bowlers then the extra batter might come into play, but if not, if the pitch is going to be quite even for batting and bowling then picking 20 wickets is going to be the priority,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of the Third Test.