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India captain Virat Kohli pauses during a media event at Edgbaston a day ahead of the 1st test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston

It was only after successive losses in the first two Tests, that Rahane was brought back and contributed to India winning the third and final Test at Johannesburg.Pujara, who came in at one-down, also played a crucial role in Team India's win by keeping the South African pace squad at bay on a very hard pitch.

Men in Blue are all set to lock horns with England in the second Test match at Lord's, London after a defeat in the first Test match at Edgbaston. Australia 2011-12 was also R Ashwin's first overseas assignment with the Indian team, and he was witness to the despondency that appeared to hang around the side at that time. It all started with a defiant 75 as India were pummelled by an innings in Perth, followed by his maiden Test century in Adelaide.

Virat Kohli played splendidly in both the innings. And Gavaskar felt India should have had at least two three-day matches during that period.

In one sense England need Stokes more than he needs them, as he is among the first generation who can play Twenty20 tournaments rather than Tests to enjoy a lucrative career. For Team India, no announcement has been made yet, but Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has advised Kohli for any change in the playing XI.

Ganguly also urged Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane to bat with more determination. #AjinkyaRahane & #MuraliVijay will have to show some determination since they have scored runs in these conditions before.

India under Kohli gives the impression that they have resources to be gallant travellers, but they seldom look convincing. "I don't believe it was a correct decision", he said.

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But while England have called up Chris Woakes in Stokes's place, the admirable Warwickshire all-rounder is not the same sort of "box-office" cricketer.

This has been a fine technique which made him stand for the England's swing. "It was a similar dominance near the end of Stan McCabe's glorious double-century at Trent Bridge in 1938 that caused Captain Don Bradman to summon his players onto the balcony with the words; 'You will never see anything like this again.'" Chappell wrote. "A 20-year-old. It's a phenomenal achievement", Hussain told Sky Sport.

After finishing the ODI leg of the tour, India had two weeks to prepare for the Tests India but they played only one practice match against Essex, and that too was cut short to just three days.

Kohli probably saw an opportunity there but missed one that cut in off the seam and was caught plumb in front. However, they didn't have to come down this hard on the Indian cricket team. "On occasion, it can make people nervous I dare say, but on the whole, it animates them", he added. I think we will have terrific crowds this summer because India have a good following and English supporters usually come as well. He can play in every mode and so can Joe Root. India threw away a major opportunity in Birmingham and left looking very much like a one-man team as far as their batting line-up was concerned, instead of the number one ranked Test playing nation in the world.



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