On Tuesday, two days before the start of the second Test between India and England, fans got their first look at the Lord’s surface. The playing surface is green in color, with a thick layer of grass covering it. According to early indications, Lord’s pitch will help the seamers more than the tweakers.
A Twitter user sent a picture of the Lord’s pitch on her account. You can see it in the video below.
There’s your Lord’s pitch two days out. It’s 22 yards of grass. What do you want from me? pic.twitter.com/ji4zr7eTUM— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) August 10, 2021
Between August 12 and 16, Lord’s will host the second Test of the five-match series. In the following two days, the groundsmen may cut a little amount of grass, but there are unlikely to be any significant alterations to the current appearance of the surface.
The ground at Lord’s appears to be favourable to swing, therefore Team India may persist to a 4-seamer tactic in the second Test. India has a dreadful record when it comes to playing at Lord’s Cricket Ground. They’ve played 18 Tests at the legendary venue so far, with only two victories. India’s team lost 12 games and drew four Test matches. They were victorious at Lord’s twice, in 2014 and 1986.
In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra examined the pressure and criticism received by Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in recent times. Chopra drew a connection between the careers of Ajinkya Rahane and VVS Laxman. He mentioned how, regardless of their on-field performance, both players have always been scrutinized.
“Rahane is India’s highest run-scorer in the WTC cycle, so there shouldn’t be that much pressure on him, and he’s also the vice-captain,” said Aakash Chopra. “But he always feels the pressure. He’s had a very Laxman-like career, where if he scores runs, there’s pressure, and if he doesn’t score, there’s pressure in any case.”
“It is an international series, and India is playing only five batsmen; when you consistently play five batsmen, there is slight pressure on everyone, and you have to perform well; there is pressure on Kohli as well, but not on his Test career, which will be long and prosperous,” Aakash Chopra concluded.