Excited to have Jasprit Bumrah back for Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli has scored 240 runs till now in the Test series against England

"I don't think anyone is thinking like that".

Kohli, however, didn't rule out India playing the extra batsman if the team felt the pitch had enough to support four frontline bowlers.

"Mental discipline will be the key as far as batsmen are concerned going forward in this Test match". He (Rahane) is one of our pillars and he will remain one of our pillars.

"Conditions have been tough as we have seen right through this series. But that´s where character and discipline comes into play, the resolve to know where your off stump is, to leave a lot of balls, be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit".

However, India batsmen have fared much below par. He is very consistent in hitting the lengths that are required at the Test level.

'India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day'.

They will attempt to bounce back in the third Test at Trent Bridge that starts on Saturday but Boycott believes England will continue to dominate.

Navjot Singh Sidhu arrives in Pakistan to attend Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony
Khan is assured to win, following his party's victory in last month's general elections. Mr Khan is to be sworn in as Prime Minister on Saturday.

The Indian captain said he was feeling "absolutely fine" after battling a stiff back during the Lord's Test.

Additionally, Rishabh Pant looks set to make his Test debut, as he was busy batting and practicing behind the wickets to pacers. The first game of the Test series saw India grass three catching opportunities in the slip cordon, with Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan letting the team down.

"I've had it a couple of times before so it's not a new development". One thing for sure in this unit, there is no negative bone. "We are here without a negative bone, wanting to play to win, as simple as that". There is furious debate whether England should welcome Stokes back this soon and England coach Trevor Bayliss was bombared with questions about that.

Their lack of involvement in the IPL allowed time for training camps and several warm-up games, while this year Pakistan may well have proved pioneers in facing Ireland, for whom it was an inaugural Test, in similar conditions in Dublin prior to their tour of England. If he has been cleared by the courts, what is the reason for him not to play?

The head coach also conceded that the team management's decision to play two spinners - R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav - at Lord's "was an error".

'These are elementary things you do not do against any decent swing bowler in English conditions. That is the conversation we have had in the last few days and like I said, it's now up to the individuals to stand up and say I am going to go out there and make a difference.

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