Virat Kohli explains why India did not replace Shardul Thakur with Ashwin

India vs England: India captain Virat Kohli has said that Ashwin was among the 12 announced in the group, but Ishant was fit again after seeing the situation at Lord's.

photo source twitter

Michael Vaughan reaction on twitter after R.Ashwin did not replace Shardul Thakur in the Second Test against England.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been ruled out of India's second Test against England at Lord's with Shardul Thakur replaced by Ishant Sharma.

Shardul missed the Test due to an injury to his left hamstring and as a seam-bowler he could run with the bat in the first Test, with Ashwin taking his first place at Lord's. India were one of the runners-up, but with Ishant back, India decided to play four specialist fast bowlers.

India captain Virat Kohli said that Ashwin was also among the 12 announced in the group, but Ishant was fit again after a thorough examination of the situation.

India vs England 2nd Test live score

"We have announced 12 people in the group and Ashwin is definitely part of it. But after looking at the pitch, the conditions and seeing how dangerous the fourth seamer is, it makes a lot of sense for us as a team," Kohli explained in the toss.

Kohli, for his part, told a pre-match press conference that he did not see batting capabilities when choosing a replacement for Shardul.

"Everyone wants to contribute, it's about getting into the game as a batsman. We have to get the job done, that's our main focus, anyway. It's nice to be here, especially to be back with the crowd. It's an honor to play in front of an audience , "said Kohli.

After a 20-minute delay in the toss due to light drizzle, England won the toss and decided to bowl first.

England captain Joe Root has confirmed three changes to his squad. Injured Stuart Broad was replaced by Mark Wood, Haseeb Hameed was replaced by Jack Crowley and Moin Ali was replaced by Dan Lawrence.

The first Test ended in a draw after being washed out on the fifth day at Trent Bridge.

India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumra, Mohammad Siraj

England XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hamid, Joe Root (c), Johnny Bairstow, Jose Butler (W), Moin Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson