Virat Kohli faced Arjun Tendulkar during a net session at Lord's | Screengrab
Virat Kohli faced Arjun Tendulkar during a net session at Lord’s | Screengrab

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar was spotted bowling to India skipper Virat Kohli during a net session at Lord’s on Tuesday (August 7).

Team India are scheduled to play the second Test against England at Lord’s, starting from Thursday (August 9). Ahead of the highly-anticipated encounter, the visitors were seen sweating it out in the nets under the vigilant eyes of head coach Ravi Shastri.

Arjun, who recently toured Sri Lanka with the Under-19 side, gave Kohli and other Indian batsmen a much-needed practice so that they can counter the left-arm angle. During the opening Test at Edgbaston, England’s left-arm pacer Sam Curran had rocked the Indian top order in the first innings. Given that India doesn’t have any left-arm seamer in the squad, they probably wanted Arjun to bowl to them.

Kohli was the lone warrior for India in Edgbaston Test. He aggregated 200 runs across both innings but couldn’t save his side from suffering an agonizing 31-run defeat. India were bowled out for 274 and 162 in their first and second innings, with rest of the 10 players contributing only 236 runs.

Virat finished the match as the leading run-scorer from either side. While the Indian captain registered his maiden Test ton (149) on English soil in the first innings, he scored a flawless 51 in the second innings. Consequently, Kohli jumped past Steve Smith to clinch the no. 1 spot in ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen.

Although India’s batting line-up failed to live up to the expectations, bowlers came to the party once again. Continuing where they left off in South Africa, Indian bowlers claimed 20 English wickets, with Ashwin picking up seven wickets in the match and Ishant taking five-wicket haul in the second innings.

If India are to bounce back in the five-Test series, the batsmen will certainly have to lift up their game.

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Squads:

India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.

England: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

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