England vs India 2nd Test, Day 2: Play stopped due to rain

England vs India 2nd Test, Day 2: Play stopped due to rain

England vs India 2nd Test, Day 2: Play stopped due to rain

Umpires hurry everyone off the field.

Kohli blasted 149 and 51 runs in the first and second innings against England in the opening Test to become the seventh India batsman and the first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to top the ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

With clouds expected to hang over the iconic cricket ground over the next few days, India may rethink their strategy of playing two spinners. The weather is fine at the moment, so we should start on time - but the Met Office predicts rain, lots of rain, around lunchtime.

Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30. They can also be made captains.

Pope will become the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran.

With Ben Stokes unavailable because of his court case, either Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes will take his place in the side and bat at No 7.

Despite the issues with the batting order, Kohli remains upbeat about his team's chances of levelling the series when the match gets under way on Thursday. "If you are 1-0 down and can't make a comeback in this Test match and this match goes the other way...as far as I remember, very few teams are there, who have won three matches in a row", Gambhir was quoted as saying in India Today.

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