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The partnership between Dhawan and Rahul is now India's highest stand of the series.

India could bolster their line-up with a sixth specialist batsman for the third test against England starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday, captain Virat Kohli said on Friday.

Kohli was forced off the field by a back injury during the second Test, which India lost by a resounding innings and 159 runs to go 2-0 down in the five-match series. Three half-centuries in four innings for India A on their first-class tour of England this summer were encouraging, too.

Kohli added his decision would hinge on the wicket but also called on his frontline batsmen to rise to the challenge and prevent a 3-0 defeat in the five-match series. Coming to the 3rd Test, Kohli and Shastri will aim to get team combination right with the most awaited change likely to be the inclusion of 20-year-old Rishabh Pant, who might replace Dinesh Karthik, who is in awful form.

Despite a triple hundred and a healthy first-class average of 54 plus, it will still be baptism by fire for the Roorkee-born youngster.




Ajit Agarkar brought in Rishabh Pant in place of Dinesh Karthik who has struggled to find his form.

Fielding is considered the area in modern cricket ripest for improvement; India provide a case study into why.

The first two games of the ongoing Test series between England and India have evoked the past horrors for the Indian fans as their team is once again on the cusp of losing yet another overseas series.

Since the start of 2015, India have dropped one-third of all slip catches against pace - putting them eighth out of the nine main test nations, and a world away from New Zealand's stupendous record of taking 90 per cent of all slip chances. The edge flies to Jos Buttler in the slip cordon.

India will not repeat the mistake at Trent Bridge. Secondly, they will need to get their team combination right, be it their openers, middle-order and the number of pacers and spinners they want to have in the playing XI and thirdly, hope that their batting turns out to be a team effort where everyone scores and they put up a big total. He's an attacking bowler who bowls good lines and lengths.

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