first_imgFormer Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood couldn’t contain his excitement after meeting India captain Virat Kohli in London on Wednesday.Mahmood, who became a British citizen in 2011 and is currently the bowling coach of Pakistan cricket team, posted a picture with Kohli on his Twitter account after meeting the 29-year-old.Kohli is in London where the Indian team is gearing up to face England in the second Test of the five-match series at Lord’s.”Good to see you as always. An inspirational to the youngsters and & elders like me ?? @imVkohli all the best brother,” Mahmood wrote on the post.Good to see you as always. An inspirational to the youngsters and & elders like me @imVkohli all the best brother. pic.twitter.com/4DrvjJJmw3Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) August 7, 2018India are currently trailing 1-0 in the series after England won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs and the visiting captain has hinted at playing two spinners in the playing XI for the next game which is yet to begin due to constant rain in the capital city.While the Indian bowlers successfully scalped all 20 wickets across the two innings, Indian batsmen, barring Kohli, failed to rise to the occasion.Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings. He also scored 51 in the second innings when India were chasing a mere total of 198 runs.However, the rest of the batsmen failed to stick to their crease and make their presence felt. Instead, they struggled and gave away their wickets without much fight.advertisementA couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord’s. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don’t, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry.The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with and the team management are mulling fielding two spinners.”Fielding two spinners is a tempting thought. It’s definitely in contention.”The wicket is quite hard and dry. It’s been quite hot in London for the past couple of months. There is some grass but that’s just to keep the wicket together. Otherwise, it would have been hard to hold itself even on the first two days, that’s how dry it’s been here,” Kohli said at the press conference on the eve of the Lords Test.last_img

Virat Kohli an inspiration, says former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood

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