3 Tests left: Can broken Indian openers show fight and improve average of 10.37?

London: India captain Virat Kohli conceded that team combination was “a bit off” in the lost second Test against England and urged his struggling batsmen to “keep it simple” in the head to save the ongoing series.

When none of your specialist batsmen crosses 30 for four innings except one (Kohli), it is time for India to admit that their batting is in a rut. If only one batsman has made a century and fifty, as Kohli did at Edgbaston, you know there is a problem.

Lack of stands hurting

Remarkably, Kohli has faced 32% of all balls faced by India in the series so far, while M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put together have faced only 34%.

Eight of India’s top 10 partnerships involve Kohli. Only three times so far have India put on a partnership of 50 or more.

The questions that confronted India’s batsmen in South Africa at the start of the year have only grown more pronounced. However, resilient as they say they are, India seek to become only the second team in Test history after Don Bradman’s Australians against England in 1936-37 to win from 2-0 down. But can they?

(With inputs from Agencies)

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