Time to end Lord's jinx
India have won only two of the 18 Test matches they have played at the Lord's Cricket Ground, considered to be the home of Test cricket. The last of their victories came on the 2014 tour, 28 years after their first win in 1986.
India's top batsmen, skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara don't have a flattering record at the venue, where the slope can have great impact and affect a batsman's stance.
Kohli, Pujara and Rahane have played two Tests each at Lord's. While No. 4 batsman Kohli averages 16.25, No. 3 batsman Pujara averages 22.25. Rahane is a shade better with 34.75 thanks to a century he scored in 2014.
There has been only one century from the six outings made by India's top three batsmen and that came off Rahane's bat in 2014.
At the back of these stats, India was asked to bat first by England skipper Joe Root after a rain-delayed start.
Source: SIFY with Agency Inputs