Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of Lord's Test

England's Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli

England's Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli Credit REUTERS

"I think the conditions were trying, batsmen from both sides found it tough and I'm sure the challenge for us is to adapt to this conditions even better and we have our plans in place".

Arun suggested that India was not considering fielding a sixth specialist batsman.

"Playing an extra batsman here, I would consider it a very conservative move. There was huge improvement from the 1 innings to the 2 innings and it is extremely welcome", he said.

Bumrah was expected to get fit in time for the 2nd Test and Arun said that he is fit to resume bowling, however, will need more time to get match fit. They did that in the practice game as well.

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"We'll take a call tomorrow [on playing two spinners] after taking a look at the wicket but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game". They feel that they have more option by going up to the stump rather than staying back in the crease.

The former India pacer was happy the bowlers had discovered the fuller length they needed to bowl in England to get the ball to swing, key to getting wickets. "I guess it worked pretty well for the batsmen (thus far)", he added. So that will be decided tomorrow [Wednesday]. "Depending on the conditions and the team, we'll take a call on that", said Arun. "Depending on the conditions and the team we will take a call on that", Arun said at the press conference.

The Indian bowling coach didn't divulge if an additional spinner in Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav will come into play. Umesh, who returned 1/56 from 17 overs in the first innings, bowled only seven overs in the England second innings but took the two crucial wickets of Sam Curran, who blasted 63, and Adil Rashid (16), who featured in a 48-run eighth wicket stand that proved decisive in the end.

Upon being questioned about the role of Hardik Pandya in the team, Bharat Arun reiterated that he is doing his job and sees no reason why he won't find success here after South Africa. Not taking any credit away from Hardik. In the first innings, he was more looking at bowling to one line. Umesh is at his best when he is bowling quick. The selectors also said that the pacer will be available for selection from the second Test. "Jasprit Bumrah, who has been included in the squad, will be available for selection from the 2nd Test onwards based on his fitness", the BCCI statement said when the squad was picked.

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