When India will face England again in the next Test they don't need any changes but just need to strengthen the current playing XI's bonding, says former India skipper Virender Sehwag. India is keen to make a strong comeback after the loss in the first Test, and they will have to work on small things to level the series in Lord's.
Sehwag, speaking on Cheteshwar Pujara's inclusion in the team replacing KL Rahul, said, "If KL Rahul played the first Test then I think he should play the second match too. He should get enough chances. Because if you drop a player after just one match, it will definitely hurt his confidence. I think a player should get at least one full series and then if he fails to perform, you can drop that particular player from the team and give chance to others."
"Five Test matches and 10 innings are enough for a player to perform and if somebody fails in it then he should be dropped.
"Yes, earlier I did think that Pujara should play at Lord's but now I feel that KL Rahul should get the chance since he played the first Test. If he fails to perform in both the innings at Lord's then I think it would be good to bring Pujara in for the third Test," he added.
The former India opener Sehwag, who has a hundred in England, said he was unhappy seeing Indian batsman failing badly in the opening Test. "Team rankings do not matter in cricket. If you play well on a particular day, you will win. I felt sad to see India play poorly on those three days in Birmingham. The bowlers did a good job but the batting wasn't good. If there would have been one batsman who could have supported Kohli in the first innings then India would have got a lead of 50-60 runs. The margin of our defeat was just 31 runs. As I have said earlier, it is always important to match the first innings score of the opposition," he said.
Sehwag believes skipper Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, and Ishant Sharma will be comfortable at Lord's. "India should have won the first Test. The batsmen spoiled all the good things done by the bowlers. Only three players will be confident ahead of Lord's and they are Kohli, Ashwin, and Ishant. They all performed well at Edgbaston and will be confident going into Lord's. But India can't win the match with just three players. All the 11 players need to contribute."
Former Delhi cricketer wants team management to take note from the mistakes from the first Test.
"I think the Indian management must have taken their lessons from the first Test and would do some extra sessions with the batsmen ahead of the second match. If we see a repeat of Edgbaston at Lord's then India will again end up losing the match no matter how good our record is in Lord's," Sehwag said.
"The team management, whether it is Sanjay Bangar, Ravi Shastri or Bharat Arun... they have to keep talking to the players and tell them that they should forget whatever happened in Edgbaston and should focus on the next match. If the failure in Edgbaston continues to be there on the minds of the batsmen then it would create problems for India in Lord's. Team management has to motivate the players. There should be some fun activities during the free time, some team bonding sessions so that they are in a fresh state of mind before hitting the nets," he added.
(With inputs from INDIA TV)