The English summer was at its peak, the sun was beating down hard all this while but come the Test series and the clouds are out. It's a trite football saying that you're never more vulnerable than when you've gone 1-0 up but for England sustaining a lead has been exasperating even though being forced to fight back has made for thrilling series. The left-hander managed a total of 39 runs in Edgbaston and got out in a similar fashion in both the innings.
We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again. It is not going to be a simple decision for Virat Kohli to make.
However, the temperature dropped on Wednesday and it is expected to remain cool over the next few days, with occasional showers as well. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.
Chris Woakes | Brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is facing trial in Bristol, all-rounder Chris Woakes has big shoes to fill. A 20-year-old Oliver Pope earned his maiden call-up and is most likely to play ahead of Dawid Malan in the second Test.
Ollie Pope was due to make his Test debut on Thursday but will now have to wait until Friday, when he will hope the weather picks up enough for him to take to the field with his first England cap.
# The last time India played a Test match at Lord's, they had topped England to win the second Test by 95 runs in the 2014 Test tour.