Speaking at a press-conference on Tuesday, the bowling coach said that the less number of overs Pandya bowls, the better it is for India.
The all-rounder bowled only 10 overs in the first innings at Edgbaston and did not bowl at all in the second innings.
“The less Hardik bowls, it augurs well for the team because it means other (specialist) bowlers have done very well. I am not taking any credit from Hardik. But he did an exceptionally good job for us in South Africa and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t come to the party here,” Arun said.
When asked about the bowling combination plans for Lord’s, Arun stated that playing five bowlers would be the way to go.
“Playing an extra batsman here, I would consider it as a conservative move. I think everything depends on the conditions and they are not going to be as friendly as it was in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers (here),” he said.
The bowling coach did not choose to reveal whether India would go with an additional spinner at Lord’s after Ravichandran Ashwin’s excellent performance at Edgbaston. India have Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav at their disposal if they choose to go down that route.
“We will take a call tomorrow. We will take a look at the wicket but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game. So we really need to look at any change in strategy depending on the wicket,” he stated.
“It’s a good choice (to pick between Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja), a tough one too. Depending on the conditions and the team, we’ll take a call on that,” Arun added.
The second Test between the two sides will get underway on Thursday.
Virat Kohli and Co have it all to do to level the five-match series after losing a thriller in Birmingham by 31 runs. But the tourists don’t exactly have an excellent record at the Home of Cricket, having won two of 17 Tests.
Yet, there’s hope for India – and Lord’s is certainly a stage where they’ve flourished before, whether it’s with a white ball or red. So if you’re an India fan, sit back and relive some of the most cherished memories made at the hallowed ground.
1983 – FIRST WORLD CUP TRIUMPH
The fact that India were not even classed as one of the favourites to win the World Cup shows how incredible this feat was, 35 years ago. Underdogs they may have been but their journey was nothing but a fairytale. After advancing through the group stage, the Indians beat hosts England by six wickets in Manchester before making their way down south to the Home of Cricket.
Two-time champions West Indies stood in their way but Kapil Dev and Co had other ideas. Mohinder Amarnath’s 3-12 ultimately was the difference as Dev’s charges claimed their maiden world title in style.
2002 – INDIA WINNING THE NATWEST ODI SERIES
Sourav Ganguly waving his India jersey at the Lord’s balcony will always be an iconic moment for India fans. He had every reason to celebrate considering his team had overhauled the then second-highest ODI total to win the decider against England. Needing 326 to win, India were staring at a defeat when they were at 146-5. But Yuvraj Singh (69) and Mohammad Kaif (87 not out) defied the odds with a 121-run stand to complete a sensational victory.
1986 – FIRST-EVER TEST WIN
India probably got sick and tired of playing at the historic venue every time they visited England given their dismal record. But that all changed more than 30 years ago as Dev’s side became the first Indian team to win a Test at Lord’s. After England scored 294, Dilip Vengsarkar’s unbeaten 126 helped his nation put up a total of 341. Dev and Maninder Singh shared seven wickets each before the Indian batsmen chased down the target with ease.
1982 – DILIP VENGSARKAR’S FIRST IN A RUN OF CENTURIES
Vengsarkar made a habit of scoring centuries at the ground. Three to be precise and what’s more impressive is that they were scored on consecutive occasions. In the 1979 Test he slammed 103, and three years later, he went even better. Unfortunately for him those came in losing causes but it was third time lucky in 1986. His unbeaten 126 was decisive as India secured victory. Altogether, in four Tests, the Mumbai batsman scored 508 runs at an average of 72.57.
2014 – SECOND TEST WIN
A day that Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma will certainly not forget after making an impact with the bat and ball. Rahane’s 103 set the tone before Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s six-for reduced England to 319. India still managed to build a second-innings lead thanks to Murali Vijay’s 95 but Sharma did the damage with the ball – taking 7-74 as India wrapped up a 95-run win and their first Test win at Lord’s in 28 years.
India have ruled out Jasprit Bumrah‘s return from injury in the second Test at Lord’s.
Bumrah, who suffered a broken left thumb in a Twenty20 international against Ireland at the end of June, remained with the squad for the ongoing five-match series, with a view to being fit if needed in time to face England this week.
That, however, will not happen after bowling coach Bharat Arun explained the seamer is not quite ready yet.
“He’s bowling fit right now, but it’s too early to put him into a game-like situation,” he said.
“The plaster on his hand needs to come off first. He’s out of contention for the second Test.”
India, meanwhile, must decide whether to field a second spinner here – on what is expected to be a dry pitch, belying its green appearance two days out – and Arun acknowledged the possibility, which would put wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the frame ahead of his fellow left-armer Ravi Jadeja to partner Ravi Ashwin.
“It’s a good choice, a tough one too,” said Arun.
“We’ll take a call tomorrow, take a look at the wicket, but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game.
“So we really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket.”
Virat Kohli’s team must battle back after their 31-run defeat in the engrossing first Test at Edgbaston.
Arun said: “There is still room for improvement, but the bowlers did a good job.
“There was huge improvement from the first innings to the second, and that was extremely welcome.
“The batsmen on both sides found it difficult.
“If you look at the scores, it’s only Virat Kohli and Joe Root who have been able to contend with the moving ball.
“The conditions were trying. The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place.”
They do not apparently include the insurance of choosing an extra batsman, though.
“I would consider that as a conservative move,” added Arun.
“Everything depends on the conditions – and if the conditions are not going to be as friendly as in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers.”