India will also be anxious about Ajinkya Rahane's mode of dismissals in the first Test, so if he can provide Kohli some support, things can very well change.
Addressing the media at the press conference before the match, Kohli admitted that it is tempting him to play two spinners on this wicket but the rains would have surely made the Indian captain change his mind.
"Ollie Pope will bat at four", said Root.
How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.
"We'll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game".
Chris Woakes will come in if England opt for a further seam option, while Moeen Ali will play if the hosts plump for two spinners. If I hadn't got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling - that's a very natural aspect of playing team sport.
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"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump", said Root. Five days later, here we are, at the home of cricket.
Joe Root's men produced an incredible performance at Edgbaston to beat India by 31 runs last week, courtesy of a superb effort from England's bowlers in the second innings.
Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries. The young man apologetically walked towards the batsman to take the ball back as Rahul regained his composure soon to applaud Arjun and said "well bowled".
India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted.
But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 global against Ireland in June.
"The conditions were trying".