Zaheer Khan likely to miss second Test: Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Zaheer Khan will play in the second Test if he is fully fit.

Zaheer removed both Strauss and Alastair Cook before breaking down with a hamstring strain in the first Test.

“We have three days but I am not 100% sure if we will play Zaheer or not,” he said.

“We don’t want to risk anyone if that only increases the chances of him getting injured further. It is very important to get the guys fully fit.

“After Zaheer was injured it was quite difficult in terms of resources but I felt the fast bowlers did a very good job – Praveen (Kumar) bowled really well in the first innings and Ishant (Sharma) bowled well in the second innings. Both of them bowled close to 60 overs each in the Test.”

Rahul Dravid scored a first-innings century at Lord’s but the combined output from him, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar – who remains one away from an unprecedented 100th international hundred – was well below expectations.

Dhoni blamed an uncertain batting order following an injury to Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar’s illness for the slump.

“Yes, we could have done with more partnerships from the top batsmen,” he said.

“But it was tough for some of our batsmen because most of them were batting in different slots from their original number.

“Rahul opened, Sachin had to bat at a different number, Gautam batted at a different number. That also added pressure. Most of the things that could have gone wrong in the game really went wrong. It was tough for both the bowlers and the batsmen.”

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