Shikhar Dhawan's form was in talks as he is out of form from a long time.
Rain had washed out the entire first day's play at Lord's and when play started on the second day, India were reduced to 11/2 before rain once again played spoilsport.
Virat Kohli came to the crease under heavy rain, and had to face up to two deliveries - playing and missing at another beauty from Anderson first up - before play was stopped.
Talking about the ongoing Test series, India lost the 1st Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs.
Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope is expected to be given his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.
Captain Kohli hasn't played the same XI in successive Tests for 36 matches, dating back to the 2014 Adelaide Test in which he led India in whites for the first time in his career.
The famous mood swings of the London sky have been on display over the last three days - just that the one on Thursday cost us a day of a Test match.
It seemed as if he would continue the trend when he told the media on the eve of the second Test that the team is tempted to play two spinners at Lord's.
Following a first-day washout and with more showers forecast at Lord's, England captain Joe Root put India into bat on an increasingly cloudy morning and a pitch still tinged with green.