Credit for the latter should at least partially be assigned to Woakes, he defended well, played strongly on the drive through the offside and looked more than a match for anything India had to offer - as if mild-mannerly showing the world that the nine first class centuries he has for Warwickshire were not acquired by accident.
England bowled India all out for 107 in its first innings on a rain-interrupted second day.
Veteran quick James Anderson starred with the ball taking five wickets to help England bowl India out for a paltry 107 at stumps on a rain-truncated second day of the second Test at Lord's here on Friday.
After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.
Anderson's haul of 5-20, that leaves him just one wicket short of becoming the first bowler to take 100 in Tests at Lord's, did the majority of the damage.
Kohli had single-handedly made the first test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn't repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord's.
Mohammed Shami struck twice in the first session on Day 3 to leave England four down at Lunch.
Earlier, England's top order again failed with openers Keaton Jennings (11) and Alastair Cook (21) falling in successive overs.
As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.
Even though Bairstow was the more senior of the pair, it was Woakes who looked the more impressive, driving, cutting and pulling the ball with authority around the Lord's outfield. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries.
But a promising innings of 28 ended when Pope was lbw to all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The sight of big-hitting Jos Buttler at the crease would not have settled their nerves, but such has been the difficulty to score on the Lord's pitch that Virat Kohli and Co. would have doubtless backed themselves to make early inroads.