Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman spoke about India’s problems in the middle order before the test series against England. The two batsmen he focused on were Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both of whom were recently under scrutiny.
Since his grand tour of Australia in 2018/19, Pujara hasn’t played the kind of big innings he’s known for. He has taken 18 tests without a century and averages 28; criticism of his strike rate continued to prevail.
VVS Laxman hypothesized India needs Pujara to play the kind of role Rahul Dravid used when beating in 3rd place to provide a platform for the thugs to come behind him.
“There’s no doubt that Pujara will be aware of the lean period he’s going through in the big fifties or hundreds along with the two openers,” VVS Laxman said while speaking to Star Sports.
“In 2002 and 2007 the reason for our victories on these two tours was that our top order and our batsman No. 3, who was Rahul Dravid, were fired. As soon as the top order forms a very good basis, the middle order batsmen can come and play their natural game.
Opposing bowlers who set him up with a barrage of short deliveries: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman further emphasized that the vice-captain had problems handling the short balls. He suggests Ajinkya Rahane be careful with his pull shots and deviating from those deliveries would be a good option for survival. Despite his reputation as an overseas specialist, Rahane cannot boast a healthy record in England.
“Ajinkya Rahane is a very important member of this Indian batting team, especially in overseas conditions. I still remember how he did at Lord’s in Melbourne and the way he did in South Africa was also crucial to India winning these friendly matches, ”he said.
“The only thing that Ajinkya Rahane needs to clarify in my opinion is his game plan against short deliveries. We saw that in the series against New Zealand, and we saw that in the final of the Test World Championship. “
“It was almost the opposing bowlers’ schedule to hit him with a barrage of short strokes, and Ajinkya Rahane has only one option, which is to play the pull-shot, but when you’re playing at the top level you should” know which one Ball you play with the pull-shot and which ball you have to let go, ”concluded VVS Laxman.
Rahane’s participation in the first test has not yet been confirmed. He is recovering from a hamstring injury that previously kept him out of the three-day warm-up game. The opening test is scheduled for August 4th at the Trent Bridge.
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