Ind vs Eng 1st Test: VVS Laxman feels miscommunication with KL Rahul led to Rohit Sharma losing focus and playing rough shot

Ind vs Eng 1st Test: VVS Laxman feels miscommunication with KL Rahul led to Rohit Sharma losing focus and playing rough shot
Ind vs Eng 1st Test: VVS Laxman feels miscommunication with KL Rahul led to Rohit Sharma losing focus and playing rough shot

Ind vs Eng 1st Test: VVS Laxman feels miscommunication with KL Rahul led to Rohit Sharma losing focus and playing rough shot – Former India cricketer turn commentator VVS Laxman has decoded the reason behind Rohit Sharma losing his wicket after getting a good start in the first inning of the first Test against England here at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. Laxman feels that there was a lapse in concentration after the miss communication in running between the wicket with KL Rahul. (India tour of England)

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“The pull shot is one of the most productive ones for Rohit Sharma. He does not get into a conventional position, which is why a majority of his pull shots end up going in the air. I just feel the concentration lapse would have happened because of that run-out chance,” Laxman said on ESPNCricinfo’s chat show. 

In the first session, India had scored 97/1 with KL Rahul unbeaten on 48 at the crease. Rohit Sharma once again was not able to capitalise on a good start as India lost a wicket against England in the first session on Day two. Rohit tried to play a pull shot against Ollie Robinson and was caught by Sam Curran. 

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“And, since that morning session started, there were at least two or three misunderstandings between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. So maybe, lack of focus led him to play that shot. But when you can pull like the way Rohit Sharma does, you have to back your natural instincts… Unfortunately, he just holed out to the fielder in the deep.”

Interestingly, this is the first time that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are opening the batting in Test cricket. The duo had opened the batting for Team India in limited-overs cricket. Resuming the day at 21/0, India openers Rohit and Rahul played cautiously and the duo saw off the first hour without a single hiccup. Both batsmen were looking set to make the English bowlers toil on the park.(India tour of England)

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“It happened in Brisbane. He was looking to capitalize on the wonderful foundation he and Shubman Gill laid when they were chasing that target. We saw that in both innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He did all the hard work when the conditions were suitable for the New Zealand bowlers and then played at a ball that was wide outside the off stump,” VVS Laxman added.

Referring to the India tour of Australia, VVS drew a pattern in Rohit’s dismissals. 

“In the second innings, he got out leaving a ball, which he was supposed to play. It can be termed as a pattern. Having said that, Rohit Sharma will be pleased with the way he applied himself. He wants to prove that he is a more than capable batsman in overseas conditions. ‘I think he will definitely convert these starts to big scores in the coming innings,” VVS concluded. 

Brief Scores: England 183 all out; India 125/4 (KL Rahul 57*, Rohit Sharma 36, James Anderson 2-15)