Chennai: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman wants hitman Rohit Sharma and vice-captain of Indian Test team Ajinkya Rahane to show more commitment with the bat when they take on England in the second Test in Chennai from 13th February.
Rohit And Rahane both failed to fire in both innings and got out cheaply when team need them most. Rohit scored 6 and 12 while Rahane managed 1 and 0 as India lost the first Test match by a very big margin of 227 runs to concede a 1-0 series lead to England.
Rohit Sharma played a couple of important knocks while open the innings this year in Australia whereas Rahane has been woefully out of form ever since his match winning hundred in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in December, 2020.
“I want to see commitment from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the next match, that they should win Or save the match,” said Laxman on Star Sports.
Test vice captain Rahane has been facing the heat ever since the defeat with questions being asked about his inconsistent from despite him being the third most senior batsmen in the squad after Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Rahane’s lack of fight was also disappointed Laxman, especially in the second innings when he was castled by a reverse swinging delivery from James Anderson.
“The way Ajinkya Rahane got out in the second innings, I didn’t feel he was ready for the fight.
“It was known that Anderson will be reversing the ball; you can get out to a good ball, but if your footwork is not correct, and you don’t come into the right position, that too at the start of the innings, it makes you feel sad. So, the way Ajinkya Rahane got out, he will be disappointed.
“Rohit Sharma will be disappointed the way he got out in the first innings. As a batsman you know where the bowlers are going to attack you, what is not your strength. We know Rohit Sharma has to play a little more carefully outside off-stump at the start of his innings,” said Laxman. The second Test will be in the same venue of Chennai from 13th February.