Former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman expressed his disappointment over Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane’s lacklustre performance in the first Test against England at Chepauk Stadium. During a discussion on Star Sports, VVS Laxman demands commitment from the duo and expects them to deliver goods in the second Test set to be played in the same venue.
“I want to see a commitment from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the next match, that they should win or save the match,” said Laxman.
VVS Laxman stated that Ajinkya Rahane would be disappointed with the manner he got out to James Anderson in the second innings. While it was definite that Anderson would reverse the ball, Laxman feels that Rahane should have been prepared to face that.
“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,” observed Laxman.
Laxman also pointed out Rohit Sharma’s weakness outside the off-stump and advised the opened to exercise caution against the ball outside the off-stump during the start of his innings.
“Rohit Sharma will be disappointed the way he got 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 the 46-year-old.