Former India batter VVS Laxman believes that the few misconceptions between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul during the first session of the 2nd day’s play in Nottingham may have made the former to lose focus.
Rohit Sharma got into the 30s for the 3rd consecutive innings in Tests but yet again failed to change an impressive start into a big one. At the stroke of lunch, Rohit Sharma (36) pulled Ollie Robinson straight to backward square leg.
Discussing Rohit Sharma’s dismissal on ESPNCricinfo, Laxman mentioned that there were a few mix-ups between him and Rahul, one of which almost led to a run-out.
“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.
“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.”
Laxman admitted accepted that there had been a definite pattern to Rohit Sharma’s Test performances overseas wherein in does all the effort before throwing it away. The former batter still backed Rohit Sharma to get the big scores shortly.
“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.
“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.”
Rohit Sharma and Rahul laid a solid foundation for India in answer to England’s 183 as they added 97 for the opening wicket. Although, the out-of-form batting order again failed following Rohit Sharma’s dismissal.
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