Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has been unimpressed by their team’s two stalwarts’ inability to play spin. With Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, both dismissed by spin in the third ODI against England, VVS Laxman has turned their attention towards them despite India winning. The 46-year old stated that the captain and vice-captain not able to do so is a matter of concern.
On Sunday in the third ODI against England, Indian captain Virat Kohli perished for a single-figure score after two consecutive fifties. The number one ODI batsman got stunned by an outrageous turning delivery from Moeen Ali that turned from the off-stump line to disturb the leg. The second game saw Virat dismissed by Adil Rashid as Jos Buttler took a catch behind the stumps while he tried to run it down to the third man region.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma could not read the googly from Adil Rashid in the third One-day international. Rashid, who stand-in captain Jos Buttler, bought into the attack, removed Rohit Sharma for a run-a-ball 37 by castling his stumps through the gate. After an opening partnership of 103 by Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan, India slid to 157-4.
This has almost become a pattern against the spinners: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman admitted that KL Rahul’s dismissal in the leg-side region was unfortunate; however, he feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma would be disappointed by theirs. The 46-year old pointed out that top-notch Indian cricketers like Rohit and Virat failing against the spinners is a concern since Indian batsmen are amongst the best players of spin bowling.
“This has almost become a pattern against the spinners. Rohit not being able to read the googly against Adil Rashid. And then Virat Kohli looked to play through the off-side against the turn, giving himself room and then missing it. It’s definitely a cause of concern because Indian players are supposed to be excellent batsmen against spin bowling,” Laxman told Star Sports.