The former India cricketer turned commentator VVS Laxman showered heaps of praise on the Indian batting trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli, as India clinched their 8th bilateral series after beating Sri Lanka 2-1 in the three-match series.
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The host defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the third and final ODI, as Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyash Iyer muscled the Sri Lankan bowlers to reach the target of 216 with 17 overs to play. With Kohli opting out from the limited-overs series due to personal engagements, Rohit Sharma led this young Indian team to a 2-1 series after going down 1-0 at Dharamshala.
The cricketer from Hyderabad, Laxman who had accolades for playing long innings with the tailenders hailed the three ‘impact’ batsmen in the form of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma after India’s win in Vishakapatnam.
Rohit Sharma needs to work more on to become complete player. Photo Credit: BCCI.While Kohli has been phenomenal across all the formats in 2017, the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had scored heavily in the limited format.
“All the three batsmen finish the game. Rohit Sharma played 50 overs in Mohali; today it was Shikhar Dhawan. Virat Kohli has done that ‘n’ number of times. That is so important,” Laxman was heard saying during the post-match on Star Sports, the official broadcasters of the series.
While Rohit registered 1293 runs in 21 ODIs with the help of six hundred, averaging 71.83 in 2017, Dhawan scored 960 runs from 22 ODIs in 2017, with the assistance of three hundred taking his tally of ODI hundreds to 12.
Virat, on the other hand, had scored 1460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 and had six hundred against his name.
“It’s not only about getting to personal milestones. It’s about finishing the match. That’s why India is lucky to have these three batsmen, who are impacted, batsmen. Their high strike rate means they are dictating the terms, not allowing the bowlers to do so. They take the responsibility, and that’s why India has had a fantastic 2017,” Laxman signed off.