Former India batsman VVS Laxman has warned the current Indian batsmen of repeating the same mistakes during the upcoming Test tour of South Africa starting December 26.
Laxman claimed that a number of Indian batsmen have been “throwing away their wickets” after they get comfortable at the crease and it is becoming a pattern of late.
The former cricketer pointed out the mistakes made by Ajinkya Rahane during the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, and the ones made by Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Shubman Gill in the second innings in Mumbai.
VVS Laxman said:
“All the dismissals were alike and made it seem like the batsmen did not care that they were giving away their wickets cheaply”
Speaking on the Star Sports show Follow the Blues, Laxman issued a warning to the top order batsmen to not repeat the same mistakes against South Africa. He insisted that the batters need to convert their starts into big scores to help the team.
“I feel they are repeating the mistakes and throwing away their wickets after getting set, which you cannot do if you want to perform well against good teams and especially if you want to win the series in South Africa, as a batting unit you will have to fire,” he said.
India will be travelling to South Africa with five specialist batsmen and will need their openers to play patiently to give the Men in Blue the perfect start and put up a good total on the board.
Rahane has had a torrid time with the bat of late, averaging only 24.39 in his last 16 test matches, prompting speculation over his form and place in the team.
During the first Test against New Zealand, scores of 35 and 4 saw Rahane’s batting average fall to 39.01 – the lowest it’s ever been since February 2014.
However, despite this, Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli backed Rahane and insisted that no one should question or judge his form, especially since he has been a vital part of Team India’s squad for years.
Kohli admitted that the team cannot expect outsiders to understand the delicate balance between praising a player when they are performing at the highest level and calling for their head when they’re struggling on the field.
“Be it Ajinkya or whoever. We will never take decisions based on the outside atmosphere,” he added.