Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was pointed out on Monday a key area for Team India to address before the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on December 3 in Mumbai. Laxman is disappointed with the efforts from the top-order batting line-up in the Kanpur opening and will have coach Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathour to look into.
India’s top order (1-4) consisting of two senior batters in Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, along with openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, had an average of only 21.25 in the Kanpur test. It is the second time in 2021 that the Indian top order has averaged so low in a test at home since 2010, the second is against England in Ahmedabad, where the batteries together had an average of 16.50 – both are among the top five in the period .
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Laxman, Indian Test batting legend, was disappointed, especially with Pujara, who scored 26 and 22 in Kanpur, for the manner of his dismissals, pointing out a technical flaw in his play.
“One thing I’m disappointed with this Indian Test team after this match is their batting, especially their top order, and it needs to be resolved before the next test. It’s not about getting out, but how they got out. Pujara in second round, if you see the dismissal, it’s almost a repeat of the same mistakes.And India play this test match after a long break, so it is expected of professionals to correct their mistakes and introspect what went wrong and continue to do “Unfortunately, there were many of these errors due to the technical errors. And that’s something I’m sure Rahul and Vikram Rathour will look at very closely,” he told Star Sports.
In both scenarios, it was debutant Shreyas Iyer who revived India’s innings. Initially, he scored a record 105 out of 171 to help India post a total of 345.
In the second, he scored a brave 65, and along with Wriddhiman Saha, who scored undefeated 61, the pair helped India set a mighty goal of 284.
Laxman also pointed out that India should have declared a few overs earlier, which he thought would have made the difference.
“Yes, you wanted to reach a score that was over 274. But we all know that the last few overs are very very difficult for any batsman, no matter how established he is. So I certainly feel that it probably should have thrown five overs more. That would have been the difference. But that being said, today the bowlers stuck to their task. “