The legend of the beating VVS Laxman he fell into three ‘huge mistakes’ that cost India its first T20I against England. Laxman believes Virat Kohlithe team faltered in their powerplay approach, while their decision to rest Rohita Sharma in form and their combination in bowling was wrong.
England lightly hit the hosts with 8 goalkeepers in the first T20I, as the much-lauded Indian striking line-up was the first to manage a miserable 124-7 shots.
Although ‘showing intent’ has almost become floss before the match, the Indian strikers failed to do the same on the field. Many, including Captain Virat Kohli, tried to be aggressive from the start, but lost their door cheaply in the process.
“It can’t be one template for everyone. While there is talk of conservatism in the way India has started things in Powerplay, it’s a formula that has worked for them. Going against their grain and trying to back away from the beginning India has done no favors.” said VVS Laxman.
VVS Laxman also disagreed with the exclusion of Rohit Sharma from the first two T20Is, saying the move should have come at a later stage of the series.
“Especially when you play the best team in the world, it is imperative to highlight your strongest side. Although the idea of giving time to play Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul is commendable, Rohit Sharma in form should have played in the opening game. I would like Rohit to return to the side immediately.” , added VVS Laxman.
“India has also misunderstood its bowling combination” – VVS Laxman
Both India and England accepted contrasting combinations of teams in the first game.
While England picked just one leg swing in Adil Rashid, India left with three tweekers. The guests ’move paid a dividend as the sailors pulled more help out of the double goal.
Pointing out the same, VVS Laxman said the third wheel was “superfluous” and in his place would have been a much better sailor.
“I think India also misunderstood their bowling combination. Although Hardik Pandya started bowling, they had better have an extra tailor instead of a third spinner. There was no dew on Friday night; but listening to both captains on the throws, it was clear that were wary of the dew as the match went deeper. In any case, this track bore no resemblance to the dry deck offered for test matches in Ahmedabad, so the extra spinner was almost superfluous, “VVS Laxman said.
The second T20I from the 5-match series will start at 19:00 IST on Sunday, March 14th.