All three batsmen failed to pick up a large total again and continue their route; since the beginning of 2020, all three are on average less than 26, and they have only one century – Rahane at MCG – between them. While skipper Kohli is assured of his place, the other two batsmen around him could face the ax if they do not make a remarkable contribution soon.
Taking into account the dismissals of Pujara and Rahane, VVS Laxman said that both looked uncomfortable with the fold, were tentative with their footwork and that they did not have confidence. Both Pujara and Rahane sent deliveries outside to the men behind them.
‘I feel that Pujara is too restless, that he is too provisional. And if you’ve too late, you’re always on the lookout for deliveries. And in front of him you have two strikers who showed so much discipline when the ball went outside the stump. While watching the dismissal of Pujara, there was no movement of the feet – both feet were together and the back leg did not cover the blunt – and as soon as you do, always play with your hands and expose the outside , ”VVS Laxman told ESPNcricinfo.
‘The disappointing factor is that this is not the first time he has come out like this – in the last two years he has come out against a fast bowlers in a very similar pattern. This is something that will disappoint Pujara.
‘At Rahane, there is a technical problem and an eagerness to score, because you know you have a string of low scores behind you. Also in Nottingham he was restless and ran away. And today you have seen a lot of preliminary footwork, and if you are indecisive, you always reach out to the ball, especially if you do not have confidence. That is exactly what happened in Rahane’s case, “he added.
At the moment Kohli is shaking too much: VVS Laxman
On Kohli, the 46-year-old commentator feels that the Indian captain is rocking more than he did on his successful tour in 2018. Kohli also got the slips, and VVS Laxman reckons it is due to his extra rocking.
‘I feel that in 2018 he did not move as much as he does now. This is the reason why he can not play many more shots freely through the outside, because he unconsciously feels that the balls should be left behind. I think the fluctuation is little more than what he did in 2018. Once he has sorted out his swing, he will be able to play the balls on both sides of the wicket. “At the moment he is shuffling too much,” he said.