Former batsman VVS Laxman in India has expressed concern over fierce criticism of Indian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara may not affect their minds, which is currently leading to their poor performance.
Since the English series at home, both Rahane and Pujara have been under the knees for their batting approach and because they did not add enough runs to the team.
Even in the second test against England at Lord’s, the duo once again failed to deliver to their potential and became victims of English pacemaker James Anderson, who got his seventh five wickets on Lord’s honors board.
I hope the noise from outside does not play into the minds of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane: VVS Laxman
As India has many options available on their bench, Laxman feels the pressure on senior players should perform more consistently.
‘I hope the noise from outside does not play into the minds of Pujara and Rahane. There is always more pressure on established players because there are young people waiting to take your place. The pressure is increasing with each low score, “Laxman told ESPNcricinfo.
After opening batsman Rohit Sharma was fired at 83, Pujara would expect to carry the momentum, but the latter jumped to Anderson’s outside ball to give Jonny Bairstow a low catch at the third slip. Laxman said there is an eagerness in Pujara’s mind to score runs, which causes him technical errors where he pushes the ball.
‘A mixture of technical problems and eagerness to score. “Every time you are indecisive, you try to look at the result instead of concentrating on the ball, you always tend to reach for the ball,” said Laxman.
Rahane came out similar to Anderson on the first ball he played at Lord’s on the second day. According to Laxman’s analysis, the Indian vice-captain has been playing the ball out of his body lately with minimal work.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara repeat the same mistakes over the past 8-10 months: VVS Laxman
Laxman also pointed out that both Rahane and Pujara have been repeating the same mistakes, leading to their dismissal, over the past 10 months.
‘If you look at the replays very carefully today, you will realize that he was late on the ball. “His left foot was still in the air, there was no body weight transferred,” Laxman remarked.
‘Both Rahane and Pujara will be disappointed that they are repeating the same mistake that led to their dismissal over the last 8-10 months. “We have seen Rahane come out in a similar way in Australia,” he added.