Former In the batsman VVS Laxman was greatly impressed by Rohit Sharma’s brilliant 83-pointer on day 1 of the Lord’s Test against England on Thursday. Sharma, along with KL Rahul, a half-head of the first Test, laid a solid foundation for the middle order with their 126-run stand for more than 40 overs.
Sharma struggled with a similar modus operandi he used at Trent Bridge. He left many deliveries out of the stump, which limited his natural instance to chase it, and later paid in the loose deliveries.
Both Sharma and Rahul did not want to score runs from James Anderson and Ollie Robinson in their first periods as both pacers were in line with their lines and lengths, but then the Indian openers, especially Sharma, milked runs almost east against the changing bowlers-Sam Curran, Mark Wood and spinner Moeen Ali.
VVS Laxman said Sharma found the template to score runs in overseas conditions. He recalls Sharma’s turning point in his white ball career – when he was promoted to an opening round in 2013 – and believes it could be the turning point in his Test career as he learned the way to score runs in challenging situations outside India.
‘This is a perfect example for Rohit Sharma if he has to perform consistently in foreign conditions. I talked about the transformation he has experienced in his one-day career – since he started. “Even when he got a few double hundreds, it’s the right template he consistently follows, ‘VVS Laxman told ESPNcricinfo.
‘I think he found a template for building his innings, because as an opener or as an international batsman you have to have processes: how to build an innings, how to turn your start into big scores, when to change gears, against which bowler to attack, against which bowler to respect. I feel that this innings will be a template for Rohit Sharma in the future. “
I’m sure he’ll finally get the hundreds: VVS Laxman
Sharma got an excellent delivery from James Anderson — an in-nipper after being set up by an outsider — and fell 17 runs short of what his first Test hundred would have been outside India.
However, VVS Laxman reckoned that Sharma, who is on average less than 30 away from home, would soon reach three figures and break this route, as he finally found a way to succeed overseas.
‘Overall, I think that’s how he’s going to bat in overseas conditions, and I’m sure he’s going to score hundreds in the end. As an experienced player, he understands that you will not look forward to hundreds; you follow the processes, do the right things consistently, the results will eventually come your way, ”the former batsman continued.