Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman reckons that Rohit Sharma should be replacing out-of-form batsman Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming third Test against Australia, which is scheduled to be commencing on Thursday. The Indian deputy skipper, Rohit Sharma joined his teammates after completing his 14-day quarantine period on December 30.
Rohit has been a regular opener for India since the South Africa series in 2019 and with him in the playing XI, it will be a perfect opportunity for the visitors to aim for a 2-1 lead in the series. Talking about the same during a show on Star Sports, VVS Laxman said, “Well, Yeah! Definitely one of the batsmen has to miss out, probably Rohit Sharma will come in place of Mayank Agarwal, because Rohit, since the South Africa series has been a regular opener.”
He further added, “I think the Indian cricket team will be very pleased to have Rohit Sharma back, especially when Virat is not there, you want more experience in the Indian dressing room, because now is the perfect opportunity for us to go 2-1 in Sydney and then probably win 3-1.”
Laxman also showered praises on the Indian opener and said Rohit’s style of batting is suited to Australian conditions.
Explaining the same, VVS Laxman said, “Rohit Sharma himself would like to showcase his talent because I always feel that his style of batting and talent is very suited for the Australian wicket. So, if he gets his eye in, if he sees through the new ball, I’m sure that a big hundred is on the cards as far as Rohit’s batting is concerned.”
After a horrendous show in the first Test which saw the visiting team being restricted to 36/9 in the second innings, India staged an epic turnaround in Kohli and Mohammed Shami’s absence to clinch the Boxing Day Test last week. Laxman credited the team and the support staff for the Boxing Day Test win and said one should never underestimate the Indian Cricket team.
Describing the same, Laxman said, “Well, I think, see a lot can be talked off the field but I think the reply and a very a fitting reply has been given by the Indian team. It’s obvious that once you’re bowled out for 36, various cricket experts will think that Virat Kohli leaving the series and Shami being ruled out, the Indian team could sort of disintegrating. But credit to the entire team, support staff, the way they bounced back positively.”