VVS Laxman hopes KL Rahul will continue his momentum in South Africa
By SMCS - Dec 16, 2021 12:00 pm
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Former India cricketer turned commentator VVS Laxman has said that KL Rahul has returned to the Indian Test team with a bang and he wants the swashbuckling opener to continue his stunning momentum in the upcoming series against South Africa also. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who has been appointed as the ODI captain and the deputy of Virat Kohli in the Tests, has been ruled out of the three-match Test series owing to a hamstring injury.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

While previewing the upcoming series against South Africa on the Star Sports show Game Plan, VVS Laxman praised KL Rahul’s return in the Test. He said: “What a fantastic comeback he [Rahul] has made into this Indian Test team. He got an opportunity because Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill were injured but he seized the opportunity. We know that he is an aggressive player, he is a stroke player but he also knows that if you want to succeed in South Africa, you should know where your off-stump is. We saw in the series against England, he was leaving a lot of deliveries.”

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However, KL Rahul was India’s second-highest run-scorer in the Test series against England, where he amassed 315 runs which he had scored at a decent average of 39.37. And, Aakash Chopra also shared his views on that and claimed that he expects KL Rahul to enjoy greater success in future too.

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“Last time around his confidence was really low when he had gone to South Africa. He was fidgety, indecisive, feet were not going anywhere, he was just chasing the ball or rather trying to compensate for the lack of feet movement with his hands. It is difficult to open in South Africa. I think this time it will be different after that successful tour of England and a lot of runs in white-ball cricket. One thing that Rahul must keep in mind, of course know where your off-stump is – that’s the basic, but also just the decisive feet movement, either go front or use the depth of the crease and go back and be decisive in your decision making,” Aakash Chopra concluded.