Rohit Sharma should have played in 1st T20I, says VVS Laxman

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Sunday said that Team India got their combination wrong in the first T20I against England in Ahmedabad and added that Rohit Sharma should have definitely played in the match.

He also hoped that India get the Mumbai batsman into the playing XI for the remaining matches in the series.

“Especially when you are playing the best team in the world, it’s imperative to put out your strongest side. While the idea of giving game-time to Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul is laudable, the in-form Rohit Sharma should have played in the opening game. I’d love to see Rohit return to the side immediately,” VVS Laxman wrote in a column in Times of India.

Laxman also added that Team India got their bowling combination wrong in the match and they perhaps could have gone ahead with an extra seamer. India on Friday decided to play three spinners in the form of Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“I think India also got their bowling combination wrong. Even though Hardik Pandya has started bowling, they would have been better off with an additional seamer instead of a third spinner.

“There was no dew on Friday night; but listening to both the captains at the toss, it was clear they were wary of dew as the match went deeper.

“In any case, this track bore no resemblance to the dry deck on offer for the Test matches in Ahmedabad, so the extra spinner was almost superfluous,” he added.

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