There Was No Conviction With Ajinkya Rahane’s Pull Shot In WTC Final, Says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman praised New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s captaincy while also highlighted India’s middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s mistakes. VVS Laxman further recalled a piece of advice from former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to explain one area where Ajinkya Rahane needs to improve upon. Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal for 49 on Day 3 of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton became a topic of discussion on Sunday. Kane Williamson’s genius captaincy came to the fore in the set-up of Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal, with the New Zealand skipper setting up the trap for the India batsman after a discussion

There Was No Conviction With Ajinkya Rahane’s Pull Shot In WTC Final, Says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman praised New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s captaincy while also highlighted India’s middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s mistakes. VVS Laxman further recalled a piece of advice from former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to explain one area where Ajinkya Rahane needs to improve upon.

Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal for 49 on Day 3 of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton became a topic of discussion on Sunday. Kane Williamson’s genius captaincy came to the fore in the set-up of Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal, with the New Zealand skipper setting up the trap for the India batsman after a discussion with Kiwi speedster Neil Wagner.

India’s Ajinkya Rahane walks off the field after being dismissed by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner(AP)

VVS Laxman On Ajinkya Rahane’s Pull Shot Off Neil Wagner In WTC Final

Ajinkya Rahane is known to be a compulsive hooker of the ball. He never shies away from playing the short ball whenever the ball is pitched short, which at times brings about his downfall as it did on Sunday in the WTC final. It was a perfect execution of the field set-up by Kane Williamson and perfect execution of a short one from Neil Wagner that sent back Ajinkya Rahane for 49.

Speaking on Star Sports during Lunch, former India cricketer VVS Laxman praised Kane Williamson’s captaincy while also highlighted Ajinkya Rahane’s mistakes.

“I am always impressed with Kane Williamson’s captaincy. I thought that Ajinkya Rahane was getting his eye in, he was batting much better, he looked more assured on the crease as compared to yesterday. But this is something that has become a pattern with Ajinkya Rahane’s batting. It was the same game plan that New Zealand used against him in Christchurch. This is something he requires to understand,” Laxman said.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

“You talked about the planning between Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson. There was no fielder there on the fifth delivery, the one before he got out. And then a fielder was placed there and also near the backward short-leg.

“It forced Ajinkya Rahane to play half-hearted pull short. There was no conviction in that pull short and this would be something Ajinkya Rahane will be disappointed with,” Laxman added.

Ajinkya Rahane had done all the hard work in the first hour of the morning session on the third day and just when he was looking set for a big one, the right-hander played a half-cock pull shot to a Neil Wagner bouncer-short of a good length delivery and provided a simple catch to Tom Latham at square-leg. Ajinkya Rahane fell one run short of his 24th Test fifty.

VVS Laxman: Sachin Tendulkar Advised To Know Where Off Stump Is And How To Leave Or Defend The Bouncers

VVS Laxman further recalled a piece of advice from former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to explain one area where Ajinkya Rahane needs to improve upon.

“I remember when I started my cricketing career, the great Sachin Tendulkar advised me that there are two areas that you have to be comfortable if you have to be successful. Number One is you know where your off stump is, you know how to play the ball when it is pitched in the corridor of uncertainty. And you also should know how to leave or defend the bouncers,” Laxman further said.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar
Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

“Because if the opposition comes to know that you are a compulsive pull shot or hook shot player, they will bowl a barrage of bouncers at you and have the field set to make you play that shot. And it is always going to be a low percentage shot,” he signed off.

India was bowled out for 217 with Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson picking a five-wicket haul in the match. New Zealand then lost 2 wickets before stumps on Day 3 and ended with 101/2 with opener Tom Latham and half centurion Devon Conway back in the pavilion.

Brief Scores: India 217 all out (Ajinkya Rahane 49, Virat Kohli 44, Kyle Jamieson 5-31); New Zealand 101/2 (Devon Conway 54,  12*, Ishant Sharma 1-19).

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Chris Woakes Keen To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup

Chris Woakes, England’s all-rounder has said that he is excited to be a part of the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and he also said that he will use this opportunity to present his case for selection in the T20 World Cup squad. Chris Woakes has not played international cricket since September last year. The pacer has been recalled into England’s T20 squad for the first time in six years. Chris Woakes Puts His Hand Up To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup Chris Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015

Chris Woakes Keen To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup

Chris Woakes, England’s all-rounder has said that he is excited to be a part of the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and he also said that he will use this opportunity to present his case for selection in the T20 World Cup squad.

Chris Woakes has not played international cricket since September last year. The pacer has been recalled into England’s T20 squad for the first time in six years.

Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images

Chris Woakes Puts His Hand Up To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup

Chris Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015 but comes in as one of three changes from the India tour in March. He has now been named in the squad for England’s T20 series against Sri Lanka. If given the opportunity, he will feature in a T20I after almost six years.

Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes. Image-Twitter

“I haven’t been in this squad for a while and I look at this as an opportunity. It is great for me to be back amongst the squad. I don’t take any squad selection for granted, I am certainly not just here to make up the numbers – if I get a go I will be trying to stake a claim.

“I also realize there are a few injuries knocking around but that doesn’t take anything away from me being part of this England team and putting my hand up to be part of this World Cup – with two World Cups around the corner,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Woakes as saying.

Chris Woakes played for the Delhi Capitals in the suspended edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. After that, he was rested from England’s squad for the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Chris Woakes: It All Bubbles Up To A Really Frustrating Time

Chris Woakes did not feature in IPL 2020 but Delhi Capitals retained the England cricketer for the IPL 2021. He scored 15 runs and picked up 5 scalps in 3 games before IPL 2021 was suspended due to Covid-19. Overall, he has 30 scalps in 21 matches averaging 21.93, and scored 78 runs playing IPL 2017,2018, and 2021.

“It all bubbles up to a really frustrating time. Not playing a single game all winter, after the summer I had, almost felt like a bit of a waste for me. Still great to be with the squad but you want to be playing cricket and making the most of your form when you’re hot,” said Woakes.

“I spent a lot of time away from home in that period and it had kind of taken its toll mentally. The IPLI was very much a decision that I took on, it’s on my shoulders, but I felt it was a great opportunity to learn and play some cricket after the winter I’d had.

“Those two Tests versus New Zealand were put in the schedule quite late and I think the issue was as soon as getting out of isolation in London I’d have had to have a few days at home then play for Warwickshire to make myself available for any part of that Test series,” he added.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes (File | AP)
England all-rounder Chris Woakes (File | AP)

Further talking about the series against New Zealand, Woakes said: “Then there’s the tricky side of Covid restrictions and getting back in that bubble. Once we’d made the decision it was never really an option to play the second Test match.

“You’d have had to be in the bubble from the start. It’s a real tricky situation. I felt I needed a refresh and some time at home with the young family. I kind of put up the pros and cons of missing that two-match series.”

“I decided that little break would do me good in the long run. They certainly know I want to play Test cricket, don’t get me wrong.

“I haven’t played much red-ball cricket but they know I want to be a part of that Test squad and I believe they want me to be part of it so hopefully come that India series I’ll be fit and firing and ready to play a big part of that,” said Woakes.

England and will lock horns in three T20Is and three ODIs. The first T20I will be played on June 23 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

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