England vs India: VVS Laxman throws light on Kohli and Rahul's batting position ahead of the first ODI

England vs India: VVS Laxman throws light on Kohli and Rahul’s batting position ahead of the first ODI

Both Rahul and Kohli have shown impressive form in the T20I series.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman. (Photo by IANS)

The first ODI of the series between England and India will be played today at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Men in Blue are oozing with confidence after their resounding victory in the T20I series. However, the team combination is yet to be decided. KL Rahul showed prime form in the IPL and staked his claim back into the national team.

In the first T20I at Old Trafford, Rahul spanked a superlative century to win India the match. Going into the ODI series, the management has the conundrum to slot Virat Kohli and Rahul in the lineup. Rahul hasn’t had much success, playing in the middle order, however, sending the batter at number three means that Kohli has to drop down to number four.

I don’t see any changes from the T20I side

While analysis from all over the cricketing fraternity is coming forth, VVS Laxman has put forward his version of the top order while also revealing the batting positions of Rahul and Virat in the batting lineup. He also reckons that the opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan shouldn’t be tinkered with ahead of the opener.

“I don’t see any changes from the T20I side. So I feel that majority of the players who played in the T20Is will be playing in the One Dayers. Shikhar Dhawan is an impact player. He didn’t play in the T20Is, but he has always done well in white ball cricket in England. Rohit Sharma scored a fabulous hundred in the last T20I,” Laxman was quoted as saying in Match Day, a show by ESPNCricinfo.

“Virat has won so many games for team India at number three, but you can’t ignore the form of KL Rahul. He’s in prime form and he is an impact player and then I’ll have the skipper. In the last one and half years, they have tried a lot of players and didn’t stick to one particular batsman and didn’t give enough chances to players like Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav,” he added.

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