VVS.LAXMAN IN DEEP TROUBLE
Former Indian Cricketers views on VVS LAXMAN and Virat Kohli continuing in the Ongoing test Series against the aussies after suffering a devastating innings defeat once again. Aus lead the series 2-0
VVS Laxman should be the first veteran head to roll in a batting
revamp if India are to secure their future in Test cricket, several
former players have said in the wake of a second crushing defeat in
India, who surrendered their world number one Test
status during a disastrous tour of England last year, slumped to their
sixth successive loss in overseas Test matches with the innings defeat
in Sydney on Friday. The 4-0 drubbing in England, coupled with the first
and second Test defeats in Melbourne and Sydney, have seriously dented
the pride of the world's most vaunted batting line-up.Senior
batsmen like 38-year-old Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (38) and Laxman
(37) have traditionally been India's strength, but they have failed to
live up to their reputation and calls for infusing more young blood have
been gaining ground.
"We can't always think short-term. We need to start building a team as well," former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad said. "Sachin still has the class, Rahul is very hard-working but I am not sure how long Laxman will be able to continue."
are also going through a tricky transition period after a golden
generation of cricketers that included Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath,
Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist retired one after another. They have
slipped to fourth in the Test rankings after dominating world cricket
for over a decade. Many in India worry that their team is going down the
same road due to a lack of replacements waiting in the wings.
Gaekwad, said middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma
should be handed his debut in Perth and selectors should give struggling
batsman Virat Kohli more chances to find his feet.
that Virat is not batting well. He's just getting out. But all the
others are also struggling. If you drop him now, it will dampen his
confidence," Gaekwad said. "You can't phase out all the three seniors at
a time. You have to do that gradually. The youngsters will learn only
in the company of the seniors."
Kiran More: "I would play both Virat and Rohit
in Perth. You should let Virat play, he should be given more chances. If
you drop him now, he will not enjoy his cricket anymore," More said.
23-year-old Kohli, a regular in India's limited-overs side, has scored
234 runs in six career Test matches including a paltry 43 runs in his
last four innings in Australia. He was dropped from the squad for
England after a poor Test series in West Indies last year and was also
pulled up during the Sydney Test for losing his cool on the field.
24, is widely considered a talented middle-order batsman and has played
72 one-dayers for India with two centuries. He was Player of the Series
in the ODI series against West Indies at home and bailed India out on
numerous occasions during the 4-1 win.
Sanjay Manjrekar :He wants Sharma in the team but in place of Laxman,
despite the stylish right-hander scoring a half-century in India's
second innings in Sydney. Laxman, who has always performed well against
Australia, has not been in the best of form since India's tour of
"I would still drop VVS and get Rohit in for next Test.
Makes long-term sense. Give Virat one more Test ... just to be sure he
does not belong here," he wrote on his Twitter page. "VVS averages 20 in
last 12 overseas innings ... Even if he gets a good score in next Test
it will not serve India long... "
"Also if Virat, before the tour,
was India's next big thing ... Should he not get more than two Tests on
his first stint in Australia?"