VVS Laxman’s comeback story must be a booster for the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay: MSK Prasad


Can Rahul, Dhawan and Vijay can take a leaf out of Laxman’s e-book to come back again robust into the Take a look at facet?

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

For worldwide cricketers who immediately lose kind, particularly within the longest format, home cricket is the platform to regain their foot. Plenty of former greats have adopted the recognized path to regain their misplaced contact and have returned with a bang.

The standard knowledge nonetheless believes that it’s the finest means for gamers to rediscover themselves on the 22 yards. The rule hasn’t modified regardless that gamers who’ve misplaced contact within the red-ball selection are inclined to really feel that slam-bang batting within the shorter white-ball codecs assist them overcome the blockade. Most often, such considering is deceptive.

Nowadays, three massive names of Indian batting have did not ship it in Take a look at cricket regardless that they’ve scored sufficient runs in different variations. The trio is KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. All of them have been tried for a very long time within the opening slots for India in Checks however they haven’t lived as much as the expectations.

Whereas Dhawan and Vijay have discovered themselves among the many discards within the longer format, Rahul has continued to disappoint regardless of getting a complete lot of alternatives. Whereas India dominated the West Indies in a two-Take a look at away sequence not too long ago, Rahul couldn’t rating greater than 101 runs in 4 innings. In consequence, KL Rahul has been axed for the upcoming SA Take a look at sequence.

Laxman arrange a precedent of returning to Take a look at crew

Chief Indian selector MSK Prasad has not too long ago made his say on the trio and got here up with an analogy. Former India middle-order batsman VVS Laxman batted as an opener within the earlier a part of his profession and didn’t succeed a lot. After having failed in his first tour of the Windies in 1997, Laxman was dropped and continued to search out his place within the nationwide crew shaky.

Then got here the 1999-2000 season and he determined to settle the issue. Within the Ranji season that yr, the fashionable Hyderabadi batsman went on to slam 1,415 runs – essentially the most ever in a single season. There was no trying again for the person, who had change into a middle-order pillar, thereafter. In 2000, he made 167 runs towards Australia in a Take a look at in Sydney and the subsequent yr, he performed that epic 281 on the Eden Gardens towards the identical opponents to earn the nickname “Very Very Particular”.