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Indian batters are throwing wickets after settling in: VVS Laxman

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During the 2nd test match against New Zealand, India was able to score runs against the NZ spin attack. Despite, Ajaz Patel’s 10 wicket haul, India posted 325 runs in their first innings. However, VVS Laxman believes that Indian batsmen are repeating the same mistakes of throwing away their wickets after settling in.

It could be rightly said that the brilliance of Indian Spinners R.Ashwin and Axar Patel masked the failure of the middle order in both test matches, which has been a concern for Team India for a couple of years. These days, tests matches are yielding results quicker than expected and that is because the incoming batsmen have a hard time adjusting to the conditions.

Laxman, famous for his 281 innings at Eden Gardens, believes that Indian batsmen need to make the most after surviving the initial difficult bowling which they have not been able to do for a long time. Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal made the most of the opportunity, but the same cannot be said of Shubhman Gill who threw away his wicket on multiple occasions.

India’s next major challenge will be South Africa where the team hasn’t won any test series yet. While South Africa may not have big names like A B Devilliers, Faf du Plessis, and Hashim amla now, they are expected to come out against the Indian Team owing to the familiarity with their home conditions.

Laxman, in his own words, “It’s very important not to repeat the same mistakes. If you see the way Ajinkya Rahane got out in Kanpur, Pujara got out in Kanpur as well as in Mumbai, it’s almost like a pattern, which is developing”

Pujara faced plenty of criticism for his defensive approach. Many believe that Virat’s comments of “not showing enough intent” after the WTC final were directed towards Cheteshwar Pujara. The batsman last scored a century in 2019 when he was a major contributor in India’s maiden test series win. Rahane too has not had a great run with the bat for a couple of years. The batsman has been able to settle in on most occasions but has failed to covert the innings into big scores.

The South Africa tour will start on 26th of December and India will play three test matches on the tour. The team will be led by Virat Kohli, who recently has been removed from ODI captaincy by the BCCI.

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