Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is not impressed Adjinkya Rahanethe obsession with the pull that led to the deputy captain being fired for a short half-century on Day 3 of the World Cup final against New Zealand here.
Just when Rahane began to look threatening, he was fired for 49 by Neil Wagner. He did not fully commit to the pull and eventually played a short-stroke and lied to Tom Latham’s catch on square feet, leaving India hesitating at 182/6.
“I thought Ajinkya Rahane caught his eye. He beat much better. He looked more confident in the crease than yesterday. [Saturday]. But this is something that has become a model with Rahane’s cotton wool. It was the same game plan that New Zealand used against him in Christchurch. That’s something he needs to understand, “Laxman said.
“You talked about planning between Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson. There was no outfielder on the fifth delivery before it came out. And then there was a hunter, and also near the hind short leg. This forced Rahane to play with half a heart. There was no conviction in this pull and it would be something that Rahane would be disappointed with, “Laxman told STAR Sports.
Praising Captain Williamson’s “perfect performance” on the pitch for Rahane, Laxman added that sooner or later the opposition understood the fighter’s favorite shot and worked to reject it.
“[It’s] because if the opposition finds out that you are a player with a compulsive pull or a hook shot, they will throw a series of rituals at you and set the field to make you play that kick. And there will always be a low shot rate, “he added.
Laxman advised Rahane to be careful when the ball was thrown into the “corridor of uncertainty”.
“Number one is that you know where your stump is, you know how to play with the ball when it’s thrown into the corridor of insecurity. And you also need to know how to leave or protect the beaters.”