Rohit Sharma, VVS Laxman

IND vs WI 2019: VVS Laxman names a new opening partner for Rohit Sharma

India have had a busy schedule so far playing against the likes of West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh, respectively. After losing the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, the Men in Blue have perfected the art of winning matches consistently.

After thrashing the Bangladesh Tigers at home, they are geared up for another home series against the Windies where Virat Kohli & Co. will play three T20Is and as many ODIs.


Ahead of the upcoming T20I series, the former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has suggested a change for India at the top.

Laxman, who joined Star Sports commentary team post-retirement, believes that KL Rahul should open alongside Rohit Sharma for the three T20Is against West Indies.


Coming in at No.3, Lokesh Rahul played very well during the T20I series against Bangladesh. After smashing a 35-ball 52 in the third T20I vs Bangladesh, the 27-year-old carried his momentum into the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by scoring two fifties in six games.

Now, Laman reckons that it will be quite interesting to see how the Indian team management fits Rahul into the playing XI as regular captain Virat Kohli is back in the side after missing the T20I series against Bangladesh.

Speaking about KL Rahul on ‘Game Plan’, Laxman said that Rahul has been doing his job quite well batting at No.3 and named him to be a new opening partner for Rohit Sharma.


KL Rahul, Virat Kohli

“The big question is that with Virat Kohli back and KL Rahul doing a good job batting at number three, so then where will he fit? I believe that it is time that KL Rahul opens with Rohit Sharma. I would definitely have Rahul open with Rohit for the West Indies Series,” Laxman said.

Rohit’s regular opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the West Indies T20Is after picking up an injury in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sanju Samson has been named as his replacement.


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