VVS Laxman: India must be more flexible about their XI

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VVS Laxman: India must be more flexible about their XI

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SportsCafe Desk

10/16/2017

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is of the view that the Indian management needs to be flexible with the XI to more more extent. Also, he feels that there is a need for a new system to be put in place for the truncated games in T20is.

According to the famous cricketer and cricket commentator VVS Laxman, the Indian management has a lot of work in their hands in terms of improvisations they need to make in T20s. And they must start off with being a little more flexible with the XI.

"For starters, India must be a little more flexible about their XI," VVS Laxman told The Times of India.

Laxman praised Australian team for their competitiveness, despite their downfall.

"Australia were a lot more competitive in the T20 international series, though it was a bit of a shame that the series decider in Hyderabad was abandoned without a ball being bowled, leaving the series all square. The two matches that were possible would have given India an indication of where their 20 over cricket is at the moment."

Moreover, he was quite surprised by the developments that took place in the first T20I game due to bad weather. Apart from being surprised, he was quite impressed with the performance of Indian spinners and Pacers.

"India were clinical in the first game in Ranchi, the wrist spinners complementing the pacers beautifully. Australia's batsmen were again found wanting and only managed 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs when the rain came down. I was as surprised as anyone that India had to chase down 48 in six overs for victory."

However, Laxman is not in favor of using the DLS method in T20s as it turns out to be quite unfair for the other team who completed the entire innings. Rather, a new system must be devised for it, says Laxman.

"I fail to understand the logic behind blindly using the DLS Method for T20 games as well, and strongly feel that a new system must be put in place for truncated games."

"I also feel that when the second innings starts with reduced overs, chasing teams must also not have the luxury of having all ten wickets in hand," he added.

With Australia winning the 2nd T20I match in Guwahati with a score of 122 at a loss of just 2 wicket, the defeat of Indian team in this game agonized the fans which led to stone pelting incident with the Australian team, despite all the measures taken for their security. According to Laxman, the management has a lot to mull over.

"The Guwahati game gave the Indian management plenty to think about."

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