According to Indian legend VVS Laxman, the Asia Cup will be a challenge of sorts for India, who hope to retain the Cup without Virat Kohli.
Laxman believed that after the tough Test series in England, India needed to move on and focus on the Asia Cup, which isn’t just important by itself but is also a crucial way to prepare for the upcoming World Cup.
Though India lost balance in the match against Hong Kong, they managed to break through and bring it home, managing to avoid a greatly upsetting and embarrassing loss.
A resounding win for India, especially considering playing back to back matches in this heat. The bowlers were brilliant and Rohit led the team brilliantly. Congratulations! #IndvPak
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 19, 2018
The wake-up call
According to Laxman, after the scary encounter with Hong Kong India needed to focus on striking the new ball and strengthening the middle order, both of which they did extremely successfully in the match against Pakistan.
A huge round of applause to Hong Kong for their resilience and determination in giving India a run for their money. Good innings from @SDhawan25 & @RayuduAmbati and Khaleel Ahmed was very impressive #AsiaCup
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 18, 2018
He praised Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s form and the fact that he quickly dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. This exposed Pakistan’s weakness which was the middle order and the spinners feasted on this.
The success of team India
He was also pleased to see the return to form of Shikhar Dhawan, who had a massive debacle in England.
Congratulations India on a really clinical performance. A good comeback for Jadeja and Rohit was as elegant as always. May we carry the momentum. #IndvBan
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 21, 2018
He pointed out that in Virat’s absence, it was Shikhar and Rohit who would have to score the majority of runs. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu looks in good form and ready to contribute to the run-scoring.
Laxman was quite pleased with the performance of most of the players on the team, especially in the absence of Kohli.