Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has showered praise on KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma for their brilliant contribution at top order in the Test series against England.

Sehwag Praises KL Rahul and Rohit

Rahul and Rohit put on a one-century partnership at Lord’s and two fifty-plus stands at Nottingham and Oval, respectively. The Indian openers also scored a century each in the series — Rahul at Lord’s and Rohit at the Oval.

“The contribution of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma cannot be forgotten. If the partnership had not happened between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, the middle order which was not scoring runs would have come in much earlier and India would have gotten all out even quicker,” Sehwag said on the Sony Sports Network.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

“They used to get India to a strong position, bat for 30-40 overs although even after that because the middle order was not in form, we were getting all out early in some matches,” added Sehwag.

With India leading the series 2-1, the test at Old Trafford was cancelled barely two hours before its scheduled start on Friday after the tourists failed to field a side following a Covid-19 case in their camp.

The Indian board said the well-being of the players was of “paramount importance” and that the match would be rescheduled at a later date without elaborating when that could be.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

“Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this test match,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

“The BCCI would like to thank the ECB for their co-operation and understanding in these trying times.

“We would like to apologise to the fans for not being able to complete an enthralling series.”

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning on Sept. 19 in Dubai, there was no real prospect of the Manchester test being pushed back on this tour.

India will return to England in July to play three Twenty20 matches and an equal number of one-day internationals.

It was a tame end to a thrilling series lit up by the sublime batting of England captain Joe Root, who smashed three centuries in the opening three matches, and India’s excellent seam bowling, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah.