Sharma and Rahul, with 368 and 315 runs, respectively, continued to play an important role in the batting. The duo gave India a very promising start.
Reviewing the series on Sony Sports, Ajay Jadeja described the stylish opening combination as the biggest positive for the Virat Kohli-led team. he said:
“If you ask me, the opening duo of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma is the biggest advantage for Team India in the series. Rohit Sharma has played a different role.”
The former India captain added that luckily KL Rahul got the opportunity to open with Rohit Sharma. Jadeja explained:
“If Shobman Gul had not been injured, KL Rahul would not have been in the team. If Manik Agarwal had not been injured, he would not have started. And then he got a chance, he showed what he can do.”
Mian Agarwal has been ruled out of the first Test against England due to a hamstring injury.
“KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s partnership cannot be forgotten” – Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag He added that the duo of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma saved the weak Indian middle order from the new ball. He explained:
The partnership of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma cannot be forgotten. Had it not been for the partnership between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, the middle order which was not scoring runs would have come a long time ago and India would have got out sooner. Would be
However, the former Indian opener lamented the fact that the middle order failed to take full advantage of the pair’s start. Sehwag observed:
“They put India in a strong position, batting for 30-40 overs, even after that because the middle order was not in form, we were getting out early in some matches.”
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put on 421 runs at an average of 52.62 in eight innings played together on the tour. It is the second highest by an Indian opening duo in England, behind Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan’s 453 in 1979.