Rohit's absence a positive but KL Rahul is good as well: Maxwell

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Last Updated: Fri, Nov 20th, 2020, 18:29:59hrs
Glenn Maxwell

Everyone is talking about Rohit Sharma's absence from the upcoming test series.

Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell also commented on the matter, saying that Rohit missing the white-ball series a significant "positive" for Australia. Still, KL Rahul is as good a player to fill in the void feel Maxwell.

Rahul is going to the vice-captain in the upcoming test series, filling up for Rohit.

Rohit is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained during IPL.

"He (Rohit) is a class performer, so consistent as an opening batsman with a couple of (three) double hundreds. So anytime he is not in the line-up against you, it is a positive," Maxwell said during an interaction organised by official series broadcasters Sony.

"But in saying that, India have still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul; the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player," Maxwell said during a virtual media interaction.

The three-match ODI series begins on November 27, followed by a T20 International series.

Mayank Agarwal is expected to open for India in the absence of Rohit along with Shikhar Dhawan.

Though Maxwell feels that the Agarwal-Rahul opening pair is a good one, as seen in this year's IPL, Rahul will concentrate more on the wicket-keeping and come in the middle order.

"Well, I would say they (Mayank-Rahul) are the two lovely guys, I have ever met. It was a pleasure to spend the change room (with them), two very good players, they score all-round the wicket and have got very limited weaknesses," Maxwell was all praise for them.

Maxwell also praised Australia's bowling attack, which he feels can put Team India under pressure.

"I suppose ODI cricket might be a bit different (compared to T20). Hopefully, with our bowling attack, we can put some pressure on them, and with bounce in the pitches and bigger grounds as well, they play into our hands. They are good performers and good players," a confident Maxwell asserted.

When talking about the Indian bowling line, Maxwell believes that Mohammed Shami's skills as both a "new ball and old ball" bowler is something to look out for.

"A guy like Mohammed Shami, whom I have played within the recent IPL and played with him in Delhi, as well. (I) saw the skill that he has.

"He has got good skills at the end (death overs) as well as with the new ball. His ability to get moving on pitches will be key to them," said Maxwell.

The series will be aired on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3, and Sony Six channels from November 27, 8 am.

(With Agency Inputs)