Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 2nd day January 14, 2012

Laxman's most un-Laxman innings

Against an Australia team that have got their plans for him right, at the fag end of his career, perhaps VVS Laxman's duck in Perth was a logical result. But the essence of Laxman is that he has always defied logic
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I don't know if this is the last time I have seen VVS Laxman bat. He has never surprised me so, that much I can say. I have never seen him so passive at the crease.

Today was about as an un-Laxman-like innings you will get from a body double from Serbia. I have seen Laxman in form worse than this, but infinitely more strong-willed. In Sri Lanka in 2008, when all of India's middle order failed against Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan, Laxman did too, but not passively. He wasn't reading which way Mendis was turning the ball, but at one point he made up his mind that he was going to whip everything to the leg side. He scored 56, 21, 39, 13, 25 and 61 not out. There was a lot to like about that effort.

In Australia he has been hanging back in the crease, uncertain outside off. They have plugged his boundary areas, they haven't given him boundary balls, and Laxman hasn't shown the inclination to do much about it. It has mostly been poke, push, nudge. That's what happened today. Eventually he nicked, pushing tamely outside off. It just felt wrong. That's not what Laxman does. I can't remember a worse innings from Laxman, especially because the state of the match was crying out for a typical Laxman firefighting effort.

I am not sure when in my mind Laxman became the man who would always play the most important innings at the most important times. It was not when he scored 281. It happened sometime later, during one of his forgotten masterpieces. Sometimes he would be saving his career, sometimes a follow-on, sometimes pulling off incredible chases in crippling pain, but he would do it. Nor have I ever found an explanation for how he did what he did when everything suggested he couldn't do it. He did it in every country except for England. The direr the situation, the riper it was for Laxman.

Situations hardly get direr than they have for India during the English and Australian summers. In the English summer, he looked good at least. You could see he was trying to do things. He scored two half-centuries, one of them an attractive boundary feast at Trent Bridge. He got out either pulling or cleaned up by really good deliveries, not hanging out his wash to dry.

Then he came back to India, and scored another cool fourth-innings half-century to help India win a match against West Indies that they had fallen behind in. There was no reason to believe Laxman was done just yet. They spoke about his fitness earlier too, but he would keep scoring runs. I don't remember him dropping a catch over the last three years either. He did in Sydney, but Sachin Tendulkar cleaned up behind him.

And he was, after all, coming to a country and playing an opposition he has always relished. The true bounce, the aggressive bowling, the appreciative crowds; there wouldn't be any grinding here, nor utterly defensive fields. He wouldn't be batting No. 6 either, stranded with the tail. For some reason, though, Laxman hasn't been Laxman on this tour.

Before this Test, many wise voices, logical voices, called for Laxman's axing, so that young blood wasn't held back much longer. The voices said Virat Kohli should be given a longer run, and Rohit Sharma should be introduced in Laxman's place. That even if India continued their six-match losing streak, they should do so with youngsters who won't get such testing situations for the next two years. There was merit and logic to that suggestion, but when has Laxman's batting followed logic? How was what you ask when Laxman batted. Not how he did it, but how could he do it. For he defied all logic.

At 5.03pm today, though, Laxman finished a logical duck. He was not getting scoring opportunities, and he was not going out of his way to create any. There was no respite from Australia's quartet either. What happened was no surprise. Australia have got Laxman doing this all series. He did it again. Maybe the critics, some of them trial-and-error merchants, were finally right.

Maybe this is the last time I have seen Laxman bat in a Test. Maybe my last memory of Laxman will be a limp push outside off, helpless against disciplined bowling. And then a quiet, disbelieving look back. And then the long walk back. Maybe it will not. Who can tell with Laxman and with sport? This innings was Laxman's most passive and its eventual conclusion most logical. That's why it doesn't feel right.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    VVS is not the only player who has been failed in this series but instead of sachin all our batsmen failed.ya,why laxman failed? because he is also human form also haunts him as for every one.k,he has got flop in his last 10 tests then give him 10 test break use the opportunity to train the youngster giving him a long chance if the young gun performs well and good than VVS keep giving chances till and untill the guy or ome other fails(goes) out of form then at that time consider the first class performance of laxman if it has been improved with form give VVS the chance or else again an youngster who is better at that point than VVS should be given the chance.so,i think this is the way to deal with our valuable seniors.and at-last if VVS average in firstclass goes below 50 better its the time for him to go.

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | January 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    VVS poor article ... waste of time ... what does the author wants to say ? Laxman is a good player but by means a great player ... Forget the 2001 Calcutta knock ... u have had enough interest from that inning ... Enough of three old guns ... the barrels are going rusty ... No point playing for personal milestones ... The team should come first .. Sack Dhoni from test team .. he was never a good test player ... Ishant deserves no place in any form of the game ...The problem is with Indian batting not Ashwins bowling , so what the logic bringing Binay kumar ... there are enough players in the bench who deserves more opportunity ... time to look over and reform the team ... 13 months of such performance is too much .. Do these big guns even ever had time to play first class crickets ... They have enough time for IPL but want rest during ODIs ... What comes first ? Money or Nation ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    The Kingpin is Dhoni as well as he's not perfectly suitable for Test Cricket, as Test Cricket needs a class & one should have every stroke in his repetua which Dhoni lacks always.

    He's better player & captain in both shorter forms ODI/T20, keep em for just shorter format and drop em from test and a dramatic change in team & surprise captain selection is needed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    the major cause of Indian defeat was lack of planning and team effort. everyone is blaming Indian batsman here in my opinion bowlers haven't played their part. Indian bowlers didn't bowl as a unit and that allowed aussies to make huge scores. Though i am a fan of Pakistan but i think at times indian batsman are under too much pressure as everyone expect them to win matches for India and not the bowlers. Having said that players like laxman, tendulkar, dravid r no doubt greats of the game but if they r not getting runs they should make way for youngsters as to me there is a promising young breed already in line.

  • POSTED BY musicevangelist on | January 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    SRT has the highest average in this tour of all the Indian batsmen. Zaheer has the lowest bowling average on this tour of all the Indian bowlers. I would keep these players, Ashwin, Kohli and maybe Vinay Kumar as he has only played one test. Get the youngsters in there. Blood them against a decent bowling attack.

    I am a neutral supporter in this tour but I want to see some fight from the players. Australia lost a test to NZ who fought and scrapped for every run and wicket. India need to do the same.

  • POSTED BY cosair on | January 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The Indian selectors need to look at India's future in Test cricket. If they persist in the ageing heroes, how will the up and coming players represent India. After the Perth Test it is evident that the following players need to go; Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni. Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni should continue playing one dayers and 20/20. India should prepare pitches in India which are similar to Australian, West Indies, S African and English pitches to enable players be accustomed to conditions abroad. India needs a bowling coach in the likes of Wasim Akram and perhaps Tendulkar should to coaching as a contribution to Indian cricket. Finally a team selection should be based strictly on merit and not some other criteria.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | January 15, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I think he needs to be told in clear terms that Adelaide will be his swan song test, regardless of whether he scores a couple more ducks or a career best 282. His fielding is abysmal as is his running between wickets. Time for him to say good bye rather than getting sacked summarily. Among the 4 big misfiring guns, his case is the weakest, Dravid is periliously close to him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Well, since we have the series wrapped up in Oz's favor(well done Aus),we can clearly see that there are gaping holes in our "Wall"and there is nothing "Very Very Special"about this line up.One slip up in England one can understand,but repeated mistakes should be dealt with in a severe manner.You can never salvage pride by winning the 4th test of a series where you have not seen Day 5.India dont tour to any testing surface for 2 years.Give all the players a chance to play in Oz.Rohit Sharma,Pragyan Ojha,Mithun&Rahane.What's the worst that can happen?Lose a test in 2 days?So be it, but give these guys a run.And when the team returns i hope we would see the last of Dravid and Laxman in a home series.Just so that they can leave the game in some sort of form rather than end careers having their defenses violated by Aussie bowlers!

  • POSTED BY mamboman on | January 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Oh I love the way the Indians go for each other's throats every time their over hyped little tin gods come crashing to earth! What I do find insulting and indicative of the crisis of culture in Indian cricket is that no one simply acknowledges the work Australia have done to win this series. Get over it, India - you aren't good enough. Planning, work, sacrifice and not some media driven expectation that you will win will get you back some measure of self esteem. Oh and get over this obsession with the utterly fake 100th Hundred BS. no one takes it seriously!

  • POSTED BY royramesh on | January 15, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    PLEASE, PLEASE STOP THIS ANTI LAXMAN STUFF. IF ANYONE HAS TO GO ITS THE WKTKPR BATSMAN WHO CANT KEEP OR SCORE RUNS. PLS LET THE YOUNGSTER SAHA PLAY AND IF YOU WANT TO DROP ONE SENIOR THEN DROP ALL THREE. THIS IS A TIME TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    VVS is not the only player who has been failed in this series but instead of sachin all our batsmen failed.ya,why laxman failed? because he is also human form also haunts him as for every one.k,he has got flop in his last 10 tests then give him 10 test break use the opportunity to train the youngster giving him a long chance if the young gun performs well and good than VVS keep giving chances till and untill the guy or ome other fails(goes) out of form then at that time consider the first class performance of laxman if it has been improved with form give VVS the chance or else again an youngster who is better at that point than VVS should be given the chance.so,i think this is the way to deal with our valuable seniors.and at-last if VVS average in firstclass goes below 50 better its the time for him to go.

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | January 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    VVS poor article ... waste of time ... what does the author wants to say ? Laxman is a good player but by means a great player ... Forget the 2001 Calcutta knock ... u have had enough interest from that inning ... Enough of three old guns ... the barrels are going rusty ... No point playing for personal milestones ... The team should come first .. Sack Dhoni from test team .. he was never a good test player ... Ishant deserves no place in any form of the game ...The problem is with Indian batting not Ashwins bowling , so what the logic bringing Binay kumar ... there are enough players in the bench who deserves more opportunity ... time to look over and reform the team ... 13 months of such performance is too much .. Do these big guns even ever had time to play first class crickets ... They have enough time for IPL but want rest during ODIs ... What comes first ? Money or Nation ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    The Kingpin is Dhoni as well as he's not perfectly suitable for Test Cricket, as Test Cricket needs a class & one should have every stroke in his repetua which Dhoni lacks always.

    He's better player & captain in both shorter forms ODI/T20, keep em for just shorter format and drop em from test and a dramatic change in team & surprise captain selection is needed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    the major cause of Indian defeat was lack of planning and team effort. everyone is blaming Indian batsman here in my opinion bowlers haven't played their part. Indian bowlers didn't bowl as a unit and that allowed aussies to make huge scores. Though i am a fan of Pakistan but i think at times indian batsman are under too much pressure as everyone expect them to win matches for India and not the bowlers. Having said that players like laxman, tendulkar, dravid r no doubt greats of the game but if they r not getting runs they should make way for youngsters as to me there is a promising young breed already in line.

  • POSTED BY musicevangelist on | January 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    SRT has the highest average in this tour of all the Indian batsmen. Zaheer has the lowest bowling average on this tour of all the Indian bowlers. I would keep these players, Ashwin, Kohli and maybe Vinay Kumar as he has only played one test. Get the youngsters in there. Blood them against a decent bowling attack.

    I am a neutral supporter in this tour but I want to see some fight from the players. Australia lost a test to NZ who fought and scrapped for every run and wicket. India need to do the same.

  • POSTED BY cosair on | January 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The Indian selectors need to look at India's future in Test cricket. If they persist in the ageing heroes, how will the up and coming players represent India. After the Perth Test it is evident that the following players need to go; Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni. Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni should continue playing one dayers and 20/20. India should prepare pitches in India which are similar to Australian, West Indies, S African and English pitches to enable players be accustomed to conditions abroad. India needs a bowling coach in the likes of Wasim Akram and perhaps Tendulkar should to coaching as a contribution to Indian cricket. Finally a team selection should be based strictly on merit and not some other criteria.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | January 15, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I think he needs to be told in clear terms that Adelaide will be his swan song test, regardless of whether he scores a couple more ducks or a career best 282. His fielding is abysmal as is his running between wickets. Time for him to say good bye rather than getting sacked summarily. Among the 4 big misfiring guns, his case is the weakest, Dravid is periliously close to him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Well, since we have the series wrapped up in Oz's favor(well done Aus),we can clearly see that there are gaping holes in our "Wall"and there is nothing "Very Very Special"about this line up.One slip up in England one can understand,but repeated mistakes should be dealt with in a severe manner.You can never salvage pride by winning the 4th test of a series where you have not seen Day 5.India dont tour to any testing surface for 2 years.Give all the players a chance to play in Oz.Rohit Sharma,Pragyan Ojha,Mithun&Rahane.What's the worst that can happen?Lose a test in 2 days?So be it, but give these guys a run.And when the team returns i hope we would see the last of Dravid and Laxman in a home series.Just so that they can leave the game in some sort of form rather than end careers having their defenses violated by Aussie bowlers!

  • POSTED BY mamboman on | January 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Oh I love the way the Indians go for each other's throats every time their over hyped little tin gods come crashing to earth! What I do find insulting and indicative of the crisis of culture in Indian cricket is that no one simply acknowledges the work Australia have done to win this series. Get over it, India - you aren't good enough. Planning, work, sacrifice and not some media driven expectation that you will win will get you back some measure of self esteem. Oh and get over this obsession with the utterly fake 100th Hundred BS. no one takes it seriously!

  • POSTED BY royramesh on | January 15, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    PLEASE, PLEASE STOP THIS ANTI LAXMAN STUFF. IF ANYONE HAS TO GO ITS THE WKTKPR BATSMAN WHO CANT KEEP OR SCORE RUNS. PLS LET THE YOUNGSTER SAHA PLAY AND IF YOU WANT TO DROP ONE SENIOR THEN DROP ALL THREE. THIS IS A TIME TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE.

  • POSTED BY plod on | January 15, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I disagree Thephilospher. Its a good article. VVS, Tendulkar, Dravid, time to go. Too old, reflexes shot, a liability in the outfield. They were all brilliant cricketers, I mean that, sincerely. But, India have to change the way they manage their cricketers. We have always said here in OZ that it is harder to get out of the Aussie test side than it is to get in. Its worse in India. Let me quickly analyze your batting. Gambhir, only good on low, slow tracks, technique against bounce and swing, appalling. Sehwag, a brilliant player, out of touch at the minute, will bounce back, Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS, gone, gone, gone, too slow with their thought process. Kohli a gem, like his overconfidence, attitude and non indian aggression. Dhoni a great cricketer, not a great captain. Zaheer Khan, a brilliant bowler, Yadav, up and coming superstar, terrific first impression. Sharma, time to toughen up, your a sook mate, play like Siddle instead of Srinath!!Vinay KUMAR, age 32 mmm,

  • POSTED BY Cricket.Nellore on | January 15, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    I am much disappointed with laxman's performances now a days. I see him to be lost legend. However he delievered an epics of innings earlier, what did Sachin did? even in this tour? Why is he not blamed where we see him as a gem of player? Does somebodies individual milestones save a clean sweep of matches? However, people never see Sachin a team player rather see him a records maker, realise this is cricket not Tennis?

  • POSTED BY AbAdvani on | January 15, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Why all the heat on VVS ? How come the media and cricinfo are ignoring our "original" flat track -bully Mr.Sehwag ? He keeps throwing his wickets in every single match when his job is to take the shine off the ball -he is one of the reasons why the middle order is perennially under pressure -also, he refuses to learn from his mistakes -time and again he fishes outside the offstump, gets caught in the slips and our experts hail "he is a match-winner and one innings long due from him and we will be smelling victory" -he is the first guy who should be sacked from the team -his reckless, care-free attitude is wrecking the team -he should be banned from playing outside the indian subcontinent -he has proved himself yet again to be a flat track bully

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    they have done a good job in past it does mean they should be given chances , at end of day we need to atleast do good job losing like this means its a end of story for this old guys ...pls leave let the new generation take over ...sachin should not be included in ODI TEAM pls........

  • POSTED BY straight-from-blade on | January 15, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I M PRETTY SORRY WITH EX-PLAYER LIKE MANJREKAR,SHASTRI,GAVASKAR.SRIKANTH WHO ONLY SEE RECORD OF SACHIN SEHWAG,THEY DO NOT HAVE CRITICAL EYE,THEY DO NOT ASK SACHIN WHEN U HAVE CONTRIBUTED IN TEAM WIN,WHEN IT WAS IN NEED, THEY R LIKE THOSE PARENTS WHO ENCOURAGE HIS CHILD INCOME WHICH EARNED BY WRONG WAY,WHO CAN THEY BE SO HYPOCRITE.

    IT IS ONLY AFTER THAT INING OF LAXAMN 281 INDIA ABLE TO DRAW AND WIN OUTSIDE INDIA,IT WAS DUE THAT KNOCK THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RESTRUCTURING OF INDIAN CRICKET BEGIN.

    THE ONLY PERSON WHO NO THE TRUE VALUE OF LAXMAN IS FORMER SKIPPER GANGULY.

    PLS DONOT BE TOO IMPATIENT BY THE RESULT OF THIS SERIES BECAUSE IT IS DUE TO COLLECTIVE FAILURES ADDED BY INDIVIDUALS POOR FOR ALL THE TOP 7 PLAYER.

  • POSTED BY derrida_derider on | January 15, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    No, it is really sad to see a great player who has stayed too long. As an Aussie we always looked forward to one of those fighting VVS innings against us (his average against us was quite a bit higher than his overall average, because he's a fighter and fighters do well on Aussie wickets). But now his slow reflexes and leaden footwork are genuinely sad to see. Laxman and Dravid have stayed too long. You should have been preparing a transtiion two seasons ago.

    That said, I do agree that we have prepared pitches designed to make life difficult for the visitors. Doctoring pitches is wrong when India does it (and they do), and it is wrong when we do it. Let's hope Adelaide is its traditional batsman's paradise.

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 15, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @ Mirchi Bhaggi ... totally agreed with you. all have failed including Sachin. Then why target Laxman. well because he is over 37 and getting to 38. But isnt Dravid 39 and sachin a couple of months shy of 39. Yes, they are, But no one dares of speak of Sachin, (atleast as yet), people are are already talking about Dravid, Atleast i am very vocal of bringing A.Rahane inplace of Dravid. But if Sachin continues like this, Very soon Rohit Sharma will nudge him out.

  • POSTED BY straight-from-blade on | January 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    BEING True supporter of LAXMAN, i m feeling very sad on media propoganda of axeing laxman out of team, WHY PPL IN INDIA SO CHERISH THE RECORDS OF SACHIN,WHY THEY WANT TO SEE DOUBLE TON OF SEHWAG AGAINST THIN WESTINDIES TEAM,WHY THEY FORGET THAT GAMBHIR IS INCONSISTENT FROM LONG,WHY THEY FORGET TO COMPARE THE CONTRIBUTION OF LAXMAN IN WIN MATCHES THAT CONTRIBUTED INDIA BECOMMING NO 1,I M AGIANST THE SO CALLED GREAT OF INDIAN CRICKET WHO ADHORE ONLY SACHIN FOR RECORDS,THEY ARE SCYCHOPHANTS,DO NOT SEE THE TRUTH ,WHY THEY FORGET IT IS LAXMAN WHO CONTRIBUTED IN INDIA BECOMMING INDIA NO 1;

    1.CRICINFO READER REMEMBER LAST YEAR SURBAN TEST WHERE ITS ONLY LAXMAN INNING OF 96/38 THAT CONTRIBUTED INDIA WIN AMIDST ALL PLAYER FAILING.IF WE HAVE NOT WON THAT TEST WE HAD NOT BEEN NO 1 FOR MORE TIME. 2.THE INNING AGAINST SRILANKA OF 103 ,WHICH LEVEL THE SERIES.

    3.HIS FIGHTING INING AGINST AUSSIES 76 AGAINNST ALL ODDS.

    4.WHY THEY NOT COUNT THE FAILURE OF SACHIN,SEHWAG,DRAVID,GAMBHIR AND DHONI.

  • POSTED BY agamgoyal on | January 15, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I have always believed in ""Hoping against the Hope""....and one reason of that being is truly Laxman ....He doesn't deserve this kind of an end ...really he doesn't :( But what saddens me more is India, the country, a country of cricket maniacs ....but more than mania ...there is hypocrisy ...as i read the comments of many of the so called cricket lovers ... A lot of people shamelessly calling for the heads of Sachin and Dravid ....without even thinking twice ...The two players who brought Indian cricket to the level it has reached now ...the two players who have given the same "maniacs" a reason too smile and be happy almost infinite number of times ...But sadly so for some those moments are not important ....I feel sad ..not because our team is losing ...but because the Indian public is losing :( (their mind) Bid Adieu Laxman :)

  • POSTED BY Mussallica on | January 15, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    There is no way to drop Sachin otherwise India will be lost any test match b4 the start of the test match. Dhoni, Gambhir nd sehwag should be cropped. Why people r blaming the middle order? Everytime sachin nd Dravid comes out to bat after 8 overs or so.Without a good opening partnership it is hard for the middle order to fire every innings.they hv done good in Melbourne and in sydney in 2nd innings. how many times they will be capable to do it? Drop the openers nd the skipper himself.

  • POSTED BY gilly_danda on | January 15, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    the one and only solution for Indian debacle is changing our slow pitches into green fast pitches, then only our next generation shows interest in fast bowling .good fast bowling produces good batsmen. we strike for so many things in India, why don't we strike for fast pitches in front of BCCI if the cricket is our religion.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I am not gonna cry when Sachin hangs up his gloves, but will when Lax and Dravid do! They have served Indian cricket more than anyone else with the bat, always doing the saving act and always playing the difficult innings! And they are wise enough to make way when they deem fit!

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | January 15, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    You might find a batsman to score a 100 in a regular situation. Sachin, Dravid all do it. But you cant find one to score a 100 in a "laxman siautaion". For all the guys who want to axe somebody, it has always been "first axe laxman and then look for others". I cant see any "breathtaking" batting talent waiting on the sideline to get Laxman's blood in particular. Its not just Laxman who failed. Sachin, Dravid, Sehawag, Gambir, Dhoni all failed with him. Just cant understand why everybody take his name to start with when there is time to fire someone. Damn

  • POSTED BY vivekk83 on | January 15, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    It's Sad that the wonderful batsmen who have served indian cricket with poise and dignity and great ambassadors for the game are being flayed by fans.It's a natural thing that most of India's finest sportsmen( baichung, dhanraj,leander, the fab 3 to name a few) tend to play the sport way beyond the normal goodbye period...The fab 3, saurav, anil, sehwag aren't products of our domestic system but natural talent and we have been lucky on that front.. There are quite a few talented folks in the new crop who need the required exposure and guidance to get going in 5 day cricket... i only feel sad that there has been no thoughtful succession planning in place that could have avoided such embarassing situations... I only wish our sportsmen whom we adore and give demi god status learn to move on a high than being pushed into a corner... Rahul had his moment in England and may have missed his best moment to move on!

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | January 15, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    This is a good example of what happens to a player when he does not quit the scene in a timely manner. Laxman apparently did not give much thought to his retirement and neither did his advisers or the BCCI. He was a very good player and made many significant contributions to the side for over a decade. But let us face it. No other batsman would have been selected for a tour of Australia after four miserable tests in England with an average of around 20. He was selected for another overseas tour only because he was Laxman. Yet there were four tests on this tour and somebody should have had a plan in case he continued to fail Down Under. It is now clear that nobody in the BCCI had given this matter any thought. After 3 miserable tests, he must inevitably make way. The BCCI can at least issue a statement recognising his contribution to the Indian team. The best course now would be for Laxman to announce his retirement from Tests before the fourth test. That way, he would not be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I would call for Laxman's, Fletcher and Dhoni's head.... Atleast in the next test Rohit Sharma should play in place of Laxman.... Even Kohli has improved with every outing.... I am still not expecting wonders from Kohli in the next test but Kohli, Sharma and Pujara are the future.....

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 15, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Age does bring Experience, maturity, wisdom but this experience cant be used by playing for ever. No great player in the past would have retired if it were possible. The best way to use this experience is by moving on to the next platform. You may become a great coach, Commentator. adviser,

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Why only talk about Laxman. What has other star player has done including Sachin. It is high time we drop player like Dhoni ( from team ) and sehwag. Ofcourse, we dont require coach like Fletcher who can not put single feet right... Please play with second string players. Results can not be worse than this and youngster will learn something. If we can not make even 200 runs with 7 batsman, then 6 batsman is also not going to make any harm. Make bowling strong by including 5 bowlers. Salvage some pride in Adelade by atleast drawing last test match. Please include Rohit Sharma and Rahane. Bring back Ashwin. Drop Ishant ( god knows how can he still be there with such bad performances)

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 15, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    In I-ball cricket extra Saurav Ganguly said in the end that he wants to See Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the next match. I fully agree with him. How the Captain and the on tour advisers will fit them in it is their problem, but now it is required desperately. Had the selectors been brave the captain would not face this dilemma. But before that the senior players should stop being selfish and must learn to mover on in life. I know it is a tough moment in life, but this time comes in every ones life, no one can go on for ever. One must learn to accept life gracefully. In this match Virat Kohli has shown that it is the younger players who can do it for india. We should start building the future immediately. becouse the more we delay it, the more difficult it wil be and the worst it will be. Umesh Yadav was very impressive in this first oversees tour. i also seriously think that we need to take a second look at Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY vishimon on | January 15, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Time for some serious changes now..As an India Cricket fan, I have had enough of Ishant (Rubbish bowling for over a year now with one boundary ball every over), Laxman (sorry but he has lost it) and Dhoni (with him around Indian tail begins from No 7 onwards)

    Unfortunately, the only replacement for Dhoni is Saha on current tour and I have no great faith in him either. So as a temp measure and to gift Dravid a farewell test; I will play him as a keeper....

    India's best chance of winning is with 2 spinners watever be the track as 2 of their remaining pacemen Mithun and Vinay may not find a spot even in Aussie club side. They are just too easy for aussie batsman.

    No more batting replacements left so will have to stick to Sehwag in Adelaide.

    My team for next test would be in the following batting order Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Dravid (wk), Sachin, Rohit, Sehwag, Ashwin, Ojha, Zak(captain) and Yadav.

  • POSTED BY sandeep1978 on | January 15, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    The problem with laxman always has been that he is a very slow mover on the field and between the wickets, and didnt bowl either.So he was in the team only for his batting. Once that suffered ,his place would always come under threat.As regarding his match winning innings, other than his 75 no against aus, he was helped by equally good knocks by other players in those matches. once u come 4 down u r the one expected to finish the match, unlike the one down or two down player. He did nothing in the 1st innings so he was in the team solely for his 2nd innings contribution .He also had a tendency to keep moaning abt not getting to play one down, conveniently forgetting that he been given that position instead of dravid after calcutta 2000 , but did not perform at all there and hence was again shunted down. Ironically, when he was given that spot again in england, he failed.All in all, a great player but his contribution to indian cricket falls way short of that by sachin and dravid.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    matt prior and england are ordinary time outside they have been five nill by australia before than india lolzzzz

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | January 15, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Can we have a similar article about Sehwag ? why single out laxman when the openers look even more hopeless.. atleast laxman scored a 80 in the series.

  • POSTED BY aashishhmr on | January 15, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Yet again the world has started blaming Laxman. It was in 2003 that India had a poor New Zealand tour and Laxman was dropped off the World Cup. But statistics have always suggested that he is not the one to be axed. I respect the writer's comments on the un-Laxman innings by the great man, but the other teammates are not doing good either. Why always blame Laxman for all the failure India is having. After all, he is the one who can take us out of this bizarre situation. Australians are playing some very good cricket. They are disciplined and have done their home work. It is to their credit that they are 3-0 up in the series by regularly scalping the Indians.

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | January 15, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    oh and yeah - so correct about giving the indian bats more exposure to non sub-continet pitches. you have some pretty decent quicks - for the first time you dont seem to have the spinning stocks you use to (although how you couldve uses sighn's lower order slogging). get out of the flat boring decks that have inflated batting averages. sure its hard for touring batsmen to adapt to the boredome and you win a few series - but if you ever want to be number one, you have to prepare pitches in line with the rest of the world. the only reason india was number one was because they had a long schedule at home. laxman, tendulker and dravid have proven they can bat anywhere in the world - its not impossible for indians to adapt, but they have to dimiss these meaningless series at home on flat decks. when you play bangladesh, pakistan or even sri lanka now who are rebuilding - dont aim for 1000 run sachin run/love fests - make it challenging and get your bats use to different pitches.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | January 15, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I would have appreacited if Sidhartha had given little more appreciation to OZ bowling and captain Calrke. Both have been outstanding. There has been sustained pressure by all the OZ bowlers backed up by clever field placing and sharp catching. For every indian batsmen there seems to be a lot of thought given by Calrke and co and executed perfectly in the middle. It is no secret that Sehwag at top and VVS at lower middle order have been imperative for Indias success at tests and both have been nullified spectacularly. VVS has always been boundry player who has thrived on his back foot punches, pulls and cut early in the innigs and clever use of foot movements against spin. But he has been starved off all his scoring opportunities with the length bowled at him. And age and fragile body has contributed to his downfall. He has been great, great servant to Indian cricket and will be discussed in awe in future folklore but sadly time has come for the end. All good things do come to an end.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    LOL.. now put all blame on one man poor laxman ..... pity on indians

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 15, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Rather than focussing on Laxman drop Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar. That way no partiality towards any player. They are grandfathers of cricket and their reflexes have slown down a lot. (Dravid has got bowled 8 out of 10 times excluding the one of a no ball which makes it 9 times in 10 innings). Tendulkar is clearly not the player he used to be even in 2007-8. Even in 2003-4 when he was clearly out of form he still had time but now we are seeing he is late on the shot. And Laxman (and Sehwag's) hand and eye isn't working anymore on quicker pitches. Old Age. Slow reflexes. Time to bid adieu to all of them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Everyone including Sanjay Manjrekar is bashing Laxman and Dravid. True, Laxman had a poor series. So, are Gambhir, Sehwag and Dhoni He has different yardsticks for these players. Sanjay is also harsh on Dravid. In fact, in England Dravid inspite of getting two adverse umpiring decisions was the only player who was able to stay and score. In fact, Dhoni instead of preserving and protecting him made him open even after he carries his bat in the the first innings . Sanjay supports Kohli. True, the young players have to be given adequate chances. The same is true of Abhinav Mukund who performed modestly in England and when he started finding his groove he was dropped.

  • POSTED BY americanFan on | January 15, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Laxman should retire but why is he the bad guy -- what about the form of Sewag and Dravid and to a lesser extent Tendulkar and Gambir. And the poor captaincy of Dhoni. Bring in R Shama in Adelaide and maybe consider playing Ashwan as a batsman at #6, (Kohli at #5) -- he has looked as good as anyone and have a second spinner in place of Kumar (Kumar is no better with the ball than Ganguly -- why did he get picked in Perth?).

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | January 15, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    i like laxman a lot....i guess he was the vs oz specialist so if he can't perform here then maybe you think his time is up? just be very careful with getting rid of players. you think things are bad now - get rid of all your aces too quickly and its a long long time getting back. that is unless batsmen are ready. look at australia - all the talk has been getting rid of Punter and Huss. what a moronic error that would've been - some poor scores in there, but our recent success with the bat can almost entirely be put down to these guys. for a while there we thought oz batting will always be there but we have to get some bowlers....we have the bowlers now, but we dont have a lot in the batting stocks. cowan, marsh and co. average in the 30s don't they in first class? we dont have the hodges, husseys and jaques sitting in the wings anymore....you have to wait until guys are truly ready. not sure if india, or australia...have the sort of batting depth we would like.

  • POSTED BY mansoor1947 on | January 15, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    why everyone is after VVX LAXMAN, how about other batsmen, they played unprofessional. I still blame the IPL and less fast wickets in ASIA.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | January 15, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    On a serious note I do have to agree insofar as that along with Dravid VVS has been the most admired Indian player.(i'm English by the way). I like sachin as he is a gentleman but he never wins many games like VVS or is like 'the wall', In that bloody minded way. I hope they keep dravid and Laxman and leave sachin out of tests and let him go for his 100th century in ODI's instead, makes more sense to me that way as he is bound to get it in ODI's as it's a batters game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Wondeful wonderful article. The author sums up the feeling of all real cricket fans in the world. It just wasn't Laxman. Hope he's given the opportunity to go out on a high.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | January 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @linusjee, indeed its mind boggling to think that we cannot have a world class 11 for our team from a staggering population of 1.2 billion. Anyways...I think the first change has to be the coach...Duncan Fletcher has to go....whatever he is doing or not doing is not working for the team. Dhoni has ran out of ideas and needs a brainy coach like Kirsten to fill the void. Gambhir cannot protect his technical deficiencies behind a crumbling bravado forever and has to go....to this day i do not know what Wasim Jaffer did to lose his place in the playing 11. Irfan Parthan's omission was questionable....where are the leggies? lot of questions that normally are not asked if everything goes well but now need answers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @Vinay - Slightly off the topic but I have a question about your middle name, being such a long name like I've never seen before, is there more meaning in it than just a family name? ( I mean this with no disrespect, just cultural curiosity)

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    BCCI axe is on only Single Veteran VVS Lakshman why not on the other two Sachin and Rahul Dravid who are also seen as failures on overseas pitches , VVS and Rahul Dravid has saved India from crisis on many times , show us a single innings Sachin has saved team India from drowning , it should be Sachin first or axe all the three, BCCI BE UNBIASED AXE ALL THE THREE India crush to another 37 runs Humiliating defeat at the hands of the Aussies leaving the Kangaroos lead by 3-0 , Team Indian batsmen fell like a pack of cards , Dhonis captaincy poor insisting his own team mates in Ishanth Sharma move the ...pace attack keeping Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar at Bay, Seniors in Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman failed miserably , while Shewag is unfit for the long version of the game and Gambhir looks tired and outof form

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    please invite somalia to india, so that they can whitewash them and sachin will score his 100th century, sewagh will hit 500 in one day, every record will be made and we indians will talk about these records for the rest of our lives

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    This series will raise serious questions of who is good for Test cricket. Age does take a toll and Laxman's slow er reaction time in pitches helping pace bowlers has been exposed. Dravid and Tendulkar have also failed but because they have tried ODI strokes in Test cricket. Instead of a straight bat they have tried to glide to the leg and have fallen each time. Too much ODI and T20 (incl IPL) has cost us the temperament to play long innings in Test cricket. Though Dravid and Tendulkar have yet shown some commitment and technique, yet they too should decide when to call it a day. Most of our younger upcoming cricketers have shown good skills in ODIs but Test cricket demands a strong temperament and right technique. We need to cultivate cricketers for the Tests, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Abhinav MUkund and a few other talented cricketers should be encouraged to improve themselves for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    India should construct Fast & Green pitches for indian young players only for Domestic cricket, to prepare them for foreign soil .....

    And, India should give all foreign team best Turning Tracks bcz they give india Best Grass tracks ........

  • POSTED BY Foos1000 on | January 15, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Sehwag is the problem, drop him, change the entire team, the selectors and also the coach.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Indians say Bangladesh does not worth test status.Huh.I say Bangladesh is better than team India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    He should be given a chance. Laxman is not the kind of person who likes to hang out even when he is not needed. However, the focus should be on getting a good opening pair. Let us accept the fact - Ever since Sunil Gavaskar retired in 1987, India has not been able to get a quality Test opening batsmen who can ,consistently, in all conditions, bat for a day and a half in the first innings of a Test Match. And we also need a good Wicket Keeper.

  • POSTED BY Foos1000 on | January 15, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Lets loose the 4th test also, persist with the same people

  • POSTED BY Invincibless on | January 15, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Ohhh man what an article... I read whole of it in one breath... (on India's performance in last 7 matches), I really cant understand how can a team like india, containing so many legends can fail 14 times so miserably....

  • POSTED BY subbass on | January 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Well in defence of India the Aussies look a really good side again, that said there still l not as good as England are as we beat them 4-0, the score here is 3-0 to Australia.

    *serious face*

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    It is not Laxman who should be sacked.First person to go shoudl be Duncan Fletcher. Otherwise how could the world cup winning team perform so badly in England and Aus. If BCCI cannot find a good foreign coach give the job back to Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh. Sehwag shoud be given some time by being dropped to sort himself out.so is Gambhir and Dhoni from the test teams.Sachin should play against Bangladesh/Zim to get to his 100th 100 so that he can start playing normally after that.BCCI is a bunch of jokers as Mohinder Amarnath once said.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    @Amit Srivastava..don't agree with you mate..they have been given enough chances and AFA class is concerned..the time has to come eventually and I guess it is the right time..if we had lost 3-0 with Pujaras n Sharmas I wouldn't mind but batsmen scoring more than 50000 runs collectively ..just a shame..

  • POSTED BY aarpee2 on | January 15, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    VVs has stood tall among runs many a time to save or win matches.The wins against SL,Aus [home]+SA were crafted in the company of tailenders with 80+ partnerships {Ishant,Bhajji and Zak }after the top and middle order including Dhoni were done and dusted.VVS has always been expendable with the axe ready from selectors and knives ready frsom pundits and media right through his career.If Yuvi had clicked in Tests early,VVS would have not played more than 50 tests In England why did Sachin not open or bat at No3 having opened in ODI's for most of his career. The lack of a partnership by openers over the last 2 years is the root cause followed by failure of Dhoni,Yuvraj and Raina which has led to this dismal performance-easy money from IPL has added to the lack of moyivation of gen-next.let not VVS be made the scapegoat-He willremain for true lovers of the an All Time Great and a gentleman

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    tendulkar is batting better than ever. even batted well in this series. the other old 3 guys are the 1's having problems with technique like dravid and and laxman. if it wasnt for them tendulkar would have had better scores.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | January 15, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Laxman is being made scapegoat. No dbout he should be dropped. but the first step should be to send dhoni back to Bihar. He should not be in the playing x1 for test matches outside sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY Sri_M1 on | January 15, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Honestly i'm tired of any article justifying Laxman's failure(s).. 130+ test matches and just 17 centuries. Most of good players have done a lot better than that. This signifies Laxman has never been a man on whom you'll put you money on. he used to earlier crib abt batting position (#6) but he has moved on to #5 almost 5 years back and his stat has barely improved since then. He has been in team thanks to a few brilliant innings and of course because of good friends like Kumbale and Dravid. If person who has scored two tripple hundreds (Sehwag) can be dropped then why no Laxman who has averaged on hundred per 9 tests.. he has scored lots of 50s.. but that hardly enough to win or save the matches on consistent basis. Please stop writing how good he is and he doesn't deserved to be called one of big (??) 4s of Indian team. Thanks to Chapel, he's not on one day side..

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | January 15, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    We have to accept that Laxman is not doing what is expected of him whereas Dhoni is just doing what he can with the bat and can take his place for granted. Anyway, it's a familiar territory for Laxman who, in those days, play every match as though it is his last. Let us treat the man with the dignity he has earned to deserve and allow him to take his own decision. Rarely, people would remember that he is a guy who had turned down the 'Icon' player status offered to him at the 1st season of IPL just for the sake of the team(DC)'s budget and balance. That he was dumped by DC the next season is another (commercial) story!. The genial he is, he will never play for records nor he will burden any. Salute him for all the glory he has done to bring No.1 Test status for India!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    3rd Test 3rd day morning, India struggling to avoid the innings defeat. They are 60 runs behind. Dhoni is out already and kholi is 5like 60+ n.o with Vinay Kumar. What does the Indian commentators Ravi Sahstri amd Ganguly say? "Kholi needs to some how get to the magical figure 100 before the tail gets out" !!!! They say it again and again. Their focus is a batsman getting to his hundred rather than INDIA saving the Innings defeat. I rest my case.

  • POSTED BY samtech on | January 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    There will be a blamestorming session and the search for scapegoats will end with Laxman. When the entire batting failed, only one player will be made the sacrificial lamb. Indian Cricket starts and ends with Tendulkar. The powerful Mumbai lobby will always promote and protect players from western states. Among the big three, Laxman was never given his due for winning matches than focus on records. A number 5 or 6 batsman will never have as many chances to score runs as a number 3 or 4 batsman. Laxman was axed just before the 2003 world cup after the New Zealand debacle.India was stopped by Australia in the 2003 world cup final and Laxman could have prevented it . The big three must go collectively rather than individually.

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | January 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    TERRIBLE ARTICLE !! the WORST article I have ever read in my entire life!! Why no anti-Dravid article ??? Dravid has been bowled 5 times in the series so far, and he is suppose to be "the wall", isn't that what you call anti-Dravid ?? What is the point of this article and why are you guys after Laxman? He is doing a lot better then Dravid, as you mentioned Laxman haven't even dropped a catch since 3 years! Now, tell me how many have Dravid dropped in 3 years? I think at least a dozen times if not more....

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @Mirchi Bajji and other Laxman fans.. My heart goes for this poor guy Laxman. Let's not forget his innings when everyone failed. Look at the faith Cricket Australia had in Ponting and persisted with him. Look at WICA and Chanderpaul. It is to be noted that we need to rotate the senior guys playing one at a time and giving youngsters a chance to learn from them. I would like to ask one question... How has the great Tendulkar played in England, India and Aus. Has he not failed? If the Board is waiting for Mr.Tendulkar to hit his 100th 100. So do wait for Laxman to complete 10,000 test runs, which I think can be afforded for his services selflessly to the nation. One final question I would like ask all the Ex-players, Commentators and Cricket Pundits, Which South Indian Player are played 100 tests and scored 10,000 runs?. Are we still in stone age about being bias to North Indians and not so to South Indians. We are Indians and lets all be Indians. So lets hope he achieves the landmark.

  • POSTED BY rpoduval2000 on | January 15, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @Mirchi Bajji - Laxman hasnt performed for 2 series now ...and he must give way to Rohit now ....but yeah Dhoni and sehwag too havent ...not sure how long they should be giving sehwag this long leash of batting how he likes ....but really I am not sure we have openers to replace him right away as for Dhoni .. well whos gonna keep I wonder ? Maybe they should try Dinesh Karthik but Dhonis time hasnt come yet ...the way it would go is first the captaincy then the place in the squad ....

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I am sure oldies will go. The main reason for India's failure is IPL. BCCI should think about salvaging IPL in the interest of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should be in the team, Dhoni, Sehwag has had it as test players, they are one day players. they left their best spin bowler and the strongest indian (mentally) at home, there is too much politics in their selection policies.

  • POSTED BY mgiri1983 on | January 15, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Monga, If u r really a man then write something against sachin,sehwag,gambhir & especially dhoni as well. He just got out once again .he is also going through a poor run so y u escaping him.

    but pls for god sake forgive laxman as he is class apart & needs support not stupidity..

  • POSTED BY mgiri1983 on | January 15, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Mr.Monga, If you think you have mettle & u can decide d future of VVS.then get the pads on & try to face a single delievery. VVS is a legend & will always be.I know he is a unsung hero thats d reason y wen he performs very few people appreciates him & wen he fails everybody wants his head. you have not mentioned anything about sachin just because he is on the verge of making his 100th ton.Y not sehwag,gambhir,dhoni,zaheer & others. Its a team collapse not a single vvs only. You need to respect the legend not like saying just wanything. I must say this is the poorest article u have ever had. All the best VVS. we are with you as its just a bad patch nothing else.

    Just concentrate a little bit & you are there the big one is waiting.

    CHAK DE!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY spin_king4 on | January 15, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Also to add to my points in previous posts ( if they're published) look at the preformances overseas in the last 12 months dravid is the only on to average over 50 at 51.76, in fact he is the only on to average over 40, as the next highest is tenduklar at 37.28. and dravid is the only one to have a test hundred overseas in the last years, he has 4 no one eles has 1. Laxman sehway and gambhir has to go as respectivly they average 27 15 and 20 overseas in the last yeat this is not good enough. India need new openers and sharma or whoever to come in for laxman

    Here is the link to the stats (hope it works) http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;orderby=batting_average;spanmax1=15+Jan+2012;spanmin1=15+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;team=6;template=results;type=batting

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 15, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Lax - you have served Indian cricket really well. Now please retire gracefully. It is painful to see great players like Lax, Tendulkar, and Dravid being toyed with by Aussie quicks. They should have retired gracefully while they still had the chnce.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | January 15, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    It is time for both Laxman and Dravid to go. Both had wonderful carries with invaluable contributions to Indian cricket. Everything good must come to an end. Dravid had a great last year, but now you can clearly see his degradation of reflexes. If they continue to play, they will average 25-30, scoring an occasional 50. That is not good enough, and will be damaging to the young talent that has been sitting on the sidelines for a number of years. After the 4th Test, I would talk to them and give them one more series, if they agree to retire after that. Allow them to retire with dignity and glory like Steve Waugh, rather than like Ganguly, dragged out kicking and screaming. If they refuse to retire, they need to be dropped after this series.

  • POSTED BY spin_king4 on | January 15, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    age is not the only factor when looking at who to drop, its not like the one days where you have to prepare for the world cup so have to look into the future, BUT in saying this changes need to be made. 1) the opening partnership needs to be changed fast, in my opinion it is the major weakness in the line up. beacues of the inability of viru or gambhir to survive they have constantly exposed the middle or to the new ball. one or both of them need to be dropped.

    2)laxman - he is the only one of the big three i think needs to be dropped, his time is up and to bring one of the youngsters in, probably r sharma to give him a chance (though im not convinced by him and think pujara would be better long time or rahane)

    3) ishant sharma has not prefored with the ball for a long time, i know our batsmen have failed but if you look at the bowling attacks the quality is miles apart our fast bowlers are not up to the task.

    I still thing dravid and sachin should stay.

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | January 15, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    The Top SIX batsmen have ALL failed, but Laxman becomes the sole talking point??!! Incredible and Unfair! Start at the top of the order - Gambhir is not a world-class player by any means. Sehwag is. Dravid is finished...his presence on the field as a batsman is no longer defiant nor confidence boosting. With Gambhir falling early, Dravid comes in and allows serious pressure to build up for the next 10 overs with a strike rate of .15 to .2 As a fielder he's dropping too many catches. Tendulkar is unable to rally anyone around him. Lets face it - those years between 1996-2005 were the best. Thereafter, its been a downhill slide. The slide has accelerated in 2011-2012. Don't focus solely on VVS. All SIX batsmen have failed.

  • POSTED BY spin_king4 on | January 15, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    @suresh lalvani- what do you mean without tenduklar they struggle to score 150 oversees, may i ask you where was tenduklar in england or here no where, it seems lately its more appropriate to say without dravid in form india cannot score over 150 (he had form in england but is lacking here therefore we struggle to bat. Face it tenduklar lovers if we look at form the order of the big three to go should be 1. laxman 2. tenduklar(he hasn't scored a century in 10 months and last dravid who has been excellent of late until this series, but all the tenduklar lovers with short memories have forgotten this and called for him to be dropped, if indian fans cared more for their team than indiduals they would see that tenduklar hasn't been preforming for some time and although i don't think he shold be dropped ( i belive one at a time and its laxman turn to go) tenduklar is in my opinion preforming less for the team than dravid

  • POSTED BY jezzahh on | January 15, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    For me, Laxman shares parallels with Mark Waugh - grace and elegance, almost fleeting (though perhaps with more of a fighting spirit than Waugh). On this tour, he does seem to be batting as if his mind is somewhere else however.. I hope to see him make his last ton in Aus at Adelaide - or at least one more cover drive!

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Cant write off Laxman. As usual he will play a great innings in the last match for sure

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | January 15, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Nothing new about this article. Someone has to be made scapegoat and sword is fallen on VVS Laxman. Atleast, VVS played some defining innings to change the course of those test matches. When the last time Tendul or Shewag played any defining innings. Finally, after talking about how great IND mighty (???) batting line did in Sydney in previous tour to AUS (the article written by Mr. Monga in recent past), suddenly it dawned on the author that IND bowling is not the problem, neither the Captain MSD is problem, it is the BATTING who letting IND down on regular basis. As long as Tendul and Shewag in the team, IND team will be unable to deliver under pressure. They are bringing the whole team down. They should be axed first.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    give the old fella another chance - after all we just have just one more left to lose :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    I keep hearing that oldies need to give way to newbies. I am not sure if age is the reason for India's performance, if we replace oldies we would need to reconstruct Indian team all over. I think we need to train our young generation to play on foreign pitches and then I believe we will not falter like this!!!!

  • POSTED BY linusjee on | January 15, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Is it possible to rustle up the Australian 2nd 11, give them indian citizenship and have them play for India? Clearly, the country is unable to find 11 decent players from its 1.2 billion citizens. But hold on. Wait until there are 1.5 billion in the country. Then there will be a large enough pool from which the BCCI will finally be able to select 11 guys to make the country proud. I am so looking forward to 2018.

  • POSTED BY mowgliworld on | January 15, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Maybe true. Maybe not. Who knows? In indian cricket you never know what's next, for all you know the selector could be dropped hahaha. But I really like this article - well written, well laid out and message is clear - Great players, time out, plan transition, move on. Let the media not call for axing, etc. http://5lineblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/an-unplanned-farewell/

  • POSTED BY cricexpt on | January 15, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Instead of blaming Laxman or other players the REAL CULPRIT is MS Dhoni. He has lost his mind in Test Cricket Dhoni needs to be dropped from test cricket immediately and coach Duncan Fletcher removed. Dhoni has some selected players in his mind like Raina and Kohli . So even if they fail he doesn't drop them. Rohit Sharma has been at the recieving end of all this. Dhoni doesn't seems to like him. Dhoni is also going the ganguly way where Ganguly has also some set rules come what may that led to his downfall. Remove Dhoni, Need some new ideas.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    I think there is lot of propaganda against VVS, him being a Southie. He is the one of the bunch who was completely demoralized by everyone during this series. The complete failure is Sachin and no body talks. The same thing goes with Schewag and Dhoni. As always, someone from South gets hammered and usedup as a coverup.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    wonderful article...laxman has not scored century after century like tendulkar but he has achieved some amazing feats throughout his career and consistently made valuable contributions. From fighting half centuries to help save matches to brilliant match winning knocks, Laxman has shown the sort of character, essential for a test team to prosper globally. Seeing VVS dismissed cheaply in most innings this series has been a real shame, as he has struggled to play with the same security and free flow as he did on his last tour of Aus. For some reason i feel that he has struggled to adapt to conditions more than previous tours. Yesterday he poked at one that he would have caressed to the boundary in India but would have left confidently on his last tour of Aus. Credit to the Aussie bowlers they have given less freebies than lee & johnson. As a big fan of VVS i want him to get another chance. However, seeing him play so tentatively and unsure for all except one innings, maybe it is time. :(

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Age should not be the criteria. If this is the case, he is the youngest one. Also, if you see last 20 innings (overseas), he has performed much much better than Gambhir, Sehwag and Dhoni. So who should go from test team. If performance is the criteria, he should stay and if age, then again he should stay for another year or so.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    We can see that he did not bat well. Or rather the bowling attack was very good. But why always he is targeted to be axed. Why not Gambhir and Sehwag and Dhoni. I saw few people even named Dravid and mentioned that without Sachin we cannot score 150 so keep him (so that he can accomplish his 100th 100). Why not sack him as well if Dravid and Laxman are under pressure. What great Sachin has done during this tour. Remember, in 2008 also all were failed but then bounced back. Dravid has been excellent in Eng tour but this one is not that good (not very bad either. he is still on crease and one more test is there). Players like Laxman and Dravid should be given option when they want to say good bye. Sooner or later all these so called youngster will come (T-20 Specialist) so need not to be hurry at least for these guys who has served for many many years. I am sure once Dravid and Laxman say good bye to Test, most of the people will stop watching Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY thephilosopher on | January 15, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Such a poorly written article, worse than Laxman's innings! - what is the author's point?!

  • POSTED BY donda on | January 15, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    I think age is catching up to laxman and he needs to retire now. It's not time to keep on playing and put a black spot on a legendary career. He played some of the most amazing innings of all time , including 281 which was among top 5 innings of all time in cricket history.

    The time always come and player has to make decision to retire and move on with life.

    Today it's laxman time to retire, even if he scores double hundred in next match, this should be his last series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    I think the story of India's tour of Australia has been the 'age' of their batsmen. We all knew there would come a time when this factor would come into play, and that the reality check of the 'big 3' (Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar) not being the batsmen they once were would rear its ugly head. That time has happened, and Australia, with their application and discipline in sticking to their gameplans, has exposed India's aging stalwards. An Indian supporter should not be overly disappointed, for all three have provided a long period of invaluable service to the team, and this time had to come. Albeit they haven't been thought of that way, but these players are human at the end of the day, and their reflexes have slowed with age (even Sachin's). Maybe I could be wrong, but I think Laxman's time is finally up. But he should hold his head high and know that we do not think less of him because of it, but that we accept the guard now has to change.

  • POSTED BY DrJ-Detroit on | January 15, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    Would you say he has played about 10 "most important innings"? Out of 221 opportunities? That makes it less than 5%.

  • POSTED BY jkaussie on | January 15, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    VVS unfortunately now stands for Very Very Sad, which is indeed very sad. He has been undone by disciplined bowling but I think the team's confidence is shot. The way Tendulkar got angry at his dismissal yesterday was SO out of character! It seemed like the frustration and disapointment at the team's performance has got to him, not that I think there was anything wrong with his behaviour yesterday - he's passionate and competitive and letting off some steam is to be expected - but not what I expected him to do.

  • POSTED BY harmske on | January 15, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    pujara & sharma need to come in for dravid & laxman sooner rather than later. it's sad, but we need to start looking towards the future. at the very least, sharma needs to be in the side for laxman for the adelaide test.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | January 15, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    It is time to give chance to Badri & Pujara. But don't adamant & give as many as chances these two like what Kohli & Raina got.

  • POSTED BY willmot on | January 14, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    India not good enough to be give more than 2 tests aborad.

  • POSTED BY vk6848 on | January 14, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    VVS Laxman and Damien Martin had similar magic in their bats which no one else in their time had- did Colin Cowdrey have it too? (I never saw him bat); it IS indeed a shame to have to see Laxman's tame exit at the WACA

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 14, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    LAXMAN is certainly playing a different game from normal. I find that he is hunched down in the crease instead of being more relaxed and upright. Him gambhir and Shewag are all giving slip catching practice to Australia. What real poor innings from all three of them. Kholi is certainly in his element.Rohit Sharma keeps getting ignored despite some good innings in the tour warm up games.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    India won the test series on their latest tours to New Zealand and the West Indies. India drew their latest test series in South Africa and Sri Lanka. So there is hope for India.

    Dravid drops many important slips catches - he should go. Laxman should also go. Without Tendulkar, India will find it difficult to score 150 runs in an innings overseas. So keep him.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | January 14, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    If India is to be smashed 4-0, they should at least put youngsters in the team while they get smashed. Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman already have the experience of batting on swinging and bouncy tracks. They're failing more because of age than anything else. The likes of Kohli, Sharma, etc. will benefit heaps from just becoming accustomed to the bounce outside the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 14, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    It would be a shame to drop VVS for Adelaide. That is a ground made for his style of play and I would love to watch him one last time there. One final VVS special would be a treat for all Aussie fans.

    He reminds me of Mark Waugh. Unpredictable, slightly unreliable but oh so beautiful to watch. Even his work in the slips is Waugh-like. Soft hands and the ability to almost slow down time. It's uncanny and just a little bit awesome.

    VVS must go soon. After the Adelaide Test would be as good a time as any I suppose. Good luck to him for his post-cricket life. I'm sure he will succeed at whatever he decides to do.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Indians have been on the back foot from Ball 1; pressure, news about a bouncy, fast pitch got the openers scared and scattered and the result is in front of us. For the seniors - there is a point to prove and it's not working. Time for juniors to trickle in...

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | January 14, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    I beleive Laxman should be dropped for the Adelaide test if India lose the perth test. Iam saying it with some pain. Because, Laxman is my favorite Indian batsman of all time. Laxman made the tears of joy flow in my eyes when he went and went about in Kolkatta 2001. Becuase, at that time, all the australian commentators were just making derogatory remarks about the Indian cricket, their officials and how helpless were they against the might of the australian attack. Entered Laxman (who was wrongly given out in the first innings). The commentators were looking for covers after 3 sessions of play. Laxman will be remembered for a number of innings he has made Indians proud. Lax, you were the best when you were in form. These days, you have put on weight and you are mentally not at it. I don't doubt that you have got more innings in you. However, at this age, with youngsters waiting, with your fitness, we need change. Long live the memories of one the most artistic batsmen of all time.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | January 14, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    The end has come. If he cannot score runs against Australia then whom will he score against... I suspect he will play the 4th test and then that will be it.

  • POSTED BY aarkayne on | January 14, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    sad as it maybe and i am not one for past statistics, but every single top order batmsan over 30 needs to be replaced with a youngster. the results cannot be worse than what they are today. Heck had Ashwin opened in lieu of Sehwag he may have gotten more runs and you know what Sehwag playing lower down the order because of which may have too!!! Laxman needs to go, no doubt he has given his heart and soul for the country, but so do Dravid, Sehwag and Tendulkar. I think they are all over their expire by dates!

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    I guess of Fab 3, Laxman, unfortunately will be the 1st to do, followed by Dravid & Tendulkar. It will take India atleast 3-4 years to have the same middle order that we were used to seeing.. Of the middle order batsmen that India have: Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Yuvi, Pujara, I am hard pressed to come up with the Fab 3 replacements...The 2 overseas tours of England & Australia has been a watershed for the Indian middle order...

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | January 14, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    I hope Dravid and Sachin go on a high.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | January 14, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    VVS has been a great player for India. It does though need to be put into perspective - his stats are not as good as Ian Bell's and Belly has not had the luxury of playing half his games on the feather beds in India.

  • POSTED BY bombay4u on | January 14, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    I agree that Laxman looked out of touch from Test 1, not sure why he never played to his potential, he has faced better bowlers then au before but on this tour he looked be be absent at the crise. All Three Sachin, Dravid , Laxman have served thier contry really well for many years and we need to retire them gracefully giving more oppourtunity to young guys and having them learn from them, thier prime has passed and we need to acknowledge what they have done so far because it has been great. Shevag is problem in himself, i dont belive you can tie down the player that long, all you have to do is waite it out till it gets better and they are experiance enough to do it, shevag looked owefull its time all but Sachin needs to be dropped.

  • POSTED BY VAS4 on | January 14, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Wish best of luck to Laxman! May be it is time of him to bow out. Thanks for everything Laxman.

  • POSTED BY meursault on | January 14, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    I feel for you, Sidharth. Your piece smacks at the disappointment of seeing one of your favourite cricketers head towards an inauspicious end. Perhaps a few of these aging Indian superstars missed the opportunity to go out when still on top -- so few do these days. Nice article.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Lax, it is enough ... please retire. Rohit Sharma is knocking the door. Dravid, again enough /// please retire. Pujara is knocking the door. Tendulkar,, talk to BCCI and get a good team in India and get out on a high .

  • POSTED BY willmot on | January 14, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Why Indian bloggers so quiet?

  • POSTED BY longandshort on | January 14, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    VVS - Very Very Shallow and Laz(x)y. The Wall has crumbled mortar, brick and all. Dhoni got dhulaoed. Gambhir same meaning applies for his batting. Tendu cant hit a chendu.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    laxman is not good anymore. these days laxman form is saved by getting a chance to bat on indian tracks when he doesnt score overseas. the only skill he has these days to score under pressure on second innings turning tracks when india is in trouble. bowlers have found out laxman. when they get pitches that seam or bounce more. bowlers get him bowled through the gate or trapped lbw or caught at slips because he hangs on the backfoot. in india he gets away with that technique but he will never get away with it overseas. i think in former years in australia, the bowlers used to bowl back of a length and that was laxmans strength, because his game is a backfoot play just like dhoni. thats why laxman used to make big runs in australia. this series they have kept the ball on a full length as he reaches the crease, and thats why laxman is struggling now. laxman has never been successful in england because they produce swing and seam bowlers who pitch the ball full all day in those conditions

  • POSTED BY sunny111 on | January 14, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    It just breaks my heart!!laxman has given us so much,not only us indian fans but all cricket fans around the world.it is def. not a proper end for this magician......

  • POSTED BY Zeus777 on | January 14, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Wow...indian team playing and no comments? this must be a first! or the fans busy watching highlights of greatest centuries from the Legends?

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | January 14, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Laxman's career as a test cricketer could well be over with the Perth test. I agree with you Sidhart, that there's more to his poor run of scores than just being out of form. If India go on to lose this series 4-love, it will be interesting to see what decisions the selectors take, regarding the Fab Four. Some hard decisions have to be taken, and taken soon. Rajan

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    tata bye bye laxman...i hope this was his last test match of his carrier

  • POSTED BY jazzfreak on | January 14, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Thats how they go when they stay too long and dont retire Indian cricket history is replete with figures who refused to give in their letter and were told that they will be dropped if they dont They want to continue to enjoy the limelight as they have no plans for life after cricket Few like Anil Kumble, Srinath and Venkatraghavan are of that kind Once he does retire and go away he will be remembered for his brilliance and not for the way he went

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | January 14, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Perhaps some of the commentators are right - Laxman may announce his retirement at the end of the series. Players of his calibre dom't deserve to go out on this kind of note, particularly if he is dropped for the last test. Either way Laxman is looking like a man who has lost his will to play.

  • POSTED BY hemant1113 on | January 14, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    very well written.... i also remember laxman when tough situation arrives..but now sadly he does not respond anymore,i am emotional as i am thinking that a wonderful player like him will be axed soon....and will bring a tragic end to such a glorious carrier,he was our crisis man...but got a little fame

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Good story, Sid. I have to enter 25 characters, so here - good story, good story, good story, blah.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Feel the same, see the last of Laxman... Next match, i am pretty sure he will be dropped to accommodate Rohit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Within a few hrs the Aussies will be up 3-0, VVS might have played his last overseas inns for India. Can India avoid the W/W? Yes I think so. Simple. Play to yr strength. Play yr 2 spinners for the final test. Ashwin & Ojha, & drop VVS for Rohit. Also drop I Sharma. Would Eng take Swann to AUS & don't play him? Didn't M. Clarke get the wkt of Sachin? Do the Aussies have good spinners? Can they really play spin? The AUS r never comfortable with spin. Surprise the Aussies & save the W/W. I would like to drop Sehwag but there is no one else.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Laxman hasn't made much of an impact in the series with the bat compared to Tendulkar, Dravid, or even Ashwin. But, if age is strictly a criterion to be used to drop Laxman, then in all fairness, Tendulkar and Dravid (both 38 and older) should also be dropped. Laxman is 37, which means he can play for at least another year to complement the entry of the likes of Kohli, Rahane, Sharma and company. I understand that Tendulkar is still a very powerful marketing trump card for India where cricket is concerned, but the reality is that the team needs to find new stars. I'd say that Sachin could have even retired when India won the World Cup. That would have been a better send off from international cricket, whether he scores 100th 100 or not.

  • POSTED BY soumik on | January 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Out of Laxman,Dravid and Sachin I would be much more sad to see Laxman go.But I think now is the time.It he still had it in him,he would have fought back like old days, in Australia,after his disastrous performance in England.But the signs are already there for all to see.The reflex ha gone,so is the willpower to grind in a tough condition.He can still score some runs but that's not the point.Even Richards/Steve Waugh/Gilchrist would score some if they are asked to play now.It's the time to hang the boots,our beloved VVS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    very well written. He should retire if he has any shame left. VVS has only been a cpl of odd innings players. LEAST consistent like agarkar.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | January 14, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    To me amongst Indian batsmen, Laxman and Dravid are real fighters, match winners and/or savers, Sehwag is a match winner and Tendulkar is the record maker (neither match winner or game saver)

  • POSTED BY Abbythebanker on | January 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Sidharth,

    Why are we forgetting Tendulkar's retirement? Or are we as a nation to wait for him to get his 100th ton while a much younger clarkey (Pup?) selfessly gives up an opportunity to get 400 .. lets give Sachin a match against Bangladesh at home/away to get his 100th ton.. why are you after VVS.. over the last five years VVS has had a better 3rd/4th Innings average in matches won Abroad then Tendu ( 40.5 for Laxman vs 39.5).. even overal 3rd/ 4th innings average in all Overseas Matches.. (35 vs39 for tendulkar which includes 2 centuries against a lowly Bangladesh) Guys lets face it.. reason we are not a successfu sporting nation is because we just make our Icons GODs.. look at how aussie media/ fans were treating an equally great Punter.. or A Steve Waugh... Guess if VVS steps down so should Sachin..

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    It cannot go worser, give him one last chance. Afterall those innings he has played last 15 years, he deserves as much.

    Time to give Virat chance at No. 3 and Rohit sharma at No.4 in the next test. Also resting Gambhir and asking Dravid wont be a bad idea either, end of it, we need to do something different rather than wait for the best from this tried and tested lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Another poetic nostalgic piece from Sid Monga. Laxman is worth it of course, his batting has been poetic too, when he is at his best. Remember that inning of 160 odd runs against Australia in the tours gone by when the whole team fell for 250ish score.

    Btw Sid might do well if he writes a poetic movie script, at Bollywood or maybe at a bigger scene.

  • POSTED BY Aniltadimeti on | January 14, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    You are right,Monga.This does not seem to be the Laxman we have seen over the years.But do we have a replacement in sight?I do not think we must ask for his head without visualizing someone who will take his place.Rohit Sharma can be brought into the XI yes,but can he get into Laxman's role?I mean,batting with tail-enders.How much experience does he have of playing in Australia?I mean,first class games.Sure,you could try him for one test but that really does not solve anything,does it?Because the next time, India will be playing in a test,will be at home.And we have seen tons and tons of runs being scored by batsmen at home and they fizzle out once ball starts moving a bit.You need to plan the entry of new players,it cannot be a stop-gap arrangement.Arrange for more A-tours to England,South Africa,New Zealand and Australia.Make your Sharmas,Rainas,Mukunds,Pujaras,Vijays play on these A-tours.As for Laxman,I'd say it is better to reserve judgement till the end of the Adelaide test.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 14, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Monga, I'm very sad for VVS. I pray for him to bounce back at Adelaide. Everybody from Gambhir to Kohli have failed so far and the axe is hanging on VVS' neck for some strange reason. It's been the same through out his career. Makes me sick in my stomach. What a very very special he has been for us.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Actually such a stylish batsman when in full flow...feels very sad to see him fail repeatedly in this series...maybe the last time we have seen him bat in a test...quite sad to seem him go out like this....

  • POSTED BY Ponting_the_best on | January 14, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Laxman has done a lot for Indian cricket. He has played more match-winning innings when the chips were down; more than any other batsman for India. He does deserve a few more innings.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    i felt the sad pain too watching as he trudged back to the pavilion.. long love laxman..we will never forget what u have done for india

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | January 14, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Laxman has given India many majestic innings, saved matches, won matches. He has played some incredible shots, defied logic as the write has said many a times in this article. But all good things must come to an end. While the fans will miss him, it is time to move on. No player is above the team.

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 14, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Uncle Laxman thanks for your services now we have to make way for future Laxmans of the Indian Cricket. Hope you had a nice trip down under and enjoyed with your family courtesy of BCCI.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    i didnt read this article, but one thing i can say that there is no willingness to play. The hunger is completely not there. This applies to sehwag as well. Good time to test Rohit by replacing any one of them.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | January 14, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Logically it shouldn't be his lst Test innings..... Laxman has always been the one to be so easily dispensed with, may be because he has been such a nice person. The man who has played many a match-winning innings deserves the right to go out on his own. Many others have been given a longer rope and VVS deserves it too..........

  • POSTED BY amitgordon on | January 14, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I just hope that Laxman does surprise as he most oftne does. this test is beyond India, but lets hope that Laxman and others can surprise us and restore some pride and happiness.

  • POSTED BY amitgordon on | January 14, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I just hope that Laxman does surprise as he most oftne does. this test is beyond India, but lets hope that Laxman and others can surprise us and restore some pride and happiness.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sidharth, you dont have to do much research about why VVS is not playing well. EVERY Indian star including Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil declined in their performance as they aged. Selectors kept selecting them AGAIN & AGAIN and FINALLY they dropped them from the team or the stars retired themselves. In India, once a player gets to the 'star' status, he can play for generations. Common people want to see their 'stars' performing rather than team winning. For example, if BCCI selects 11 COMPLETELY UNKNOWN Indian players and schedules an International match, most people wont see that match. Because there is no 'star' in the team. Until the star-worship goes away, expecting Indians to perform is meaningless.

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | January 14, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    you hit the perfect note in this article, sidharth! i felt sad yesterday when lax got out for precisely the reasons you indicated! no... his critics were always wrong and full of hot air and cold and logical and would never recognize magic if it bit them in their backsides, but lax did not fight yesterday... in a situation tailor-made for his fight-back!!! i was stupefied...

  • POSTED BY indyarox on | January 14, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think the great batsman is now finished. He has done a lot of service for Indian cricket & now he should retire. He shall always be remembered as on of the true greats of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY CricketCrazyCheri on | January 14, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    You are right Sidharth...I am a very big fan of dravid & laxman.The reason being, they both are fighters.When they were going through a rough patch, out of form, I was always sure they would come back stronger soon.And yes they always proved me right.They are very loyal to cricket and their country,real gentle men.But dravid was luckier in one aspect.Every one believed in him and his abilities and very rarely some one wanted him to be axed.Whereas in the case of laxman, even when he scored a century that had saved the test or even won the test, people said he is done.He should be axed or give away his place for some youngster.Why so? Why is that India realized what a great batsmen he was until mighty aussie's called him Very Very Special?Poor guy was not even given a chance to retire from ODI's.I feel very sorry for him.Dear VVS,i want to see you retire and not selectors axing you.I grew up watching you and dravid as a fighters & role models for next generations.You are my heroes.Luv u

  • POSTED BY ksambalam on | January 14, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    It is heart breaking to see Laxman get out again and again in almost always the same fashion in this series. The fight, you have rightly observed, has given way to resignation. I remember there was a time when Laxman used to be the first name that would pop up every time there was any talk of dropping a senior player. That Sachin, Saurav and Dravid would be equally qualified for the boot held no meaning. It would always be Laxman. Look what has he come to. A beautiful palyer who makes batting look easy and soothing, a beautiful player who can make Sachin and Dravid look like two school boys who are still coached to drive a ball the way they drive, has finally learnt to go down along with his team.

  • POSTED BY B.JyothyMuthukumar on | January 14, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    This is one article that made my eyes wet. Critics don't ever single out Laxman please. Please dont ever put him in a position of playing for his place. He is a very proud man and deserves to go out on a high. Whatever happened has happened. Let him play at adelaide which has seen him hit a wonderful ton. He will for sure do his best to help India win in adelaide when all else around him fail as usual. Sentiments aside, I think Sehwag is the one who should be dropped from the team, which i know will never happen. This man can score only one way, and can play only one shot. He does not have the ability to play other shots and will invariably get out when he is denied width. Axe him first. Never ever in an ideal could a man with all those limitations can occupy the slot for 10 odd years. Get Pujara in Ask to open with gambhir. Problem solved.

  • POSTED BY Don_Simon on | January 14, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Dropping Laxman would never gonna happen. Selectors don't have the courage to do that, fans don't have the brain to understand the truth and these players don't realize that they have passed their prime. Their next abroad test assignment is in 2014 and by that time they would have make couple of hundreds in subcontinent feather beds and fans gonna talk about how good these players are even in their late 30s. Everytime that VVS and Dravid bats together people talk that partnership they had more than a decade ago. It was once in a lifetime effort and will never be repeated again. Even SRT is not gonna play until the next WC and it's about the time that he should retire from ODIs. We can't live in the past and now is the time to move on.

  • POSTED BY agn007 on | January 14, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    too bad things had to go this way...... yes , its time for him to go... but it cd hv bn in a much much beter way.... he deserves a send off.. atleast frm australia... the guy who always smiled during worries...... kp smiling mann whatever happens...if at all it was ur last innings, uv done ur bit...... A True Legend !!!!!!! Salute to you

  • POSTED BY crindex on | January 14, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    This is a sad time for Indian Cricket. The blood thirsty media is happy to Laxman go. I hope the selectors and the team management does not let go of a gem like Laxman. Its just poor form and it has happened all cricketers some time or the other in their career. Unfortunately for India and Laxman it is happening now . May God be just on this good man and a loyal servant of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | January 14, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    laxman - lonely acting xavier mad and nasty.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    VVS Laxman has always adored Australia, always scoring tons and tons of runs there. But now, at 37, the fitness is poorer than ever (proof: watch him run at the WACA now and then wach the highlights from the 2008 game, you will know what I mean). Rohit Sharma & Cheteshwar Pujara need to be blooded NOW, before India begins losing to Bangladesh and descends into a pre-Ganguly era of being wortless abroad.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | January 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    VVS Laxman has been a great batsmen over the years but his time has come,age has taken its toll & retirement is what he is resigned to.Rohit Sharma playing in the final test would be the sensible thing to do but with M.S Dhoni as captain sensible does not usually happen.M.S Dhoni must be sacked as test captain as well as a test cricketer,he is neither a good wicketkeeper or good enough to play as a batsmen soley.Dhoni can then make Chennai Super Kings his #1 priority.Virender Sehwag & Gautam Gambhir have not performed for India in test cricket for just too long & might go with Dhoni as well.Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar have been the only consistent Indian batsmen in recent times,even though age has taken its toll on them as well.The bowlers have been satisfactory,Ishant Sharma must be dropped in favour of Varun Aaron or Dhawal Kulkarni.India have Rohit Sharma,Cheteshwar Pujara,Ajinkya Rahane,Virat Kohli,Shikhar Dhawan,Abhinav Mukund & Ashok Menaria to choose from to fill the top 6.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | January 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    the younger of the 3 great batters , but the most under threat. iv seen him bat for my own county Lancashire a sublime craftsman, batting against lesser bowling attacks in county cricket but a joy to watch. in England he looked good in the early tests but kept on playing silly shots and getting out. but towards the end he looked as he did not want to be there. and similar to the Australian tests. to say he feels good in the nets is one thing but i feel as most do hes had his day.will the bcci say bye and retire him, i doubt it as i think they are in more denial and fail to see what needs done.the team cannot fail more than the present side. pick the young guys who you think will play for India in the next 10 year. bcci get a grip. dpk

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Laxman will be back with his class. He always very very special.

  • POSTED BY vineetkarthi on | January 14, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Laxman's time has definitely come and so has that of the other players in the team. Besides being out of form he is easily the least fit man in the team - slow in the field and very slow between the wickets. And it seems he tempted fate by saying big things before the series - Pride has definitely gone with a big fall. It is also time we asked some hard questions about the likes of Sehwag (horrible attitude) and the utterly indifferent "Captain Cool", MSD. Maybe it is a good time to tell MSD to focus on the shorter versions of the game and groomed someone more serious and passionate for leading the Test team. For the record, it is also time to put both Sachin and Dravid on notice - one more year and that is that.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    He might be thinking that he might have chosen wrong career. At least he would not have had to retire so early in medical career although the same could not have been said about his patients since Laxman has a habit of failing at harder paths.

  • POSTED BY TheBengalTiger on | January 14, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Brilliant article as usual. its sad to see laxman like this, he's been such a great player.

  • POSTED BY FAAziz on | January 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    This should be the last time you see VVS bat. What a poor performance from an overrated batsman.

  • POSTED BY cricketmaniagola on | January 14, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Laxman had one bad series...does not make him a lesser player ...he his calibre and class are only bettered by Sachin himself...Dravid n Ganguly were never so attractive as batsman as VVS is ...India should continue wd him ..do away with Sehwag instead and may be Dravid too....why cant u ask Sachin to hang boots....If Laxman is not a given a lifeline at fag end of his carrer that would be a tragedy ..since Ganguly n company did the same to him in ODI while he scored 5 ODI centuries in a year ..In my opinion judging by the importance of innings he played throughout his carrer ..the guy called VVSdeserves a place ahead of Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni, Dravid, Sachin...

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    So sad, so very sad. The day he scored his 281, i will vividly remember the day all my life. This is not how my hero will demise. He will rise from the ashes like the phoenix and Scald the Aussies royally one last time. And i will bow and give him a last salute....

  • POSTED BY uncanny_nanny on | January 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Mr. Monga, you forgot laxman's 95 which he made opening against australia in '98, which led to his selection in 1999 and the rest is history. Though this might be the end of him, just hoping that he's given a fitting farewell.Thanks for the memories champ.

  • POSTED BY VincentSunder on | January 14, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Was he as bad when he got 60+ at Sydney, and as bad in the first innings? That swivel to pull a 4 to the boundary before he got out was typical VVS. Why sing his cricketing obituary after one bad outing?? He deserves better

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    I still feel that the trio have a good 3-4 years left in them.. They are the very players who performed superbly when Gary was the coach.. Somehow things have changed with Fletcher taking over.. I feel Fletcher for all his expertise, is very old & somehow the Indians have developed as a generation gap with him.. Gary was young & was always full of initiatives.. I dont see Fletcher doing that who seems to have taken a complete backseat.. Let the trio have one more series abroad.. I dont see Kohli or Rohit or anyone else for that matter doing wonders immediately.. Dhoni seems to be too much under pressure after Sachin.. Both these players need to be relieved from too much of pressure. Dhoni bats, keeps and captains the side. Give the poor bloke some scope.. He's the very guy who has won us tests abroad and the world cups with his strategic planning.. Sachin needs to get the 100 asap so that he can play freely. The media are hell bent on him getting the 100.. Let him get his space..

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    We can't bear a fighter gets out this way, that's why Monga has written this. So sad. I pray that Laxman would do it at least in the penultimate match

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    india has not given chances to youngsters along big 3 and now big 3 are looking aged and indian board will be in trouble because they cant drop all seniors together and dropping one like laxman with one junior like rohit cant make trick .They need thorough workup they should get rid of both openers sehwag and gambhir in tests and play waseef jafar and chopra like solid technical players dhoni shud come one down if he included otherwise karthik is faar superior in tests sachin and dravid shud be given one year go and in that time play kohli and rohit non stop don drop them whether they perform or not plus irfan pathan shud be given chance he is all round asset alongwith umesh zaheer ishant spinners shud be rotated as well with mishra sharma ohja and ashwin.Only then they can win away tests otherwise no hope in near future in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Yes it looks like bye bye for laxamn. Maybe india should give him one send-off at home.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I think he should just wait til he gets back to India plays a few pretty innings and all the fans can say once more what a great player he is.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    this has 2 b d last tour laxman batted fr india.... he has been a tremendeous player fr india over d years... bt nw his glory days are far behind him, its nt abt laxman nt getting runs bt the way he is getting out n d way he is playing... he is always a treat 2 watch bt nw he looks horrible at the crease 2 say d least.. may b he gets another chance 2 play fr india in adeleade n he deserves that bt that would b it i think..hope there is a fairy tale fr him...

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Cricketing authorities should set 35 years as retirement age. All govt institutions, private companies and all the other places all of them set some retirement ages and that is set up for some reason. Then why these four continues for ever.

  • POSTED BY vgsr on | January 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    I am a hyderabadi. Laxman is a wonderful human being , know him personally, i love his wristy style of batting and i think he has been one of Indias greats,but I think his time is is nigh ,sad tio see him go but all good things must come to an end.I would like to remember him a at his brilliant best and nor embarass himself in this fashion. Its time ! he will still be one of my favorites. !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sripree on | January 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Goodbye Mr. Laxman. You had a great career and now it is time to move on.

  • POSTED BY SmellyCat on | January 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    All good things must come to an end.. thats all I can say.

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | January 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    It is very sad to read these comments from someone whom I started respecting in cricinfo only the last few months, very sad indeed. We all need a much more mature head on our shoulders before we take pot shots at some of the best people to have walked on this earth, not forgetting their cricketing skills.

  • POSTED BY mgiri1983 on | January 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Mr.Monga, Dont ever say anything about Laxman.He deserved to be the captain of indian cricket team as stupid dhoni cant do anything nor he is doing.secondly laxman is still the youngest in fab 3.he can easily play for next couple of years.... I urge all indians to please cooperate with him becasue its a team failure as everybody is faling not just laxman only.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Really sad to see an article like this on a person like Laxman. Nobody talks about Sehwag, Dhoni, Sachin !! Believe me, without Laxman in the side, India would not have been No 1 in tests ever !! He is a true hero who is just going under some bad patch. If there is somebody to be sacked get Sehwag (who plays as he likes when he likes), Sachin ( obsessed with records), Dhoni (impotent captain), Kohli (no use batsman). NO TEAM HAS DEFEATED AUSTRALIA AS MANY TIMES AS INDIA DID SINCE LAXMAN STARTED PLAYING AND THIS WAS WHEN THEY WERE CALLED 'IMMORTALS'.

  • POSTED BY agupta429 on | January 14, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    it breaks my heart to say this, but he needs to retire now :(

  • POSTED BY chishtyirfan on | January 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Dear VVS, I am a big fan of your cricket. You gave us excited and proud moments in cricket field. you never give up but seems you are not in good touch anymore. Before someone taking off from squad you should hang your boots on high, this is the time. I hope next match or current match will be your last international match. I wish for your best.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I wana see more of Laxxman.... It will be unfair to drop him...!! PLEASE DO NOT DROP LAXMAN...!!!

  • POSTED BY ABTheSeclector on | January 14, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Laxman and Dravid's time has come as has the fire gone out of Sehwag and Dhoni, India needs to look beyond them even if we loose.

    My 16 members for the 5-Day side would be... 1. Ajinkya Rahane, 2. Wasim Jaffar, 3. C Pujara, 4. S Tendulkar, 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Virat Kohli (C) 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Naman Ojha (wk) 9, Zaheer Khan, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Varun Aaron, 12. Pragyan Ojha, 13. R Ashwin, 14. Manoj Tiwari 15. S Badrinath 16. R JAdeja

    Pay the guys well so they dont play IPL or useless 20-20s!

    For ODIs... 1. Yusuf Pathan 2. S. Tendulkar 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. Suresh Raina 6. Irfan Pathan 7. M S Dhoni (C/WK) 8. R JAdeja 9. R Ashwin 10. Praveen Kumar 11. Munaf Patel 12. Robin Utthapa

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | January 14, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    He averages mid 40's. He's the equal of Matt Prior as a batsman. Simple as that. THE most overrated batsman of this generation!

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    As an ardent fan and a staunch supporter of VVS, his performance in Australia really rankles, upsets and saddens. Undoubtedly, as it has always happened to him before, he will be the first one of last generation tol be dropped. And whilst it might be hurtful for the man and his fans, its probably right. I don't want to remember Laxman this way i.e. the way he is playing in Australia (in the 1st inning at Perth I thought he had almost found his mojo)I want to remember him winning matches for India while battling pain and shepherding the tail. What he is going through and what is likely to happen to him is heartbreaking.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | January 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I doubt they're gonna drop him. They've been hesitant to do that to any of the three, when they've looked out of sorts for long periods of time. He'll only go when he says he will.

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | January 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I am sorry Monga, you are also going with the drift albeit with a little bit of appreciation. This is typical media stuff where you try to influence the selection or non selection. If you don't want him in the team, at least be brave enough to say it, you are always wary that he might prove you wrong with a classy knock at Adelaide, but in your heart you want him out 'cos of the aussie/classic indian media pressure. I would never imagine that Laxman has played his last test innings based on what I saw today. All you media folks are trying to find a scapegoat among the 4 best batsmen and the axe has always fallen on this unassuming relaxed servant of Indian cricket. Why not sehwag,gambhir, sachin or dravid or even the captain ? Why Laxman alone, 'cos we want to get Rohit in ???? I would say drop sehwag, Gambhir and get Rahane and Rohit in, let dravid open the innings with rahane and let Laxman come in at 3 where he truly belongs.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that this is VVS Laxman's very bad period. Because of him we have reached No.1 spot and since he is out-of-form, we lost No.1 position.

    It is really hardluck.

    Please retire from test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 14, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    The Big 3 Indian batsmen should be fired immediately. International cricket is not a pension club - it's highly competitive sport. It's time to replace Laxman with Rohit Sharma in next test. Sehwag is useless outside of the subcontinent. He is a perfect example of Flat Tract Bully. Give him a flat tract, he will score 300 runs. Maybe play Ashwin as an opener, along with Gambhir. Please get rid of that most over-rated bowler - Ishant Sharma. Give Mithun a chance. If he fails - so be it. For the fourth test, we should give a chance to all players who didn't play in the first 3 tests. What's the worst thing that will happen - we will lose again!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 14, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    NOW I M AGREE WITH MANJREKAR . DROP LAXMAN FOR FOURTH TEST & PLAY ROHIT IN PLACE OF HIM & PLEASE SEND ROHIT AS AN OPENER , SEHWAG SHOULD BE SEND AT NO. 5 . MY XI FOR ADELAIDE : GAMBHIR, ROHIT , DRAVID, SACHIN, SEHWAG,KOHLI, DHONI , ASHWIN, OJHA , ZAK , YADAV . I HAVE SELECTED TWO SPINNERS IN THE TEAM BECAUSE ADELAIDE IS GENERALLY A FLAT SURFACE & HELPS SPINNERS & ISHANT IS A MUST DROP FROM THE TEAM BECAUSE HE IS HARDLY A WKT TAKING BOWLER .

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Dont know what to say to the great hero of indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Karthik_1982 on | January 14, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I am certain he will get one more series under his belt....will be cruel to write him off. No one in this team looked comfortable against the aussie bowling. SO no point in axing VSS, axe all three or none.

  • POSTED BY miltonabdh on | January 14, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Rohit should come in place of Laxman in the 4th Test. The great man should be given a Test at home to have graceful, ceremonious retirement. Forget this Australian summer. It can happen in life. We shall say to our progeny we lived in the days of Laxman, the tamer of kangaroos.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    i wish the legendary VVS career had not seen this phase. even if he wants to continue, he should say good-bye after next 50 or 100 he puts. his career deserves a better ending.

  • POSTED BY Surya_RX100 on | January 14, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Laxman is a great individual. Somehow this series until now, had been not his natural and that too against his pet team. I always live in hope and that hope lets me look at Adelaide for the 4th test. My simple logic, why should his last innings against his pet team, be a zero for this great individual. I kow i might not find many supporters in this thread, but the fact remains that he is a great inidividual.

  • POSTED BY Empty-Sequence on | January 14, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    This is just the beginning, things will get even worse from here when our seniors will retire. Most of our youngsters and cricketing fans prefers IPL/One day over test cricket. None of our players would ever dare think about retirement from t/20 to excel in Test (Yuvraj,Raina,M.Vijay). R.I.P Indian Test Team (2011 - ∞).

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Logic or no logic, the bottom line is - Laxman is not getting better of lively bowling,this is the time to separate artistry and clear facts on consistency - this is about whether you deserve to continue or make way for youngsters,whether you are getting worse on overseas tours and keeping your place because of your performance on Indian pitches,we have reached a stage which calls for some tough decisions -even Veeru/Gambhir are not far from this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Nostalgia is good, a bigger artist than him was Vishy but he had to go...time for Laxman to go...enough of this nostalgia gravy train please....

  • POSTED BY TheArmChairCritic on | January 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    V.V.S has never been a good player of the moving ball (swing or seam); so this performance comes as no surprise. The last decade coincided with the decline of seeing the ball move in almost all parts of the world, save the odd test match in England or the doctored pitches in NZ. One can sense a turnaround in 2010 and esp 2011 and this has exposed players in all countries - England and Australia included. England have not faced a consistent spell of high quality swing or seam bowling for a long time now - something they have done regularly in their impressive march to No.1. They faced just once - in Perth last year and what was the result! Batsmen of all countries are being exposed, not just India.Australian batsmen were running for cover until India arrived Still feel India's bowling has let them down. It's unfair on batsmen when we say that bowlers need the cushion of big runs. Agreed, batting has been a big letdown. But that is no excuse for inconsistent bowling.

  • POSTED BY Matt. on | January 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    it baffles me how laxman is public enemy number 1, when it's sehwag who shows no responsibility. he is obviously not suitable for test cricket

  • POSTED BY vaidy on | January 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I have been watching the cricket from my home in Melbourne with disbelief - yes India can lose, but to capitulate like this? I thought, Murphy's law ought to kick in: 4-0 in England cannot obviously be repeated in Australia? Laxman and Tendulkar had a lean trot in England, but surely they will come good here? Well, it was not to be.

    For some reason, Laxman always had to justify his position in the team - which I think was not warranted at all - for he is a great batsman. However, with 8000 odd runs from 137 tests at an average of 46 odd - I think he is the greatest batsman India never had - constantly missing out on performing to his true potential.

    I will probably give Rohit a game in Adelaide to get him to be roughed up in Adelaide and taste international cricket. Adieu Laxman - thanks for your services to Indian cricket. Mate time to hang up the gloves and put the bat away and settle down to a well deserved retirement.

  • POSTED BY alizafar_1108 on | January 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Same old story,another series defeat for India,defeat after defeat,toothless performance,no excuses for shameful performance,Indian media praised their team so much on just one good performance and humiliate them the very next day for any bad show,SERIES DOWN UNDER became like a big war between two nations as indian media project this series as a best chance for India about winning in Australia,it became a pain to watch like this kind of advertisements on tv,Now what happen it came out as a joke series for TIMID INDIA which is called as TEAM INDIA. They had no reply for furious fast bowling show from Australia,even Master Blaster was nailed twice by new comers in Perth test.Dohni should seriously think about his test future and leave space for new comers as soon as possible,India do not deserved to be test no.1 at all its was just a fluke which has been exposed so badly on last 2 tours.Win or loss is nothing the main thing is how one put up the fight against his opponent.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    It's time Rohit gets a chance, considering India's future. Salute you Lax for your services!!

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | January 14, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Sad. Whaddaplaya. Gave Aus lots of trouble at times and often looked sublime at work. As an Aussie I will be happy when he can no longer haunt us but as a cricket fan we'll be poorer without him.

  • POSTED BY sriisking on | January 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Really sad to see the old war horse of India struggle like this. The great man had saved India numerable time against every opponent. Ironically he has failed against his favorite opposition.

  • POSTED BY Cool_Jeeves on | January 14, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    The last time Laxman played brilliantly, in the way the world came to know him, was in Trent Bridge Ist inn. In the IInd he received an unplayable delivery, wore a look of complete befuddlement on his way back, and thereafter the fight went out of him. In the remaining 4 innings of the series, he walked out and walked back like a lamb for slaughter. Here in Australia he has been seen in more fluent form only in Sydney, where the Aussies temporarily came off the boil, given their 468 run lead. Otherwise every bit the lamb again.

    I think it proves that 1) there is a limit even to Laxman's endurance 2) we tossed him around too much in the batting order in England to cover up for injured openers 3) in the end, the individual is not bigger than the team, and Laxman, however determined a character he may be, has been a part of the most spineless and worst led Indian team I have ever seen in my life.

    This team is a complete disgrace. Dhoni must be summarily sacked immediately.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    not to worry. Soon be back in india soon be scoring tons and then soon be back to normal.have to say Tendulkar should be disciplined for his response to his LBW he was out and anyone else would be slapped with a fine.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    i dont know...may be the aging is the problem...now they all are going to fall into the jaysuria category...who didnt retire in his prime time and kept playing and look what he made of him self...in the end they all thinking whether to drop him or he will retire himself...he was 39 and now all are in the same phase...including ponting, sachin, dravid, laxman i believe kallis has some cricket left in him..hope they all score or get retire...

  • POSTED BY s3ns3 on | January 14, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    India has never had so many match winning talents, ever, but N.Srinivasan is totally bent on taking Indian cricket back to dark old days of '90s. No one, just about no one will be allow to win until he goes away.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    To be fair though, no one has looked themselves on this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Thats it....end of Laxman.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Great article! He was a champion fire-fighter once but alas age has caught up.

  • POSTED BY Rags57 on | January 14, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I believe we Indians need to be practical about this. Age has finally caught up with both Laxman and Dravid and their reflexes are not as good as they were one or two years ago. Laxman could manage on the slower pitches in the sub-continent. Even in England, while the conditions favored swing, the pitches were not as pacy and bouncy as the WACA. Dravid and Laxman have been able to use their experience to handle difficult conditions but let us accept that their success may not be as frequent as it was before. We need to get youngsters groomed before they get frustrated. Tendulkar has been a bit of an exception on this tour given his age but even he is human and may need to go after a year or two. It is time for Pujara, Tiwary, Rohit and Virat to take over the Indian middle order. Before too long we also need to look for a replacement for Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Saw a fighting 50 odd from him against Australia A at Los angeles on a dubious pitch. Two others from that team were selected for India, but not him. Genius was not to be denied for long. However, to retain him now would be as bad as dropping him when all and sundry cried for his head in the past. So long mate. There was no one like you nor will there be one.

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | January 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Sid, 2 days before the Perth test, you were effusive in your praise for the "cheering, clapping Laxman " ( sigh !) and now this. Lax, you are a true modern great and you should go out in style ( and not be pushed). Please have the grace to call time, and that would mean that you wont get dropped.

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | January 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Manjrekar was spot on. Laxman shouldnt have played this test, and has surely played his last test. Maybe he should announce his retirement after this test, as he will now surely NOT play in Adelaide. Dravid too should leave at the end of this series and Kohli, Sharma and Pujara/ Rahane can form the new middle order. Maybe Dravid can return in 1-2 yrs as a batting coach. What say, Dravid_Gravitas?

  • POSTED BY K_RAJEEV on | January 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I am ardent fan of Laxman. He has played several memorable innings in his wondeful career. But Sir,it is time for you to say good bye and retire gracefully. He is unfit and with age catching up and whatever skillset he had before to construct a meanningfull innings is gone forever.

    Leave those good memories with us and please leave gracefully. Watching you on screen and seeing you searching the deliveries and giving catching practice to slip fielders so painful to watch Like someone said, it is like watching Picaso struggling to draw a simple circle.

    Retire after Perth and come back to India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Few years back he used to hit good balls for four.. Now the same good balls putting pressure on him. Let him play the 4th test and drop him immediately for home series. He deserves respect. :)

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | January 14, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Sad seeing this great in this series.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 14, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    This might sound devoid of logic, but age might have a factor in the case of Laxman, Sachin, and even Dravid! It might also be surprising to note that it has been 10 years since the Eden Garden special, and to expect them to provide a similar escape route after a small matter of 10 years might be, should I say, slightly a bit too much?

    As for this being his last innings, I hope this is the last for all three. The fact that they knew that there will be no away tours for the next two years, and decided to play on, as opposed to make way for budding talent, in the name of conquering their final frontier is baffling. Guess what would happen between now and the next away tour? Two or three new batsmen would establish themselves, quite easily, at home conditions, and might even play a few Herculean knocks. And then, when the next away tour comes along, the experts would be all over the team chiding these youngsters, and to seek advice from the senior who is looking to score his 100th 100.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    " In the English summer, he looked good at least." That's because England's complete conquering of India last summer has destroyed them as a team and England basically served them up on a plate for Australia to take.

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  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    " In the English summer, he looked good at least." That's because England's complete conquering of India last summer has destroyed them as a team and England basically served them up on a plate for Australia to take.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 14, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    This might sound devoid of logic, but age might have a factor in the case of Laxman, Sachin, and even Dravid! It might also be surprising to note that it has been 10 years since the Eden Garden special, and to expect them to provide a similar escape route after a small matter of 10 years might be, should I say, slightly a bit too much?

    As for this being his last innings, I hope this is the last for all three. The fact that they knew that there will be no away tours for the next two years, and decided to play on, as opposed to make way for budding talent, in the name of conquering their final frontier is baffling. Guess what would happen between now and the next away tour? Two or three new batsmen would establish themselves, quite easily, at home conditions, and might even play a few Herculean knocks. And then, when the next away tour comes along, the experts would be all over the team chiding these youngsters, and to seek advice from the senior who is looking to score his 100th 100.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | January 14, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Sad seeing this great in this series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Few years back he used to hit good balls for four.. Now the same good balls putting pressure on him. Let him play the 4th test and drop him immediately for home series. He deserves respect. :)

  • POSTED BY K_RAJEEV on | January 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I am ardent fan of Laxman. He has played several memorable innings in his wondeful career. But Sir,it is time for you to say good bye and retire gracefully. He is unfit and with age catching up and whatever skillset he had before to construct a meanningfull innings is gone forever.

    Leave those good memories with us and please leave gracefully. Watching you on screen and seeing you searching the deliveries and giving catching practice to slip fielders so painful to watch Like someone said, it is like watching Picaso struggling to draw a simple circle.

    Retire after Perth and come back to India.

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | January 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Manjrekar was spot on. Laxman shouldnt have played this test, and has surely played his last test. Maybe he should announce his retirement after this test, as he will now surely NOT play in Adelaide. Dravid too should leave at the end of this series and Kohli, Sharma and Pujara/ Rahane can form the new middle order. Maybe Dravid can return in 1-2 yrs as a batting coach. What say, Dravid_Gravitas?

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | January 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Sid, 2 days before the Perth test, you were effusive in your praise for the "cheering, clapping Laxman " ( sigh !) and now this. Lax, you are a true modern great and you should go out in style ( and not be pushed). Please have the grace to call time, and that would mean that you wont get dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Saw a fighting 50 odd from him against Australia A at Los angeles on a dubious pitch. Two others from that team were selected for India, but not him. Genius was not to be denied for long. However, to retain him now would be as bad as dropping him when all and sundry cried for his head in the past. So long mate. There was no one like you nor will there be one.

  • POSTED BY Rags57 on | January 14, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I believe we Indians need to be practical about this. Age has finally caught up with both Laxman and Dravid and their reflexes are not as good as they were one or two years ago. Laxman could manage on the slower pitches in the sub-continent. Even in England, while the conditions favored swing, the pitches were not as pacy and bouncy as the WACA. Dravid and Laxman have been able to use their experience to handle difficult conditions but let us accept that their success may not be as frequent as it was before. We need to get youngsters groomed before they get frustrated. Tendulkar has been a bit of an exception on this tour given his age but even he is human and may need to go after a year or two. It is time for Pujara, Tiwary, Rohit and Virat to take over the Indian middle order. Before too long we also need to look for a replacement for Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Great article! He was a champion fire-fighter once but alas age has caught up.