Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide January 19, 2012

Laxman practises on off day

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Even as there has been speculation regarding VVS Laxman's retirement, mostly emanating from BCCI sources in India, indications in Australia keep getting stronger that he will play the Adelaide Test. Thursday was the day off for both teams, but Laxman practised in the indoor nets of the Adelaide Oval for close to three hours. The indoor nets are off limits for the press, but Laxman was seen going in with Raghavendra DVGI, the team's throwdown and bowling machine specialist, who has worked with him and other batsmen in the NCA in Bangalore too.

Laxman has been under severe pressure after seven ordinary Tests away from home, which have produced just three fifties. All through his career Laxman has liked playing both against and in Australia, but this trip has got him just 102 runs at an average of 17. Calls for dropping him grew loud after India lost by an innings in Sydney, with former players and experts suggesting that if India had to keep losing, they were better off doing it with youngsters.

India went into Perth with an unchanged batting line-up again, and lost by an innings again. Laxman scored 31 and a duck. The day after Laxman was dismissed for zero, two national dailies in India quoted BCCI officials as suggesting Laxman had been asked to retire or face the axe. After Perth, Laxman has worked hard in the nets, spending a lot of time with coach Duncan Fletcher at the WACA before the team flew to Adelaide on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the day after India reached Adelaide, the players were given time off training. Australia will gather in Adelaide only on Friday. Laxman, though, was back in the nets at around 4pm. If Laxman retains his place, Rohit Sharma will have to wait for his Test debut: Virat Kohli top-scored in both of India's innings in Perth. The only way for both Laxman and Rohit to play is for Rahul Dravid to keep wicket, but to do so in a Test sounds outlandish even for a man of Dravid's commitment.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Totally agree with @Punjin. This series has already been lost. For the sake of India's future, OLDIES LIKE SRT, VVS AND DRAVID SHOULD SIT OUT THE 4TH TEST AT ADELAIDE AND LET YOUNGSTERS LIKE RAHANE AND ROHIT PLAY . SRT, VVS and Dravid can have a grand retirement in a home series in India. Also DROP ISHANT AND VINAY AND LET ASHWIN AND OJHA PLAY.

  • POSTED BY crossbathoick on | January 22, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma does not get to play the 4th test there is something seriously wrong with this Capt and coach. He deserves a game.

  • POSTED BY Nnskrish on | January 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas have you served in the Indian dressing room??every one in the Indian dressing room likes sachin that's a fact....he inspired a nation to win the world cup and he inspired yuvraj to play his best( yuvraj said it before winning that he's plaing this cup for sachin) but you say otherwise, I wonder how can selfish player be so inspiring!!!......what if Dravid has volunteered himself to open??or the team management didn't want sachin to open?? As for vvs coming third he stated for 100 or so times that he likes to bat at no.3 and that's his fav spot....so don't come here and talk as if he did a gr8 sacrifice for sachin....at the end of the day you are not in the team room or you know any player personally so how can you judge his PERSONAL character? You talk as if sachin is your born enemy....You or me can only judge them on their performances (what we see) not on their characters like you have been doing for some time now...cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Let Rohit play and Laxman will get another series or one more test as farewell match. If Rohit doesn't get a chance, it shows the incompetency of BCCI Selection committee which underlines the critics statement that reserve players are just meant as 'injury replacements'

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Why focus only on VVS? How many runs have Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid & yes, Sachin made individually? The problem is NOT individual players' performances, but the performance of the players as a team. Yes, India has lost 7/7 overseas Tests in a row. Until the England tour, MS Dhoni had never lost a Test series, home or away, with 8 or 9 of the same players in the team. So why have things changed? Two words. Duncan Fletcher. Gary Kirsten fostered a happy, relaxed team & the results speak for themselves. Since Fletcher took over, they've won 2 Tests at home against the W Indies. Whoopee. Fletcher has a record of leaving discord in his wake & this is clearly not the way to get a harmonious & happy Indian team. The same problem was apparent when Greg Chappell was coach. The BCCI need to find another coach from the same mould as Kirsten, as that's the only way India will reach the heights again.

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    No skill to play in England or Australia - when will we blood youngsters? Rohit and Rahane have gone through the entire tour and not played a single meaningful game. Its not too late - try Rohit and Rahane in place of VVS and Gambhir. Have a plan to include one of Pujara, Tiwary, Mukund replace Dravid in the next year. Or else we will have a green lineup once the great 3 (and they are the great 3 no question) retire. Why was Vinay picked for tests? When we have better bowlers like Munaf, Irfan and the injured Mithun and Aaron. Time for a new approach as time has run out for the Indian batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY rapidchase88 on | January 21, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    WAKE-UP. I want to enjoy TRI-SERIES/IPL/20-20world-CUP IN THE COMING 6 TO 8 MONTHS. I will see one more match and forget what may be the result. Dont worry who will stay, who will leave or who retire or who will be dropped caz next TEST MATCH IS FAR FAR FAR AHEAD. BY THAT TIME WHO KNOWS how many new HEROS will come up from all these matches in the gap of 8 MONTHS OF TIME. IN ICC calender it is very difficult to find a TEST MATCH FOR INDIA after this series. SO WHY SHOULD ALL WORRY WHEN THERE IS NOTHING IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR TEST MATCHES. :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Indian team should discard the throwdown approach, as clearly it has not worked against the sharp Aussie attack. They should practice against the bowling of Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan. The throw down approach has been successful in introducing technical flaws into the batsmen's approach. Problem is that Indian Team uses test matches for their warmup. This is true for both the batsmen and the bowlers. That is how vinay Kumar bowls at 120km/ hr at Perth. That was ridiculous. Same is the approach of LUxman. He has now woken up after drawing cricket fan's ridicule at his careless batting and fielding attitude. Cricket fans have not forgotten his hand warmer attitude of fielding at slips with both hands in pocket. That shows his attitude towards cricket.

  • POSTED BY ravip175 on | January 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    please dont give any advise to the greats like v.v.s and laxman they know how to get out of such nightmare.........plz dravid give your best out in the adilade i m huge fan of yours

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | January 21, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I can't believe that people are calling for this guy's head - this guy has more talent than the entire current australian batting line up. India are playing on wickets that are tailor made by go against their game - this is the new direction that the english, australian and not south african boards have taken to hang on to a dying sport in their home countries. These teams will be humiliated in a worse manner than what India when they visit India. Any self respecting Indian curator should prepare a square turner where Indi field a quartet to spinners. Revenge is best served cold - the wickets in the sub continent are not grazing fields where games get over inside 3 days. It would great to see that same hospitality reciprocated and would love to hear Ian Chapell on the fitness and talent of his countrymen. Test cricket is going to get very polarized - only games worth watching will be sub contiental teams against each other or Eng, aus and SA against each other. What a waste

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Totally agree with @Punjin. This series has already been lost. For the sake of India's future, OLDIES LIKE SRT, VVS AND DRAVID SHOULD SIT OUT THE 4TH TEST AT ADELAIDE AND LET YOUNGSTERS LIKE RAHANE AND ROHIT PLAY . SRT, VVS and Dravid can have a grand retirement in a home series in India. Also DROP ISHANT AND VINAY AND LET ASHWIN AND OJHA PLAY.

  • POSTED BY crossbathoick on | January 22, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma does not get to play the 4th test there is something seriously wrong with this Capt and coach. He deserves a game.

  • POSTED BY Nnskrish on | January 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas have you served in the Indian dressing room??every one in the Indian dressing room likes sachin that's a fact....he inspired a nation to win the world cup and he inspired yuvraj to play his best( yuvraj said it before winning that he's plaing this cup for sachin) but you say otherwise, I wonder how can selfish player be so inspiring!!!......what if Dravid has volunteered himself to open??or the team management didn't want sachin to open?? As for vvs coming third he stated for 100 or so times that he likes to bat at no.3 and that's his fav spot....so don't come here and talk as if he did a gr8 sacrifice for sachin....at the end of the day you are not in the team room or you know any player personally so how can you judge his PERSONAL character? You talk as if sachin is your born enemy....You or me can only judge them on their performances (what we see) not on their characters like you have been doing for some time now...cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Let Rohit play and Laxman will get another series or one more test as farewell match. If Rohit doesn't get a chance, it shows the incompetency of BCCI Selection committee which underlines the critics statement that reserve players are just meant as 'injury replacements'

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Why focus only on VVS? How many runs have Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid & yes, Sachin made individually? The problem is NOT individual players' performances, but the performance of the players as a team. Yes, India has lost 7/7 overseas Tests in a row. Until the England tour, MS Dhoni had never lost a Test series, home or away, with 8 or 9 of the same players in the team. So why have things changed? Two words. Duncan Fletcher. Gary Kirsten fostered a happy, relaxed team & the results speak for themselves. Since Fletcher took over, they've won 2 Tests at home against the W Indies. Whoopee. Fletcher has a record of leaving discord in his wake & this is clearly not the way to get a harmonious & happy Indian team. The same problem was apparent when Greg Chappell was coach. The BCCI need to find another coach from the same mould as Kirsten, as that's the only way India will reach the heights again.

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    No skill to play in England or Australia - when will we blood youngsters? Rohit and Rahane have gone through the entire tour and not played a single meaningful game. Its not too late - try Rohit and Rahane in place of VVS and Gambhir. Have a plan to include one of Pujara, Tiwary, Mukund replace Dravid in the next year. Or else we will have a green lineup once the great 3 (and they are the great 3 no question) retire. Why was Vinay picked for tests? When we have better bowlers like Munaf, Irfan and the injured Mithun and Aaron. Time for a new approach as time has run out for the Indian batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY rapidchase88 on | January 21, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    WAKE-UP. I want to enjoy TRI-SERIES/IPL/20-20world-CUP IN THE COMING 6 TO 8 MONTHS. I will see one more match and forget what may be the result. Dont worry who will stay, who will leave or who retire or who will be dropped caz next TEST MATCH IS FAR FAR FAR AHEAD. BY THAT TIME WHO KNOWS how many new HEROS will come up from all these matches in the gap of 8 MONTHS OF TIME. IN ICC calender it is very difficult to find a TEST MATCH FOR INDIA after this series. SO WHY SHOULD ALL WORRY WHEN THERE IS NOTHING IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR TEST MATCHES. :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Indian team should discard the throwdown approach, as clearly it has not worked against the sharp Aussie attack. They should practice against the bowling of Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan. The throw down approach has been successful in introducing technical flaws into the batsmen's approach. Problem is that Indian Team uses test matches for their warmup. This is true for both the batsmen and the bowlers. That is how vinay Kumar bowls at 120km/ hr at Perth. That was ridiculous. Same is the approach of LUxman. He has now woken up after drawing cricket fan's ridicule at his careless batting and fielding attitude. Cricket fans have not forgotten his hand warmer attitude of fielding at slips with both hands in pocket. That shows his attitude towards cricket.

  • POSTED BY ravip175 on | January 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    please dont give any advise to the greats like v.v.s and laxman they know how to get out of such nightmare.........plz dravid give your best out in the adilade i m huge fan of yours

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | January 21, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I can't believe that people are calling for this guy's head - this guy has more talent than the entire current australian batting line up. India are playing on wickets that are tailor made by go against their game - this is the new direction that the english, australian and not south african boards have taken to hang on to a dying sport in their home countries. These teams will be humiliated in a worse manner than what India when they visit India. Any self respecting Indian curator should prepare a square turner where Indi field a quartet to spinners. Revenge is best served cold - the wickets in the sub continent are not grazing fields where games get over inside 3 days. It would great to see that same hospitality reciprocated and would love to hear Ian Chapell on the fitness and talent of his countrymen. Test cricket is going to get very polarized - only games worth watching will be sub contiental teams against each other or Eng, aus and SA against each other. What a waste

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | January 21, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    WOW!! So many people going after Laxman, but saying nothing against Dravid, who has already been bowled 5 times in this series with same incoming deliveries. If Laxman is not Very Very Special anymore then how is Dravid still the Wall?? There are other guys who are doing far worse then Laxman, people like Sehwaq, Dravid, and Gambhir. Is Dravid any younger or doing any better then Laxman? and why not drop flat-pitch bully Sehwaq when touring outside India, he has NEVER performed outside the subcontinent and cricinfo stats article on Sehwaq has proved it!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    i think tis team s nt focussed at all...no hunger for win..effortless game...i just wanna say u fans plz ignore d 4th match...

  • POSTED BY Punjin on | January 21, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    NO HE SHOULD NOT PLAY. Because youngsters should be given a chance and this is perfect opportunity, lost series. let them play and learn, perform without being under radar/pressure, gain experience. Nothing against great Laxman, it's the circumstances. Even Sehwag, Dravid, Gambhir & Tendulkar should not play. Let Kohli or some one else lead. Bring on youngsters and improve fielding. Even if India wins with all big names- what good is it- another statistic. COME ON INDIA SUPPORTERS- RAISE YOUR VOICE AND BE HEARD. Next test at home play Laxman & Dravid and give them opportunity to retire in front of home crowd. Give grand farewell that they so richly deserve. They both should make themselves unavailable for this game- Create good example. What face would you have if you got out at low score & India lost or you scored and still India lost or even if india won. Sehwag & Dhoni- quit playing tests. Focus on 1Day/T20-you are GREAT in these formats and India needs you. Save for 1 day/T20 pls.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 21, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    While we concentrate on our batting failures, our bowling is just as bad. Time India gave notice to Shewag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and Dhoni - last game - move over we need new blood and a new captain. Of the bowlers time to give notice to Zaks and Sharma. Lets face it we also lose the battle in the field as well - old legs. People will dispute Gamhir in this list but Oz found his weakness - now every team will exploit it. Technique is not there. So they should enjoy one last game and next series we need drastic measures. Build the future team around - KOHLI, ROHIT and YADAV.

  • POSTED BY funnyIndiancricket on | January 20, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    "Laxman practices on off day".. come'on man.. there is no point practicing at this time.. when the series is lost..if there is anything our team or players should have done.. they had to do it when the series started..

  • POSTED BY ahweak on | January 20, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    2002 - 2008 is pretty much the only time India looked capable of winning on foreign soil and they did win abroad. The fight and resilience shown during those tours are missing now. The selectors do not have the courage to be ruthless in selection. If their stand is "this is the best team we have", then the problem is with fans for expecting a win (or even a fight) from this outfit. Don't blame Laxman...he would play for another five years if the selectors allow him to...not just him, even Dravid and Tendulkar will.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | January 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    NOW THE GAME IS WHO IS BETTER IN DEFEATING INDIA. IS THAT AUSTRALIA OR ENGLAND? T20 and Oneday WHITE WASH on the card.. unless if they drop the 3 senior and change the captain. Anything less will be a disastarous tour. Australia will do better then England finally when we compare this tour with india tour to England.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Another good innings is just round the corner for VVS. You are such an elegant batsman and sure you would produce another master class. The whole nation is behind you and hope you play until 45.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Practice for what - another 10-20 runs. Drop this non-performer and bring in Rohit Sharma. On current form, Rohit is a much better batsman than LAX.

  • POSTED BY LoftedShot on | January 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    If VVS declares Adelaide Test to be his last, he should get to play the game. Otherwise he needs to be DUMPED. I doubt he will say so because for the records, he hasnt quit even ODIs and T-20, He is always 'ft and available' for selection even for ODIs, much laughable though it might seem.

    For God's sake India has lost 7/7 when it comes to last 7 overseas Tests. It is BAD. When did it happen in 80s, 90s, forget 2000s when we did superbly in Eng and Aus? This team needs surgery and there is nothing to be apologetic about it. Look at the faces of Dhoni, Sehwag, VVS. Do you even see any fire or determination as you saw in early 2000s?

    Last 26 overseas innings of Very Very Special Laxman! 7, 8, 38, 96, 15, 32*, 12, 0,85, 87, 56, 3, 10, 56, 54, 4, 30, 2, 2, 24, 2,1,2, 66, 31, 0! Can't Pujara, Kohli Manoj Tiwary, Rohit and Badrinath come up with BETTER PERFORMANCE than this if given 26 innings on the trot? Good innings mostly against WI.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    If this track is really flat then what do you expect Ishant to do on it. I think Ishant has been thoroughly useless on all type of tracks, then why not drop him and go with TWO SPINNERS. After all the Pakistanis are doing wonders with their spinners. Only S.Ajmal may be danerous with his Doosra-Teesra but A.Rehman & Hafeez are pretty ordinary spinners. If i am not mistaken spin was our Forte and Pace was their Forte. Now after the Spot F Saga, they suddenly adapted to the spin strenght and we lost Spin and not gained in Pace. We are No Where, neither here nor there. Why so ? We should go back to our strength. AFter all our pacers have always been useless exept a very few. We dont need a three man Pace Attak.

  • POSTED BY NoExcuse on | January 20, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Folks ... Cricket should never be about a particular individual, but rather about the team. Unfortunately, some players have become bigger than the game. Practically, there should be no love lost if an established player - not in form - is dropped. After all isn't it about playing your best eleven based on current form and conditions. Fans across the globe are getting frustrated at the inability of the selectors to take simple and forward thinking steps. Its time now to make those decisions and give our upcoming young cricketers the chance that they desrve!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    What is he practicing for. He wants to be selected for Duleep Trophy ??

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | January 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @waddil, very well put mate.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    irrespective of recent failures u cannot force retirement on any player young or old. Rohit will get his due place & who know's this long wait will make him realise how difficult it is to gian a spot in test cricket. this will keep him steadied head & help serve indian cricket for long. Bcos U DONT EARN PRAISE FROM SOME ONE LIKE IAN CHAPPEL[WHO IS MISERLY IN EFFUSING PRAISE] JUST LIKE THAT. To me , he is true succesor to sachin.

  • POSTED BY Ammar1234 on | January 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    This is wrong bcz one man is not responsible whole team is responsible whole team need to practice on off day

  • POSTED BY vin77 on | January 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    LAXMAN will play Adelaide.Poor fellow scored a Zero & the whole country is after his blood.When he won matches for India single handed - the others got lucrative advertising contracts for scoring meaningless centuries on DEAD India Wickets.He is truly a LEGEND also a true servant of Indian Cricket.Nothing changes in India see the score in Ranji Final ,it is almost the end of the second day only 2 wickets so far.The BCCI will not change or learn.So where is the lesson? how will our bastmen ever learn to play on fast wickets?

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | January 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    A number of distressing comments about VVS' place in the team. I would say this is his first failure in a series in a LONG time (since 2008). In England, he was OK, but India had other issues - in the form of injuries. He was expected to fire in this series as he wsa coming off a good series against WI & a decent run in the tour game (a 50), but that didn't happen. So, those guys who are commenting that he is a passenger and is one of the ageing stalwarts who has continued just based on his reputation, take a break and go whine else where.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    WHY CANT WE KEEP DRAVID OUT??? IS HE PERFORMING OUTSTANDINGLY????

  • POSTED BY Senthi1 on | January 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Rohit Sharma Should be included in the the fourth test. Instead of creating pressure on individual batsmen yongsters should be given few chances. There is no point by sitting the younsters in bench for a prolonged period.Yongsters should be trained in the overseas with the likes of senior players like Sachin Dravid and VVS.

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | January 20, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I realy cant understand what these legends (Sach, Dravid, VVS) wants to prove, they have reached all the peaks in cricket...only goal they missed was Aussy test series win but still they managed to prove their ability by drawing 2003 series when Aussy were invincibles..2008 they faught well against 12 member Aussy team (incld umpire) but they lost. I am the fan of these greats but I beg now please retire slowly from now give way to potentials before they become old (age 30) and you can avoid diminshing fame...Sachin, Dravid,Pont,Kallis you guys dont worry no one is pontential enough to change the tally of highest run getters in test except Sangakara who might disturb the tally.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | January 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Why don't ICC fix age limit for cricketers

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Both Rohit Sharma and Very, Very Special Laxman deserve to play in Adelaide. Dravid will keep wickets if VVS has to play! But, he kept at LORD's and he caught Pietersen off the bowling of DHONI, but DRS saved Pietersen......

    Test matches have not lasted 5 days, gamble worth taking.....

    Kohli can bat no.3, Dravid slide to down to no. 6 with ROHIT batting at no. 7.....

    But with a reserve keeper in SAHA, SAHA has to get in......

    PLENTY TO PONDER FOR Viru SEHWAG!!!!!!!

    V will have to wait and see what happens on Tuesday!

  • POSTED BY MathewsAdelaide on | January 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    any how dhoni cant play in this adelaide test, if u dont want drop laxman, bring Rohit Sharma in dhoni's place and let dravid keep the wicket, IF ROHIT SHARMA IS NOT IN THE ADELAIDE ELEVEN ITS ''RIDICULOUS'' pls pls pls pls... WE DONT WANT TO SEE THAT LOOSING COMBINATION AGAIN HERE,we need some changes in the playing faces

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | January 20, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Abdullah39 - aussies are not mighty nemore. Moreover this is not even their first string attack.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | January 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    It would be rdidiculous if he still plays. But given Indian tradition he will continue to occupy his seat till he can. No diginity. Same with THE WALL with lot of holes nowadays. He was great last year and should have retired gracefully but no. He will continue to play. Both are pretty useless fielders. Drop catches and the dravids scoring rate is legendry. What worse could happen with these guys out? we would still loose but youngsters would get the experience.

  • POSTED BY gopakumar85 on | January 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    i do feel that its time vvs lakshman decides his future himself i think he is under lot of pressure as the pressure is coming from all quarters. its not fair on him though considering the contribution of his in this indian team for over a decade and more. but when its time then he has to go, i must say lakshman made a big blunder by touring to australia he should have called it a day after he scored the hundred against west indies in india. i dont think it would have any difference in the team anyway and now it has become really ugly. being cricket lover and a cricket player myself i hate to see such a legend been met with such treatment and vvs has himself to blame for this to happen.realy hope that if he plays for adeliade then it should be his last test hope he announces his reitrement before it really gets worse, example look what happened with simon katich... it may just happen with vvs.. would be very disheartening....

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    drop all- sachin first, dravid second and third shewag. at this level if you cannot face swing and bounce after playing for over 10 years then its waste of time of own life. you cannot be 50 -4 and around 100-6 wickets for last 7 test match. this mean inherent flaw in batting techniqnues.

  • POSTED BY OkyaBokya on | January 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    I have this opinion. Big 3s should retire one by one after every series from now on. Let Laxman retire after SL sries. Rahul after NZ series and Sachin after England series. Or let Rohit play all the tests and only 2 of the big threes will be in any test. Rotate the seniors to have balance in side. Preplanned rotation. And then this can carry on till next Feb March when Australia come to India. Then some can retire after England series and other after Australia series. This will ensure smooth transition and good bid adieu.

  • POSTED BY sagren on | January 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Why single out VVS? because this time he failed to rescue the team as is come to be expected. He often enters the batting arena under pressure and the probability is he will not always succeed. If the team and administrators needed a wake up call perhaps this is it. Talent alone will not win games. From where I see it team development seems to be one dimensional - batsmen friendly flat wickets and too little emphasis on athleticism and development of aggressive, accurate fast bowling thus making them ill equipped for away games. But all this has been said before..................

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, tendulkar, Rohit, Kohli, Saha, Zaheer, Ashwin, Ojha and Yadav, MY XI for Adelaide.

  • POSTED BY sanjaykn on | January 20, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    they should rotate seniors for next 2 years! tendulkar would be skipping some domestic matches anyway like newzealand after his century and may be even srilanka! During this time any of the other 2 seniors can play. laksmans service is needed in india! And with on and off form of shewag and gambhir there will always be atleast 3 batsman positions up for grabs! So pujara, rahane,kohli,sharma,raina, yuvraj all will have chance to establish themselves! I do not know much about mukund his stroke play seems very limited. And ofcourse plenty of opportunities for everybody in odi's too!

  • POSTED BY silly_pt on | January 20, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: What are you talking about? Sachin averages 20+ more than Laxman in all away matches played in last 2 years. Everyone can see that Sachin is in sublime form at the moment (Just that he isn't converting his starts & it has more to do with overall low-confidence of the team rather than anything else), while Laxman is clearly struggling to even put bat to the ball. Though he has been one of the greatest Indian batsman, I am afraid that Laxman has delivered his best. Also in any case we need to give Rohit a game because he will be most likely the most established batsman on next tour down under. Kohli has just performed well so I guess Laxman should make way for Rohit but it seems that Team management has other plans.Cricinfo publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Bring Back Ganguly ....!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Why no takers for Duncan Fletcher' head. Puzzled, but may be its I alone.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 20, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    ROFLMAO! By the time Laxman will start thinking about his retirement, Rohit Sharma, Pujara and co would be retired before him...How disgusting can you be and put yourself, instead of thinking about country's pride? Laxman if you can read it, Please for god sake have some self respect.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 20, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - interestingly SRT has NEVER batted @ #3 in his entire career. The rest of the batting order revolves around him. Like when Dravid & VVS moved to opener & #3. Logic would suggest that if Dravid opens, SRT moves to #3 & VVS to #4 - doesn't it? == == == VVS's great record in Oz AND against Oz warranted giving him a go. Now the series is lost, I think that VVS should at the very least be replaced for this test with one of the young guns. Failure to do this is just delaying the innevitable.

  • POSTED BY plod on | January 20, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Laxman must face the axman. Too old, not the future. Rohit Sharma must play in Adelaide. Tendulkar gets another game to try and make his 100th century. Apparently that is more important than the teams performance and the future of Cricket in India. India are going to be in the wilderness when Tendulkar retires at 64, Dravid 53 Laxman at 49. To all the ignorant correspondents out there, Melbourne has the boxing day test, Sydney has the New Years Day test and Adelaide has the Australia Day test. This has been the case for a long, long time, with the occasional stuff up by Cricket Australia whereby its been in December. And for all the doomsayers and eastern state critics, Adelaide has the best cricket wicket in Australia. Good for batting, rewards the line and length bowler and spins a bit on the last day. Remember all the classic test matches that we have produced. Warne bowling the poms out in 2007, the list goes on and on. Plus it's still the best looking ground in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    never understand y he's beared for so long just coz of factor of aussie vs laxman he's strggling a long way there not able to play moving balls.....its so frustrating to see rohit sit in bench......if india want to loose so regularly in australia why aint they loose playing young players...it will give them chance to play abroad........

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 20, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @syed osaid, "Teams dominating at home and getting slaughtered abroad INCLUDING PAKISTAN???".... Mate whatver you've been smoking must be on sale.

  • POSTED BY linusjee on | January 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Is anybody going to be watching this match? Does anyone really care now if Tendulkar scores his century in an inconsequential match? If the Aussies are smart, they will throw this bone to the Indians and let them win just to keep the interest level up for the 1-dayers. After all, it is the Indians that bring in the moolah so it only makes sense to feed the cash cow every now and then.

  • POSTED BY ajayb92 on | January 20, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    India missed a trick by not playing rohit sharma at the WACA. By the time they choose him later this year he might be out of form and itll be too late. It's not only Laxman that they should consider removing, Dhoni and Sehwag haven't exactly done anything of note overseas for a while now. India need some deep thinking after this series because the manner of the defeats overseas in the last year have been disgraceful

  • POSTED BY RoJayao on | January 20, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    As an Aussie fan I'm still flabbergasted by the reluctance of India to move forward with the rest of the world, at least with their cricket. Talk of continuing to play the old guys, playing only in India on dead pitches and the ridiculous "wait until you get to India" comments simply smack of "flat earth" thinking. Quite frankly with that kind of attitude the rest of the world mighn't bother going to India or invite them back! Very disappointing India.

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | January 20, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Sachin, Laxman and Dravid arrived Australia earlier to get adjust in conditions of Aus quickly, but what happened in the test matches? Yes they have adjusted very quickly if you see the results. I am a fan of Rahul Dravid and to see him bowled for 5 times out of 6 is not good..he is one of the classy player who is difficult to bowled out, this means Aus have done a great job its not like they do only in Aus. Though they lose in Ind, but not like Ind, they fight till the end.

  • POSTED BY ggsg on | January 20, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas I tried to understand your thought process to support some one u like Dravid and Laxman u have to put down some one like Sachin and his countribution to indian cricket. Anyway... u said sachin has failed more times than laxman in past 3 series england, west indies at home and now australia. Since last year june sachin batting average by sachin standards is not good agreed but it is decent most good player would like to have bat.ave above 37. Since june Sachin has played 10 test here are is his score 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91 v/s england; 7, 76, 38, 94, 3 v/s WI; 73, 32, 41, 80, 15 and 8 till now v/s australia. Sachin has been amongst the run but i will agree he has not played long ininng or big 100 but has been in a good nick. I belive india has lost recent matches in england and australia not becuz of laxman, dravit or sachin but team as collective unit has failed. Mr Dravid_Gravitas i hope u agree to support ur favourite is good but to put sachin down is wrong.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | January 20, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Off day? You are kidding. Our team of losers should not be sleeping at all - rather drilling, practicing, bowling, batting. I feel that in modern sport too much emphasis is given to "mental conditioning" and "relaxation" psychology and not enough to technique and it is the technique where the Indians have been found wanting. Mr Fletcher, stop the relaxation and start the work.

  • POSTED BY ggsg on | January 20, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Well said karthik raja agreed most of your point. I am unable to understand some of these as cricket is a team game consist of 11 players and team india lost so why is every time team india loss u( not u karthik) guys get after big 3 SVR SACHIN VVS AND RAHUL HEADS call for them to retire. I TEAM AS UNIT FAILED. In west indies laxman played good, dravid was great, Sachin was consistent as unit team failed.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | January 20, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Both Laxman and Dravid have looked awful this series. Dravid seems to almost fall over when playing a simple forwrd defensive shot, his balance is terrible! Both are pushing the wrong side of 38. Surely there are some good young batsmen in India who should be given a go?

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Looks like Laxman will play and also Rohit. I expect Dravid to keep wickets as Dhoni is out; So Rohit will pay in Dhoni's place instead but not keep wickets. The other change will be in dropping Vinay Kumar and playing Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY clarky1958 on | January 20, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @maneeesh - "Is there a replacement?" Of course there is. Rohit Sharma has been regarded my many judges (including Ian Chappell) as one the best young batsmen going around. Chappell has been saying that for 2 years! It is ridiculous to not give them a chance then turn around and say where are the replacements. It is the same sort of thinking used by people who wanted to drop Kohli for the Perth test, and look how that turned out. Give the young players a chance.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | January 20, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Will be disappointed if Rohit Sharma doesn't come in at the expense of anyone but Kohli. Most Indian fans are way too attached to their old stars. There will be effigy burning if either Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, Zaheer or Laxman get dropped. I remember what happened with Ganguly and he should have gone a year or two earlier. Only Kumble who is a class above left at the right time.

  • POSTED BY armbowler on | January 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    The news is all about Laxman. Sachin and Sehwag need to be mentioned as well, besides others. Great batsmen should be able to adapt to the situation. Sachin was never comfortable against the Aussie bowlers. So is Mr. Sehwag, it seems he is not even interested in playing once he goes out there to the crease. He is ready to give catching practice for the Aussies. Application, determination and can-do attitude is important. I was told that these guys were on their way to shopping with their families right after these matches. The positive for Indians is that our bowlers have done well. There is too much hype about Sachin that can't rescue the hour of need. Rahul has been the usual savior, but he also didn't click. Dhoni needs to stop shoveling snow and play the ball along the ground. Wishing our team good luck in the next match.

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | January 20, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    The rule 19- its so players recover from the stress on their body of 3 tests which we close to back to back to back. use common sense mate. Tests should be all 3 test series except the ashes which should be 5 (cause of tradition) IMO

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 20, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    If the big 4 play - Viru, Dravid, LAX and SRT play in Adelaide, we are doomed. It will be another whitewash. At least 2 of them need to be dropped and replaced by Rahane and Rohit. I feel sorry for Rahane and Rohit. They have to make way for these geezers and watch them toyed with by the Australian fast bowlers. The old geezers are shameless - they won't retire - BCCI has to grow a backbone and drop them.

  • POSTED BY Samreidd on | January 20, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    The best way for India to win the fourth test against Aust is to send India's women's cricket team. At least they can give some fight or don't loose by innings.

  • POSTED BY world.cricketer on | January 20, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    rohit could be a very good option to get some experience in aus why unnecessary vvs

  • POSTED BY the_flying_squad on | January 19, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @ Abhinav Anand ; just another person who thinks you have to be able to play the pull shot in Australia. Steve Waugh any one? If Australia are playing that often square, it's because your bowlers are bowling far to short. Quite simply really. You have to be able to drive in Australia and most good batsman score a lot of runs through the 'v' in Aus.

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | January 19, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    He had an off day & practiced? or did he have the day off and practiced?

  • POSTED BY Sreejith.... on | January 19, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Why this Kolaveri ?.. Laxman need not retire ... I think Rohit Sharma should retire and when the stalwarts finally decide to call it a day ,R Sharma can go the afridi way and call off the retirement

  • POSTED BY NRPOnline on | January 19, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    We all tend to forget that these guys won on many occasion against Aussies. Home or away, doesn't matter. With one poor series, we are talking about axing out for non-performance. We can ceremoniously retire them for sure. But axing out? Are you kidding me? We should get the vocabulary right here. India and indians are pretty intense when it comes to using words. Media, Internet, magazines all are very brutal. Show some respect guys. Almost everyone who is writing against them would lost bladder control when they play on such wickets. Any decent fast bowler could have run thru this kind of batting lineup. And our bowlers are no less capable. But out team's strength is batting and even bowlers fail to deliver when they don't see the big score on the board. That's their comfort zone. Criticizing aging stalwarts is like badmouthing your own father for making less money than you. Times change. But don't discount the contribution and treat them like a doormat.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | January 19, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Not that the Australian team will treat it as such, but Adelaide is a dead rubber - why not "rest" Laxman & bring in Rohit? Adelaide's a friendly pitch to batsmen, might be good to have a look at him, considering he is obviously a future prospect for the BCCI. On another note, I'm not sure why there's so many comments calling for Dravid to go. He's still a classy batsman, and I'd still consider him the best of the Indian lot. Laxman, much as I like the guy, seems a shadow of his best.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    May be rest Gambir and Dravid to open. As Laxman's career is ending and wants to go on a high note, give him one last chance..poor guy. As it is dead rubber, also give Ojha a chance. May be try this team: Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Saha,Zaheer,Umesh, Ojha, Mithun/Vinay/Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY gandipet on | January 19, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    I am amazed how Sehwag is getting away with his performance. While others at least try to stay at the crease, he simply does not care. He has scored 118 runs at the average of 19.66 while Laxman has scored 102 at the average of 17.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | January 19, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    The mega stars earned their right to go on their own, for all the services they rendered this great nation. It is childish to ask them to go, without a proper good bye, after whatever they have done. Having said that, the problem starts right from #1 in batting order. Why are we tolerating Sehwag and Gambhir? Are they not to be blamed as much as the rest are? Why are we not talking about Dhoni's contribution? He is the leader, afterall!!

    Problem lies at the top. When you have two of the flat track bullies, where does #3 get a break? RD is walking in with scores of 24 (highest so far?) scored in 10 overs. Last time, he was walking in at over 50+ with the score at 75+. Has anyone noticed that? There is no point in blaming these three guys who rendered such great service to the nation, while we still tolerate 75+ years PMs. RD/SRT/VVS must play the last test and be left alone to decide on what they want to do. They earned this darned right. They are still the best compared to rest.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Even i too think y alwayz laxman has to be blamed.. he has done alot for ind in past y pople 4gt so early... i noe he is not doing well n it's hurting our record too.. drop him but atleast don't tell him to retire. . . i want 2 ask wat aussies batsmen r doing accept clark no one has clicked well enough 2 be said dat dis team is capable of 2 beat any team da reason behind der winning is SIMPLE dat india is not at all playing der game... or i can say not abit dey lik 2 play b4... it's lik kids vs men game... n people who r balming sachin can u plzz stop it hw can u utter a word agaist such a legend.. i noe he is not gtting big runs but i guess only in whole ind aus team he is da single player who is batting widout any struggle... m really dssopint wid dravid(as m a huge dravid fan :( dunno wat has suddenly effected his form ) wat hppn 2 dhoni,viru,gauti ???????????

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | January 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag and Laxman are the reason why India struggled in this series. In mebourne, when Dravid and Tendulkar laid a great platform, Laxman, Dhoni, Kohli failed to capitalize on that and if that match was won, the confidence would have done a great change for India's fortunes. After that, these openers have been a disgrace. Sehwag's fitness is one reason why he is not moving much when batting anymore. He looks like he is getting a bit lazy. If the team can't get a good opening, it gets very difficult for the middle order. Dravid keeping wickets in tests won't be a good idea. So, Laxman, unfortunately, has to go.

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

    @Naresh28.........Murali vijay is a worthless... who couldnt use the so any chances he got......Chopra ia aged...........and mukund deserve chances

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Guys, I am not sure why everyone is behind Laxman as if he is the reason for the fiasco ..Then entire batting unit failed.Period..Not sure why cant they leave Laxman alone instead of putting him under pressure..What is the reason for this article?Only like focusing on Laxman ?What for? Come on!Why people should focus on Laxman going to practice etc..etc..Instead please focus on 1)What are the plans to face Australian bowlers at Adelaide 2)Does shuffling batting order improve 3)Plan for each bowler 4)How to rotate strike etc...etc..publish those type of articles so people will put their valuable comments instead of just finger pointing on the batsmen.We are not kids..We should learn from the past and try to improve.As I said before I will be really happy if we win one test..We are not used to bouncy pitches period...no if's and but's..face it...

  • POSTED BY SrikanthReddi on | January 19, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    You cannot judge an all time great on one series or a match. Fans all tend to forget the master pieces played by VVS and always becomes the easy prey for Media, retired cricketers. Let the LEGEND decide his future and pretty sure VVS, Sachin, Dravid are not selfish ones. BCCI might have a plan of transition but the three must have discussed on the future already. All the best VVS. Show the Class one more last time on Australia!

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | January 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Time for Sehwag, Dravid, Gamhir, VVS, and Dhoni to go. Too late to be "practicing".

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    the rule19, the accommodation, flights and schedules for all internationals regardless of type (t20 or test) are set a long time in advance. Not just for the teams, tv programming and advertisers but also for fans that may travel to watch there heroes!

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | January 19, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Just don't understand why such big gaps in between games when it is a dead rubber game fourth test. Wonder how that would attract crowds. Really tests should only be kept in an odd range being it three or more than three considering the result of each game during a series.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 19, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    AAKASH CHOPRA is definetly a quality opener for India and a past player. The best part of guys like Chopra, Mukund and Vijay they are geniune openers who can tie ends down with new ball. I have always felt that India never seem to have the right guys out there when playing overseas.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 19, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @nampally I agree with you about both Kohli and Rohit. Both should have played from day 1 of series. I have been saying this time and time again. In fact each time India takes field without Rohit I got disappointed. We only need two seniors at a time playing to improve our fielding - but besides Shewag, Gambhir, Dhoni were not showing any confidence as well. These two are the future of India and in fact Kohli has shown the best tecnique out of all batsman facing Oz.

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

    Who so ever things Laxman or anyone for that matter should retire should try to come out of his own comfort zone and do something. We play on pitches where you have to learn how to drive and then you try and play at a place where the best shot is pull. Its the same as pushing an elephant in the sea and then tell him hey dude you are so big go figure ..

    No one can perform like this. Let them play county,play more outside the subcontinent, go early play more practice matches or if this is how its going to be BCCI use your clout and money and only play in India because only Gods can perform like this and it is evident how even they are facing issues

  • POSTED BY Abdullah39 on | January 19, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @SunnyD lol..he batted against Tamil nadu,not the mighty Australians...

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | January 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    When's the axe landing on Dravid's neck? How long would the team and nation bear him based on his yester year accomplishments?

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

    As usual tendulkar will play beautifuly in adelaide bcz this match dead rubber.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 19, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    The manner in which a batsmen scores is a crucial selection factor.Sachin got a 70 & a 80 in the first 2 tests besides couple of scores in 30's. Only in Perth test he was out in teens twice(LBW).But Sachin batted each time so confidently that he looked set to play till eternity until he just got out!.Laxman, on the other hand, even in his 31 runs at Perth did not exude confidence. At least twice he missed being bowled by a whisker whilst he played & missed @ several balls. He was never confident. Gambling with VVS yet again at Adelaide? If I was selecting the Indian XI, Kohli & Rohit Sharma would be my first Choice bats & Yadev & Ashwin, in bowling. 3 out of 4 of these guys played & did proud to themselves & to India. If there were 3 more committed guys like these 4, in batting, India would have won the series.I feel sad & sorry for Rohit Sharma being dropped yet again. Alas, India never took advantage of Rohit's talent.The XI should be chosen on merit & Form - NOT on yester- year Form

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    undoubtedly when all fail...its only vvs who saves us and wins matches ...even in the west indies series he proved it.....but with the age factor coming in , the REFLEXES on such fast pitches have gone down for him . :(

    P.S virat,rohit,pujara are the future now and somehow gambhir needs to click .

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Why single out Laxman itself.. what have the other players done.. be it Dravid (I m a big fan of Dravid from my childhood even he was critisized for his batting in one days), or cricket's so called god.. or the greatest openers of Indian cricket n mainly wat has Dhoni done.. his average is also same as Laxman apart from one innings not out.. If You hav to sack sack the whole batting lineup.. I dont think India will be even able to draw the last one live apart winnin it

  • POSTED BY maneeesh on | January 19, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    RETIREMENT RETIREMENT RETIREMENT. ARE YOU KIDDING. is there a replacement? will you go next? test cap is earned not given. Dravid earned it by showing his mental toughness and he just sticks to the pitch and is very annoying to get out. laxman also earned his place. not to tell you sachin played without helmet to waqar and waqar blew his nose with blood all over. My friend this is the test cricket not one day or t20 or gulli danda that any one can play. we have collectively failed as unit. they will retire someday true. but yougsters have to show that they are also ready to take their place and probably kick them out. not other way like selectors kicking them out. make huge domestic runs and no one can keep you out for long. that is the way it works and it should work. there are few selection politics i agree. but sachin is still scoring at avg of 40? above then all youngsters... find a replacement and man is dignified enough and will retire on his own...

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    It's time that Australia puts an end to the comedy show called "Border-Gavaskar Trophy" and play some REAL TEST CRICKET by inviting Pakistan for a yearly battle of skills under the instigation of "Imran-Lillee" or "Warne-Ajmal" trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Anyone following Ranji Final? Akash Chopra bats whole day for 86. Hope he was playing for India.

  • POSTED BY Harsha_Reddy on | January 19, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    The problem with our team, we always blame individual and not the system. BCCI as a system has failed miserably, dravids,tendulkars,VVS,kumbles did not all become great overnight they worked hard and they went out played county cricket which i believe whoeveer from india has played have gone better and 1 exceptional (Zaheer). Now a days no player form india gets permission to go play county cricket or otherwise, play in dead pitches with small boundaries and be happy.Unles these things change we wil lalways have a tour or two we will suffer as we go there once in 5 yrs a day before a test match.

  • POSTED BY SunnyD on | January 19, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Aakash Chopra should replace Dravid.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | January 19, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Its too late. He will not be given another chance. They will give chance to youngsters. Coach common wakeup and secure your job by not including him.

  • POSTED BY cricsuhail on | January 19, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    If you dont have a plan, you plan to fail. Exactly what India has encountered!

    It seems to me that Lax, Drav, Viru and Sachin have all aged several years within just 3 tests? - I never heard a media outlet nor a competent commentator talk how these guys should have not been taken to Australia. Now suddenly they should retire while a test series is on! - For crying out loud, stop this stupidity and let the team management make decisions. You cannot do a transition inflight. Dropping is definetly OK but these rubbish talks of retirement and how one should hang their boots in the midst of a series is all so disrespectful to these great servants.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    VVS will need more than 3 hours net practice if he wants to compete at Adelaide. 3 hours is not enough. Sheer lazyness. He should be putting in 6-8 hours per day.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    right now ther will be no use even tough team india win serieses by huge margin and creating individual records when they play in sub continent.no indian fan will welcome those performances.what is the use of those when they cant do that in overseas.right now india should play with two teams.one for subcontinent matches which is captained by dhoni.in present indian team ther are many batsman who cant bat in overseas.best example is dhoni especially for tests.while playing in overseas team should be captained by sehwag.

  • POSTED BY sandunk on | January 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Laxman HAS to sit out, not necessarily because he is old or not playing well but for the sake of future of Indian cricket. Series is lost, and over 3-0 or 4-0, whatever. But its the only match left and an opportunity to try a new young talent Rohit Sharma cause after 3-4 years he will be touring Australia, not Laxman. Let him have a go, get a feel of the test match in Australia. Even if he gets nothing, he gets valuable experience.

    What he has done for India is over, this is the time to start looking ahead and building for future. Starting NOW, with Laxman and then the rest to follow (Dravid, then Tendulkar) in the next 2-3 years or so.

  • POSTED BY JosephThomas on | January 19, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Everyones talking of Laxman to retire. I agree he has to but why no one is talking about Dravid & Sachin? If you look at their age - Laxman will become 38 only in Nov '12, Dravid is already 39 & Sachin will be 39 in April '12. So I strongly feel it should be Rahul who should leave first, then Sachin. Laxman can be around for another 1 year more I feel. He is the man with classic shots & can be a perfect one for youngsters to watch & learn. To be frank its the selectors who made the mistake as they should have done something 2 years back. Ganguly retired at the age of 36 & he was playing better compared to the present way the 3 are playing. If he left at 36 then how come these 3 are still playing at the same time even when they are above 38????? Also too much of cricket is being played by India than any other team. T20 cricket has to be stopped or reduced. IPL has to be stopped or else we will face bigger problems ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    fantastic joke it is!!!! better luck next time laxman..

  • POSTED BY SIDD88 on | January 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Laxman has been tremendous asset for the team over the decade; there is no way that team is loosing because of Laxman, I agree that he has not been in his best for; but we should not forget that team fortune will not change by asking a legend to retire from the format!!!! Rather, it is important to find the real issue and try to resolve it at earliest possible time! I wonder how did the same team with same players won many away matches under Saurav Ganguly!! Dhoni's been under performing leader of the side, Remove him from the test team! Drop Sehwag to middle order and ask a player to take his position, bring back Dinesh Karthik to replace dhoni, get Munaf patel, Irfan, and may be Harbhajan singh...

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    VVS will be back in form in a very very special..style

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    it is high time all the three seniors are sent home.nothing will befall India if Sachin does not complete 100 centuries.he can play few matches against Bangaladesh/Ireland and complete to satisfy his ego.please please allow youngsters to come in

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    practice should have been done before perth test and now he is playing only for place and not for team's cause

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Every one is saying about the retirement of old war horse...but can u show a proper replacement for them..u can criticise..but have to understand the reality..Yes they are old wine but still fresh.Only on the basis of one bad series dont underestimate them..if this serie is the base,then tell my dear friend how many indian players has to sack from the squad including Captain Cool?????????

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Are they kidding me?

    I think so may be this is some horror dream hmmm

  • POSTED BY tusharkardile on | January 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Why? and why 25 chars when four can do the job?

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    VVS has proved himself amnytimes and this time too !!

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    It is better Laxman should retire from Test cricket after 4th Test In Australia. He served Indian cricket from last 10-15 years, so he deserved self retrirement from Test cricket after Adelaide Test in respectful way, instead of sacking from Indian Team.

    Indian should give opportunity to younger players like C. Pujara, Manish Pandey,Rohit sharma, Murali Vijay, Mukund, Rahane in place of VVS Laxman, R. Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I am a big supporter of VVS Laxman but I think now its time for VVS, Dravid and Tendulkar to retire and let new players come in to build a strong team India.

  • POSTED BY venbas on | January 19, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    This is what will happen if you have a chancer as a chief selector and a politician as the boss. Way to go India...Aussies can expect another whitewash handed over in a platter, creamed and topped up in full. The storyline can be the following, Aussies win the toss, bat first and pile up 600+. Ponting gets a double and Brad Haddin/Hussey both get tons to cement their place in the side. India gets bowled out twice and the match is dusted by lunch on the 4th day. Series won by Australia 4-0. By the way Sachin gets stranded in the Nineties and the crowd finally do have some excitement for their moneys worth.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Yis it that all of you are upon Laxman..He has won india maches under pressure like the famouse 2001 or even last series in india...Y isnt anyone after Sachin whu is 2 years older than lax and he has neva won a match for india under pressure.. He is jjust trying to score his 100th century and nuthn else.. he hasnt played for the team..but just for his individual record...it past the time to sack sachin....Ricky ponting was right in quoting " if sachin was playing for aussie he would have been out of team before the 2006 series.."

  • POSTED BY rapidchase88 on | January 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Two changes in the next match, One Saha IN Dhoni out and One spinner IN and Pacer Out. Leg spinner Ojha may get a chance.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    If at least one of Laxman, Dravid or Tendulkar do not voluntarily sit out and give youngsters a chance in Australia I will agree with one of my friends who always said the Big Three are the most selfish cricketers in the world. The series is lost what difference does it make whether you personally score a 100 or not? No, you have to score a 100 to soothe your ego (or is it to improve your statistics?). A 50 for Rahane or Rohit is much better for India's future than a Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman 200. I hope you guys publish this.

  • POSTED BY rapidchase88 on | January 19, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I wish Dravid will be the first because he is almost 40years by next series. Next Sachin I think he may play one or two series by then he also 40 years. Laxman can play a year more as he is only 37 now. But I think PONTING and KALLIS are going very very strong now they may WASH both DRAVID and SACHIN records of MOST RUNS in TEST CRICKET HISTORY. If TENDULKAR play another TWO YEARS of TEST cricket then his records are unbreakable in TESTS as number of matches are going to be few in a year comparitively last few years. If both Dravid and Sachin retire early after this seris, then number one will be KALLIS, number two will be PONTING, number three SACHIN, number four MAHILA/SANGA/DRAVID etc.. As a Indian it wont look good. So go sachin go, hit as many as possible quickly and get retired. "WHO CAN BE UNREACHABLE", THAT is the MANTRA now.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 19, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Laxman's Granny also scored a tripple century in an on going Ranji match against rajasthan, We should also play her in place of Virat Kohli in Adelaide tets match. I also heard Murlitharan, Carl Hooper and Jaisuriya are also making their come back for Indian team in place of Rahul Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    shame on Laxman...after such a disasterous & humiliating performance at a stretch,he wants to play more.He should have announced his retirement.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    India keep losing because they have no faith in the youngsters & are over confidence in Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman. They openly admit that "We played irresponsibly as a Unit" but do not remove the irresponsible guys - who continue the same again.VVS is a good batsman but is currently out of form, no self confidence & cannot adapt his game to the Aussie pitches. Playing him is a gamble! Rohit Sharma on the other hand has all the missing qualities in VVS but is deprived his turn by Fletcher & Dhoni. This is where Kirsten was an infintely superior coach to Fletcher. Not playing an In-form batsman in 4 straight Tests in a team full of reckless batsmen is simply unacceptable. I think the team would be the same as in the first 2 tests except Dhoni forced out & Saha forced in.I don't have anything against the Senior players but they have zero intensity.It is better to lose with a young team who at least are keen & don't give up till the last ball than jaded seniors - This attitude must change

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    This the best move to play with laxman to lose another match and to have a new record in whitewash history....

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | January 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Laxman should play / exercise everyday, whether it is an off day or not. It is specially important in old age / after retirement.

  • POSTED BY mgiri1983 on | January 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Wow,Thats the reason y he is one of the greats in business today.He knows something is going wrong & he is doing all his efforts to make d same count.

    Kudos to u laxman.Make it a big one in adelaide.

    All the very best.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    somebody tell him that we hv lost d series........... don't waste ur energy and tym...... better u take a retirement & just play IPL...... as 12th man......\

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    somebody tell him that we hv lost d series........... don't waste ur energy and tym...... better u take a retirement & just play IPL...... as 12th man......\

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    somebody tell him that we hv lost d series........... don't waste ur energy and tym...... better u take a retirement & just play IPL...... as 12th man......\

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Use the bowling machine but Laxman should be standing with his butt facing the balls. I hope he will be given BBW butt before wicket.

  • POSTED BY dimni on | January 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    i think sachin will not be there

  • POSTED BY Jerseyite on | January 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    if i was rohit sharma i would call it quits just to hit home the message that BCCI and all foolhardy folks do not get. I mean how many failures does it have to be before someone gets fired. Dravid should keep wickets because that way he won't play at first slip and drop so many catches. With gloves one hopes his buttery fingers would be better.

  • POSTED BY Hurricane08 on | January 19, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    lol - so the message here is - he can't bat, but he has suddenly started taking it seriously, so let's continue with him. I agree with Thomas - this is baloney. If Laxman makes it to the Adeleide test, Kris Srikanth needs to be show the door.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    i cant think india again playing with same batting line ups!wat the hell is going to happen!i am of the opinion if its to loose we have to try out the batsmen who are in form.its better to loose after giving a try rather than finish all the 5day test in 3 days!

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    If laxman plays in adelaide then he is gonna play for another year , given that india are not playing tests out side india for another 18 months and he is gonna score more n more n more runs on flat decks and bore the viewers with his embarassing fielding skills and just when we tour abroad after that he will come out in a wheel chair and bat (it might suit him as he doesnt move his feet while batting, fielding or catching )

    sadly in indian cricket individuals have become bigger than the sport itself which is never a healthy environment.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    I think VVS will do well in Adelaide.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    why people criticize only laxman but not dravid,Tendulkar,sehwag...? laxman plays at no 5...if top 4 could not put enough runs on board....what can the rest of the team play with new ball? top 4 should play atleast 50 overs....i am not supporting anyone here...coming to the bowling department..Zak is really bowling well but he did not get enough support from his partners...Just compare our bowling attack to their bowling's they are getting wickets but our bowlers could not get wickets.. Umesh is little bit expensive but he is good wicket taker.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Good going VVS. Give it your all mate. Just get those damn feet moving a little bit when you come in fresh to the crease. That's all. Good luck VVS. You've been pushed to no.3 in England and people are now crying foul for your failure there and are now counting it against you, saying that you had 7 consecutive failures in overseas tests. They are not mentioning that Sachin not only had 7 consecutive overseas failures but another 3 failures in India against the Windies. Wonder why Sachin didn't play at no.3 and wonder why nobody is calling for his head though he failed in more tests than you for the same period! Wasn't it his selfishness and fear of failure that he stuck to that no.4 in England. Don't worry VVS. Give it your all mate. And that's all you can do. You were brave in England instead of chickening out. And that's what counts. Not for no reason there are millions who hold you and Dravid in the highest regard. Good luck mate.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    No need for any change.. India has not produced any good backup players to overcome the gap of laxman like class although he is out of form ,but he is a classy one.I dont think this is the good time for substituion.India should have done it after Ind/SA series .For me all the teams are passing from same era. i.e dominating in home and getting slaughtered overseas... India,England,Srilanka,Pakistan.....

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    good to see atleast hes practicing.. can India take the game into day 4?

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    All of us forgot what VVSL done for the country. He is also a human being. Let us all give him a chance to decide whether to continue or the quit. Please !!!!!!!!!!!!Please!!!!!!!!!Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Laxman has always been a gr8 asset for us.. He will stil be best bet in subcontinent.. Bt, seaming conditions(except Aus) hv always troubled him.. Now, he is troubled a lot more.. May b his reflexes r dying.. In cricket, age should definitely not be the ONLY factor to look for "retirement".. All that matters is "form".. I back Laxman to get back into form in Adelaide.. If not, its better 4 him to retire asap.. Anyway frm my guess, he wont b an automatic pick in Test XI anymore.. No.. I am not saying this as a call for young blood as lot others doing here.. "Call 4 young blood" is stupid.. Mind it, v r yet to find proper replacement for Ganguly.. Ganguly or even Kumble 4 that matter never had mind to retire.. Its only "V" who made thm to retire forcefully.. Ganguly was in top form whn he was dropped.. plz spare these guys Lax and Dravid.. Let thm r BCCI take decision.. Let us not make decisions for thm.. V as fans, support the XI in field, whoever it is.. Cheers.. (Note: V - Fans+Media)

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

    7 th loss abroad ...........nd still no SIGNS of change..why have they picked 17 player ...

  • POSTED BY sarosh_siddiqui on | January 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, and SHewag helping Australia to 4-0 series win. IPL didn't helped india at all, India is No 7 in T20 ICC ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    They (Dravid, Laxman) now that they need to somehow pass three more ordeals in Adelaid. After that, they are back to India, play IPL, and fly to SLK for three test where they can resume their "skills" in scoring centuries. Media will sing in union that form is temporary and class is permanent.

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | January 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Laxman's retention in the Indian playing 11 for the last 4 tests has defied cricketing logic. Dhoni, captain CSK & N Srinivasan, Owner CSK have done their best to ensure that Rohit Sharma / Ajinkya Rahane do not have a fair chance at success. Now - I am now praying that Laxman plays at Adelaide (even if it means a 4-0 whitewash of India). The sheer politics to retain non-performing Laxman under lame excuses (simply to reserve the slot for CSK players who are currently not available to the touring party) would have put avoidable pressure on Rohit Sharma & Ajinkya Rahane who are available as much better options to Sehwag. If the replacement succumbs to this avoidable pressure, flops once he will make way for either Murli Vijay OR S Badrinath of Chennai SuperKings. Better Laxman loses the test match, Srnivasan & Dhoni bring their CSK boys into the Indian 11 AND are required to explain to the Indian media why Sharma & Rahane were not given a fair chance at succeeding.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    practice should have been done before perth test,and now just he is practising for his own place rather than for team's cause

  • POSTED BY Qasimmahmood82 on | January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    4-0 it will be, goodbye! no chance to come back even vb series will be Australia's. :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Good time for Laxman to bow out...hope its his last test!!!

  • POSTED BY premendrasinghal on | January 19, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    there is no series in august

  • POSTED BY premendrasinghal on | January 19, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I still believe that Laxman can make it here

  • POSTED BY rumyfala on | January 19, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Some times i wonder why does these so called senior players of the sub continent just retire gracefully when they are on top but just hang around untill they are fired. Why dont they learn from the great players from other countries. I think one exception to this was the great Murali. Its high time dravid, luxman,sachin,mahela,sang,dilshan should all pack their bags and take a vacation on their own time and money. they have taken enough on the public money.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | January 19, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Why Rohit 'No-hit' Sharma was taken to Australia? Just to keep him from Mumbai Ranji Team? He has not done much on international level; but, he is a good domestic performer...just for that reason he should be given a chance. I understand Laxman's frustration with himself; however, he is simply being an 'Indian'. We seldom quit voluntarily. Just look at Indian politicians and you will get the idea.

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

    a class act as always..one who never gives up. Try and do your best. The fact is Laxman is in the current squad and until he is dropped his job is to try his best. I wish him all the best. We need something special from you, Laxy. And I firmly believe you are still capable to do just that. India needs you. Rohit is a talended contender and will get his chances. I want India to show some fight.

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 19, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    well, well. These are not good signs. After all it appears the on tour team management includig the captain refuse to learn their lessons. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane both wiil be definatelyh better than Laxman. Choose any of these youngsters. Just check their profile, thei first class averages are far better than any one in the present team. And just in case any one thought that first class averages were not good yard sticks, just check this. The first class averages of all the present lot of players is almost the same as theri test averages. This means that these boys are far better than any one in the team, including SRT.

  • POSTED BY Ehsan_Satti on | January 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Mate! All these old Indian guys have just to perform in last match at Perth and they will try their best putting all their experience. They know very well, India has no test series out side the country next two years. I bet you all, Sachin will play world cup 2015 too.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    laxman will score 50 in the test and he will play for another 2 years. Our cricketers won't retire like Adam Gilchrist.They don't give chances to youngsters.It is pity that Rohit Sharma is not getting a chance. They are already prepared for whitewash.

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

    come on guys, dont be so hard on vvs, the lean path in career happens for every player, i guess vvs is putting his headdown and working , all the best VVS , you are special against Ausie every time

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | January 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Great, the series is gone and yet Laxman wants to hang around depriving Rohit Sharma valuable experience on Australian pitches. What is he trying to prove, even if he scored a double hundred he did not do it when it matters so its not worth a lot. This is exactly what is wrong with the Indian system a question of waiting to fill a dead mans shoes. Laxman should have been shown the door along with Sehwag and Dhoni. With Dravid, Tendulkar and Zaheer put no notice. With Pakistan and Australia on the rise it is not long before India slips to the bottom of the pile.

  • POSTED BY Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on | January 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I'll say that its bad habit of players as they only works hard when things go out of limits they should have worked hard after first loss so as BCCI , they were waiting to see the result of third test,they should have take strong decision straight after 2nd test.Now he is practicing as he feeling its do or die

    same all players do, seems to me they are habitual of that insult lots of t20 and lots of money as Indian players earns more than any cricketer in world so as stomach is always full so they don't feel to fight for win there is no eagerness in them. One eagerness they have for sure... that is stardom, this is the only reason they want to be in playing lineup.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    just checked the test schedule of indian team . next test series of india will be in august that is 7 months later . at that time laxman will be 38 , dravid will be 39 years 8 months & sachin 39 years 6 months older . i m assured that laxman & dravid will not be there .

  • POSTED BY Empty-Sequence on | January 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Seems like laxman is not satisfied with one whitewash, he wants another one. Keep it up Big 4.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    WOW...three losses and still no change this is just bull.....

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

    is their will be a any change of scoreline due 2 this??

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

    is their will be a any change of scoreline due 2 this??

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    WOW...three losses and still no change this is just bull.....

  • POSTED BY Empty-Sequence on | January 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Seems like laxman is not satisfied with one whitewash, he wants another one. Keep it up Big 4.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    just checked the test schedule of indian team . next test series of india will be in august that is 7 months later . at that time laxman will be 38 , dravid will be 39 years 8 months & sachin 39 years 6 months older . i m assured that laxman & dravid will not be there .

  • POSTED BY Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on | January 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I'll say that its bad habit of players as they only works hard when things go out of limits they should have worked hard after first loss so as BCCI , they were waiting to see the result of third test,they should have take strong decision straight after 2nd test.Now he is practicing as he feeling its do or die

    same all players do, seems to me they are habitual of that insult lots of t20 and lots of money as Indian players earns more than any cricketer in world so as stomach is always full so they don't feel to fight for win there is no eagerness in them. One eagerness they have for sure... that is stardom, this is the only reason they want to be in playing lineup.

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | January 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Great, the series is gone and yet Laxman wants to hang around depriving Rohit Sharma valuable experience on Australian pitches. What is he trying to prove, even if he scored a double hundred he did not do it when it matters so its not worth a lot. This is exactly what is wrong with the Indian system a question of waiting to fill a dead mans shoes. Laxman should have been shown the door along with Sehwag and Dhoni. With Dravid, Tendulkar and Zaheer put no notice. With Pakistan and Australia on the rise it is not long before India slips to the bottom of the pile.

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

    come on guys, dont be so hard on vvs, the lean path in career happens for every player, i guess vvs is putting his headdown and working , all the best VVS , you are special against Ausie every time

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    laxman will score 50 in the test and he will play for another 2 years. Our cricketers won't retire like Adam Gilchrist.They don't give chances to youngsters.It is pity that Rohit Sharma is not getting a chance. They are already prepared for whitewash.

  • POSTED BY Ehsan_Satti on | January 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Mate! All these old Indian guys have just to perform in last match at Perth and they will try their best putting all their experience. They know very well, India has no test series out side the country next two years. I bet you all, Sachin will play world cup 2015 too.

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 19, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    well, well. These are not good signs. After all it appears the on tour team management includig the captain refuse to learn their lessons. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane both wiil be definatelyh better than Laxman. Choose any of these youngsters. Just check their profile, thei first class averages are far better than any one in the present team. And just in case any one thought that first class averages were not good yard sticks, just check this. The first class averages of all the present lot of players is almost the same as theri test averages. This means that these boys are far better than any one in the team, including SRT.