India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali, 5th day October 5, 2010

A special innings from Laxman - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has hailed the duo of VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma for their match-winning stand of 81 that helped India fight back after being reduced to a seemingly hopeless 124 for 8. Laxman played a decisive role in guiding India to a second successive win while chasing, following up his unbeaten century against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval with 73, also undefeated, to seal a one-wicket win and spark off wild celebrations.

"VVS was really remarkable in this match. He helped the team overcome a batting collapse. Laxman remained at the crease, hit boundaries, rotated the strike and kept the scoreboard moving all the time," Dhoni said after the match. "For me, it was a very special innings by Laxman."

Laxman's performance stood out as he played with a sore back, a niggle that forced him to drop down the order in the first innings and bat with a runner in the second. He was supported admirably by Ishant, who scored a determined 31 to revive India's hopes after Australia's seamers had put their team in sight of a win. "Ishant showed good character when the batting collapse took place. It was no doubt a big task. Only two-three batsmen remained and Laxman was on the other end. But they supported Laxman well and that worked for us," Dhoni said. "Our heart rate went up. Nobody could imagine such an ending in four-and-a-half days when the match started."

India's target of 216 was not the most intimidating but Australia's fast bowlers hit back on the fourth evening to limit India to 55 for 4, and continued to make steady inroads on the final day to leave the hosts reeling. Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, rued the unavailability of Doug Bollinger - who had to leave the field with abdominal stiffness - against the lower order. "We failed to take a couple of wickets quickly," he said. "Bollinger's injury probably didn't help us there; we needed a fresh bowler to give it a shake but that's the game.

"Full credit to India; they outplayed us today. We tried our best. It was satisfying effort from the boys. I told them to just take the scorecard out of the mind. The partnership between Ishant and Laxman was great and it made the difference."

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  • Jaggadaaku on October 9, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @ Chandru.saf, Sri Lankan team in onthe 3rd place of ICC raking, and if India can beat SA, SL, and Aus (2nd, 3rd, and 4th), I don't think they should beat the ENG to proove they are champion. Because ENG is a way lower on the ranks. So, please stop your non-sense and pay attention on the current situation.

  • Hindh on October 7, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @chandru what exactly have SAf, eng and aus done after touring so much to India still they r not able to beat india in india..

  • karthikfromchennai on October 7, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    @chandru, are you from the country wheree bowlers sell country for 150000 GBP?

  • MartinAmber on October 6, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Well, I see Cricinfo are framing this match in Switch Hit as "Can India save Test cricket?" So, the writers haven't learned a thing then. I guess Edgbaston 2008, Chennai 2008-09, the wonderful Aus v SA series of 08-09, Cardiff 09, England playing three other draws in the space of a year with either them or their opponents 9 down in the fourth innings, Sydney 09-10 (assuming all above board), the emergence of Swann, the equalising of the top sides (relative to the previous 15 years), the continued excellence of players with all-time great records, and the disappearance of the man (Lalit Modi) who posed the greatest real threat to Test cricket, have all failed to "save" Test cricket then. For crying out loud, do you not understand how great the last 2-3 years of Test cricket have been?

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    it would have been tough for any team chasing 216 runs on the fourth innings...not many teams would have done it ...But this Indian team is different...they dont give up until the last wicket is down...they fight ...fight and just fight. And this is what separates the no 1 team from the rest.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on October 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Good performance from Laxman, Zaheer, Ishant, Sachin and Dhoni (for his captaincy, dont' foerget that India is on winning streak under his captaincy). Only reason why Laxman should have been given MOM is he is winning player and still not out at crucial time and by the way he performed at that stage he could have chased the target even if Zaheer khan had not performed so well. And don't forget that he was playing with back problem.

  • boltfromheaven on October 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    One cannot help but feel that in all euphoria there are some dark clouds.It's the Tendulkars, Dravids and Laxmans who bail us out. Time and again. Australia have bitten the bullet and are building a new, young team under a tough captain. We have a splendid team full of superb veterans led by a captain who seems to be half asleep at the wheel. Sehwag, for all his swagger, does not inspire the confidence of a Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman. Ishant is a class act and you get the feeling that he is a worthy successor to Prasad, Srinath and Zaheer. The others? Where on earth are the youngsters? Unlike the country at large, the national test team does not have a demographic dividend to reap.

  • Hindh on October 6, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    @romail ali Hey dude just becoz pak fixes the matches does not mean that every other team in the world does the same... get a life man........

  • chandru.saf on October 6, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    I dont know whats wrong with ICC. ICC has named "DHONI" as best test captain. What has he done so far. Never ever comes to bat, whenver the situation is tough.

    I don't know... India keep playing sri lanka and improve their rankings. ICC should plan away series consecutive for India against SA, Eng, Aus. then see what this stupid indian team does,

  • nair_ottappalam on October 6, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 :- I watch TV only after I reach home say after 8.30 pm. However, I never miss the highlights of any cricket match irrespective of whether India is playing or not. Coming back to your point, it is seen that more often than not most of the cricket fans are blindly supporting Sachin. He is as much as a human being as everyone of us are and are bound to make mistakes. His mistakes are often gone unnoticed. That is the point I wished to bring to your notice. After all what matters the most is India won the match despite all odds. After reaching 8/124 even the most optimistic amongst wouldn't have thought that India would win. But thats Laxman, ably supported this time by Ishant. The most unfortunate thing is that both of them wont be playing the second test. I think that Australia made a wrong choice by not including Steve Smith in thier playing XI. Hauritz was a blunder. Even Katich and Clarke would have bowled better than Hauritz

  • Jaggadaaku on October 9, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @ Chandru.saf, Sri Lankan team in onthe 3rd place of ICC raking, and if India can beat SA, SL, and Aus (2nd, 3rd, and 4th), I don't think they should beat the ENG to proove they are champion. Because ENG is a way lower on the ranks. So, please stop your non-sense and pay attention on the current situation.

  • Hindh on October 7, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @chandru what exactly have SAf, eng and aus done after touring so much to India still they r not able to beat india in india..

  • karthikfromchennai on October 7, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    @chandru, are you from the country wheree bowlers sell country for 150000 GBP?

  • MartinAmber on October 6, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Well, I see Cricinfo are framing this match in Switch Hit as "Can India save Test cricket?" So, the writers haven't learned a thing then. I guess Edgbaston 2008, Chennai 2008-09, the wonderful Aus v SA series of 08-09, Cardiff 09, England playing three other draws in the space of a year with either them or their opponents 9 down in the fourth innings, Sydney 09-10 (assuming all above board), the emergence of Swann, the equalising of the top sides (relative to the previous 15 years), the continued excellence of players with all-time great records, and the disappearance of the man (Lalit Modi) who posed the greatest real threat to Test cricket, have all failed to "save" Test cricket then. For crying out loud, do you not understand how great the last 2-3 years of Test cricket have been?

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    it would have been tough for any team chasing 216 runs on the fourth innings...not many teams would have done it ...But this Indian team is different...they dont give up until the last wicket is down...they fight ...fight and just fight. And this is what separates the no 1 team from the rest.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on October 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Good performance from Laxman, Zaheer, Ishant, Sachin and Dhoni (for his captaincy, dont' foerget that India is on winning streak under his captaincy). Only reason why Laxman should have been given MOM is he is winning player and still not out at crucial time and by the way he performed at that stage he could have chased the target even if Zaheer khan had not performed so well. And don't forget that he was playing with back problem.

  • boltfromheaven on October 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    One cannot help but feel that in all euphoria there are some dark clouds.It's the Tendulkars, Dravids and Laxmans who bail us out. Time and again. Australia have bitten the bullet and are building a new, young team under a tough captain. We have a splendid team full of superb veterans led by a captain who seems to be half asleep at the wheel. Sehwag, for all his swagger, does not inspire the confidence of a Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman. Ishant is a class act and you get the feeling that he is a worthy successor to Prasad, Srinath and Zaheer. The others? Where on earth are the youngsters? Unlike the country at large, the national test team does not have a demographic dividend to reap.

  • Hindh on October 6, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    @romail ali Hey dude just becoz pak fixes the matches does not mean that every other team in the world does the same... get a life man........

  • chandru.saf on October 6, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    I dont know whats wrong with ICC. ICC has named "DHONI" as best test captain. What has he done so far. Never ever comes to bat, whenver the situation is tough.

    I don't know... India keep playing sri lanka and improve their rankings. ICC should plan away series consecutive for India against SA, Eng, Aus. then see what this stupid indian team does,

  • nair_ottappalam on October 6, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 :- I watch TV only after I reach home say after 8.30 pm. However, I never miss the highlights of any cricket match irrespective of whether India is playing or not. Coming back to your point, it is seen that more often than not most of the cricket fans are blindly supporting Sachin. He is as much as a human being as everyone of us are and are bound to make mistakes. His mistakes are often gone unnoticed. That is the point I wished to bring to your notice. After all what matters the most is India won the match despite all odds. After reaching 8/124 even the most optimistic amongst wouldn't have thought that India would win. But thats Laxman, ably supported this time by Ishant. The most unfortunate thing is that both of them wont be playing the second test. I think that Australia made a wrong choice by not including Steve Smith in thier playing XI. Hauritz was a blunder. Even Katich and Clarke would have bowled better than Hauritz

  • arnavred on October 6, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Anyways guys,the first test is over.OK.Rest is past.Cheer up for the moment. Every one played their part to win the match.. As they are international players and know how to play in those conditions.They were out in the middle. But we are not. They have huge pressure on them to perform and win,so sometimes it goes in the wrong way.that's it.No one is to blame.Just cheer up.OK.Gud day guys...

  • alphatruth on October 6, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Hey Romail Ali, This is really sad as we always tried to find fault on others while pakistan have corrupted cricket board and cricketers. Please don't do that. It is ugly.

  • Jaggadaaku on October 6, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    @Nair_ottappalam, Did you watch the match on TV or online? Those batsmen-Sehwag, Dravid and Raina were playing like they wanted to make 216 runs on the fourth day trying to play all wide and bouncer balls. Some Australian bowlers even spoke bafore the series started that they will bowl plenty of shorts to certain batsmen because certain batsmen cannot survive the short balls. And on the fourth day, all Australian bowlers were bowling 5 out of 6 balls of every over, the mixture of wides and bouncers. But these three arogant batsmen were trying to chase all the wides and short balls and gave simple catches on the slip and inside the first cirle area. And the captain ran for the impossible run when the run was not the issue, but wickets, got runout seems like he is in hurry to go back to the pavilion. I am not saying those batsmen are stupid all the time, but they became stupid right at that day when there is plenty of time to make those 216 runs. Please forgive me if I hurt ur feelings.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 6, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    That game showed why 2-test series between top sides are a nonstarter. They have only just begun the series and now it's the just finale to come. Also sports editors should br more responsible and just rip up copy which sounds the death knell of Tests. Papers should report reality not phantasy. But by the same token Asian supporters should try to fill their grounds more. It's far from impossible. Finally, Dhoni does not look the equal of the main players in that side.One of the main men should be captain.

  • on October 6, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Disappointed to see ACSU not taking notice of this match. Seems like ICC is being part of rigged matches/results. I better find another sport. God bless cricket lovers.

  • Raja.143 on October 6, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Dhoni Should be dropped form his batting and keeping very poor

  • on October 6, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    In all this euphoria, Dhoni shouldn't overlook the chinks in his armour. Allow me to play the devil's advocate:-

    1. 3 catches dropped in Aus 1st innings. Two pretty much straight forward. No. 1 test side must be a good fielding side, if not brilliant. 2. 350/4 while batting in 1st innings, 400 odd all out. Should have batted Aus out of the game then and there. 3. 4th innings chase blues once again. Be it 150 or 200, India invariably falters. 4. Poor shot selection by the 3 top order batsmen in 4th inn. - Sehwag, Dravid and Raina. Does not bode well for SA series, one place where bowlers will get more assistance. 5. Zaheer seriously needs a backup, Ishant & Sreesanth blow hot and cold. They should be more consistent. 6. Someone please ask Bhajji to step up and be the leader of the pack. Is he becoming India's Monty Panesar? He doesn't have a plan B.

  • nair_ottappalam on October 6, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 You mentioned the stupidity in getting out yesterday of the Indian batsmen-Dravid, Sehwag, Dhoni, Raina & Harbhajan Singh. Dont you think that the most experience test player with just under 14000 test runs was out in a stupid manner in such a crunch situation. Such situations make Laxman-VVS-Very Very Special. And the Aussie captain was very well aware of it.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    before the match there were lot of guys questioned indian bowlers' ability to pick up wickets,.... now its over....i am a very very proud indian seeing what our team has achieved. its great team effort...sachin's 98, sehwag's 50 and dravid's half century set the tone in the first innings...the bowlers' brought us back into the test and a master piece from Lax sealed it for india. What u say kolbania, lankan_neutral and the kid zapper22? gone hiding?

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    a guy caalled kolbania went hiding it seems....may be he is cleaning the sheesh out of pak bowlers.

  • Swarupm on October 6, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    What is the problem with us Indians? We are never satisfied! It is time we changed this. It is time we started believeing in us and our people. It is time to recognise the change in the attitude of our cricket team. It is time to realise that these changes are permanent. This is a winning team and we are ardent fans need to be behind them at all times. They will loose some in the future, but can we as fans stand by them when they loose or start tearing them apart like we have done all these years? Time will tell... Indian cricket has come of age! Rightfully, the change is being led by the big guns- Sachin(1000 runs this year- how many times have we dragged this man down?), Laxman( do not need to say anything!), Dravid( the man looks fitter and in great form), Zaheer( his aggression is growing day by day and his thought over fight with Ponting will cost them this series), Bhajji( he is a class bowler, back him, he will come back, always has!). Enjoy the win- more to come!!

  • namdev123 on October 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Bollinger and Laxman both were injured. One rested, other contributed.

  • AndrewWI on October 6, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    The match was exciting but the Australians played way out of their skin. Expect a sound thrashing in the next game , Mr Ponting . Pound for pound , India stands head and shoulders above Australia in batting based on both class and form. Australia's pace attack matches India in these conditions and Nathan Hauritz can't hold a candle to Harbhajan. Sorry but the law of averages catches up eventually.

  • Jaggadaaku on October 6, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I really cannot understand the matter that the bowler-Ishant Sharma stayed that long on the crease, made runs, and supported Laxman that very long time, then why the real batsmen-V. Sehwag (India's Hard Hitting Superstar), R. Dravid (India's Wall), S. Raina (India's 2nd and Modern versioned Gavaskar), MS Dhoni (India's Cricket Hero) and H. Singh (India's Bully Allrounder) couldn't survive even half of the balls as Ishant Sharma played when they should be on the crease? MS Dhoni is a captain of team India, and he should be on the crease for a very long time, but he ran for impossible run and suicided and got run out like he is in hurry to go back to the pavilion. If Pakistani captain would have done like this, people would have said he got himself sold out. And ofcourse a lot of people here who jelous about Laxman very much especially, trenta01. So, trenta01, if you have very severe foot pain, and the hungry tiger comes towards you, would you just stay there saying you can't run?

  • Jaggadaaku on October 6, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Laxman should be the captain of am India. Have you guys seen when Dhoni got runout at this tough situation, Laxman got stunned and clearly showed the mute complain to his captain-what did you do? And have you seen at the moment when he played the shot where only single run is possible and the 11th batsman-P. Ojha ran for a single run, Laxman raised his hand and then bat telling him not to run? And the very next shot he played and the ball went to the boundary, he shouted his runner and P. Ojha to run double runs, so he can keep the strike. Yesterday, only 3 Indian players-Laxman, I. Sharma, P. Ojha were hardcorely worried and wanted to win that game. All other batsmen-V. Sehwag, R. Dravid, S. Raina, M. Dhoni, and H. Singh showed how much stupid they can be when the team really need them throwing their wickets stupidly. This is a very serious matter because V. Sehwag, R. Dravid, S. Raina were trying to play almost all balls despite they had one and half days/4 sessions to make 216 runs

  • chokkashokka on October 6, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    What a game! Was up till 1:30 am here in California standing in one spot watching my man VVS turn it on baby! We love you man - nothing more fitting than seeing the winning runs come off of that blowhard Johnson - booyaaah baby!! I caught VVS howling this in Ponting's ear after the winning runs were scored - "this is why this is why this is why I'm hot!..... I'm hot 'cos I'm fly ......you're not 'cos you're not....this is why this is why this is why I'm hot....."

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    You cant ask for a better match than this..a real humdinger, India proved why we are no1 team

  • Vnott on October 6, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    For all the talk about India being the most disputed No:1, the reason India is No:1 today is because someone stands up each time there is a crisis. And results have been consistent over the last 3 years. The batting line up of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman , Raina, Dhoni is just too good. In the last 2 years, everyone except Dhoni averages above 50 in tests , Sachin and Sehwag in the seventies, Gambhir, Dravid and Lax in the fifties. Scoring rate is awesome just like the Aussies of the Steve Waugh era. When Kumble was around, leading the pack the bowling with support from Zaheer and Harbhajhan may not have had the incisiveness of Mcgrath and Warne but was equally effective. India certainly needs to improve the bowling with Kumble gone and will need to prepare for the trio of Dravid, Sachin and Lax leaving in the next 2 years. Badri, Pujara have to be given adequate chances so that we are able to maintain the position at the helm.

  • nomikshah on October 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I don't think there are words that can describe the grit displayed by VVS, and this is not the first time that he has done it. Hats off to him, he is a technically correct batsman whose one histrice innings has basically defined and steered the course of India's winning ways, along with ganguly's aggressive attitude. Tandu and Dravid might have scored more than him, but his impact is a lot greater. As a Pakistani, I wish we had just one batsman in our team who would show an iota of determination and technique that he has shown.

  • cric4india on October 6, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Could we stop cribbing like kids as to who the insignificant 'MOM' went to. For God's sake, we have won an epic here. There was no single contribution, but a team effort which took us there! Sachin's 98, Dravid and Raina's innings, Ishant's burst and his wonderful support to Laxman, and of course, Very Very Special Laxman. They were all there. But we should know Zaheer's consistency in the match was the driving cause. Sheesh, people still don't know the meaning of MOM!

  • DINESHCC on October 6, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Someone in the name Sheshad commented that India will lose the match by innings defeat. Dude you forgot one thing. The two teams played at Mohali are India and Australia and not Australia and Pakistan.

  • Cricket_Fanatic_vignesh on October 6, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Looks like VVS has got some unfinished business agianst the aussies.!! Hope he will continue teh same throughout..!!

  • on October 6, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Sadly Australia's downfall is persisting with a negative offie who has a bit of drift and hardly turns the ball. Indian players use their feet a lot beter than most. However Krezja or Smith would have done more damage on the wcket. Ponting is going to finish his career without a win in India (in tests) and never regaining the ashes in England....

  • on October 6, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    In all this euphoria, Dhoni shouldn't overlook the chinks in his armour. Allow me to play the devil's advocate:-

    1. 3 catches dropped in Aus 1st innings. Two pretty much straight forward. No. 1 test side must be a good fielding side, if not brilliant. 2. 350/4 while batting in 1st innings, 400 odd all out. Should have batted Aus out of the game then and there. 3. 4th innings chase blues once again. Be it 150 or 200, India invariably falters. 4. Poor shot selection by the 3 top order batsmen in 4th inn. - Sehwag, Dravid and Raina. Does not bode well for SA series, one place where bowlers will get more assistance. 5. Zaheer seriously needs a backup, Ishant & Sreesanth blow hot and cold. They should be more consistent. 6. Someone please ask Bhajji to step up and be the leader of the pack. Is he becoming India's Monty Panesar? He doesn't have a plan B.

  • Jaijo on October 6, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Dhoni should consider himself lucky. He dropped sitters. Did not bat well. Also another much hyped player is Harbhajan. the arrogance he displays on field is terrible. Thanks to some old warhorses and young players, India is still no. 1. Finally a great test match. Good fight by Aussies.

  • vismorkel on October 6, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    aussies have'nt won a test against india since SYDNEY2008 whereas ind has won 4 out of 7...3 tests were drawn & aus were the ones who dominated 2 of the drawn tests(adelaide& bangalore)..they were well on their way to a victory in mohali untill ishant & laxman stopped them..why has luck desserted them in these test matches...smith was agonisingly close to hitting the stumps but missed it...Aussie dominance for a decade was not luck but the incident which started the dominance was sheer luck,gibbs dropped waugh after he had caught it cleanly,donald was run out aftr klusener had almost won it & the match was tied,worse the ball by fleming was a no ball(UMP FAILED TO SPOT IT,SHOWN BY REPLAYS) & the previous victory helped australia through to finals...in rare instances when aussies were tested during their dominance luck had always helped them...why is it that luck has desserted the aussies recently...Is it the curse of SYDNEY??plz dont take this seriously...just dramatized for fun..njoy.

  • rezaghatok on October 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    I have seen such a dazzling innings from VVS Laxman not only in recent time but also before. It is Laxman who is always the Key against Australia. I am sorry for Tendulkar. He did not take the while when it was very much required for Indian innings. India have had two more obstacles and obviously they were Umpires BF Bowden og New Zealand and IJ Gould of England and TV umpire SS Hazare. I have seen these three umpires have had some favour the match for Australia. This was not sportsmanship. When a test result was indenfied by the umpires then there should be some rules and regulations for them. In day 4, umpire Bowden called a No BALL for Ishant Sharma when MJ Clarke was out. But ot was Bowden who recalled a No and back Clarke. It was the same impire who up finger against Goutom Gambhir lbw b Hilfenhaus when Indian Innings just without score. In cricket, there should be some hard rules and applications for the Umpires. Thx God, Laxman and Ishant did it finallyand the rest is history

  • fantomen on October 6, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Looking at the post match presentation ceremony where Ravi Shashtri asked Dhoni about Laxman and the win overall, the attitude which cam across from his answers was " Yeah, we won this one but no big deal". A overhyped player and a captain, he can at least be gracious about others achievements and give rightful compliments to people who deserve it more than him. Not that Laxman needs any certificate of endorsement from him but still... I shudder to think of this Indian team without Laxman, Tendulkar and Dravid. Did you guys get his above mentioned quote about Laxman at the press meet after the match?

  • Capricorn60 on October 6, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    DrAlexKuruvila & all those slagging Dhoni off: Just remember Dhoni [+ Raina, Bollinger, Hussey] were playing in the 20:20 Champions League final in South Africa the previous Sunday & had to fly back to India & immediately start getting ready for this Test Match. These guys are NOT robots & so apart from Raina's 80 odd in the 1st innings, is it any wonder Dhoni & these other players had a forgettable match in terms of their performance! For a wicketkeeper + captain like Dhoni, it is doubly difficult to have to perform when he must have been both physically & mentally tired by the time the Test Match started! So if u want to blame anyone for these poor performances by these players like Dhoni, blame the administrators instead for these ridiculously tight schedules! Dhoni still had a gr8 match as captain & his bowling decisions largely contributed to the victory!

  • 777aditya on October 6, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Gandhiji's last words were "hey Ram!" - I guess Ponting's last words would be "hey Laxman!" hohoho! lagey raho Laxman bhai!

  • manasvi_lingam on October 6, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Laxman bats like a Zen monk. Nothing seems to unfaze him and he was in the zone when the cricket ball probably looked like a football to him. It's no coincidence that the only both batsmen who batted well in the 2nd innings were the only 2 class batsmen India has. Sahwag cannot really bat on pitches that favour bowlers and Dravid's career is oming to an end.

  • MrMMJ on October 6, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Great contest. Both Australia and India gave their best and fought hard to win. Very Very Special knock won the game for India. Laxman and Ishant both were struggling in this test right from the day one because of their respective physical problem and yet they manage to pull out a memorable win for India.

    Why India is the Number 1 team for sometime, now has started making sense to me.

  • on October 6, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    A MOM is someone who has had an overall contribution in the match to take it to a winning position. In this match Zaheer's contribution was incredible over the two innings and hence correct decision on that. Lakshman as special as ever.. amazing innings.. Good Job to hold the tail together of Ishant and Pragyan and win the game for India..

  • sijusamuel on October 6, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    i remember watching adelaid test back in 99, in which brian lara was making some similar chase with tail enders against australia... Unfortunately, i could not watch this epic. Any one knows which one is better ..?

  • kgkg on October 6, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    After the dust settles, the big picture that should emerge is this. Cricket is alive and well in its grandest format. This match overcame shoved aside the baggage and sordidness of the spot fixing stuff that was all the news. Now all the news is this beautiful game. One more thing. I am sure those Pakisatani players that love their country and play for it (I'm sure there are some), saw what makes VVS great. He played bravely for his country. Ishant did too. That determination and purity drowns out the noise makes the game what it was always meant to be. Cricket should salute VVS for brining it back from the depths.

  • trenta01 on October 5, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    There wasn't much wrong with Laxmans back when he was celebrating or when he was threatening to hit Ohja with the bat. Laxman is clearly one of the worst runners between wickets in world cricket but India have found a way around that, rules state that the injury must be caused in the match to use a runner however Laxman used a runner in the last test he played against Sri Lanka and here again both times. Wouldn't be India being unsportsman like with a win at all costs attitude would it?????

  • Final_Session on October 5, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    @samuditha: had there been UDRS, India would have won it in 4 days instead of 4.5...pls stop posting nonsense if you didn't follow the game for all 5 days... @lankan_neutral: it seems you yourself know in your heart that these ARE the two best teams at present...why else would you follow them more than your own team...(if i remember correctly, you are there in every ind-aus article posting the same boring stuff that you dont believe that these are the 2 best teams..! lol..) @Desiking162: sorry mate, had to disagree with you on this one... MOM is for contribution to the entire match... (I've even seen player from losing side getting MOM !) as much as i praise Lax for this fab knock, his first innings contribution was almost nil.. and had it not been for Zak, aussies could have posted in excess of 500 in the first innings.. he bowled well in 2nd innings too and ofcourse held the fort over-night ..! personally, i'd love to see Lax getting MOM, but i think adjudicators did reasonable job

  • MartinAmber on October 5, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    The latest, and one of the greatest, in a series of wonderful adverts for Test cricket that have been taking place over the last 2-3 years, whilst lazy writers keep banging on about "the death of Test cricket". When are you finally going to admit you were hopelessly wrong? It's worth saying yet again: all it needs is the context of a championship and minimum 3-match series (let's imagine Australia win the second in thrilling fashion, and then whoops, we have to stop...pathetic). No further messing because it's the finest sport in the world.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 5, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Congratulations UDRS system. This is a great opportunity to deploy UDRS in all test & ODI matches. ICC, you too late.

  • bathindian on October 5, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Hats Off to VVS Laxman, True Champion.....Dhoni should Go, he is Useless, With all the dropped catches from him, I thought they had already lost the match...and No good with the bat either.....

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 5, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    That was really high!! India looked down and out at 48-4, and again when Sharma came in. VVS has earned another 'V' I reckon, and Sharma may have earned one too!!! As a neutral (joke-as a Pom how can I be neutral??) I was amused to see how often Ricky 'Murdoch' Ponting ends up in these situations and comes off 2nd best. Tests are alive and kicking.

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Unsung hero of Indian Cricket....hat off!!

  • apoorvajoshi13 on October 5, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Laxman is the unsung hero from the famed batting quartret of Sachin,Rahul,Saurav and Laxman...I have lost count on the number of occassions he has bailed out India..hats off!!

  • cricket_for_all on October 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Congratulation India!!! I am really happy as a south Asian. Very competitive match between so called two best teams in the world (zzzzzzz!!!). It is nice see that Australians are beaten by Asian teams (They couldn't even won Pak) after one decade of domination.

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Middle stump how can u say that.It was one of the closest match ever that I have seen. Just one good ball and India would have had to necessarily win and play for leveling series in the second match.Till the last run nobody knew whose going to win. How can anything be more closer than this.Was really a tremendous great match. But as much as I'm happy now, I wud have been much sad if India had ended on the losing side.So I feel for Australian fast bowlers and yeah Ricky Pointing also which is a big thing for me to do.

  • Assasinator_007 on October 5, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    ALL PAKIStani supporters WHO WERE with AUS...What Happen??I Cant hear you guys. This is how we INDIANS play cricket fighting spirit all the way...Not blame each other, not fight each other and more importantly NOT FIXED before you guys go on about AUS excepting money for loosing.

  • gerardpereira20 on October 5, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Where are all the Pakistanis who were last night praying for an Australian victory. In matters of sport God always remains neutral. The Indian team unlike Pakistan at Sidney would never hand Australia victory on a plate nor would Australia expect them too. Question marks about Test matches at Lords and Sidney robbed England and Australia of the satisfaction of winning and tarnished the sport. India Vs australia has always been box office for the last decade, hard fought competitive cricket and dispite the odd bust up mutal respect between the two sides.

  • Vkarthik on October 5, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Iyer, Spare a thought for Zaheer who was the lone seamer in the first innings. But for him they would have rattled over 600 runs.

  • Hardy_1984 on October 5, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    What a match ! India proved they really deserve #1 spot in TEST cricket very very special gift Laxman to indian cricket team. He is always proved he is match winner what an inning everybody will remember this innings. Aussies never forget Lax till then they play cricket against India. What a player india produce - Lax, Sachin, Dravid & Shewag. Four giant wall in indian team list no one can break easily. ..cheers India is the best .. Aussies only can comment against bla bla .. india give them answer on the field ..

  • mamboman on October 5, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    This is a disgrace! The lowest day of the 40 years I have been watching Australian circket. Pointing MUST GO (and I have been his staunchest defender) North MUST GO (useless) Hussey MUST GO. This performance, in a match we should have comfortably won is unacceptable by any measure. The Australian team should be as ashamed of themselves as the Indian Commonwealth games organizers and may as well not bother showing their faces for the Ashes series. I am so ashamed of them.

  • Desiking162 on October 5, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Someone please define Man Of the Match for me? I thought MOM is the person who helps with the game...in this game its clearly is Ishant and Laxman...the game was LOST but these two WON it for India.

    Agree? Disagree?

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Useless Bajji should play at No. 11

  • AS123098 on October 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Ok seriously.. lots of Indian batsmen have scored more centuries, scored more runs, have better statistics but how many have won more matches for India by batting in the fourth innings against the best teams in the world? Laxman has to be in India's all time best XI.

  • Dr.AlexKuruvila on October 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    All in all a wonderful finish and result for Team India and its players. Congratulations!!

    I personally think that Dhoni had a most unforgettable game as a player, the worst in his career so far. 2 dropped catches, one missed stumping and poor performances with the bat when they mattered most. It is likely that he ran himself out to keep Laxman in. However on hindsight, he would be ruing the fact that he did not shield Belfie's throw from directly hitting the wicket by not changing the direction of his running between wickets. Well, hopefully, he'll learn from his mistakes! As a captain, his bowling changes in the match were superb though.

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    When Sachin got out, I was nervous. But when Harbhajan Fell, India was 8 wickets down with 120 runs to win. I couldn't believe what happened next. This is one of the most thrilling test matches in Indian Cricket.

    Credit to the Australian Bowlers for Rattling the Indian Batting Line-up.

    But I still feel India need to prove their Top Spot in the Rankings with another Win or atleast a draw in the Final Test Match.

  • Azfar on October 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    India walks on water again....it's absolutely thrilling to pip Australia at the post....sweet revenge for Sydney. People call LaxmanVVS- Very Very Special...but todays knock was EES - Extra Extra Special. It is a bit sad to note that this stylish and remarkably gifted Hyderabadi has been overshadowed all his career by the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly & Sehwag. If you analyse his career closely he performs when the chips are down, he performs against the big guns (Australia), he has been the architect of some of our best cricketing moments (281 in Kolkata, today's knock, about half a dozen other classics against Australia). After he was relegated to number 6, he has learned the skill of batting with the tail. Today's innings was the stuff legends are made of, he was injured, the match was as good as lost (90 to get with 2 wickets left), but still he took India home. This was one day I will be narrating to my grand children........

  • MiddleStump on October 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Been following the game for half a century and this was the most exciting 5 days of test cricket. But it was not really that close as the final result indicates. Thankfully India won, it would have been a travesty otherwise. Australia out fielded India but that was about it. India had a couple of injured batsmen and an injured Ishant. The umpiring was awful, especially by Gould. Hussey got a bad decision but all the crucial ones went against India. Katich was plumb lbw but was not given. And the Gambhir decision put pressure on the run chase right from the start. Culminating in the Ishant howler with the score at 205, this test clearly shows UDRS is a must. Australia were unlucky to miss Bollinger on the last day. But why was their top spinner Hauritz not used after his first spell when he got Zaheer? He was turning the ball and North wasn't. An over or two for North is understandable, not more. Clarke was never tried. I wonder about Hauritz's confidence level for the 2nd test.Dropped?

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Ishant truly deserves ManOfTheMatch. LAXMAN is so special. ROCKING INDIA. All the best.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    A great nail biting match!!!. Hats off to lakshman and Ishant. Both held the fort boldly and with great determination and doggedness. I wish the man of the match award should have been given to both these people. They deserve this better than Zahir khan, though the latter was good in the first Innnings of Australia. It was a miracle indeed to have won the match. I am sure no one would have given chance to India to win this match.

  • sonjjay on October 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    @Stranded_Immigrant thanks mate but i guess if anyone could take it that close and challenge us at home its only SA and AUS. You can hold ur head high as ur team fought really hard and appericiate ur gesture when most of your usual aussie blokes (dont wanna name any) arent to be seen around now anyways on a different note we shouldnt get carried away and try to push for a 2-0 Go Team India

  • iamgroot on October 5, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    @hindh88 nice comment.. " hey laxman" lol.. that definitely tickled..i liked it...

  • arunkumar_s6 on October 5, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    i think dhoni has made a big contribution in indian second innings batting, not with scoring but i think that he sacrificed his wicket to keep laxman batting. If india is gonna win, its definitely from laxman only. Dhoni knows that thing well and ran himself out at that stage. I know its a tricky thing, but when i look from that point of view this is the real thing. Zaheer and ishant (second innings "Bowling & batting") impressed everyone. Now for the guys who don't know why india is at number one will come to know why Indian team is number one in test ranking and should stop talking about it... This was one of the great test match i've seen after a long time. I think the last nail biting thriller was between Australia and England where england won by just one run. God these test matches will never die whatever edition of cricket comes against it. This is rocking man...

  • ProdigyA on October 5, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    What a game of cricket. I was up all night watching this match and it was worth it. Although must admit, once sachin fell and then dhoni's run out, i thot it was curtains for team india, but LAX does it again. A game to cherish for a long time, cant wait to see the highlights. Way 2 go team India. Proves a point why we are #1 test team. Cheers.

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Gandhi's last words were - 'Hey Ram', Ponting's last words would be 'Hey laxman' ...

  • zhrkhan on October 5, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Laxman ones again shown that he is in the list of players who can turn the games all alone and they are match winners, and he is not a player like Sachin and Dravid who are only interested in making runs for their own and not capable to win the match like this

  • Iyer on October 5, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    It was a great game. But I don't understand why give man of the match award to zaheer khan. Yes, he took 5 wickets in the first innings, but that was too early in the test match and at the end of the first innings both teams were even stevens. It was Ishant's contribution with the ball on the fourth day set up this thrilling finish. Also let us not forget his contribution with the bat, he was made to face the bulk of the deliveries during that partnership. Honestly, I feel Ishant was robbed of a well earned man of the match. Poor young guy was playing with pain as well. India always fails an opportunity to reward a youngster. Zaheer has been playing for a decade now and he has had his opportunity in the past to win man of the match, and this test match truly belonged to Ishant.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    GREAT EFFORT BY LAXMAN FOR GIVING US HISTORIC WIN!!!!.. HEART FUL WISHES TO HYDERABADI COLL WRIST BATSMEN VVS.. BEST OF LUCK TO THE SECOND TEST AS WELL ONE DAY SERIES...

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    surely, Laxman's day of retirement will be celebrated as a national holiday in Australia :D

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    It was one of the great victories of India against Austrailia that will be remembered years. No doubt Luxman played great innings with real temprament. I vote this innings as one of the best. Congrats! Luxman and Team India

  • samuditha on October 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Indian cheating win against oz..... coz dey refuse UDRS system dey won

  • satanswish on October 5, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Brilliant victory by India & a thrilling test match. Such nail-biting test matches are anytime better than ODI & T20 overdose. Indian batsmen were pretty determined right from the start of 5th day. Tendulkar laid the platform & VVS came up with his very very special innings yet again. Ishant Sharma was just excellent as supporting partner for VVS when India were in crisis in 8 for 124. Both of them milked lethargic aussie bowling all over the park, Aussie bowling attack dearly missed the class & discipline of McGraths, Gillespies & Warnies. Indians were deserving winners for this amazing test match.

    What a shame that series consists only Two test matches between these top giants. Umpiring by Billy Bowden & Ian Ghould was pretty ordinary throughout this test match, but they gave equal benefit to both teams of their poor decisions. Simon Tauffel & other good umpires would have been better choice for such important test series. Congratulations Indians for such fantastic win!!

  • iamgroot on October 5, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Anyway neither dhoni nor the indian team doesnt care much about the criticism.. as long as dhoni is captain.. Indian team or any team will continue to succeed bcoz there is something about him that makes the team he is in to perform ..without which success can never come simply ..It doesn't matter how many people are talking against him ..All the people who matter ..selectors, players, commentators, all know that Team India is safe with Dhoni as captain..and he gave the credit where it is due.. he never said he did it.. and talking about LUCK.. he LOST the toss. so NO luck there. and he was given out due to wrong umpiring AGAIN HE IS UNLUCKY..and in GAMBHIR WAS GIVEN OUT .. AGAIN NO LUCK.. ishanth was also given out wrongly AGAIN NO LUCK.. and dhoni himself got run out due to confusion.. AND STILL INDIA WON.. ITS BCOZ OF SOME BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES FROM LAXMAN, ZAHEER, ISHANTH, OJHA.. AND dhoni too did his part by taking some important catches in 2nd innings ..though he dropped in 1st

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Hope a DVD is released soon of this test match and really hoping tht india plays better cricket in bangalore now! It will be a sad day when Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retire from tests! :'( Dont wanna think abt it!

    And wat better advertisement can be there for test cricket than this match??? T20 thrills r done in a matter of 2-3 overs. here it was brilliant and a cliffhanger right from 128/8 till the very last ball bowled! B-)

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    i herd gambir is gne i may go fr badrinanth to open

  • iamgroot on October 5, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Indian team for the victory..! and also to Dhoni for his captaincy ..how come whenever he captains a team ..it wins?? be it CSK or Indian team...how come it always??? How come all players perform under him so well?? there were captains before him.. why is it that players always respond to him so well? and that too different teams in IPL, Indian team .. this is not just coincidence.. and how come LUCK can play a part in all this success?? its just foolishness and absurdity to credit that success to LUCK just plain luck.. all the hardwork and thought process is kept by ENTIRE TEAM.. without that TEAM cannot win ..it is pathetic to see Dhoni bashers no matter what he does.. I feel dhoni should immigrate to another country and leave india..bcoz India doesn't the importance of a guy like Dhoni.. He is getting bashed for everything..what a hatred.. towards a guy who is part of winning teams he is in.. and still he gets so much hatred..

  • pointofViv on October 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    This was a solid innings from VVS no doubt. Ishant was exceptional too... now a days Indian tail is batting good ... especially Ishant have played some fine innings in Test up to now. ... may be the effects of the batting GREATS from the team. Feeling sorry for Aussies though. They fought with their Aussi spirit. But in this match ..."Indianism" has crossed "Australianism" for sure! :)

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    What a great match. The mistakes India made should not be forgotten. Why did Dhoni play so carelessly to run himself out? Why was Raina not up to the short balls in the 2nd innings? They got out of jail thanks to VVS and Ishant.But this should be a lesson for the future.

    Ricky should have given the ball to Katich. Anyways, great test and great performance by VVS.

  • Bukhari on October 5, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Congratulations India! A very deserving victory, great job Lax and Co. It reminds me Pak win over Aus (also 1 wicket) when Inzi and Mushtaq got 50 odd runs for the last wicket. From the day one India showed a positive intent and overcame late Aus surgency and more than that the umpiring horrors. Had umpiring been fair, India would have won comfortably. This is also a wake up call for BCCI to adopt UDRS for the sake of some sanity to umpiring. This is a reality that the white umpires always show a bias against the Asian countries especially if one of the white country is playing against an Asian. This is not mud slinging but a hard reality proved on so many occasions.

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    You Dhoni just hail others, but don't contribute to the Team India in a Crucial Juncture specific to the Test Cricket.

  • pradeep2010 on October 5, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN'S VERY SPECIAL INNINGS LAXMAN IS CLASSIC BATSMAN

  • StarveTheLizard on October 5, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Congratulations to India on a great win! Your fans have every right to be jubilant. Your batting line up was better than ours.

    I don't think that our batsmen could look our bowlers in the eyes! They certainly didn't pull their weight!

  • uglyhunK on October 5, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Great match....!!! But unfortunately for cricinfo, it does require a hacker or even a script kiddie to bring down the site to a grinding halt. A great innings by Sachin (which seems to be little common now a days) or match like this is more than enough. And by the way, what is the down time today guys ?? 30 mins ???

  • Babu2288 on October 5, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    VVS's innings was great. No doubt about that. However, I felt that the real star of the test was Ishant Sharma. In Aussies second innings he took 3 top order wickets. And while not being a batsman, he harboured more than 70% of the strike during his partnership with VVS. Agreed VVS had a bad back. But he left most of the strike to Ishant and Ishant really delivered with pure determination. The MOM award should have gone to Ishant. So sad Ishant is not playing the next test.

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    This match should not have gone down to the wire. India would have won by a canter if the umpiring had been a little competent & we had held on to some easy catches.Sachin should have had the benefit of doubt in India's 1st innings .The catch to dismiss Dhoni in our 1st innings did not seem clean even though the 3rd umpire ruled that out & there were numerous close LBW calls for Hussey and Katich in the aussies' 2nd innings. The aussies have nothing to complain about .They were beaten fair and square

  • A_J.. on October 5, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    HAT'S OFF 2 d DUO OF LAXMAN 'n' ISHANT........................

    d all i cn say, 2 describe dis "HISTORICAL" WIN; 'coz i dn't hv words, 2 express my joy & tell; how much happy I am>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • ajay_01 on October 5, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    What a memorable victory Amazing!! Amazing!! it is for the simple reason that after being down to 124/8 with Ishant being given the load to take home india and proud of him for his battinng prowess with solid defensive technique.Not taking away anything from very very special LAX, To me it is Ishant who have done the job with chanceless innnings until adjudged LBW of a delivery that would have fetched some legbyes on some other occasions. to mention on LAX , He was batting as if he is in different planet where no bowler seemed bothering him with his majestic wrists. I am a big fan of SACH ,Having said that today he did let me down and iam sure a lot others too. I like sachin to take us through and put stop all his critics after being for such a long time. For now LET US CHERISH THE VICTORY..

  • HarishVS on October 5, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    VVS Laxman again has played such an innings with tail to help India to win the test from nowhere. A no. of such fifties from his blade have already flowed from his blade and secured India rare victories as well as convert a certain losses into honorable draws. He should be a must in India's All Time Great XI at No.6. But cricinfo jury has dropped his name out of this XI, may be because of his lesser no. of centuries having played 110 odd tests. But many of his fifties like today that brought about the victory are more than 100s as per me. He has umpteen times redeemed India out of woods in many second innings to either secure victories or convert a certain loss into honorable draws. And who can forget that majestic 281 (& Dravid's 180) that put Aussies into a corner after following on? His test record may show only 16 centuries, but the no. of critical innings that he has played like today is unmatchable. Perhaps Cricinfo should go back n correct their AlTime Great XI!

  • nikita_karthick on October 5, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    If you ask best in the world, you may Look at the statistics and say Sachin, Bradman or Gavaskar!! They may involved lot of match winning or match saving innings!!

    But upto my knowledge no one ever involved in a game changing innings like VVS ever in the history of test cricket!!!

    VVS!!! Not only me! Entire country proud of you!! Hats off To you sir!!! Ishath what a determination!! fabulos

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    "Superb innings by vvs laxman its very very specialllllllllll for us so sweet and aussies had their pay back.......good to see aussies being bullied...........probably one of the best test matches i have ever seen.....really nail biting ......thanks for giving such wonder ful moments to us by team india......india is the number 1..team in test cricket...they deserved it."

  • MKLNarayan on October 5, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    1. Dhoni retains his record of not having lost a test series in his captaincy (Aus can at best level the series now in BLR)

    2. Team India's long run of atleast 1 century maker in a test since October 2008 has finally been stopped.Interestingly, it started against Australia in Mohali :)

  • plsn on October 5, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    I knew when Lax came out on the fifth day, we were destined to win. I was not surprised. I was also not surprised that NO ONE ELSE IN THE TEAM. INCLUDING THE CAPTAIN AND THE SUPERMAN OF CRICKET. COULD BE MATCHWINNERS FOR INDIA - AS ALWAYS FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES! SACHIN WOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED SUCH A SILLY SHOT LIKE RAW RAINA IF HE REALLY CARED ABOUT AN INDIAN WIN.

  • pradeep235 on October 5, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Here is man,who is underrated all the time.When Team India in trouble VVS is there to put LAXMAN REKHA that no team can cross. that is VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN FOR U.............................................THANKS LACHI

  • green_jelly on October 5, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Prajyoth Pradeep, you nailed it!!

  • RAMKI2404 on October 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    VVS Wow WHat a gifted player you are I dont have words for you. 2 test in a row you won for india single handed. Amazing player its worth watching it. I am mesmirised infront of my TV watching your Inngs. The nightmare of VVS will haunt AUS for long time. Congrats India for winning the 1st test and keeping the lead. Guys lets not forget the contribution of Ishant its a learning lession for all the tailenders. His application and determination is tremendous infact he took some burden from VVS by scoring runs too. I appriciate Ojha too. But guys there is one more person who was on the field for long time and played key role in last two wins is Suresh Raina running for VVS. I am truly thrilled with the Indian Victory and dont have any more words for Appriciation. When VVS plays its a special inngs for India.

  • avis1001 on October 5, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Its proven that Sachin succumbs on pressure and Laxman is opposite to that.

  • SugarFoot on October 5, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Well done both teams. The referral system needs to be applied to ALL test series now- after what I saw today. We need to get the right decisions for the players.

  • Razor88 on October 5, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    It is a Fitting Finish.... the team which played better cricket won.... Ponting was a Touch too Aggressive today(Din have much runs to play with either).... The only Reason they lost was They Underestimated Laxman.... thinking to finish it of quickly they bowled too Aggressively....And dint put a lid on the scoring...Both Laxman(sore back) n Ishant(knee problem;He walked off the field as soon as he finished his spell) played with ease in picking the gap.... On a slowish pich y not try slow balls ?? .... The 2 players who hurt(Due to Injuries) India the most in the first innings... Finished the Deal... Dint make Ishant play enuf balls .... everything was either leggish or a touch wide for him to leave..... Anyway it has to be said one of the most exciting matches of all time.... Cheers for both teams who kept the spirit of the game too :D

  • avis1001 on October 5, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Australia can not reLAX as long as LAXMAN is there. Great Job !!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    did any one see sangakaara?????? is he out of his house? i would recommend cricinfo guys to take an interview with sanga and jus want to let him know why we are still number 1!

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Wht a game wht a finish THrilling !!!!! nothing beyond it was nail biting till the very end ...now tht's wht Test Cricket is all abt has every ingredient in it from tension, pressure , skill, temperament, patience, etc etc goes on n on….and this game had it all ..laxman really was in a zone of his own so cool composed but his reaction towards ojha durin a mix up of run was an exception but he along with Ishant who stood tall as he could provided a sublime partnership which frustrated the bowlers ...raina did well in covertin singles to doubles…so in the end laxman still stands as the biggest Nemesis to australian cricket..a LEGend and most of all it was a team event with first innings out batting doin well , bowling was amazin in both the innings fielding was lil low but overall a victory well deserved hats off to INDIA !!!!!

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Gandhi's last words were - 'Hey Ram', Ponting's last words would be 'Hey laxman' ...

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    laxman has played outstanding against australia everytime.....sharma batting is suberb...

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    What a smashing answer to those (klobania) who were saying india wud lose by lunch.... THIS IS TEAM INDIA.... AND HAVE PERFORMED LIKE TIGERS..... This is the reason INDIA IS NO 1 IN RANKINGS.....

  • pk_cric_rox on October 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    congrats to india for such a great victory.i didnt watch the match but sounds like a real nail biter.but i think ishant sharma deserves real praise here bcoz laxman is a proper batsman n even with a bad back he can atleast resist.but ishant being a tail ender stayed there for 90 balls . incredible dhoni is really lucky to lead this side he personally isnt that brilliant.congrats again india. well played

  • mrgupta on October 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    I remember somebody commenting just before the start of the match that Aussies are the best team around and India is nowhere near them and will be beaten easily. Also somebody else also said that Aussies bowling attack is the best in the world, even though they cudnt get the wicket of our no.10 batsman and win the match. Don't say that Bollinger was injured, because Ishant was also injured in the first innings and so was Laxman. For those who cannot digest the fact that India is World No.1 then here is something to mourn about, India defeated the mighty Aussies and in the last 7 tests between the 2 sides India has won 4 and lost nothing!

  • samcponkunnel on October 5, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Congratulation Laxman and Ishanth!!! VVS once again showed that why is he regarded as very very special... Really a brave innings from VVS in spite of bad back and distracting murmurings from the lips of hypocritical gentlemen who were standing around him..

  • maddy20 on October 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Some nice comments after India won today 1)LAXMAN = Leaves Australia XI Miserably Anguished, Nonstop ! 2)The day VVS LAXMAN retires from Test cricket, it will be a National holiday in Australia 3)Laxman is the chuck norris of india for australians ! 4)I remember that old saying: 1411 Tigers, only 1 VVS Laxman! Really a very very special innings. Its a shame that he may not play the next match in Bangalore for which I will be in the stadium this Saturday!

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Well played Laxman and Ishant.The grit and determination exuded by the duo especially Ishant needs to be emulated by some of the other players in the team.Having said that it was anybody's match and both the teams deserved to win.This match also makes a point of having the UDRS in all the test matches.ICC needs to make it mandatory to have the system in place with HotSpot irrespective of the opposition of anyone.Test matches are special and it should be nurtured.

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    That was a great win for India. Ishant and Laxman. Congratulations to both teams for a very exciting game. I supposed that the bullying Australians were bullied . Good for India. Keep it up.

  • pakwellwisher on October 5, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    An outsanding display of batting by Laxman. We are indeed blessed with someone as graceful as Laxman at no.6. Team India's Man friday lifts his game every time during crisis.As Ravi Shastri aptly put it "5th day specialist" How does he manage to pull the bunny out of the hat everytime we need it amazes me. And its been a good week this for all Indians with a good opening ceremony followed by gold at the cwg, cheers.

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    If I EVER hear another Person say that Laxman, Dravid or Tendulkar need to retire to give the Young Indians a chance I will PUNCH THEM in the face. These *Old Guys* are still playing better cricket then anyone else on the planet at the moment, and they don't have to move aside for ANYONE. The young players want to play for India, they need to REMOVE THEM through their own performances. Until then I am quite happy watching the wonderful Laxman secure victories for India on the 5th day!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    he is very very special and is one of the greats of Indian cricket but worst thing is he needs to prove it from time to time

  • anonymousfan on October 5, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    What a magical innings. VVS is indeed "Very Very Special". Hope MSD shows some performance instead of just talking. But with his kind of luck, one doesn't need to do anything.

  • AyrtonS on October 5, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    VVS is truly one of the greatest test players in the history of the game, he has nerves of steel and determination beyond any limits you can imagine. India is so fortunate to have such a great player. Congratulations India, cherish the great ones VVS, Rahul, Sachin. **** OH what a feeling !!! Test Cricket Forever. ****

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    GREAT VICTORY! Probably the GREATEST TEST MATCH! Each and every one had a part to play be it fast bowlers, spinners or batsmen. Oh i feel sad for Cricinfo - the pro English/Australian website....and dump the rubbish that pass of as articles like "is India the most disputed No.1"

  • DINESHCC on October 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    For Bangalore test please promote Raina to the opening spot along with Sehwag and include Pujara in the middle order as the inclusion of either Vijay or Mukund will spark murmur.

  • arnavred on October 5, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Really laxman is very very special..Full marks to him...

  • bigwonder on October 5, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Great work from Laxman and Sharma. Pointing would have been better off focusing on this bowling instead of pointing a bat at Zaheer in the first innings.

    Awesome job, take that you all auzzie fans.

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Whatcan be said about LAXMAN ...one of the best all time indian Batsman and the Best when it comes to batting with the tail .. poor LAX wonder what hs avg would have been had he been at # 3 , nevertheless You deserve all the attention Lax .... and THANK YOU for playing For OUR NATION ...

  • DINESHCC on October 5, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Indian Ruuuuuuuuuules: You have another chance to comment. Abhinav Mukund, one among the most hated Tamil Nadu players has been included in the team overlooking Pathaaaaaaaan, Oooooooooothappa, Rahane, A.Nayar, Rohit Sharma, Ajay Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, T.Suman, A.Rayudu, S.Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan. Anyhow don't worry, he will not be in the playing XI.

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    What a smashing answer to those (klobania) who were saying india wud lose by lunch.... THIS IS TEAM INDIA.... AND HAVE PERFORMED LIKE TIGERS..... This is the reason INDIA IS NO 1 IN RANKINGS.....

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Oh my god!! what an epic. what a test match. what an innings from VVS consecutively in 2 tests. Congrats to him and the team. this is the greatest win for india on home soil. Other teams can only dream of such a chase. PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN. CHAK DE INDIA.............

  • DINESHCC on October 5, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Satotheend. Where are you dude? With our weaker bowling link, we have taken twenty Australian Wickets. I am waiting for your other challenge. We will take those wickets in South African soil too. MMH is waiting for you. I guess you understand the meaning of MMH

  • on October 5, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    looks like when laxam hurts he pulls impossible.i want beat him on the hip when ever he goes to batting ..lol:-)

  • DINESHCC on October 5, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Kudos to Indian team and very special Laxman. He has been doing it for India since 2001. With injured back, he done it for India and for the second time in back to back tests (earlier test with SL). Selectors please do not change the team unless there is any injury problems for Laxman and Ishant. Please retain the winning combination for the next test as Bangalore is not the happy hunting ground for India

  • Percy_Fender on October 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Forty six years ago when I was in a training establishment, I was hearing the commentary on the radio, when Indiaunder Pataudi beat the Simpson led Australian side in Bombay as it was known then. We won a close match ny 2 wickets and the series was drawn 1-1. In that match Dilip Sardesai, Pataudi and Borde had played a big part after the peerless Chandra had bowled quite superbly. Today I had the pleasure of watching the Mohali game on TV and I daresay that my heart was in my mouth almost all day. Perhaps, with the passage of time one becomes more intense. That the match went in our favour, albeit most narrowly, was a just reward for the mental tension I underwent all day. I know I am not alone in this moment of jubilation just as Australia must feel utterly let down. It was so nice to see some of the Australian team members very gentlemanly all the way. In Hilfenhaus, Hauritz and Hussey they have three 'H's who can give Australia the image change the need.Times indeed are a changing.

  • 11Noobs on October 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Super innings from VVS and wonderful support from Ishant. Every single Indian player managed to contribute in this test. Sehwag, Dravid, Raina, Tendulkar and Laxman with 50s.Gambhir was unlucky in the second innings. Zak, Ishant (batted well too) and Ojha economical with four wickets and Bhajji with five, all bowled well. All under the leadership of Dhoni who lost the toss!!!

  • MST0007 on October 5, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Great VVS done it again ............The day VVS retire it will be National Holiday in the Australia.....celebration will be like Christmas eve ............never the less Oz tries their best, hard luck to Ozs......

  • Aussasinator on October 5, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Zaheer and Laxman have pulled off this triump but Dhoni has to take this as a rap on the knuckles and goad the players on for the next Test so that the loose ends are tied up. Winning despite those dropped catches and gifted wickets is plain luck. We celebrate but still retain a note of caution for the future.

  • Vindaliew on October 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Bollinger's injury was unfortunate, but perhaps evened the game out after Ishant and Laxman's injuries in Australia's first innings. Australia are too good to play with 9 men and still win.

  • bkraks21 on October 5, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    I think Ishant deserves more credit than Laxman. It was perplexing that Laxman allowed Ishant to play more than 15 overs in a partnership of 21.4 overs. He is a batsman and should have taken more strike. How many times has he done this. Take a single on the first ball of allow the tailender to take a sinfgle on the last ball. If Ishant had got out in the first few over the match would have been over. Too much glorification for laxman very little mention of Ishant.

  • timelord24 on October 5, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    wonderful innings by laxman. but lets hope the BCCI changes it mind about the UDRS and implements it from the next series.gautam gambhir seems to have lost his form but i guess he can be given another chance since we cant lose the series now.

  • on October 5, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    I am sure this day is going to be India's one of most memorable & inspiring day. The kind of attitude showed by both VVS Laxman & Ishant was the perfect example of positive approach about the game. Atlast my personal opinion VVS was deserved for MOM more than Z Khan.

  • on October 5, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    sharma has played one of the best innings i have ever seen ina test arena, he bowled with likes of a viper and batted like a seasoned batsman.well supported by laxman

  • shiva2985 on October 5, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    What a amazing show by laxman.This is the reason to call him as very very special.Laxman rocks...

  • mqry on October 5, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Ponting is the only modern Aussie captain never to have won a test in India... His handling of the bowlers was good..( Claiming first innings lead/4Ind wkts for nothing on the 4 day.) .. Just that his strike bowler(Johnson) could not get a single wkt at the crucial moment.

    Is he the unluckiest Aussie captain with Dhoni claiming the title as the luckiest Ind captain?

  • KAIRAVA on October 5, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    If I am correct this is that first time since 1998 home series (6 series in total since then, Home & away), that India has finally started a series with Australia on a successful note by winning the very first match.

  • Runster1 on October 5, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Very Very Special Laxman. Amazing match except for some of the poor umpiring decisions that have hurt both teams and the fielding of both teams resembled pakistan at times.... Poor umpiring decisions hurt india more than Australia.

  • DeepuGeorge on October 5, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    CHAKE DE INDIA ! Well done. What a fantastic game with the pendulum swinging every few overs. This is truly test cricket at its best with `a test of mental character, physical endurance and technique'. Well done to both teams. Laxman and Ishant, you are stars ....... Keep it up. Never say die attitude. Let's make it 2-0 and send the Aussies packing. We are world champs and are beginning to prove it.

  • dip5 on October 5, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    wow remarkable performance by VVS. like viru this guy is something different. i switched off tv after sachin fell. i am sure many did. but again was pleasantly surprised to see the headline when i woke up. we shouldnt forget sachin and ishants contribution.

  • SnowSnake on October 5, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    I think both teams played well in this game. So, congratulations to both teams. Now, coming down to individual players. India should fire Dravid and Dhoni. Over a period of last one year both are performing poorly. For Australia, Ponting and Hussey should be fired. Both have be putting in below average performances for a whille.

  • on October 5, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Laxman u r reAL man of the match for this match . you r the only one batsman who always saved us in last .hats off for you .

  • intcamd on October 5, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Incredible.

    Laxman is really amazing. This guy stands up and performs for India when the chips are really down.

    This innings, again for the upteenth time, puts how hollow the ATX1 selection was by Cricinfo a few weeks ago. How many times has Laxman delivered for India, from seemingly hopeless positions? Not against minnows but against the very best of his time, and (possibly one of the best teams of all time)? Has Hazare or whoever else that was picked instead, done the same for India, this consistently, and against this quality of opposition? Proves the Amarnath dictum that selectors are a bunch of jokers, even on Cricinfo.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 5, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Who told Test matches are boring? If ther is India, you can expect some classics. Match fixing players must watch and learn from fighting spirit of both teams. It is nice to see a victory even if couple of decisions went against India.

  • indianpunter on October 5, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    What a fantastic test win by India. Take a bow, VVS!! I am afraid, though, that this win could shroud glaring deficiencies in the Indian team. Dravid's place, for one, should seriously be revisited. His game and form is in complete tatters and no one should be fooled by the sketchy 77 he made in the first innings. I have been a huge Dravid fan for so many yrs and it is sad to see him deteriorate the way he has. Dravid's solidity was based on his assurance around the off stump and he is now reduced to a bumbling novice. It is the way he gets out which concerns me the most. At his age, he is not going to get any better and the time is ripe to blood a new face in South Africa (or Murali Vijay at 3). It will be a great disservice , both to India and to Dravid, if he were to be picked for the SA tour. C'mon RD, retire in grace in Bangalore (home test farewell). You are undoing your good name.

  • SUNDOS on October 5, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    What a match.Sometimes one has to agree with Ravi Shastri.This was a great endorsement for trst cricket being the best form of cricket.Hold on to the memories of the Laxmans,Tendulkars and Dravids.Thety wont be around forever.Kudos also due to Ishant Sharma,pure gumption,and pluck saw hml achiecve something really great today.Gary Kirsten,the indian team is in safe hands.

  • on October 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Lacchuu is the real hero - all time great. Aussies just motivate him to perform.

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  • on October 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Lacchuu is the real hero - all time great. Aussies just motivate him to perform.

  • SUNDOS on October 5, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    What a match.Sometimes one has to agree with Ravi Shastri.This was a great endorsement for trst cricket being the best form of cricket.Hold on to the memories of the Laxmans,Tendulkars and Dravids.Thety wont be around forever.Kudos also due to Ishant Sharma,pure gumption,and pluck saw hml achiecve something really great today.Gary Kirsten,the indian team is in safe hands.

  • indianpunter on October 5, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    What a fantastic test win by India. Take a bow, VVS!! I am afraid, though, that this win could shroud glaring deficiencies in the Indian team. Dravid's place, for one, should seriously be revisited. His game and form is in complete tatters and no one should be fooled by the sketchy 77 he made in the first innings. I have been a huge Dravid fan for so many yrs and it is sad to see him deteriorate the way he has. Dravid's solidity was based on his assurance around the off stump and he is now reduced to a bumbling novice. It is the way he gets out which concerns me the most. At his age, he is not going to get any better and the time is ripe to blood a new face in South Africa (or Murali Vijay at 3). It will be a great disservice , both to India and to Dravid, if he were to be picked for the SA tour. C'mon RD, retire in grace in Bangalore (home test farewell). You are undoing your good name.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 5, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Who told Test matches are boring? If ther is India, you can expect some classics. Match fixing players must watch and learn from fighting spirit of both teams. It is nice to see a victory even if couple of decisions went against India.

  • intcamd on October 5, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Incredible.

    Laxman is really amazing. This guy stands up and performs for India when the chips are really down.

    This innings, again for the upteenth time, puts how hollow the ATX1 selection was by Cricinfo a few weeks ago. How many times has Laxman delivered for India, from seemingly hopeless positions? Not against minnows but against the very best of his time, and (possibly one of the best teams of all time)? Has Hazare or whoever else that was picked instead, done the same for India, this consistently, and against this quality of opposition? Proves the Amarnath dictum that selectors are a bunch of jokers, even on Cricinfo.

  • on October 5, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Laxman u r reAL man of the match for this match . you r the only one batsman who always saved us in last .hats off for you .

  • SnowSnake on October 5, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    I think both teams played well in this game. So, congratulations to both teams. Now, coming down to individual players. India should fire Dravid and Dhoni. Over a period of last one year both are performing poorly. For Australia, Ponting and Hussey should be fired. Both have be putting in below average performances for a whille.

  • dip5 on October 5, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    wow remarkable performance by VVS. like viru this guy is something different. i switched off tv after sachin fell. i am sure many did. but again was pleasantly surprised to see the headline when i woke up. we shouldnt forget sachin and ishants contribution.

  • DeepuGeorge on October 5, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    CHAKE DE INDIA ! Well done. What a fantastic game with the pendulum swinging every few overs. This is truly test cricket at its best with `a test of mental character, physical endurance and technique'. Well done to both teams. Laxman and Ishant, you are stars ....... Keep it up. Never say die attitude. Let's make it 2-0 and send the Aussies packing. We are world champs and are beginning to prove it.

  • Runster1 on October 5, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Very Very Special Laxman. Amazing match except for some of the poor umpiring decisions that have hurt both teams and the fielding of both teams resembled pakistan at times.... Poor umpiring decisions hurt india more than Australia.