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

India's Atlas, Australia's nemesis

Cricketers spend entire careers wishing they could bat in a crisis like they do in a normal situation, Laxman wishes for the opposite

Sidharth Monga in Mohali

October 5, 2010

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VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha celebrate the closest of victories, 1st Test, Mohali, India v Australia, 5th day, October 5, 2010
VVS Laxman had some harsh words for Pragyan Ojha towards the end of the match, but it was all smiles soon after © AFP
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Atlas had a bad back. Atlas took a few injections, popped some painkillers, did some exercises. Then Atlas turned up at 76 for 5 in a fourth innings, coolly scored 73 off 79 (despite having turned down about 10 singles), forgot the pain, and carried India all the way through.

This Atlas, though, does the dirty job with a certain style, creating symphonies with ambulance sirens around him. His team-mates have variously spoken of the soothing effect VVS Laxman has on them. That soothing Laxman moment came some five minutes before lunch today.

A small but tense crowd at the PCA Stadium had lost its voice by then. Resigned to defeat, they were just hoping for the lunch break to delay the final rites. Laxman and Ishant Sharma, Atlas and his deputy, on their feet thanks to shots and tablets, had added 29. Australia had by then started denying Laxman boundaries. They looked to plug his favourite area with two men who were almost two deep midwickets. Ben Hilfenhaus bowled back of a length, outside off, and Laxman still pulled it. The back may have been wobbly but the wrists were still there, persuading the ball between the two men.

Hang on, we thought, were we missing something beautiful in the tension of the result? For that moment, when the ball sped through what hardly looked like a gap, it was possible to just admire the beauty of that shot in isolation. Laxman, though, is almost embarrassed when you talk to him about the beauty of his batting. He can't understand what the big deal is, for he hasn't seen it from the outside. He might never know what we feel when we see him bat. However, it is his mental strength that he takes pride in; and his team-mates too.

Laxman has often been the most disposable member of the Indian team. It seems he has been playing for his place in the side throughout his career. Still, he has played so many of these saviour knocks for India that he thrives on these situations now. Possibly he longs for them. At least he wishes he could bat the same way in normal circumstances as he does in a crisis. Cricketers spend entire careers wishing to bat in a crisis as they do in a normal situation, but in Laxman's world, crisis is normal, and normal not so exciting.

Last evening, around when Ricky Ponting was warning his mates of the Laxman threat, Laxman was in the nets, testing his back, conscious that his absence in the first innings might have put India in a position from where they could lose. He had had back spasms during his match-winning century in India's previous Test too. Had India lost this one, his head would have been called for again, given the injury history and his age. In the world of Laxman, you thrive on this.

Normally, just before he comes in to bat, Laxman is hard to find in the dressing room. He is either sleeping under some bench or listening to some music on his headphones. Today he was listening to Nitin Patel, the team physio, desperately trying to get things right. Then Zaheer Khan, the nightwatchman, fell. The crowd sighed in relief when Laxman came out and not MS Dhoni.

Australia were going to put more stress on his back. There would be a fast bowler bowling bouncers, a spinner tossing it up, asking him to stretch and drive.

Soon enough the flighted delivery came. Laxman leaned forward and drove it through the covers for four. The pain was forgotten momentarily. "I had timed that well," he says. You bet you had. Ponting passively chewed gum. To the next ball, Laxman went forward and then rocked back, and took four through extra cover. The mix of injections and adrenalin was working.


Contrasting expressions on the faces of Ricky Ponting and VVS Laxman, 1st Test, Mohali, India v Australia, 5th day, October 5, 2010
Yet again, Australia were thwarted by VVS Laxman © AFP
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Out in the middle Laxman hardly showed emotion. Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal brought along the drinks, and with them more painkillers and exercises from Patel. When Dhoni ran himself out, Laxman just stood by the stumps, helpless, watching another wicket fall. Dhoni charged straight off. If Suresh Raina, Laxman's runner, was dreading blame would be apportioned to him, he was wrong. Laxman just looked away. Later Raina almost ran Laxman out, minutes before lunch, but the two came back for the interval with smiles on their faces. Nothing calms you like Laxman, they say.

A possible criticism of Laxman's batting at times can be that he doesn't take charge with the tail often enough. He lets them bat unless they find a bowler difficult to face. That, though, has been the Laxman style throughout, and the results are not to be argued with. Only once did Ishant ask to be shielded, and Laxman did that, against Mitchell Johnson. When you have a tailender as determined as Ishant, those singles can otherwise be picked. Ishant faced 92 balls to Laxman's 79, but there was no way one wounded man was letting another down.

The umpiring did let them down, though, removing Ishant with 11 runs still to go. Laxman still just stood upright and stared into the openness. Pragyan Ojha, though, was slow to start, not awake to twos and ones that would manoeuvre the strike. Then something rare happened. Laxman got animated, shouting at Ojha, asking him to run, willing him to run. If he didn't have a runner, surely Laxman would have managed those runs - so high was he then. "Obviously, I didn't want to lose after having come so close," he says.

Laxman being Laxman, he apologised to Ojha during the over break. That's perhaps why the team loves him so. That's perhaps why he generates so much confidence, so much calm, so much goodness. In almost an anti-climactic slice of luck, India sped through the last six runs.

Once again, rather fittingly, Laxman was not in the winning frame. Just like at the P Sara, where he had had a runner when the winning runs were scored, he stood at square leg even as Ojha jumped up and down. The team, though, was not going to leave their Atlas alone. While in Colombo they walked out as if they had known Laxman was always going to win them the match, there was more exuberance today, but they were still not going to mob him Twenty20-style. In the world of Laxman, you don't act all surprised after one of his near-impossible match-winning knocks.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by rohanahuja on (October 8, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

What an innings! Maybe if he continues like this we can try him for an ODI series,against SA or NZ and then decide whether he should play the world cup or not!!!!!!!!!

Posted by cricketcrazyyy on (October 7, 2010, 8:43 GMT)

No doubt about it, that Sachin is the best batsman of India, but in tense situation (like yesterday) Very Very Special Laxman is miles ahed than any batsman of india even than Sachin. It has proved several times. I think all of you agree with me. I dont understand why he always underestimated. India dont need bat like Dhoni but Laxman. When he plays shot, it seems like dream. Lot of newsprints have been wasted by criticising about his fitness, age, running between the wickets etc., but these things dont give any charm as it gives Laxman's bat. I hope, after this all type of criticisms will stop against him.

Posted by PratikMehta on (October 7, 2010, 8:29 GMT)

"Creating symphonies with ambulance sirens around him." Wow... This so completely describes Laxman and his greatness.

Posted by zxaar on (October 7, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

@hari_airtel " But the fact is when it comes to turning around games and finishing it by staying till the end, Laxman has done it on numerous occasions than Sachin(only in Test Cricket)." ------------ i agree with your post except for this part. There are so many loop holes in it. For starters, laxman comes at 5 or 6th so staying till the end is part of it. If he opened and stayed till end your argument would have weight. For example sehwag averaged 86 in last 1year, so according to your theory his contribution does not have equal value as laxman's. Every run is important. Since it is team game everyone has to contribute. Laxman did not contribute in first innings but others did. No-one can say that 1st innings contributions do not count. Even in second innings every run scored by say ishant was equally important as laxman's because if he got out there was no way laxman could have stayed till end and win match for us. Its a team game. This is why MOM was zaheer & not laxman nor sach.

Posted by hari_airtel on (October 7, 2010, 2:38 GMT)

Its very sad that we are drawing comparisons between Sachin and Laxman as who is the greatest. We tend to forget that both are from the same team and has immense respect for each other. If you compare both Sachin and Laxman as batsmen, there is no doubt Sachin is best. But the fact is when it comes to turning around games and finishing it by staying till the end, Laxman has done it on numerous occasions than Sachin(only in Test Cricket). I'm surprised by few quotes of our friends here like "your Laxman" & "my Sachin". Boss, at the end of it all they play for India which is the no. 1 team. Lets cherish these moments.

Posted by cenitin on (October 6, 2010, 21:50 GMT)

@Ravichakra...hey buddy thanks for accepting my suggestion...keep doing your part (criticizing Sachin) and Sachin will do his...

Posted by zxaar on (October 6, 2010, 21:48 GMT)

@ ravichakra "Just pick up Sachin's last 2 years performances against meaningful opposition and demonstrate that he has contributed to India's success." ------------ Okey i do that for you. You seems to be blind. In last two years laxman averages 67 in indian wins, guess what sachin averages 86. Now you say it is because of bangladesh. So lets see without bangladesh - so last 2 years averages vs Aus. Lax = 38 , sach = 71. vs England lax = 25, sach = 140, vs New zealand lax = 30 , sachin = 160. So here you go you were singing praises of laxman where as sachin has done nothing for you. All these runs value and contribute in ranking. Aus,England New Zealand etc all are meaningful. In fact even bangladesh is meaningful because points are counted in rankings. You are dumb and biased as they make'em.

Posted by zxaar on (October 6, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

@ravichakra "Just prove it by statistics how Sachin has contributed to India being the no.1 Test team" ----------- you are out of your mind. I prove it to you. Take out 136 runs that sachin scored from this match and let me know if you can win this match. Your great laxman scored exactly 2 runs in first innings where sachin scored 98. Your great laxman was the main reason we did not take lead in first innings. your great laxman was the main reason we were in that dire situation. Here are cold numbers for you sachin has scored 6 centuries in last 12 months at average of 81. And these include the times your great laxman left team in lurch. Remeber sri lanka where dravid and laxman were more of liability than a player. Thanks to sehwag and sachin we could save some face. Tendulkar's number speak for him take any format take any criteria. Even against Australia where laxman seems to do best sachin average higher than him (sachin's 56 vs 55) and in Aus sachin's 58 vs lax' 54. Are the stats

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

@ravichakra It was criminal of Sachin to play that kind of shot in the second innings.But still he is the next best batsman after Sehwag in the past 2 years.Every series or other has a contribution from Sachin and if you fail to see this then only god can help you.India did well in 2 WC campaigns 96 and 03 and it featured Tendulkar as a opener.He relishes facing the new ball in ODIs and he sets the platform for the wins.And of course he is not a liability in the field unlike Laxman and Dravid.Don't tell me you are a Dravid fan?

Posted by ravichakra on (October 6, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

@ MahendraSinghisKinng, Can you prove the stats that you are talking about? Had Sachin contributed in match winning innings from the 90s, India would have been the number one Test team way back then not now. Don't shoot off in the air, provide links where Laxman has failed match after match and Sachin has won those games for us.As far as his scoring centuries every time he goes out to bat, I would rather prefer a player whom I can depend on every time he goes out to bat. I would rather love to see a player who rises to the ocassion. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. In this case, Sachin only gets going back to the dressing room when the going gets tough. Pull out Test matches where India is on the verge of defeat and the matches have been turned around by Sachin. All his 13837 runs can be shove up his ..... Where was he when India needed just 120 runs to win in Barbados? Where was he when India was following on at Calcutta? Where was he when India won at Adelaide?

Posted by ravichakra on (October 6, 2010, 18:57 GMT)

@Indianpunter. Indians are full of double standards and short term memory. Whom would you want to bring in place of Dravid? How can you forget the Ahmedabad Test against SL during SL's tour of India where India were tottering with 4 wickets down for a handful of runs and lo and behold The Wall stood like a wall. These 4 wickets included the so called paper tiger "Sachin Tendulkar" as well. A good for nothing Yuvraaj and Harbhajan are persevered in the team for ages, but everytime a Dravid, Laxman or Sehwag fail, people start calling for their heads. On that count, for the rash stroke played by Tendulkar, is he going to be dropped?

Posted by ravichakra on (October 6, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

Aditya Agarwal.....Just prove it by statistics how Sachin has contributed to India being the no.1 Test team. Firstly, it shows your ignorance of how the Test points tally system works. It talks about wins. Just pick up Sachin's last 2 years performances against meaningful opposition and demonstrate that he has contributed to India's success.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 6, 2010, 18:48 GMT)

@hindh88: Erm, hello! 99% of SL fans cheer India over Aussies. Why would we bother to 'rant' about a team that is not playing our national team? You are still bitter about the ranting we made regarding the Randhiv-Sehwag issue we is so over.

Posted by ravichakra on (October 6, 2010, 18:45 GMT)

@ Ritz_sa You need to be reminded that despite the team's best efforts, the match result was decided by one man....... V V S. Give credit wherever it is due. All the experts had written off the match after Sachin's dismissal. One man turned it around and he should be given due credit for that. Do not have two measuring standards for two different individuals. Compare them with the same yardstick. Sachin can get away by playing a rash stroke, but the same stroke if unsuccessfully attempted by Sehwag calls for his head. A total of 116 runs in 8 innings by Sachin is forgotten in the next series, whereas Dravid is scrutinized for his failure in SL. Does anybody look at the results where Sachin has scored those runs? - inevitable losses or mundane draws. Another aspect, can Sachin bat in ODIs at any position other than as opener or at No.4 in Tests? What a player! the most rigid I have ever seen and you call him a great player.

Posted by rgom on (October 6, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

VVS is a great test batsman, no doubt. But, people using yesterday's innings as a basis for his inclusion in the world cup squad is ridiculous. Laxman can score at a brisk pace when teams set an attacking field. I don't remember him scoring many fours when Ponting spread the field. And, this guy cannot hit the ball in the air even if his life depends on it!

One can even say that Ponting lacked in tactics. Instead of attacking Laxman, he should have set a defensive field right after Dhoni's wicket. Imagine how many run-outs we could have seen if he had to score all his runs in singles. Add to that the fact that his scoring singles would have forced Ishant to face more deliveries.

I guess part of the reason he had to fight for his place in the X1 for most of his career is because for most of that time, there was no separate team for tests and ODIs. Selectors would have thought of his ODI skills before picking him in the team.

Posted by mukesh132mishra on (October 6, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Three Cheers for Very Very Special Laxman. Man, he is made of steel. He's got the habit of producing such rare and magical innings. Also He's born to down Australia. Count the number and you'll see he's undone Australia more than anyone else.

Posted by Naciket on (October 6, 2010, 16:15 GMT)

Indian Cricket!!! Somebody like VVS has to prove time and again about his place and some lucky sods like the current captain and few others have all the attention and money. that is the sad fact of life. How much and how long does VVS have to fight it out ?

Posted by SaiKripa on (October 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

VVS is not Lakshman - He is Ram!!!!! Given all his talent, he has underachieved. I am sure his best is yet to come in the next few years.

Posted by Hindh on (October 6, 2010, 13:22 GMT)

@nfer I commented like that coz none of the lankan or pak fans lacked ur so called "humility" when they were ranting against India in pre match articles.

Posted by Pathiyal on (October 6, 2010, 12:47 GMT)

the guys who compare these great players are ironically those who have never taken a proper cricket bat in their hands to face a fairly genuine bowler. they just watch and watch and watch cricket and presume that their mouth is the most effective equipment in cricket. that's not cricket - go and stand in the middle of the pitch, in the hot sun, try to make some runs or take some wickets, catches, the feel - that's real cricket. once you get a taste of how it will be, then you realise how irrelevant these comparisons were. right now, stop comparisons wish both the teams the very best....because competitive cricket is in the offer. you have already seen it in the first test, now we have one more to go.

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 6, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

I was a die hard fan of Sachin earlier in my childhood & even used to maintain a notebook detailing each & every innings of his before Cricinfo was born.But now my favorites are Sehwag who instills fear in the opposition & VVS the man who churns out victories from nowhere(Kolkata 2001 & this match & Srinath Match against SA ).Sachin can't handle pressure while chasing a score & plays a stupid shot to gift victory to the opposition(Chennai match agains Pakistan when less than 20 runs remain & tries to hoist Saqlain out of the park,Hyderabad onedayer he tries to play a cute paddle sweep when he was batting like a dream & made 175 runs ,Yesterday's match again getting out at 38 & leaving the team halfway before the target is reached).Laxman stays till the end & finishes the match.Laxman was failure as an opener but not as 1 down.He scored 281 at number 3 position & would have truly become India's all time greatest if he had batted at that position life long.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

Wow what a test match. This battle is not for who is better but who is doing better at present. Sachin and lara and Bradman are legendand no one has a write to comment any of them They did better and better for their country. Sachin is doing a great job. Only some innings can not prove any one better then sachin. he has to be consistent.Sachin is doing great job from 20 years.He is the greatest i have ever seen.

Posted by cgkirtikar on (October 6, 2010, 10:49 GMT)

As Ponting stated correctly, Laxman and Tendulkar have been a thorn in their side for some time now. Laxman proved yet again why the Aussies rate him so highly and why a red faced Dean Jones admitted on television yesterday night that the Aussies would readily take Laxman into their team ! Full marks to the Very Very Sturdy Laxman !! God Bless !!

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 6, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

hindh88: What does this got to do with SL & Pakistan? In fact both SL & Pakistan had beaten Aussies in test cricket in the past (atleast once) But neither India or SL had won a test series in Australia. Quit being cocky and have some humility for god's sake. Why do people like your 'god' SRT - because he is humble even when he his a great player. Why do most international fans dislike players like Yuvraj - because he is cocky and thinks the world revolves around him. So yes, India played well and they richly deserved to win. Hope they win the test series. This article is about India vs Australia not Sri Lanka or Pakistan.

Posted by sonofchennai on (October 6, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

For all sachin bashers...no harm in that...i do it..the differecne between sachin and any other batsman is we expect sachin to score a century every time whihc is nto the case with others...so no probs in cursing sachin for he was the one who helped india to get close to aus first innings totoal...Curse sachin for that upper cut in this match, curse him for that paddle sccop during his 175 against Aus in hyd..but never compare players with our team...After all Lax is as great as Sachin so is Dravid, and others...this is a team sport guys..some one has to stand up for others all d time

Posted by faisalmdvm on (October 6, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Guys forget about Lax being included in the cricinfo's ATXI, the guy is still battling for permanent place in the current IND XI and he got to prove it time and again with innings like these. I reckon the rainas, Kohlis and the rohits shud be replaced by dravid and laxman for th WC. what say u guys?

Posted by Gijiks365 on (October 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

Laxman should be called GOD of Cricket, if the definition of God is someone who answers to your prayers and bails you out from hopeless situations. Laxman does that with amazing consistency. We humans tend to forget GOD and go back to him only when there is a crisis. So does Indian cricket. Laxman is forgotten often easily and is looked upon when there is a crisis situation. So, isn't it just to call him GOD of Indian cricket ? This doesnt mean Sachin is inferior to him by any means. He is arguabily the greatest batsman and a great entertainer too. But for me GOD of cricket is VVS.

Posted by ani_che on (October 6, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

the only complaint i have towards laxman is sometimes,he is too nice.i can't believe how shabbily he has been treated for years.robbed of three world cups - in favour of players like sadagopan ramesh,amay khurasia,dinesh mongia,sanjay bangar,robin uthappa and mohammed kaif!!and will ppl stop comparing our own jewels?i don't see a reason why i should give rankings to sachin,rahul,viru and vvs.the very fact that each one is a different kind of genius only makes me prouder!lax has been treated very shabbily by indians themselves and is the greatest cricketer to be born in an LOI/ODI-crazy era and yet not play in a world cup,despite having the credentials.despite the fact that he should have played ahead of sourav in the odi batting order and despite having his odi career ended during sourav's tenure,he was the 1st to lift sourav on his shoulders when he was retiring!that's VVS 4u!

Posted by brlara on (October 6, 2010, 8:11 GMT)

Am feeling great to hear that there exists a lot of true cricket fans in India. Lara's 153 @ Barbados and Laxman's yesterday's Mohali innings have little dissimilarities. Lara had a better bowling attack with Mcgrath and Warne at their young age and at their peak. Lara was there at the crease for more than 230 runs required where Laxman at the crease for 150 runs . Lara was running for him where Raina was running for Laxman. But, the feel of innings yesterday was just similar to Lara's 153 which was rated as No.2 in Wisden's all time innings. Yesterday's Laxman's innings deserves atleast a rank within 50. The Rajnikanth's ROBOT movie made us to wait for 2 years. But yesterday's good innings made us to wait for more than 10 years after Lara's 153, (of course we had a Laxman's 281 and Dravid's 233 adelaide Cliff hangers in between). Keep the test match alive. We are ready to wait for another 5 to 10 years to witness a match like this. Laxman the best test batsman since Gavaskar

Posted by no.nonsense on (October 6, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

@cenitin: very well said. And in continuation to what vismorkel was saying about Dhoni, cant help but wonder about his captaincy. I think he could soon find himself in the same position that Ponting found himself in 2-3 years back and that his real test will come once the Terrific Three call it a day. Only then will we know whether he is worth all the hype or was just plain lucky to be at the right place at the right time and to be leading a fab bunch of players.

Posted by Aashish23 on (October 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT)

Why everything ends up on comparison with Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag etc.. All these players including VVS are legends and legend they will remain Moreover, players like Dravid and VVS have prolonged their career by restricting themselves to Test cricket only We should feel lucky that we are witnesing some of the finest batsmen of all time playing at their level best

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

I think laxman better than sachin or lara or evn BRADMAN..

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 7:17 GMT)

Continues from my last post .............

All the others in that Army fights to protect the Kingdom, by trying not to expose their Fortress (tail-end). And the builder doesn't do that, so everyone in that Kingdom blames him for not protecting the fortress by fighting back.

But the enemy knows the importance of the maintainer/builder. They know exactly that, if they could stops/blocks the builder, then the job is over. How fitting it is that the builders were never been the national heros. (All the honour goes to the Army chief - here Sachin - not to forget that he is a true genious himself).

[ Also the best defence for the fortress was when the WALL (Dravid) & the builder (Laxman) were together. (2001 series against Australia). ]

How closely it resembles this Indian batting lineup, rite ?

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 7:16 GMT)

On Reply to cricketlover777 on (October 05 2010, 16:47 PM GMT)

I liked your statement about the Indian batting lineup. It can be considered as a Kingdom, facing a war.

There are canons for attacking the approaching enemies, (these will be effective only in long range. You cannot afford to use them in close range) The first thing done, is to fire the Canons (Sehwag), (so that the attacking army will be scattered) Archers (Gambir) are also used along with canons.

There is a great WALL/Trench(Dravid) that protects the army behind & the fortress (tail-end, as it is the last resistance, and doesn't have much fight-back power).

When the army reaches closer, then the real fight starts army to army, led by Sachin, the master (Dhoni, Yuvraj/Raina).

If any opposition comes closer than that, then comes the great maintainer/repair of the fortress (Laxman). But his role is entirely different from the others. He builds back the fortress, and makes it capable of fighting back. (Continues..)

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

Somebody said which is imp....1 wkt or 5 gold...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 7:05 GMT)

aussies have had the rub of the green going their way for the past decade ..now it is for india ...to have their share of achievements and ...luck ...

Posted by shaantanu on (October 6, 2010, 6:53 GMT)

i cant see Davo and Rooboy in the comments section:).......guys ur team played well too n gave us a run for our money n made my heart a lil bit more weak.brilliant test match cricket.thanks to Ind/Aus for entertaining us......but whoever wins the nxt time just make sure you win a bit more easily just to spare my heart all the agony

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

I remember when Tony Greig shouted ..."look at the security man...go hell the security"...at the eden in 2001...I wanted Tony Greig at the commentry room..

Very Very Special moments for me....I wonder who will replace this guy when he retires..

Dhoni..go and play for Chennai..

Posted by Ajay_the_puritan on (October 6, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

have you seen a grin more infectious than that of VVS ? he has become to aussies what many of us encounter in our nightmares.. an obstacle impossible to dislodge however hard one may try. i doubt god intended him to be a mere batsman. perhaps he is from an old mould god had with which he created magicians of yore who with a flourish of their wands created beutiful things out of nowhere.and who are we to compare and pass judgments on giants like dravid, sachin and VVS? as vieri put it memorably across a bunch of hacks, they are worth more than all of us put together(in cricketing terms, touche).poor aussies, they can't overcome an injured VVS...forget getting past him when he is fully fit.

Posted by niceydicey on (October 6, 2010, 5:22 GMT)

"creating symphonies with ambulance sirens around him".. wow.. indeed VVS is such a Mozart at work while the world labors on. Hats off to VVS..Players like VVS, David Gower, Azhar, Zaheer Abbas, are rare gems who make batting look so darn easy. While we enjoy the likes of VVS's evergreen symphonies, and flashes from Tendulkar of yore, you wonder at the downhill slide of India's batsmen.. Forget Laxman, Tendulkar, Sehwag.... where's the next Vengsarkar, the next Amarnath, the next Yashpal Sharma.... appalling is the word and I am sure most of you agree.. 2-3 years from now we shall be looking like the Australia of the moment... Aussies at least have the work ethics.. India at the moment has its reserves visibly devoid of natural talent and work ethics. Here's hoping that Anil Kumble's NCA does the job.. with Anil at the helm we are assured that there shall be no lack of effort and discipline.

Posted by sonjjay on (October 6, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

Well people as usual from India like to divide themselves on whatever little issue they can. Everytime there is a match winning innings we start comparing sachin,rahul,vvs,sehwag etc. All these players after all belong to India and we should be proud of each and every batsman we have and to put things in prespective if it wasnt for Sachin's first innings score there wouldnt have been a match to save,anyways I dont think any of us would have been less happy if the same knock was played by any other Indian batsman so relax...

Posted by HarinderJadwani on (October 6, 2010, 5:05 GMT)

I sure think it is Sydney where Australia showed their worst qualities - must be karma, as many of the players who misbehaved then have gone from the Aussie team or suffered declines. Amazingly, Symonds - one of the villains at Sydney - who provoked Harbhajan, continues to make the case he was a victim.... despite the New Zealand judge hearing India's appeal of the Harbhajan suspension throwing out the sworn evidence of him (Symonds), Hayden, Gilchrist, Clarke and Ponting.

But that bad karma seems to be coming to an end, as this nail-biting tussle at Mohali shows. There is a lot of new talent in the Aussie team - or at least a lot of heart and fight. They are going to keep on trying to get back to # 1. India vs. Australia continues to provide some of the best cricket around...... to me way better than the Ashes.

Posted by cric4india on (October 6, 2010, 4:53 GMT)

It is a shame people use such an unforgettable victory to compare greats. If Laxman and Ishant took us to the gr8 victory, Sachin and Zaheer set it up! What's the big deal?

Posted by cenitin on (October 6, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

@manasvi_lingam.....Do you know anything about cricket I afraid not otherwise you didn't make such type of comments on Sachin ? Why don't you do one thing and check stats of Sachin on the foreign soils. And mind you choose the countries like SA, Australia (both bouncy tracks) Eng (swing friendly tracks) an SL (spin friendly tracks). All the four are also top 4 test teams after India and all played well in there home conditions. Also Rahul Dravid is considered one of the finest batsman in foreign conditions. Lets compare stats of both Sachin and Rahul. You will find Sachin Avg is greater than Rahul at 3 places out of 4. In AUS : Master = 58, Dravid = 48 ; In Eng : Mas = 62 , Dra = 65 (Dravid is marginally ahead but 62 is not bad at all) ; In SA Mas = 40 , Dra = 33 ; In SL Mas = 68 , Dra =33 . Apart from that Sachin having avg of around 50 in NZ and WI(48) too....Sehwag may have to prove himself in tough foreign conditions but Sachin already proved his worth many times.

Posted by LakmalPhysics on (October 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

There were a lot of o Constructive & Destructive Interferences because of human errors. ICC needs to deploy UDRS to avoid any terrible results much worse than this one. Otherwise umpires also will categorized under match fixers.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2010, 4:20 GMT)

Laxman is the 'Gale Ki Haddi' that Aussies will never be able to remove!! What a player!! What a match!!

Posted by lksh14 on (October 6, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

Splendid job Ishanth with out his innings it was not possible

Posted by vismorkel on (October 6, 2010, 3:13 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.

Posted by Mark00 on (October 6, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

The best Indian batsman I have seen. If he had Tendulkar's omnipresent drive and motivation, he'd be averaging 70.

Posted by VivaVizag on (October 6, 2010, 2:55 GMT)

Yes, V(VS) can. In fact, V(VS) did it!

Posted by geturdream on (October 6, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

ZAHEER, LAXMAN AND ISHANT... Hats off to you guys. Complete the whitewash...

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (October 6, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

Laxman is one of the greatest modern batsmen for India. Apart from Rahul Dravid during 2001-2006 no other batsmen has been so crucial to winning matches and Tendulkar. Sehwag is more of a flat track bully as we saw in this match. Raina is an OK batsman but has too many flaws. As for Gambhir, he had a great 2008-2009 but hid playing days are coming to an end.

Posted by Jim1207 on (October 6, 2010, 2:30 GMT)

@SFay: I too thought that they were celebrating for long time without looking for opponents nearby. But what happened in Sydney was different - Aussies really stretched the rules to the maximum extent and made look umpires fool and took the game on their own hand, and after winning the game Ponting, in particular, was ecstatic that he has won 16 matches in a row. These all happened after all the tensions going around between them for sledging row. But what aussies did were not wrong - they were just celebrating - but the problems were what happened in those last 3 days. But media brought everything into focus and made the issue a mess.

Posted by Jim1207 on (October 6, 2010, 2:14 GMT)

Surgical Precision is the word, no wonder as his parents are doctors. Calculated aggression, unquenchable spirit and iceman-like temperament are his class.

Posted by Meety on (October 6, 2010, 2:08 GMT)

I am hurting badly! I couldn't bear to get on cricinfo until this afternoon, another bloody fantastic Laxman performance. Why can't he dish his brilliance around other nations & leave us poor hurting Aussies alone? He was playing on a different pitch - differnt game (ODIs), the way he nonchalantly scored. I hope his back is sore enough that he misses the 2nd test - that way we might get one back - (just joking). The last 2 days of cricket is proof that Test cricket is the best format. If it was a T20 I wouldn't have given a preverbial Rats Ar@e about it. When the 8th wicket fell I thought we were on top but I have seen sides, (post Warne), get of jail against plenty over the last 3 years. Sth Africa did it twice in Oz, England's tail in the first Ashes test last year, and in the 1st Test in India last time Oz was in India. I think the problem is that Ponting is too much like Border as a captain & not enough like Taylor. I would of bowled Pup & Katich, Bollinger's injury was crucial.

Posted by MahendraSinghisKinng on (October 6, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

Continued: And for sachin haters!! Laxman played a gr8 knock, pay the dues, Admire his innings. Draw the line there!!! why to drag sachin into this?. Failed to raise to the occasion? you have got to be kidding. And we can easily pull out statistics in which laxman failed game after game after game!!.we have lost many a ODI series during laxman's presence. Laxman has been part of matches where india was in winning positions and India has lost matches and he too have failed many a times!!! For sachin haters, I have one thing to say - From the bottom of your heart you love sachin too much, that you expect him to score century in every innings. you dont know how to express your love!!, Thats why you come and bash sachin! its psychological. Get well soon!!!

Posted by MahendraSinghisKinng on (October 6, 2010, 1:43 GMT)

Oh Please!!! Sachin Bashers!! Get a life!!! Failed to raise to the occasion? This match would never be in a winning position if not for Sachin's 98 in the first innings, Do you have selective Amnesia when it comes to sachin's runs?. How come those runs become "Non Occasional Run" or "non match winning runs" or "under no pressure runs". Even in second innings he got out for 38 and for heavens sake dont discount that!!. And moreover the perception of match winning by sachin bashers is wrong. A match winner is some one whom sets up the match for a winning position, and NOT NECESSARILY STAY TILL THE END" OR PLAY THE WINNING SHOT". Sachin, right from the 90's has played tons of those match winning innings and by far more than dravid's laxman's combined together. But what happens? rest of the losers go and gift their wicket because SACHIN IS OUT(pressure) and lose the match. "So Sachin is not a match winner?" This is your idea of match winning? Grow up for heavens sake.!!!

Posted by belichick007 on (October 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT)

well done India! gr8 team effort in a see saw affair. Laxman pulled one on the Aussies again. Stop criticizing sachin - hey he was the highest total runs of all indian batsmen even in this test. Yes he may not be Mr.Clutch, but his 98 in first made this competitive in the first place.

Posted by graj1071 on (October 6, 2010, 1:21 GMT)

Wow! what an article. Flowing just like Laxman's batting.

Posted by zxaar on (October 5, 2010, 22:56 GMT)

wow guys here are criticizing Tendulkar. Unbelievable. Tendulkar score 136 runs in this test. Which is a big percentage of total runs scored. Thanks to tendulkar we were cruising in first innings and everyone thought india would take healthy lead. And then once he was gone all india did was to shield laxman because he was carrying injury. If it were not for laxman's back pain india could have taken lead in first innings and we could not be in that position in second innings. Laxman played well but he was main culprit in first innings were we could not take lead that we deserved. Thanks to tendulkar and dravid we did not follow on.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

What a player! Absolutely superb performance by VVS - I bow down to you, sir. You're a genius.

Posted by indianpunter on (October 5, 2010, 22:29 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.

Posted by mrbaddy on (October 5, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

I remember in the Sharjah 1998 (Tendulkar Sand Storm) match, Sachin literally screamed against Laxman for not being quick enough while running between wickets...It was funny to see Laxman on the other side with Ojha today .....

Wonder, if Sachin had apologized to Laxman???

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

the day he will retire ,it will be a national holiday in australia.

Posted by BillyCC on (October 5, 2010, 20:57 GMT)

Guys guys, there is an overwhelming response in the forum of criticising Tendulkar. Don't forget, Tendulkar set up this win in the first innings and set the tone with Laxman on the morning of the fifth day. My theory is that a lot of teams expend a lot of energy both mentally and physically to dismiss Tendulkar that they naturally relax after he is gone to their own detriment, as India have three greats in their side, Laxman being the most underrated. That was why losing Bollinger was such a blow, another bowler would surely have helped get all energy levels back up.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

VVS and Dravid Always reliable. Gauti too. The over hyped have some cough and buff when india desperately needed his service.

Posted by cenitin on (October 5, 2010, 20:46 GMT)

@Ravichakra....In all the 20 years I have been wondering from where Sachin gets inspiration to play for country so long , having such a huge appetitie of runs, setting a high standard for himself and reaching that again and again ...then I looked at cricket followers like you and I got all the answers .... so buddy keep doing your part and the master will do his.... anyways an another gem of inning from Laxman make sure that India would end the test on the right side....Laxman, the very very special, was in gr8 touch and he made everything so easy....Also I would congrats India team to display a gr8 team effort ..everybody played there part except Dhoni and Gambhir..both were a bit of unlucky...but still India could improve this effort specially in fielding...the catches dropped on first day nearly cost India the match....Dhoni performance as a keeper was pathetic...he needs to improve it.

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (October 5, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

@passionate_cricket_follower: who cares about World Cups? Laxman is defined by his test record against Australia. No other cricketer in the modern game can claim that distinction. Isn't that enough for you? It is demeaning to bring ODI cricket into the equation.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 20:03 GMT)

What a Test Match??? Once again Laxman has proved why he is VERY VERY SPECIAL!!!

I liked Laxman's reaction towards Ojha :D lol...

3 cheers to Ishant Sharma who has shown such class temperament and hung on till the nearing end...

Posted by AS123098 on (October 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT)

Laxman needs to be in Cricinfo's all time India XI. Look at his third and fourth innings average: 50.57!! In comparision, Hazare: 43.10, Mankad 28.48 , Dravid 43.53, Tendulkar 43.28, and Sehwag 30.80. Only the great Gavaskar 51.46 has a better performance under the highest level of pressure. Cricinfo selected on talent but they ignored the ability perform when the pressure is highest.

Posted by vismorkel on (October 5, 2010, 19:57 GMT)

please dont forget dhoni's contribution in this test match..he captained our side to a great victory..he was very instrumental in providing us with such rich entertainment..without his services this match would have been boring,dropped watson & paine who scored more than 1/2 of aussie 1st innings total..batting & running so effortlessly and handing a valuable lead to aussies in the 1st innings..for all this entertainment he provides to the public he gets paid handsomely..200 crores for 2 yrs for such rich entertainment..he had provided us many more in the past like in the t20 world cups by picking jadeja time & again and giving him more & more overs despite concedin 6 sixes of 6 balls..sendin jadeja ahead of yuvraj in super8s of t20 world cup inspite of yuvraj being in good form & india ended up losing only by 3 runs..he went unnoticed again but when these seniors retire there'll be nobody to save him..And MrDhoni what is this new habit of hidin behind other batsmen especially in t20s?

Posted by gandabhai on (October 5, 2010, 19:48 GMT)

Thank you VVS for those wonderful, very very special moments.Are we cricket lovers not truly blessed ? No matter who you support .

Posted by intcamd on (October 5, 2010, 19:35 GMT)

The fools who picked Hazare in the ATXI India team, and those who preferred Mohinder, Pataudi, Vengsarkar, etc, well, let us just say you are looking eveen more foolish today. Just ask the aussies who they would prefer to bowl in a tight situation with the match on the line - Laxman, or any of your so called expert picks...

Posted by cricketputtar on (October 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

@manny- it was gould who gave ishant out n billi who saved ojha from being attacked by an angry mob by not givin him out:) billi was d unsung hero coz ojha was plumb..but thr was no reason why he shud have been at d crease in d 1st place coz ishant wasnt out..so i guess thr is justice in d world aftre all:)

Posted by JustAGame on (October 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

@Sachen O'Lee: Dhoni is in team for his 'gut feelings'. Tell me, who in the right mind gives Ishant a spell when he was struggling through out the test. That spell opened the gates, it was super deciding factor. @manny_b: I'm with you. Sehwag, Sachin and Raina threw wickets, I wish we could have won this game more comprehensively but I guess that's the way God reminds us worth of VVS.~ Bad umpiring decision are part and parcel of the game, UDRS will ease this but until then I don't see any point discussing this thing time and again. @gupta.Ankur: Sachin is great, don't burden him more by singing ridiculous sachin-is-the-only-god song all the time. Give credit where it's due.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 19:15 GMT)

In a way, Indian team played with only 9 players in the first Innings (Ishant and Laxman were injured when they had to ball and bat respectively). Kudos to the Indian team. Everybody contributed, including the substitute Pujara (great reflexes). Ishant and Laxman made up for the sick leave they took in the first innings. :-)

Posted by CricketPissek on (October 5, 2010, 19:15 GMT)

a great innings overshadowed a terrible pitch luckily :) well played india

Posted by MADDY_INURHEART on (October 5, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

Laxman ..................Laxman........................ you beauty!!!!!! hats of to the saviour. as brilliant as it can get macho effort, so special and truly so SOOTHING.......

Posted by Original_Bond on (October 5, 2010, 18:59 GMT)

I guess someone needs to ask - Is this enough for Lax to included in the world-cup team? I mean everyone is looking forward to an Ind-Aus Final...right?

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:54 GMT)

@Vidya...a very common attitude in South Indians - as u have shown(Sachin a few as compared to VVS the most)- surely Laxman has helped India in some unforgettable wins but he is no way near the maestro....Hats off to both Sachin n VVS for making India num 1 Test Team.....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:54 GMT)

Just Can;t Believe What Has Happend

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (October 5, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

its a shame that a player of laxman's caliber hasn't played a world cup for India. it still hurts me when sourav ganguly chose that super fool dinesh mongia over laxman for world cup 2003. laxman was a prolific odi player then. it was the politics of sourav and co that didn't let his odi career take off. i put laxman to be the most special and unsung player to play for India - even ahead of the Little Master!

Posted by cricketlover_786 on (October 5, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

Laxman, the most reliable and useful test batsman...only Dravid in the current team can match him to some extent..the overhyped ones need to take some lesson in how to build n finish off an inning when your team needs it...no useless hundreds...am a pak fan n feel sorry to see curent pak batting..only Miandad n Inzi had these qualities..

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (October 5, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

I would have loved to see VVS collecting the man of the match....anyways, it was a great spell by Zahir.

Posted by gandabhai on (October 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

Thanks for the beautiful batting you have given to me to witness .Next time you are in the UK I would love to take you out for a curry & a' few' beers , Please call me . Highest regards .

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:50 GMT)

dravid,sachin,laxman--------hero of this match.......kudos to zaheer,ishant for bowling .....the question is .....wat the hell dhoni is doing in the team ?

Posted by manny_b on (October 5, 2010, 18:50 GMT)

Well WHAT A WIN for Team India !! Another one of Laxman's gems. But take a moment to think about the collapse of the Indian top-order. Fine India won today, but we can not blame Laxman the next time he fails to rescue us.

Im a big Sachin fan - but a rather irresponsible shot by him at that juncture. An instinctive reaction by him ? Maybe - but great players should manage that. I hope Raina and Sehwag practice facing the shorter stuff more often.

Finally a thanks to Mr.Ian Gould who sided with us(India) by giving Hussey out in the 2nd innings and saving Pragyan Ojha from a sure LBW at the end. Can't say the same about Mr.Billy Bowden though - Katich out to an imaginary No-Ball, and the only wickets to fall by way of an LBW in the Indian 2nd innings - Gambhir and Ishant - wrongly adjudged so. And I wish to once again thank Mr.Ian Gould for doing the balancing act.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (October 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT)

before the start of the series there were lot of questions, comments on India being the no 1 team and the capability of the bowlers we have....Ind a true chapmion won the match that we almost lost...also its a fitting answer to the mockers that a fast bowler won the man of the match. this match will clear the doubts why we are no 1...very fine alround display by the team.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (October 5, 2010, 18:44 GMT)

Matches like these bring the fans back to TEST cricket. Good for cricket to restore the game's reputation after the setbacks caused by spot fixing, allegations, apologies, drugs, tamperings....game of cricket suffered huge since last summer.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:41 GMT)

Great article. Defines Laxman as one of the greatest of our times.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (October 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

What a terrific match....though Ind won the test, Aussies must be congratulated for the great fight and only in the last session they lost the match. Congratulations to both the teams.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:37 GMT)

what a wonderful comparison... !! my compliments to the writer for penning the ultimate tribute to this invisible pillar of Indian cricket, VVS... !! the other day somebody was mentioning the "its-too-late-now" 146, Laxman hit in Sydney against the likes of a rampaging Brett Lee and the as ever impeccable McGrath... ! Its interesting to see how little Laxman's batting has changed over a decade... ! when in flow he is just unmatched and a treat to watch, whats more... most of his fabulous knock have come in a winning cause... something which has eluded the likes of Tendulkar for a lifetime... it shows the amount of genius this man brings into the side... which has always been undermined... the fact that he still feels he is a struggler shows the humbleness this man has... !! lets just say if Shane Warne has Tendulkar in his nightmares, Ricky Ponting could well go into depression after a decade of faliures to get past VVS... !!

Posted by Street_Hawk on (October 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT)

And Laxman still does not find a place in India's all time XI... :(

Posted by ravichakra on (October 5, 2010, 18:30 GMT)

mrgupta, you would have missed India's best matches if you have a tendency to stop following the matches after Sachin's dismisal. It gets more interesting after his dismissal.......especially if it is a chase.

Posted by buntyj on (October 5, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

laxman is to indian batting what chandra was to indian bowling; both brought the gift of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat; amazing that both were recently left out of the Indian AT XI

Posted by ARad on (October 5, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

This could be my first comment on the internet about sports writing because, usually, it has been either unremarkable or bad. Thanks for writing one of the few exceptions.

Laxman in full form (along with Lara) is among the handful of players who make batting look like a performance of fine art. His batting wasn't as pretty as it could be (due to his bad back) but I was still waiting for slo-mo replays to see how he executed many shots yesterday...

Posted by Sukumar_Kantri on (October 5, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

The way VVS showed his committement and agression during the end of match for Team INDIA's victory when Pragyan Ojha had miscommunication is simply awsome. I never saw such agression from this stylish wrist player. Hats off to him!!! the way he praised Ishant is so nice. Good Team spirit.

Posted by srisri on (October 5, 2010, 18:19 GMT)

In the middle of the night I woke up to see India 203/8. I was relieved to see VVS at the crease but cursed myself, because when I was our guys get out. Sure, 3 balls later Ishant gone. (Un)fortunately, crickinfo server went down and 5 minutes later, VVS took us home. Hope, they dare dropping VVS until he retires.

Posted by Guruprasad.S on (October 5, 2010, 18:14 GMT)

No surprise that Australia were involved in a great test match once again. They may have lost, but they deserve a standing ovation to have made a match of it after folding up for 192 in 2nd innings. Ponting always gives due credit to the opposition after a loss, and he said that Aus were outplayed. Now, does anyone think that Aus was outplayed ? Till the very end, the match could have gone in one of the three ways (ruling out a draw). Ind vs Aus have produced some cardiac-arresting cricket in my last 24 years of viewing. Tied test in Chennai in 1986, ODI in world cup 1987 in Chennai, ODI in Brisbane in 1992 WC, ODI in Tital Cup in 1996, THAT test in Kolkata in 2001, series decider in Chennai in 2001, test at Mumbai in 2004, test in Sydney in 2007, and now, this one. Mind you, these were some some cases that went right down the wire. There have ben many exciting matches tests and ODIs between these countries, and tests in particular have been absorbing. Kudos VVS and Ishant.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 5, 2010, 18:10 GMT)

@ Gupta.Ankur Dude you have been embarrassing us in many forums. I am also fan of sachin but give credit where it is due. @SFay I still remember the way ponting had celebrated. i have never seen him celebrate like that.As rightly pointed by Peter Engish "Celebrating like wild pack of dogs'. Looking fwd to the second test(yes its a shame that we have only 2 tests)

Posted by Sukumar_Kantri on (October 5, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

VVS had once again proved that he is special. With his bad back he had done it 2nd time for India. A special hats off to ISHANT,who played a crucial role in this win along with Laxman. Both are suffering from Injuries, yet their team spirit made them to achieve this feat! The determination showed by these 2 is so great. When everyone thought India is going to lose at the exit of Sachin, the 4th Innings & 5th day specialist had made it for INDIA along with lanky Ishant....

Posted by sameeullah on (October 5, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

Sachin is great but laxman is Special for special occations like this test.I love the way laxman plays.I enjoy his batting and temperament more then sachin's.

Posted by ravichakra on (October 5, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

Nishit Kumar has put it aptly. Dravid, Laxman & Sehwag have won India more matches than all the other players put together (even Sachin has not won as many matches as each of them have individually done) yet every failure of these players is looked with a microscope.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

VVS, now very very successful!

Posted by Abhinandan on (October 5, 2010, 18:01 GMT)

Such a beautiful test match and less than 10000 to watch the game. It is a real Shame.

BCCI should organize the tests only on the stadium where people want to watch test matches. eg Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur and give onedays and T-20 to other cities. They are killing test matches.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 18:00 GMT)

This is indeed a great show put up by the VERY VERY SPECIAL cricketer that India has produced. He is indeed a night mare for australian team..... He once again proved that Sehwag's stroke play, Dravid's class, Sachin's brilliance should also need the WRISTY MAGIC of this Hyderabadi Nawab to make a formidable batting force that on any given day make their opponents run for their money. Its sad that this legend is not included in the All Time Indian XI.... It is not so easy to build a partnership with a tail ender but also ensuring that the runs are flowing and Ishant doesnt loose his focus. He indeed know that all australia need is two good balls and the match is over. The craftsmenship of batting is not only in playing strokes but the mental toughness that one can possess and influence his partner... It might not be possible to find another CRAFTSMEN OF BATTING like Laxman in the near future... Now Ponting might even not tour india if this Wristy Wonder is still playing for INDIA......

Posted by TequillaGuy on (October 5, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

Another 5th day of a test match, crumbling pitch, tumbling wickets, pressure cooker situation, another day at office for VVS Laxman! You beauty! Great win and a tremendous performance by Ishant and Zaheer. Sadly, with this win, all the mistakes made by Dhoni would be forgotten. We would have never been in this situation had he done his job properly. dropped catches, crazy batting, thoughtless running between wickets and refusal to come closer to stumps when everyone can see that edges will not carry! Full credit to Aussies for giving it all and they would have won it with their 'inexperienced' bowling line up, had the brilliance of Laxman not come in between. Thanks Laxman for making my "off work due to sickness" day worth it!!!

Posted by Ritz_sa on (October 5, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

ENUF from the Laxman supporters!!!Do you forget that this is a team game and every run scored/saved,every catch & every wicket from all the team members contributed to the win??To the Sachin haters....he had the most runs by an Indian batsman in this test by quite a margin!! It's understandable that Laxman's innings was done under more pressure than the others...and he deserves credit for that....but cmon guys...let's not forget the TEAM effort that got India through!

Posted by ravichakra on (October 5, 2010, 17:48 GMT)

So for the umpteenth time Sachin fails to win India a match batting last. The channels, newspapers everybody was going ga ga over how the match depended on Sachin, where I knew once again Sachin would live up to his reputation of not performing when it matters most. How surprising that we often call for Dravid's or Laxman's head on the first signs of failure and yet have endured a player who is yet to prove in 20 years that he is good enough when it matters most........ Wake up India, wake up......

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

I think Aussies deserved to win this match.They playd hard crickt whereas India won despite being sloppy.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 17:32 GMT)

VVS - The 'crisis' man for India. Before the match started, as usual, there was a lot of hue and cry from the 'cricket loving public' (read 'T20 fans' who think the delivery after a no-ball in a test match is a 'Free-hit') blasting Srikanth for including VVS in the team. No batsman, Sachin included, has saved Team India from Crisis as much as VVS did in the last 10 years. (Dravid could be an exception to this).

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

VVS is now Very Very Stubborn, his strokeplays are so smooth..

Posted by vismorkel on (October 5, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

haah..well this match has shown the very obvious difference between laxman & the ever failing other indian batsmen during run chases,this guy has batted so low in the order for the team's cause & has an average of 47 which does not justify his talent and it is due to the fact that he has to bat with the tail enders on most occasions...this is not a one-off story nor did it begin in eden gardens vs australia....it was way earlier in 1996 when india were struggling to set a target to the south africans when azhar & co had desserted their fans when a young laxman made a valliant 50 to set up a modest target against south africa in ahmedabad which set up a famous indian victory after which srinath rattled a strong south african batting line up for a mere 105...laxman's contribution was forgotten on that day & they kept forgetting laxman's contributions game after game..167 syd,281 kol,103col & many more...itz time laxman gets his recognition & placed at par with the other indian greats...

Posted by mdhyderali on (October 5, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

PLS PLAN A TEST SERIES COMPRISING OF 5 MATCHES BETWEEN THESE TWO NATIONS BEFORE SACHIN,VVS,RAHUL,HUSSEY,RICKY,KATICH RETIRES. IT'LL B GR8 FUN WATCHING THESE PLAYERS TOGETHER BATTLING TO WIN.

Posted by spanny007 on (October 5, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

I don't care how many matches we have lost because Laxman didn't go on to make a big score...it is just ONE game like this I need to justify his inclusion in the team as certainly as Sachin's. I do wish that India was like Australia in the 90's...where a specialist for such situations wasn't even required (although Australia still had Bevan)

Posted by acnc on (October 5, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

Laxman for President and Ishant for veep!

Posted by sweetspot on (October 5, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

We almost forgot about Laxman's furious strike rate, didn't we? We almost did not even notice how fast he was scoring his runs. Ridiculous, considering he refused about ten singles along the way too. It looked like Test match batting all right, but he was scoring fast enough to make an ODI team applaud. Super privileged to watch this innings!

Posted by VipulPatki on (October 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

I wonder if anyone has noticed it but Sidharth Monga is now an assistant editor at Cricinfo. I could have sworn that that wasn't his title up until a few days back. If he has indeed got a well deserved promotion, Heartiest Congratulations to him as well; otherwise I deserve my post to be deleted for my porous memory. And yes thanks for this article! I always smile like a cheshire cat after reading a VVS Laxman article....

Posted by Capricorn60 on (October 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

As an Indian fan based in the U.K., was just too nervous to watch or follow the match today to see whether or not India reached their target - esp. after we lost 4 wickets last night. But cometh the crisis, cometh two great injured heroes for India - VVS & Ishant who put their injuries aside & fought for the pride of Mother India! Their feat in adversity today must have given so much joy to Indians in India & all across the world too! Commiserations Australia & congrats for playing ur part in such a wonderful 'see-sawing' match! This was Test Cricket at it's very best.........Only worry was the awful standard of umpiring, including that of the T.V. umpire! There is NO excuse now for the use of the UDRS in all future series from now onwards- with Hawkeye. Hotspot, Snickometer etc etc being used to assist the umpires to make the correct decisions. The game can afford the cost of these technologies too & can't afford to ignore them!!!

Posted by zapper22 on (October 5, 2010, 17:12 GMT)

Kudos to the Australians for fighting their way throughout the test match...a team with no superstar giving a tough fight to a team with the likes of dravid, tendulkar, sehwag and laxman...one thing is pretty clear from the way this test match went---india will find it tough once they no longer have the service of dravid, tendulkar and laxman...the young brigade of india are not in the same class as these three and india will struggle in the test arena once the 3 musketeers are gone...kudos to ponting and his men ----half the australian side were playing in the sub-continent for the 1st time and they have shown that they have it in them to scale the pinnacle of test cricket once again---couple of years at the most.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

How many times has this Special Gem of a Cricketer has won matches for India that the other over hyped Greatest Greats have not achieved even once.

I cannot think of any match won by anyone other than Laxman and Dravid, Sachin might have got us a few.

The current overrated players have a huge lesson to learn from this Greatest Gem

Posted by Narkovian on (October 5, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

I really enjoyed the last hour of this match over my rather late brerakfast this morning. A great finale. BUT.... As I can't find any other relevant article inviting comments.. I'll use this one. UMPIRING. I am English, and I have been watching umpire Gould for the last year or two as he has gradually made his way onto the International panel. In my opinion he is not very good.. Too many bad decisions. All through the English season in all matches and now in Tests too. His finger is raised almost before the bowler has time to make an appeal ! No time to consider his decision. Ishant's was a shocker, and if it had changed the result he would now be on the receiving end of some real stick. Laughing and joking with the players, like they are your mates will not cover up bad decisions.... ...Sorry Mr Gould..just my opinion.,

Posted by Fanofbaseball on (October 5, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

"Had India lost this one, his head would have been called for again, given the injury history and his age." << Cannot agree more with this statement. The Virat Kohli's and the Rohit Sharma's who are waiting on the sidelines need to watch this guy again and again on tape. India never felt the pain when Ganguly retired. They may not feel the pain when Dravid or Tendulkar (yes even Tendulkar) retires, but they will surely feel the pain when VVS retires. It's hard to imagine another guy filling his shoes who can time and time again fight lost causes with the tail.

Posted by Stevo_ on (October 5, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

Great knock Laxman, he looked so damn solid!

Just wanted to remind the Indian fans that Australia got crucified for not shaking hands and celebrating first after the Sydney test. Laxman and co did exactly the same thing!!!! Celebrated first then shook hands well after, which is fine in my book, but is exactly what the Indian captain, Indian fans and media panned Australia for.

The No 4 team really stretched the No 1 team.

Posted by Crazy_Cricket_Fan on (October 5, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

no wonder why aus are always afraid of him and recognized him as the ONLY batsmen who can make their bowlers bow to him..they knew very well how strong he is technically and mentally..they knew very well that this very very special man has something that no other player in the world has(most importantly only limitied to aus team) i.e. fighting spirt... btw anybody revisited the situation why INDIA was pushed to those tense moments..I think culprit was Dhoni..just count how many catches & chances he missed in this test..and how much Aus batsment made use of those chances...not sure what was the basis for including him in India all time XI..batting?? there are plenty of others..keeping?? better not to say anything about it..then what else?

Posted by Wasif_Minhas on (October 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT)

All praise for Laxman and indian team, at least asian teams try to win the matches on the ground unlike england and australia who always seek their media's support to make the players job easier.

Posted by sweetspot on (October 5, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

The reason this match became so special was India's catching lapses in the first innings. Or else, this would have been a cakewalk. Laxman bats like a dream, and we have just witnessed one of the greatest Test innings again from him. If Sehwag and Sachin hadn't got out to a bit of adventure, who knows? Maybe we would not even have seen Laxman bat. What are we going to do without him? Too exotic, too special. Absolutely brilliant. Now, there should be no argument about who is the #1 Test side in the world. Not many sides in the world can win from the positions India has been doing rather consistently of late.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (October 5, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

I hope people get well soon and get back to true idol Sachin tendulkar.

Posted by jayu26 on (October 5, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

I have tears in my eyes, thanks Laxman for yet another great day.

Posted by cricketlover777 on (October 5, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

The problem with us Indians and even others is that we look only at stats and not the situation. No doubt, Sachin and Dravid are class players with great batting stats but the thing is that we don't understand most of these came in easy situations. As such they get to bat at 3 and 4 so a better chance is tere of scoring more runs than Laxman. Laxman may not have that many runs up his belt but he has the true grit and attitude of a cricketer- To never give up. In any run chase your mindset should be that every run is to be earned carefully by not taking too many risks. But usually both the master and the wall do this and get out. IF Dravid is the fortress guarding the rest and Sachin is the one providing resistance to break the fortress then Laxman is the one who prevents the fortress from collapsing and even if it does he builds it brick by brick.(or run by run)!!

Posted by kunal13 on (October 5, 2010, 16:46 GMT)

To the panel who selected All time India XI..... take a bow...I was shocked to not see him in the list.....just one thing to say.. "what a player"!!!

One more thing this test match was interesting only because of bowlers..for taking wickets and for scoring those crucial runs mitchel, ishant, zaheer and hilfenhaus...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:46 GMT)

VVS versus "Yellow" shirts in 'Test' cricket Always a great contest to watch!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

Congratulations to Laxman!!!...My only regret is that he did not receive the well deserved "Man of the Match". He single handedly changed the course of the game. What else one has to do to get that award??

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

Awesome article. Loved it! Laxman's innings are indeed magical.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

once again vvs showed his wonderful performance by his match winning knock.

ishant supported well for laxman at his best which helped india an amazing victory. once again congrats to vvs laxman for his amazing performance with his bat.

Posted by Rons on (October 5, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

A brilliant bit of cricket writing. I was a cricket writer years ago in South Africa ( I ghosted Barry Richards' column and Cive Rice), so I know the game and its one of the finest reports I've read for a long while.

All the best

Posted by amit_mangal30 on (October 5, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

India WINS...Cricinfo server crashes, 15000 people in stadium producing sounds equivalent to 60000, fingers chewed and eaten. Laxman overcomes back spasm, Ishant pulled hamstring to pull a champions stuff win. This is right up there among ones at Perth - 2008, Calcutta - 2001. So are we playing like No. 1 or not..........I can't hear you........... ARE WE OR NOT !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:38 GMT)

yeah he is the Atlas!! the lazier version, of course :P. May be he is too lethargic to get animated even in the middle of a war! That lazy elegance of his everywhere...Shabashhh Lax!!

Posted by balajik1968 on (October 5, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

Savour this moment guys. In another year or two this generation will pass into cricketing history. Sachin, VVS, Rahul, well try to replace them. Yuvraj has so far proved unworthy of being in Ganguly's shoes. Let us see

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 5, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

How many more matches this affable Hyderabadi should win against one of the all time best teams(Australia of late 90's & early 2000) & now still highly competitive team to get into a pathetic all time Indian XI.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

awesome... very well written !!

Posted by raama153 on (October 5, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

The day VVS retires, will be a natioal holiday for Aussies...!!! Hats off to you VVS... you are a true champ...!!

Posted by tendlya14 on (October 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

the Cricinfo jury who picked India's all time XI must be feeling like they have egg on their faces for not picking Laxman....come on Guys...ur cricket people...you ppl should have known better....hahaha...im going to enjoy this one...Laxman's made the Cricinfo Jury look like fools....

Posted by addiemanav on (October 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

i am feeling so bad today bcoz i missed the whole day's play..it was one hell of game and a superb knock from VVS..i was in colg when i got to know that india were128-8..a friend of mine was watching the game at his place and from 11:00 to 1:30 he updated me with every 10th run via sms..the whole world was watching the game in tension..and i was attending classes,looking at my mobile and waiting for the next sms..with every sms the tension grew..i didnt know who was bowling or who was batting..thoughts of reverse swing were coming to my mind..my heart was beating faster than lee's deliveries!!when the 9th wicket was out,my mobile network went for a toss..i was unaware of the situation for nearly 10 minutes..but once the newz hit me i was elated and dont think that it has still sunk in!! its amazing that last night for some reason i saw on youtube the video of the bridgetown game when lara won it for windies and felt that this game might just become an encore!!

Posted by indusfan on (October 5, 2010, 16:16 GMT)

Another excellent innings from VVS Laxman. Somebody has to remind Tendulkar that when is getting runs with a straight bat not to try and improvise shots that are not percentage shots. Remember even after scoring 175, India had lost the one day match when he tried to do something (paddle sweep) that was not required. Outstanding win for India, one to remember for life.

Posted by Mahi233 on (October 5, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

after sir don bradman, the second name tat will always come in australian cricketing circle will be VVS LAXMAN...he has been a nightmare for the aussies for a decade..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

I went to bed with the hope that Lax will save us.

Posted by Ramesh-IT on (October 5, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

VVS - the saviour of India and tormentor of Aussies

Posted by Nampally on (October 5, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

India pulled out this victory from the clutches of a sure defeat - Fantastic performance despite the umpiring nearly robbed India from the verge of victory. VVS Laxman showed guts and determination to conquer his bad back and the Aussies. A magnificient innings from a batsmen coming in at #7 with defeat staring at him. You need guts, mental strength and great technique. Laxman had it all. I was disappointed that Sachin failed to rise to the occasion. Hats off to Zahir & Ishant. They did brilliantly with the bat, especially Ishant, to make it count.Dhoni and Harbhajan failed where it really mattered on the last day. It was truly an unforgetable and fantastic victory, almost matching the drama of the Brisbane Test Tie between Aussies & Worrell's WI. Umpiring decisions helped the Aussies in that test(WK after being bowled was given not out) but in this game India won despite the crucial error of Ishant LBW. Congratulations India for a magnificient win.VVS deserves a Bharat Ratna for this.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

I went to bed with the hope that Lax will save us.

Posted by gr8India on (October 5, 2010, 16:12 GMT)

you beauty!!!!!!! You may be the unsung hero of the team but we know that you are truely very very special laxman

Posted by bala on (October 5, 2010, 16:08 GMT)

Till we have sehwag and laxman holding on either end of our batting.. we gonna rock!!! :)

Posted by Scube on (October 5, 2010, 16:07 GMT)

I hope, Laxman's last two innings get nominated for the best test innings for 2010 - 11! Forget about back spasms, there aren't too many cricketers around who can play such magical innings of the highest quality even in good health! I'm so worried, India has to find replacements for Sachin, Dravid & VVS over the next couple of years! For the moment though, let's cherish their presence!

Posted by Kurapati on (October 5, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

There are no words to write about LAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just an awesome test cricket which made fans feel the real essence and beauty of Test Cricket!! Love you Lax and TEAM INDIA!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

This iois one of the finest pieces of writing about A Very, Very Special cricketer! Hats off to the writer! and hope VVS Laxman is fit for the next test!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

very very soothing article for a very very special man.....3 cheerz to Laxman and team India

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (October 5, 2010, 15:57 GMT)

Not today but for a long time I have believed that no young pretender can replace Laxman in the test squad. He is a brilliant batsman and an underrated hero. I think this Golden Era of Indian Cricket has seen 6 of the mentally toughest cricketers ever for India in Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Kumble and Ganguly.

Posted by Hindh on (October 5, 2010, 15:55 GMT)

During indias tour of sri lanka every other tom, dick and harry from lanka or Pak (klobania) were taking a swipe at india and their bowling or ranking. But folks reality is Pak or SL can not even dream of pulling of wins against aussies like india usually does.Suck that.....

Posted by GeekyCricket on (October 5, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

This has to be one of the best test matches in the history. Its a always a great feeling when your team wins.But, this one is a touch above all the recent wins. This reminds of the famous kolkata test match. The whole country erupted in joy.Thank you,V.V.S! i am overly joyed with the victory. Spare a thought for Ponting and Co, what a great test match we have seen. Its a shame its only a two match series. I would love to see INDIA/Australia play 5 test match series like the Ashes. Long live test cricket.PARIKSHITH REDDY

Posted by primal_d on (October 5, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

How many more unbelievable innings like this does he have to play before he's included in the all-time India test XI ?? Back-to-back, with a bad back, with the backs to the wall, what else does he need to do ? I think at this point, he's embarrassing those who do not want to pick him in the current India XI as well as those who did not select him in the all time XI. For sheer mental strength and temperament alone, he has to be selected.

Posted by Hindh on (October 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

The aussies failed to get even an injured laxman out. Amazing innings.... they cud get every wicket but not laxman...... Ishant did with the bat what he cudnt with the ball and India won. It is only INDIA and VVS who have tormented the Aussies throughout the last decade and still continuing to do so............ CONGRATS TO THE NO 1 TEAM IN THE WORLD.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

A very well written piece on one of the forgotten Gods of Indian cricket. Just like with Atlas in the Greek legends, this Very Very Sublime Cricketer has been relegated into the subconscious, while more flamboyant personalities are thrust into the peoples mindsets by crazy advertisers.

Wish he carries on for a few more years, at least against the Aussies!

Posted by ajay_01 on (October 5, 2010, 15:43 GMT)

Nothing to exeggerate. VERY VERY SPECIAL INNINGS from very wristy man.AMAZING! AMAZING!! one has to say.

Posted by mrgupta on (October 5, 2010, 15:42 GMT)

I am currently in Canada and was up last night until Sachin got out. Then i shut down my Laptop and tried hard to sleep. I kept dreaming that Laxman was still there and he won the match. Then i woke up and just tried to check the scores to see by what margin did India loose, well they were still hanging in there, and within few minutes i lost my sleep and with a fast pounding heart i waited for Lax to do it for us, yet again and He did not disappoint us, yet again. It was a great feeling to see him standing there all smiles, he had done the unthinkable, the near impossible chase was achieved. I checked the scores again, Ishant had shared a partnership of 81 runs with Lax. Amazing effort! Laxman proved yet again "When the going gets tough, Laxman gets going".

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:42 GMT)

VVS take a bow..Luv u lax.....

Posted by DeokarAshish on (October 5, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

Laxman is Class Act, we Indians dont give him enough recognitions for his efforts, Thank God, today Tendulkar didnot play this inning, just imagine if this innings( one is colombo and other in Mohali) were played by Tendulkar, how all Tendulkar Fans would have reacted.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:35 GMT)

He is the real champ along with Sehwag for India. Laxman , Dravid and Sehwag have won India more test matches then any other combo.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

A special innings played by a special player, but credit must be given to other players too.....

Posted by Tjoeps on (October 5, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

Well done India! Well done Gary and the boys! I need a strong India to come and play the Proteas in December in SA, what a series awaits us! You can have your T/20, give me the real game any day! Go now, and make it 2 in a row!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

Only 3 words for Laxman. "What a player."

Posted by vbpulla on (October 5, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

what a victory and a VERY VERY SPECIAL,STYLISH, SILENT,SEDUCTIVE, SUPER, SINCERE, SMART, SPECTACULAR, STUPENDOUS,SWEET, SUBLIME LAXMAN

Watching this innings was something to cherish in this lifetime for an avid fan of laxman. So many times he has done this but today was very special because of the way he managed ishant and also because of the way ishant supported him by playing an excellent knock well done Laxman & Ishant

Posted by Ganes.V on (October 5, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

That was indeed a VERY VERY SPECIAL one from laxman. He should have been the man of the match - not denying what Zaheer deserved- but if not for Laxman the match would have been long over! Thanks to Ishant as well for giving company to Laxman. This was a team work. Except out favourite Captain ( I have not seen Dhoni win a test match for India yet!) and Raina (too young and new to test- so excused) everyone played their part. But if the openers Dravid, 98ulkar,etc did better than this we would not have been discussing this here now. We cant expect the Dravids and Tendliya to perform always though! Good match over all

Posted by   on (October 5, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

So is it me, or did all those people from down under just disappear after the morale crushing loss.

The only gripe..vvs or ishant should have got the MOM award..whatever happened to the dreaded aussie bowling running through the indian batting order..it takes 20 wickets to win a match...dont forget the math next time ricky

Posted by Navillus on (October 5, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

I guess a proper response to the so called expert panel of Cricinfo who omitted him from the All Time India XI... In fact, some of the panel preferred ridiculous choices like Mohinder Amarnath and MAK Pataudi in his place ... Well, this guy always answers with his bat.

Posted by AJAYs_PyrotechniXX on (October 5, 2010, 15:23 GMT)

I've been in and around the Hyderabad dresing room and every single man in that room places Laxman higher than any other Indian batsmen, even Tendulkar. I tend to be one of them!!

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