Australia in India 2010 October 7, 2010

Laxman recovering but skips training

ESPNcricinfo staff

VVS Laxman, the hero of India's gripping first Test win in Mohali, has reached Bangalore after a brief halt in his hometown of Hyderabad, but didn't train with the team two days before the Bangalore Test. The rest of the team had a long nets session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Laxman had to fight back spasms in that match-winning 73, and is still recovering from the injury. He came in to bat at No. 10 in the first innings, and didn't play any further part in the game until the end of day four. During the course of the game, he had to take three painkiller injections and tablets during every break on the final day.

Laxman has been advised rest for his injured back, but a team source said he is feeling much better now. There is no word yet on whether he will play the second Test. In case he is ruled out, Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to make his Test debut.

India are, not for the first time this season, struggling with injuries in this series. Ishant Sharma and Gautam Gambhir have already been ruled out of the second Test. Both of them were unavailable at various points of time in Mohali. Australia are battling injury worries of their own: Doug Bollinger pulled out with an abdominal strain on the last afternoon in Mohali, and is yet to resume training.

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  • Y on October 8, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Guys! You all have missed an important issue. There IS a HUGE difference if a player gets UNEXPECTEDLY injured during the course of a match in which case all these logic (and laws) would fairly apply. But what we debate here is - a player will be KNOWINGLY carrying an injury into the match (which is in a critical stage for the opponent team) and asking for a runner (which can have a huge impact in the game) in such an event defies ALL fairness (and laws?) and gentlemanship (and I think that's what the game is all about in the first instance)

  • Sridhar on October 8, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Guys, I saw a lot of comments on lax using the runner. Let me tell you that the last mohali match was a test match and tere were not many singles stealed which could had proved decisive on the course of the match. It was his sheer skills which made the match interesting and in the end, india's way ( not to take out any credit of ishant).

    PS : A runner usage is decided by on-field umpires and opp captain.

  • Summer on October 8, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    "P.S his back didnt look to sore when he was jumping up celebrating." He never jumped up mate. It was Ojha who did this job. VVS just raised his both hands and hugged Raina and Ojha.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @popcorn, sue Peter Roebuck - he has stolen your lines...

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Would love to see Pujara (because of Laxman injury) and Vijay (because of Gambhir Injury) play in this game. Good time to groom thee guys as time is not too far when big Indian test names would retire.

  • Senthil on October 8, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @Timmy F_23. Thanks for speaking aloud about what you think should be "allowed". It is not the umpire's call. It is the opposition captain who gets to say yes or no. @MSU-BULLDOG - Laxman scored the important runs, but don't forget the others who put us over 400 in the first innings. By your logic, only Sehwag and Gambhir should do all the scoring?

  • Rajendra on October 8, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Make no mistake guys, Ponting is a very shrewd Captain. He saw in the first innings that due to the back problem VVS was no threat cricketwise. Moreover, a runner is likely to cause co-lateral damage in terms of run-outs. It almost worked !! Now, after the event, he can take credit for being a gentleman !! Australians don't give a damn for being called Gentlemen or not. They will always play to win at any cost. All cricket teams have realised this time and again and nothing wrong in it.

  • Sriram on October 8, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Nikhil is right. Ponting DOES NOT have a say in allowing runner for Lax, rather umpires have. The rules hv changed wef 1/10 ( ---------------- LAW 2 SUBSTITUTES AND RUNNERS; BATSMAN OR FIELDER LEAVING THE FIELD; BATSMAN RETIRING; BATSMAN COMMENCING INNINGS 1. Substitutes and runners (a) If the umpires are satisfied that a nominated player has been injured or become ill since the nomination of the players, they shall allow that player to have (i) a substitute acting for him in the field. (ii) a runner when batting. Any injury or illness that occurs at any time after the nomination of the players until the conclusion of the match shall be allowable, irrespective of whether play is in progress or not. (b) The umpires shall have discretion to allow, for other wholly acceptable reasons, a substitute fielder or a runner to act for a nominated player, at the start of the match, or at any subsequent time.

  • Sunil on October 8, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Should be interesting,an impetuous Raina followed by Pujara at the crucial no 5&6 positions.Sreesanth may find a new injury and miss playing the test,Bhajji not a 100%,Zaheer,overworked,so you have Unadkat,Ojha as your bowling strength.Time to build the bench strength with a few tried and tested.The likes of Unadkat,Pujara can be played against the Kiwis.The baptism of fire against the Aussies hell bent on revenge isnt the ideal entry into cricket.

  • Raju on October 8, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    To popcorn : Is it a wonderful coincidence that some of what you have written matched word by word with a portion of Peter Roebuck's article "The genius and the doubter" posted earlier on cricinfo....?

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