India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 15, 2011

'It was a relief to get a hundred' - Laxman

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Many modern coaches speak of the importance of visualisation. VVS Laxman doesn't need to imagine things when he arrives at Eden Gardens. He just needs to tap into the memory bank and recall the greatest innings in India's cricket history. Whatever he does, it works. This was his fifth century in 10 Kolkata Tests. No one apart from Donald Bradman (128.53 at the MCG) and Greg Chappell (111.77 at The Gabba) averages more at a venue where they have batted at least ten times, than Laxman at Eden (110.63).

"I have always enjoyed batting at the Eden Gardens," he said after the second day's play. "It's a great ground with a lot of history. Even though there were not a lot at this Test match, the spectators make it special."

For such a gifted batsman, Laxman would be the first to admit that he could have made bigger scores. This was his first century since August 2010. "It was a relief to get a hundred," he said. "The last hundred I got was against Sri Lanka in the last Test match at P Sara Oval where the team was under tremendous pressure. After that, I have played knocks in pressure situations. Luckily, in this Test match, Sehwag and Gautam gave us a good start, and Rahul and Sachin had a good partnership.

"When I went in to bat, the position wasn't very challenging but it was important for us to build a partnership at that stage and that's what Rahul and I tried to do. It was also important to get a big score in the first innings especially seeing the nature of the wicket, which will deteriorate on the third and fourth days. Even though I had some valuable 50s under my belt, it is always satisfying to get a hundred."

His best efforts in that 15-month period between tons came at Mohali and Kingsmead. The first inspired a remarkable one-wicket win against Australia, while the second was a matchless 96 in conditions that no other batsman could master. When the going's good though, Laxman hasn't always thrived, and he admitted as much.

"When Paddy Upton was the mental conditioning coach, we tried various strategies to get the best out of me, especially in a situation where the team is not under a lot of pressure," he said. "This is the first time in a long time where the team has not been in a difficult or challenging position and I have gone and got a hundred."

Thoughts of a double-hundred were quickly scotched as the light waned in the afternoon, and he had no hesitation in walking off with an unbeaten 176 to his name. "The light was fading, especially after MS [Dhoni] got out," he said. "We wanted to bowl at least 20 to 22 overs at the West Indies this evening, that's why we declared when we did."

The declaration was made possible by a stunning onslaught from Dhoni, who bludgeoned 116 runs in an extended second session in which India rattled 180 runs. Laxman did the sensible thing and picked off as many singles as he could, watching from the bowler's end as Dhoni laid waste an exhausted attack.

"Whenever he hits a six, he says he didn't connect the ball," said Laxman with a big grin on his face. "I just start laughing because he easily clears the boundary. In fact even in the last Test match here against South Africa, we had a similar partnership where both of us remained unbeaten. It was the same today.

"When we needed quick runs, it was easy for me because Dhoni was at the other side and common sense says you take a single and give him as much strike as possible because he is definitely a cleaner hitter than me. It's always great to see Dhoni [batting]. He is a brilliant batsman, he puts the bowlers under pressure right from the word go."

Laxman's innings spanned 391 minutes and given the problems he's had with his back in recent years, he was pleased to have emerged from it with little discomfort. He did cramp up after playing a pull shot, but credited the physio and trainer for his improved fitness levels.

If there was a hint of disappointment, it was at the sparse turnout, at a ground renowned for vociferous and intimidating crowds. "We always felt that Kolkata was one place where you had a lot of support for Test match cricket," he said. "It's quite strange, I am not sure what the exact reason behind that is, but as I said earlier, it's always a great feeling playing here. Whenever I come here, all of you remind me about the 2001 Test match. That gives a lot of inspiration to me and all the guys who were involved in that game."

Light permitting, Laxman was confident that India could make scoreboard pressure tell over the coming days. "The wicket is already turning and there is good bounce for the spinners," he said. "Hopefully, our bowlers can bowl in the right areas and we can win the game."

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  • ahilcool on November 16, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    lucky hundred by laxman against west indies

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @spin_king: Read the comments below my post and then you will get to know why I said that ;)

  • on November 16, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Laxman absoultely fantastic when he plays wristy shots... He is master of those at present. The earlier one to be Azharhuddin,role model of VVS. You Aussies remeber the incident of your Prime Minister coming to watch Laxman's batting rather than Aussies players performance during 2003-04 series. He contributes a lot to the team with his decent knocks always. His match winnings knocks against Aussies speaks a lot!!! Expecting a thrasing by SA on Kangaroos tomorrow.

  • on November 16, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Dinesh Kaneria of Pakistan was the last bowler who able to take wicket of VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens way back in March 2005. Since then VVS Laxman is unbelieveable at Eden-Gardens.

    In his last 3 innings he scored total of 431 runs in 718 balls with the help of 43 boundries. Practically his average is infinity as he was not out in last 3 matches he played at Kolkota.

    Colonial name of the Eden Gardens should be renamed as Laxman Vatika. ;-) It is more appropriate and swadeshi too...

  • spin_king4 on November 16, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop, although i agree with you that these subcontinental pitches are spinner friendly not flat, i have to say i disagree on your comment on ponting, ponting in his prime was one of the best batsmen in the world, way better than gambhir could ever be, he was up there with the best batsmen of this era (tendulkar, dravid, ponting, kallis, sangakarra)

  • sachinlegend on November 16, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ Even Ponting wudnt say he is better than Sachin..he is finding it difficult to score at the age of 36...Sachin is the greatest ever batsman since world war 2..no cricketer in history has been more charismatic, crowd pulling and loved by people than SRT..he doesnt require any certificates from any tom dick and harry like you...His greatest certificate is given by Sir Don himself...so any other guy commentating about SRT is worthless and has little value..and we do not need any certificates for a guy who has played for 22 years at the highest level for my country and never let me down..so is the case with Wall and Laxman who have always played with dignity and passion..

  • sweetspot on November 16, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This guy is just incredible. Getting any century at all in his batting position is gold to the team. And how beautiful his batting is! I can hear the Aussies going, "Oh man! Here he comes again".

  • satish619chandar on November 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @RandyOZ : I would suggest you and your friends to watch the match now.. LUNCH DAY-3.. WI on the verge of getting all out.. Spinners pick 3 but Yadav picked 3 too.. You guys say this pitch kill test cricket? Feather bed? Are you guysinsulting a team of 11? Come with your home team and see the result.. Even in last tour by Aus to India, they gave away 400+ in first innings but did produce results in both the matches.. The tests in India are also more result oriented these days.. Scoring on Eng, Aus and WI pitches alone are not the one which is counted as challenging!!

  • mrgupta on November 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Absolutely spot on mate. By the way what's the score that Aussies managed on lively pitches? 47 is it? How much did they manage on Flat Indian pitches, do i hear no wins and 4 losses in last 6 Tests? Aussies lost 3-1 to England on their home ground, i guess that's a matter of pride for Aussies else they wouldn't comment about India's loss to England in England. Supporters of a team which was out for 47 should look at their own team's performance before commenting on others.

  • on November 16, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Strange comments on VVS... Making tons alone doesnt make any big contribution, it should be a vital point in team's win.... He is pillar for Indian wins with lot of his 50+ scores... VVS is not once in a blue moon contributor, he fails once in a blue boon but few silly cowards keep pointing on that only. In last 12 months his only failure is in England. A master class team player and not a man looking for personal records. All Australians, first respond to your 47 allout Vs SA first and talk about Indian Team.

  • ahilcool on November 16, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    lucky hundred by laxman against west indies

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @spin_king: Read the comments below my post and then you will get to know why I said that ;)

  • on November 16, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Laxman absoultely fantastic when he plays wristy shots... He is master of those at present. The earlier one to be Azharhuddin,role model of VVS. You Aussies remeber the incident of your Prime Minister coming to watch Laxman's batting rather than Aussies players performance during 2003-04 series. He contributes a lot to the team with his decent knocks always. His match winnings knocks against Aussies speaks a lot!!! Expecting a thrasing by SA on Kangaroos tomorrow.

  • on November 16, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Dinesh Kaneria of Pakistan was the last bowler who able to take wicket of VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens way back in March 2005. Since then VVS Laxman is unbelieveable at Eden-Gardens.

    In his last 3 innings he scored total of 431 runs in 718 balls with the help of 43 boundries. Practically his average is infinity as he was not out in last 3 matches he played at Kolkota.

    Colonial name of the Eden Gardens should be renamed as Laxman Vatika. ;-) It is more appropriate and swadeshi too...

  • spin_king4 on November 16, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop, although i agree with you that these subcontinental pitches are spinner friendly not flat, i have to say i disagree on your comment on ponting, ponting in his prime was one of the best batsmen in the world, way better than gambhir could ever be, he was up there with the best batsmen of this era (tendulkar, dravid, ponting, kallis, sangakarra)

  • sachinlegend on November 16, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ Even Ponting wudnt say he is better than Sachin..he is finding it difficult to score at the age of 36...Sachin is the greatest ever batsman since world war 2..no cricketer in history has been more charismatic, crowd pulling and loved by people than SRT..he doesnt require any certificates from any tom dick and harry like you...His greatest certificate is given by Sir Don himself...so any other guy commentating about SRT is worthless and has little value..and we do not need any certificates for a guy who has played for 22 years at the highest level for my country and never let me down..so is the case with Wall and Laxman who have always played with dignity and passion..

  • sweetspot on November 16, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This guy is just incredible. Getting any century at all in his batting position is gold to the team. And how beautiful his batting is! I can hear the Aussies going, "Oh man! Here he comes again".

  • satish619chandar on November 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @RandyOZ : I would suggest you and your friends to watch the match now.. LUNCH DAY-3.. WI on the verge of getting all out.. Spinners pick 3 but Yadav picked 3 too.. You guys say this pitch kill test cricket? Feather bed? Are you guysinsulting a team of 11? Come with your home team and see the result.. Even in last tour by Aus to India, they gave away 400+ in first innings but did produce results in both the matches.. The tests in India are also more result oriented these days.. Scoring on Eng, Aus and WI pitches alone are not the one which is counted as challenging!!

  • mrgupta on November 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Absolutely spot on mate. By the way what's the score that Aussies managed on lively pitches? 47 is it? How much did they manage on Flat Indian pitches, do i hear no wins and 4 losses in last 6 Tests? Aussies lost 3-1 to England on their home ground, i guess that's a matter of pride for Aussies else they wouldn't comment about India's loss to England in England. Supporters of a team which was out for 47 should look at their own team's performance before commenting on others.

  • on November 16, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Strange comments on VVS... Making tons alone doesnt make any big contribution, it should be a vital point in team's win.... He is pillar for Indian wins with lot of his 50+ scores... VVS is not once in a blue moon contributor, he fails once in a blue boon but few silly cowards keep pointing on that only. In last 12 months his only failure is in England. A master class team player and not a man looking for personal records. All Australians, first respond to your 47 allout Vs SA first and talk about Indian Team.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 16, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @RandyOz- What individual record he chased? He happily returned with 176* not. Atleast think ONCE before you post! Moreover time for ponting to chase some individual records and get a 50 atleast, don't remember when he last did that..Ponting in his prime was of the caliber of guatam gambhir, but now he is struggling to match even yuvi . But don't worry, we will happily lend you the services of yuvraj singh as a batting coach when he is fired from our team. Atleast he will teach you how to bat on challenging and tough subcontinental tracks of Subcontinent where Indians make batting look so easy(and hence people term them as flat tracks,which infact is not true)

  • RandyOZ on November 16, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Ponting is way better than Tendulkar. Dravid is the star, He is the one who is up there with Ricky. Dravid is one of the most solid players I have ever seen, along with Huss.

  • spin_king4 on November 16, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    @RandyOz, go back over the last 2 year and see which indian batsmen has played the vital role in the majority of india's wins chasing in the 4th inning...it laxman, in sri lanka his sublimme innings to win a test in a ccountry where india had struggled to win, last game in the west indies earlier this year, laxman in an excellent team player and you obviously don't know very much about indian cricket.

    And on your comment on this garbage pitch why don't you reserve your judgement till both teams have batted...i don't understand why everyone on this site attacks wickets like this, they are spinners wickets...some favour the fast bowlers by being green(in england + SA) while ones like this favour the spinners, just because WI don't have a spinner who can utalise the conditions doesn't mean it's not a competative pitch...eden gardens always produces spinning pitches like this to give india the home advantage, and in the last 11 tests only 2 draws, that the garbage killing cricket??

  • kalyankk1985 on November 16, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    haha .. henchart and marcio are just kidding guys .. no one needs to even care about their comments .. probably they are trying to belittle indian greats just for fun because they really dont know what cricket is!! otherwise they wouldnt name Laxman as latched onto one performance in the blue moon(where actually he is the one who has been winning test matches for India.. everyone knows winning test is 10 times tougher than limited over games).. and boosting the averages thing - VVS has good scores and averages in australia = so better be shut if marcio doesnt know what cricket is ..!! Great innings from laxman; dhoni played the way he should play - like a gilchrist at no .7 ; even though if he scores once in 7 innings, it will be good enough to make a difference to the match result..

  • on November 16, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    I have said this a million times to people I know. Sachin is a great player, no doubt about that. But the REAL unsung heroes for India where test cricket is concerned are Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Those two guys have consistently made runs against teams that heavily impacted the game. Rahul Dravid opened in this year's English tour and scored big runs. Laxman played out of batting position on occasions. Sachin is yet to be tested in the number 3 spot. Why is that so? If Sachin could open in ODIS, why not open or bat at number three in tests, at least for a few matches?

  • LIBRAN on November 16, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Most of us writing comments here are regulars... Everytime India does well we have a few comments from certain individuals (india haters i must say) Belittling the efforts of our bowlers. I think its mostly to hide their own losses or poor performances. Its time we took a collective stand and ignored all these comments and stopped wasting our times even replying to them... We had a bad tour of England so what... it happend.. England got it right back in the face in the one-day series in India. Good luck to the men in Blue for the tour down under.. Cant wait...

  • abc3 on November 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    NRI - watch the match to grasp the finer points why Yadav was removed after the first over. Do not just write comments for the sake of it without understanding the game. Light was very bad and umpires would have called off the match if pacers continued. The intention was to maximize the day by bowling spinners and get some overs through before the match is called off.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 16, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Rand, your comments lack logic more than anything. It's clear you have an agenda of hate towards the Blue Brigade. India is a HOT and HUMID country. The soil there doesn't help pitches to be lively with pace and bounce. Slow, low wickets are the norm. You are being naive in your raw hatred towards Indian cricketers. Your player Ricky Ponting is a failure in India. Look at his average and then come back. Even Ponting would tell you he's nothing compared to the Little Master. To debut at the tender age of 16 and play marvelously well till today is no easy feat. Try appreciating that before writing nonsense about quality cricketers. No team is comfortable away from home, look at what happened to the Aussies in the recent match against SA. England got hammered 5-0 in the ODIs recently. Yes India won 1-0 in the Caribbean but a win is a win. Any cricketer would tell you that. An overseas series victory is all that matters. Indians will take a 1-0 win to a loss ANY DAY.

  • CricketChat on November 16, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Irrespective of Laxman's long awaited century, the fact is clear. He should retire from Test cricket. Relative failure in WI, Eng and that he is no longer in contention for ODI or T20, his time is up in international cricket. It is time to bring in so called youngsters who themselves are getting old. Thanks for some good memories VVS!.

  • SpartaArmy on November 16, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @BRAVOBRAVO: I like your comment mate. You forget to add,Ind returned favours to Eng in last ODI series. We all know what is gonna happen to Eng when they visit Ind for a test series. FACTS never lies, no series win for ENG in IND in ages, nothing is gonna change exceept putting more 's' at the end. Did Ind won a test series in Eng recently, Oh! boy, they did, atleast they are far away from 'ages'.

  • SpartaArmy on November 16, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @Marcio: Mate, a pich is called flat if both teams make substantial scores in both the innings. Its been only two days, and WI are already 2 down; ofcourse I admit WI is no better than KENYA (atleast KENYA is showing signs of improvement). If WI makes more than 300 with the kind of batting quality they have then I definitely admit picth is flat.

  • RandyOZ on November 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, you barely beat them in the WI though, didn't you? These pitches are what's killing test cricket. No wonder Indian youngsters wanna play T20, who would wanna bat on this garbage.

  • RandyOZ on November 15, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Congrats VVS on chasing another individual record. You and Sachin will never be remembered for anything more.

  • spin_king4 on November 15, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    agree with those people that say a batsmen needs to be given a chance but in my opinion yuvraj has had his chances and not taken them throughout his test career. The number 6 position should be used to give the next generation an extended run in the game (like Aus did, they gave marsh a go at 6 in sri lanka he preformed without the pressure of being up the order and is now secure in the team).

    I belive rahane should be given first shot at this position...i know many people think kohli but in my opinion kohli's technique would be found out on low spinners or against the second red new ball, he hasn't in my opinion played enough 4day/first class cricket over the last few years because of T20/one day commitments and i think he needs to show his temperment/patients in ranji. On RSharma after watching him for a while i dont think he has the backbone/determination when the going gets tough which you need for tests.

    I belive rahane, kohli pujara are the future of the test team.

  • SanjivAwesome on November 15, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Go VVS! It is now over to the bowlers.

  • NRI- on November 15, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    What about Mahela Jayawerdene's average at Colombo? >>100? What's with Dhoni's captaincy? Yadav gets a wicket in his first over with the new ball and is removed from the attack in the WI FIRST innings! Might as well play Irfan Pathan instead of Ishant S then, zero to 5 overs, get the shine off and make sure you can bat...well, Irfan can bat better than any of the other pacers who are not being used as pacers anyway. I am glad Yuvraj failed to negotiate medium pacer Sammy's bounce on a slow, low bounce wicket. India wont need to bat down to 6 again so that shoudl be Yuvi's VERY LAST TEST innings.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 15, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @Marcio: Yeah right ! what about the Poms making pitches to suit their players ? do you even understand what home advantage is ? oh I forgot.. it doesn't matter when a team like WI is playing. India can beat them anywhere, anytime.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @Marcio, get a life dude. Not every pitch has to be doctored for fast bowlers. These are not flat tracks. These are called spin friendly tracks. There are various kinds of tracks - some pace friencly, some spin friendly and some don't help anybody. Stop whining and ask your batsmen to develop skills to play on spin friendly tracks just like how Sachin, Dravid and VVS score on all kinds of tracks. Ask your boards to have different kinds of tracks in your country instead of the monotonous, one paced grazing fields.

  • on November 15, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    My concern is Gautam Gambhir. He is in excellent form. But he is literally throwing his wickets. I sincerely believe that he is getting carried away by watching Sehwag bludgeon the attack from the other end. The senior Indian batsmen needs to have a chat with Gambhir -- "Look kid! You're in great form. Convert those 60s to big centuries by not throwing your wicket away in trying to score a 80 ball century." Gambhir is an extremely high potential talent. And he is a massive underachiever because he squanders his starts and rarely converts them to big scores.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 15, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    @Nampally- cummon mate, every player will get their chances, yuvraj definitely deserved at least 2 chances after that 60 odd in england...Now he will be surely replaced by kohli in 3rd match...moreover we can't build a team 6-5, keeping in mind the australian tou, we need a specialist batsman on no-6r...so 4 bowlers are enough..and I don't think any reason to drop either of ishant,ashwin,ojha,yadav as of now..but since we are gonna win this match too...i think they will give a chance to aaron in last match..moreover don't count no of matches..it has been only a series that sharma is not picked up...his time will also come!!!

  • Nampally on November 15, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    @Dinesh Kalyansundaram:You can learn by watching on TV much better than from the boundary line - not only at the highest level but at any level.Aaron & Rahul are possible candidates short listed for the Australian Tour.Rahul was benched in all 3 formats. Why are these guys in the squad if they never tested by playing in the XI in any formats? These are good bowlers who should get a chance at least once. Who knows if the Selectors pick them again for the third test if they are to just warm the bench or be the Drink Boys!.You give a new player a chance when the conditions are beneficial both for the team & for the player. Here we have spinners wickets and India is playing against 8th ranked nation + with top 6 batsmen in the world. Why can't India play 5 specialist bowlers? Does India need a batting all rounder as well?Give all squad members a chance & test their talent early or exclude them from the squad. Lets be honest, 8 match benching of a squad player defies any Selection logic!

  • Pritt32 on November 15, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni's centuries has put India in a very commanding position. Y. Singh should be dropped, as he lacks the ability and technique to play test cricket and his dismissal raises concern in a flat track. He will struggle in challenging tracks. Selectors should drop him and only allow him to play ODI/20/20 as India needs a reliable and confident no 6 batman since the days of Ganguly. India can cruise to victory easily, as West Indies's batting is very fragile. India's bowling looking much better since the tour of England. Good luck to India.

  • maddy20 on November 15, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    @People Commenting about flat track You do not know much about cricket do you? If you have watched the game, the pitch is already playing tricks on the batsmen. the odd ball keeping low, ripping off the pitch(for spinners) etc., I would not be surprised if WI will be batting for the second time by stumps tommorrow.

  • Rahulbose on November 15, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Folks moaning about Eden pitch being too flat, need to go back and check the stats. There have been only 2 draws at Eden Gardens since 1993. Day 4/5 typically wickets start to tumble. Even the great Aussie team could not bat out 2 1/2 sessions to draw the legendary 2001 test match.

  • on November 15, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    trust me staying on benches while touring england.. aaron wont mind at alll u learn lot of things u talk to people he will get chance in next game im sure he seems to be good bowler with better control then umesh but thing going for umesh is outswingers while pitching on off to right handers thats deadly i saw his ranji performance itsn ot fluke he swings from there all day... just needs to get better control and learn that its india and it iwll never swing from middle leg stump .. aaron seems to have really good seam position didn't see him bowl with new cherry but he seems to be really good with reverse swing in and out so im sure after winning htis match he is gonna get chance in next match jsut for the sake of resting ishant...

  • bullzilla on November 15, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Hyderabad Ranji team is struggling. That team could use Laxman's help.

    Time for India to bring new faces instead of persisting with the 'Senior Community'. BCCI is looking for temporary gains and would face a problem forming a unit when the middle order goes out of form, like they did in England. Better to phase out Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar in a time bound fashion and bring in youngsters for the long term benefit. Winning against Windies is nothing to boast about. Victories against Aus / SA / England overseas is what really matters.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 15, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    @spence1324, @henchart be ready to congratulate him for his 4th conesuctive Test century at Sydney. Its not easy to score centuries at num 5 or 6 but remember those match winning knocks 79 at perth, 148 at adelaide, 96 at durban?

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Marcio: I wonder why the same "flatter than Heathrow" wickets do not help the <30 year old batsmen around the world to boost thier averages...a paradox indeed!!

  • Amar_bw on November 15, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    India should consider picking VVS for Twenty-20 at Kolkatta. :)

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @Nampally

    Your logic is flawed. No reason to play Rahul Sharma in this test - he'll get his due eventually. As long as he doesn't get a chance to play, he can't be judged as well. This is a learning experience for him - don't count the matches for which he is not picked - look at this as a chance to watch and learn at the highest level. When he does get his due, he should get a fair and long shot at earning his cap. Right now - they (Rahul and Aaron) can watch from the sidelines and learn. Every one wins!

  • SriUSA on November 15, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Great innings by Lax. His monk like calmness in the middle in any situation is not seen with anyone. Truly saint like. Really a special cricketer with class and elegance unparalleled. It is difficult to replace his for sure.

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I follow lot of comments on cricinfo most of the time but rarely i post anything to discuss with highly opinionated bunch...but just feel like writing in today...I am an Indian but more than that i am huge fan of the game and always laugh away at India bashing that goes on here..simply put its pure double standards..recentlythere were 23 wickets lost in a day in SA..now how can that be a great pitch and a turner be a doctored pitch to suit India? piece of crap..fact is and will be that the touring teams do not have the technique and tempermant to play one of the crciketing arts of spin, only few who know it are on verge of retiring.Period.Coming to every Indian batsmen playing for themselves...just doesnt make sense..Sehwag is a wicket thrower..Dravid too slow..the God himself..selfish..Laxman ones in a blue moon..overall...there aint no match winners...look back at last decade guys..India won an equal share outside subcontinent....you like it or not..its a fact..it can only get better

  • Precioustar84 on November 15, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Congrats to Laxman, Dravid and even Dhoni. I still don't understand any reasoning why Yuvraj is selected for tests. What the hell does he have to bring to the table?? Prior to his return, he said his best test skills are yet to come. When is that going to happen??? Please understand that you CANNOT play test matches and give chances to those players warming up the bench for no reason at all and wasting their talent. Yuvi needs to stick to ODIs just like Raina has be sidelined. Only if Dhoni stops playing favorites. Its soo irritating!!

  • Precioustar84 on November 15, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @Marcio - If you think Laxman, etc are old then what means Chanderpaul so special?? Why do people like you watch the match if you hate it? Go do something you actually enjoy instead of wasting your time.

  • ausaff on November 15, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    he is great batsman ........

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Atleast now they would name a stand in Eden after VVS, alas Hyderabad

  • Nampally on November 15, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    What an innings from Dhoni? Laxman owns the Eden Gardens. He has averaged over 100 in Test matches played on this ground.No one comes even close to this. So Laxman needs to play at the Edens to get a moral booster when ever he needs one. This was an emphatic response to <300 scores in past 5 tests. The way it was done was so domineering that it showed why India is so great on their home grounds.The wicket is taking spin and the bounce is also uneven. So the spinners can rise and show their skills once more like they did in the Kotla. It is a pity Dhoni erred again in dropping Rahul. Poor guy has been benched in 5 ODI, one T-20 and now 2 Test matches - 8 matches in a row. I am sure he could have got 25 runs which Yuvraj did, because he is also a good batsman.Ishant could also have been rested to let Aaron play.Aaron also has been benched 8 matches dating back to England trip.Playing unchanged teams is what Dhoni likes but it is disheartening to youngsters warming the bench so long.

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    i CANNOT BELIEVE the comments of Marcio and henchart just below. do you not watch cricket at all??

    if you see laxman's top scores, Marcio, they are ALL against australia. he has made an incredible number of runs against australia IN australia! take a look at his averages outside the subcontinent, they are spectacular! get some stats before you let all that dribble run down your chin.

    and henchart, laxman is a matchwinner. any true cricket fan anywhere in the world would agree to that. in the past 15 months when he wasnt scoring centuries, he was still winning us plenty of matches. so do us all a favour and think before you speak.

  • on November 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    @ Marcio: Who doesn't tailor conditions to suit them? If over 600 runs scored in less then 2 days is a yawn fest for you, then stop watching test cricket and switch over to those slugfests (T-20s) designed for people like you who cannot comprehend the subtleties of Test cricket. As for our "50 year old batsmen", they are living legends and have scored heavily the world over.

    @henchart: Over the past 2 years, Laxman has scored 1822 runs in 24 tests at an average of nearly 57 (7th rank in the world). He has played match winning knocks on several occasions. He has taken 127 catches in Tests so far, mainly in the slips. He is 11th in the all time list and second in the list for India. And, you, sir, have the temerity to say that he is a poor fielder?

    Those who know nothing of cricket, should desist from uttering such inanities, lest their denseness be laid bare for all to see

  • cheguramana on November 15, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    First off, congrats to VVS, he deserves every accolade that comes his way and more. But it's also time to pause and think a bit. Sure, the Indian batsmen are showing themselves to be tigers at home-once again. But what happened to all these guys in England? Will success here mean anything when they go to Australia? If India wants to get back to the top of the Test rankings and stay there for long, the team has to perform under all conditions. One thing they have proven time and again is their talent and class. If that talent is exposed to sporting pitches at home, they will sustain their dominance anywhere in the world. And it will encourage our pace bowlers as well. It's about time BCCI formulate a 'Pitches Policy' to implement all over the country, over the medium to long term.

  • spence1324 on November 15, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Congratulations Vs Laxman on another flat track hundred.

  • ansram on November 15, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    The home tigers are back!! Where were the 500's and 600's in WI and Eng? Now there will be one per test!!

  • East_West on November 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    unfortunately, VVS is going to milk this hundred for some more time as he was useless in ENGLAND, and now may be in Australia! I sincerely hope this guy retires before insanity prevails! He may be the classiest BUT he is also wasted his talent and known to perform "once in a blue moon", and then can't come back to field! this is the sign of an UNFIT player! He is very very talented for sure BUT also lethargic! Congrats BUT please retire after Aus tour, please!!!

  • zico123 on November 15, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    in the last test match drop yuvraj play Kohli, and rest laxman or Dravid and play Ajinkya Rahane, as part of audition.

  • anil1956 on November 15, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Dear VVS, when we will get to see u hitting a six in a test match! Do u remember when was the last time u hit a six? Dont worry about that we are all for ur silken grace!

  • zico123 on November 15, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    does BCCI still don't get it IPL, CL..it is cricket overkill, so now people are not turning up for international cricket also, stop those non-sense so called IPL, crowd will regain interest in international cricket again

  • kool_Indian on November 15, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    @henchart - whatever team you support for, good luck for that team which has such a whinging and negative thinking supporters - I am 100% sure that you can't be an Indian. @Marcio - if a so called 50 year old Indian batsmen can bat and boost on the flatter than heathrow wicket, what is stopping young and energetic 'other' team batsmen to score tons and boost their average too? Alas - what else can be expected from a whinging pommie. Congrats to The Wall, Lachu and Dhoni for setting up a huge score and hope India wins comfortably. Cricinfo moderator, please publish my comment on being a fair and open website.

  • on November 15, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    One of the reasons for the poor turn out could be the fact that most of the schools are having exams here in Kolkata.

  • kool_Indian on November 15, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @henchart - whatever team you support for, good luck for that team which has such a whinging and negative thinking supporters - I am 100% sure that you can't be an Indian. @Marcio - if a so called 50 year old Indian batsmen can bat and boost on the flatter than heathrow wicket, what is stopping young and energetic 'other' team batsmen to score tons and boost their average too? Alas - what else can be expected from a whinging pommie. Congrats to The Wall, Lachu and Dhoni for setting up a huge score and hope India wins comfortably.

  • GONESREE on November 15, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Classic innings and you proved it once again.. Wish you play for India for few more years to come... As long you are there.. Aussies will have a real tough time to beat us.. Well done Lax..

  • Aussasinator on November 15, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    VVS' and Dhoni's tons made a huge difference to the total. Now the Windies will be steam rolled. Already losing interest in this series, and i can understand those empty stands now.

  • Srini_Indian on November 15, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @Marcio: How about the Aussies falling like a nine pins in Cape Town. Aussies are brought up in so-called 'Fast and bouncy' track, but 21/9?? lol. Ireland would fancy its chances against Australia. lol Expecting Aussie to get dismissed below 20 in Jo-burg.

  • BravoBravo on November 15, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @Marcio, like your comment and totally agree. WI vs IND test matches reminds me of recently concluded test series between ENG vs IND where IND was completely white washed. Here IND playing in their own backyard and dominating against WI. However, WI is not making any excuses and hiding behind Injury List.

  • Unmesh_cric on November 15, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Another example emphasizing that the statistics don't always reveal everything. It's hard to believe that VVS, who has been vital to India in so many Test victories in last 2 years, hasn't scored a hundred for a long time. Except for the England series, he has bailed India out in tough situations and tough conditions. I still remember his inning of 96 in South Africa where everybody else struggled. He was out of partners..he had the option of going for his hundred with singles..but that would have meant exposing the tailenders. He instead went for what was best for the team...he tried to hit a boundary and was out on 96...and who can forget his phenomenal inning in Mohali against Australia..he was so pumped up..he first guided Ishant in getting a partnership going and then gave us a breath-taking one wicket victory...kudos to VVS. VVS, if you miss out on a few inconsequential hudreds, don't worry about it. The real fans do remember your match-winning innings under pressure.

  • Lovetesh on November 15, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @Marcio: If these wickets are featherbeds then why visiting team batsmen are struggling to make runs? These are just different batting conditions where Indian batsmen are more adept.

  • sands73 on November 15, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Strange comments from a couple of people, belittling Laxman's efforts. Too short memory I guess. Just last year, VVS won 3 test matches for India on extremely difficult pitches in Sri Lanka and in India against Australia in the 4th innings, and the priceless second innings knock of 96 in South Africa, where the second highest score in all the 4 innings put together was 38- which incidentally was scored by VVS himself in the 1st innings. I agree he did not deliver in England, but then who did, apart from Dravid.

  • Lovetesh on November 15, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Now what Jeff Dujon has to say about the life of Pitch after WI lost two early wickets.

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Its good that the things are rosy and we are doing well against lowly ranked West Indies. The disturbing thing was how Yuvraj Dhoni and at times Laxman were troubled by short pitch bowling even at this slow tract. Dhoni was caught behind twice by the keeper of no balls in his trademark way. Have we forgotten the Englisg summer too soon. Australian tour- Way to go

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    @marcio Great to see you coming to a 50 year old's article about him scoring a 176 on a flat wicket.(sarcasm) Must have been an interesting read wasn't it? I loved the part where he said, "This is the first time in a long time where the team has not been in a difficult or challenging position and I have gone and got a hundred."

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Other Indian batsman is flurishing with centuries ...Poor Sachin...still waiting for his 100 international ton..it happens when u play for recoreds haha..

  • cric-kaka on November 15, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    I am glad to see two of my favorite players, Dravid and Laxman to get into the lime light. We all agree that Sachin is a great player, and he deserves the fortune and accolades. However, Dravid and Laxman have won more matches than any other Indian cricketer recently. Dada had a great career, but his exit was not very graceful. He is fourth of this group of cricketers who brought many of us back into loving cricket after a gap of several years living abroad.

    I wish them more glory and a respectable farewell when the time comes.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on November 15, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    @henchart: you are one of the blokes who just comment without checking the stats. cricinfo is such a good site to see stats - do check them before you comment. else you''d sound stupid. Laxman was the main architect behind India's colossal rise in Test cricket. Not only has he scored 17 centuries at no 5 (which very few people have achieved), do check for the situations in which he got them!!!!!

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Thats always been Laxman's style. This amazing simple attitude has led to people taking advantage of it and trying to shove him out. Records speak for Lax.....Along with the amazing Dravid....these two quiet performers have stayed in the shadows and helped Indian cricket when it needed them the most.

    Both may not have the glamourous records as some of their peers in the team....but in test cricket....No current Indian player or that from the recent past can hold a candle to the times these two have either singlehandedly or together saved India's blushes and won them games at home and abroad.

  • adis26 on November 15, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @Marcio - What do you want the curators to do - insert in a bunch of craters on the ptch? If a Test match gets a result - the pitch is GOOD. Some pitches are spin friendly, some pace friendly, some neither. Indian pitches are traditionally spin friendly. And Indian batsmen are top class. DEAL WITH IT. And if 50 year old men are batting so good - it is not a yawn fest but an eye-candy to watch how the young ones are put to test. One thing one should never forget is that the pitch is the SAME for BOTH teams. Home advantage is part of all sports. So stop whining abuot it and blaming pitches. It is such a useless argument. Unless you can muster up a spin friendly pitches at th Ovals, Kingsmeands and WACAs of the world instead of green-tops - there is no need to critize other styles of pitches in the world. Appreciate it.

  • SunnyD on November 15, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @Marcio - just like English pitches are tailor made for their bowlers.

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    centuries doenst show your contribution to cricket he dint have a century for 14 months doenst mean he dint do anything in that period he won us Mohali test saved Ahmadabad won durban test almost won barbados test and now the big aus tour is coming and there is no bigger player than VVS laxman and gautam doesnt have a century for 21 months dhoni dint have for 20 months before today sachin doenst have for 9 moths sehwag doesnt have for a year but ya you can say sehwag and sachin have been silent in the period but gautam and dhoni have contributed and hope soon gauti also gets a century becouse he deserves a lot more succes than he has got in cricket he desrved 3 centuries in SA and also in WC final his contribution but as luck with have it dont have 1 laxmanan i have spoken about their both contribution is often forgotten

  • IndianaJones79 on November 15, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @ Marcio ...Atleast india is winning outrightly..not by cheating!!!!That tailor made strip is the same one where ur ricky is lame duck....Dont know why people call ricky legend..batsman who can not play on flat track..is dustbin.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Well played Lachanna. I'm very happy that you made a century. Silk smooth drives. What a lovely innings! What a treat to watch your lazy elegance! Can we ever get another player like you? NO.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 15, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    He has a big paunch; eating rice three times?

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Many Many Thanks MY Super Hero VVS.... I Love You a lot...........

  • IndianaJones79 on November 15, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @ Marcio ...Atleast india is winning outrightly..not by cheating!!!!That tailor made strip is the same one where ur ricky is lame duck....Dont know why people call ricky legend..batsman who can not play on flat track..is dustbin.

  • IndianaJones79 on November 15, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @ Marcio ...Atleast india is winning outrightly..not by cheating!!!!That tailor made strip is the same one where ur ricky is lame duck....Dont know why people call ricky legend..batsman who can not play on flat track..is dustbin.

  • iluvtest on November 15, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @MARICO It is always a case of sour grapes with you English fellows. If it is that easy to score in India because of Flat pitches what is preventing Your batsman from scoring? You don't know ABC of playing spin. And your No.1 spinner bit dust on SPINNING tracks. Some spinner.As to the age your team is a bunch of oldies till a few years back. Even now you are a old team. @ HENCHART It shows your lack of knowledge of cricket. He is the match winner for India and he don't need to prove himself.

  • pitch_curator on November 15, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @ Henchart -- when was the last time you saw test cricket? Lakshman has 4 hundreds in 11 matches in Australia with an average of 54. And since when people start getting picked into Test Teams for their fielding?? Ridiculous comments.

  • jleewk on November 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    brilliant knock from a brilliant man

  • rahulcricket007 on November 15, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    @MARCIO . OK INIDAN BATSMEN SCORES HEAVILY ON FLAT TRACKS THEN WHY DID ENGLISH BATSMEN FAILED TO SCORE HERE ? ALSO TODAYS CONDITIONS WERE OVERCAST .

  • ElPhenomeno on November 15, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Personally, I wouldn't put 'dhoni' and 'brilliant batsman' in the same sentence. You don't become a brilliant batsman smashing people on the flat pitches on your home grounds. Dravid is a brilliant batsman, SRT is a brilliant batsman. Dhoni's record in SA, Australia, New Zealand and England is abysmal to say the least. He is a brilliant strokemaker who can hit thru the line when the ball or bowlers are not doing much.

  • Raju_Iyer on November 15, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Hey Marcio, talking sour grapes are we? Not too many weeks ago a certain England team collapsed like nine pins on this very same wicket didn't they? Lol

  • laxmanrules on November 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @henchart: No no. Talk about his fielding. He has excellent reflexes and is the best slip catcher in the squad. @Marcio: It's easy to belittle others. I bet you did not watch the first session live.

  • Indus_vvsfan on November 15, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Legend VVS has done it once again, this time team was NOT under pressue. lol

    Folks just remember 100s but true cricket fans remember even the 50s and 40s in tough nerve wracking situations.

    Lax, just go and bat as long as you can, keep giving victories to INIDIA, and we always have memories of our life time to cherish. It is good to see that people now give you the respect you deserve. You have done not just Hyderabad pround, but also all of India. Take a bow VVS, the unsung hero of Indian cricket. U R A LEGEND ALL THE WAY.

  • maddy20 on November 15, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    It does not matter if did not score a hundred VVS. The fact that your 80s and 90s won us several matches that we are about to lose is good enough for us. Don't mind what the critics say. Every one is bound to have a bad tour(wiz Eng tour). Pity that people does not realize!

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    very good laxman ur really a great test player.for dhoni hats off man ur awesome

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    VVS.. the exact reason is cricket overkill and bad scheduling. BCCI has to realize that. there is just too much cricket nowadays for people to keep interested. BCCI is killing the chicken who lays golden eggs (Indian spectators) by scheduling too much cricket and hoping the TV companies will keep paying top dollar. Well, the TV revenues are a direct gauge of how many people turn up on stadiums. If this low turnout carries on, BCCI's revenue will go down too.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Now this clearly shows that if VVS waited for 15 months to score a ton, then all who are waiting for Sir Sachin's 100th ton should also wait. Hey Sachin Just take your time and enjoy your game.

  • Marcio on November 15, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Another yawn fest where 50 year old Indian batsmen get to boost their averages on tailor made wickets flatter than Heathrow.

  • henchart on November 15, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Big relief indeed!Now he is going to latch on to this effort and eke out at least half a dozen tests ,which include four in Aus, without any significant contribution with the willow and less said about his fielding ,the better.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Tat make u very special laxi!!!!!!!!!! so guys Why is he VERY VERY SPECIAL

  • Caje77 on November 15, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Well Played V.V.S , he is just getting ready for Aus Tour (favourite tour) and also i think there should be stand on laxman name in kolkata after he retires

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    mr vvs laxman, you have been my favourite cricketer since i saw u play that majestic 167 at sydney. the kolkata test was in the middle of my boards, and when u did what you did, i knew i would pass too,with flying colors! you make my day whenever u bat, you are a champion, who beat the best at their best! that is what heroes are made of. i`m truly proud of you sir. go to australia and score atleast 3 hundreds. tell the aussies its time for their worst nightmare come true! ricky ponting was right when they said they didnt know how to get you out, i want to hear it from his mouth all over again. very well done!

  • VincentSunder on November 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    No airs, just simple speaking.

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  • VincentSunder on November 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    No airs, just simple speaking.

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    mr vvs laxman, you have been my favourite cricketer since i saw u play that majestic 167 at sydney. the kolkata test was in the middle of my boards, and when u did what you did, i knew i would pass too,with flying colors! you make my day whenever u bat, you are a champion, who beat the best at their best! that is what heroes are made of. i`m truly proud of you sir. go to australia and score atleast 3 hundreds. tell the aussies its time for their worst nightmare come true! ricky ponting was right when they said they didnt know how to get you out, i want to hear it from his mouth all over again. very well done!

  • Caje77 on November 15, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Well Played V.V.S , he is just getting ready for Aus Tour (favourite tour) and also i think there should be stand on laxman name in kolkata after he retires

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Tat make u very special laxi!!!!!!!!!! so guys Why is he VERY VERY SPECIAL

  • henchart on November 15, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Big relief indeed!Now he is going to latch on to this effort and eke out at least half a dozen tests ,which include four in Aus, without any significant contribution with the willow and less said about his fielding ,the better.

  • Marcio on November 15, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Another yawn fest where 50 year old Indian batsmen get to boost their averages on tailor made wickets flatter than Heathrow.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Now this clearly shows that if VVS waited for 15 months to score a ton, then all who are waiting for Sir Sachin's 100th ton should also wait. Hey Sachin Just take your time and enjoy your game.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    VVS.. the exact reason is cricket overkill and bad scheduling. BCCI has to realize that. there is just too much cricket nowadays for people to keep interested. BCCI is killing the chicken who lays golden eggs (Indian spectators) by scheduling too much cricket and hoping the TV companies will keep paying top dollar. Well, the TV revenues are a direct gauge of how many people turn up on stadiums. If this low turnout carries on, BCCI's revenue will go down too.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    very good laxman ur really a great test player.for dhoni hats off man ur awesome

  • maddy20 on November 15, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    It does not matter if did not score a hundred VVS. The fact that your 80s and 90s won us several matches that we are about to lose is good enough for us. Don't mind what the critics say. Every one is bound to have a bad tour(wiz Eng tour). Pity that people does not realize!