Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 5th day August 7, 2010

Dhoni hails "very very special" Laxman

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MS Dhoni was full of praise for VVS Laxman, calling him "very, very special", after the latter's sublime century helped India win the third Test and level the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

Laxman finished with an unbeaten 103 and got enough support from Sachin Tendulkar (54) and Suresh Raina (41 not out), to propel India to a five wicket win over Sri Lanka.

"He (Laxman) proved today why he is called very, very special," Dhoni said. "He always comes up with innings that have a huge bearing on the game. It was very important for him to score runs as the team needed it most to level the series. I think it is a very special innings. Hopefully, he plays plenty more innings like this for us.

"I think the way he batted he paced his innings really well. He was struggling a bit with back spasm but still he wanted to go on without a runner. But after lunch there was a time when he had to go for a runner. I think there was pain and there was pressure at the same time," he said.

Dhoni also singled out the contributions from Tendulkar and Raina, who smashed Chanaka Weledegadara for six over long-on to bring up the victory.

"I think Sachin too batted really well and after he got out, Raina came in and supported Laxman. Raina batted well. In the initial few balls he played a few big shots but after that he calmed himself down and batted sensibly."

According to Dhoni, coming back to draw the series meant both the batsmen and the bowlers had done their jobs. "If we had lost this series it would have been because of our batting line up not performing really well,' he said. "If it was a draw series which meant that both the batsmen and the bowlers did decently."

He added that the bowlers couldn't really be blamed for not taking wickets as there wasn't much help from the pitches, especially for the fast bowlers.

"I think in the first Test the batsmen could have done much better. I cannot really complain about the bowlers because in all the three Test matches we bowled first on a fresh track where there was not much help for the fast bowlers initially or the spinners. But this was one track where there was a bit of help for the spinners right from the very first day," he said.

Suraj Randiv was the only Sri Lanka bowler to threaten India on the last day, and finished with figures of nine for 162 in just his second Test. But Dhoni said India had enough experience to handle the problems Randiv posed.

"Randiv bowled really well. But we have got a batting line up where most of the players have played over 100 Tests. Or some are very close to playing 100 Tests. So, they are experienced enough to make their own plans."

Dhoni said India's strategy on the last day was to see out the initial overs, after which the ball got soft, making batting a whole lot easier.

"The first few overs were very important because the ball was quite hard which meant the spinners got a bit of bounce and turn. We just wanted to go through the initial overs and play our shots when the ball gets soft."

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  • POSTED BY cricxpert89 on | August 12, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    @Balumekka you call that a test innings? batting against the bowling similar to that of nursery kids, that batting is even easier than sitting back on your computer and enjoying the ea cricket game on beginner mode

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 9, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    i m back guys i never hate indian team or fans here but i was just trying to alarmed that bet me india will lose to aussies mainly due to sachin, laxman, dravid and harbho. if u really think i do not have any idea abt cricket then wait only time will tell then u will realize who is making fool of himself. believe me these old horses will not retire even after losing world cup 2011 it will be u guys who will force them to do so then we will confront with each other. believe me that is the problem of sub continent teams we only realize reality once we loss in bigger occassions. tell me number of world cups or champion ships or any major tournament (to which tendulkar was part of it) india has won since sachin debuted then how come he is the best player.

  • POSTED BY kvirdi on | August 9, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Lax is indeed "Very Very Special", most of the time in his career he played at No-6 with tail enders and still able to manage 47+ average. Now he is settling down at No-5 position and hope to see him to play for atleast another 2 to 3 years till the time we have couple of youngster getting settled in test matches. Suresh Raina is promising and hoping same kind of results from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

    I was amaze to hear from SL fans at the start of 5th day morning that Indian are not good player of spins. Well over several years we are playing spin and improvement in playing fast/swing bowling doesn't mean we forgot to play spin. Sachin and Lax showed the same on 5th day and helped India square the series.

  • POSTED BY Pradeep4783 on | August 9, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    I see comments saying "if Murali was there, things would have different" Murali is gone, he has retired. No worth even mentioning his name here. Need to move on... Great team effort by Team India...amazing victory..VVS, Sachin proved why they are 2 of the best test batsmen in the world...WAY TO GO TEAM INDIA !

  • POSTED BY Trimurthy on | August 8, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    VVS is really very very special who has brought so many laurels to our country under very very trying conditions very often. Batting at No.6 as long as Ganguly was within the team and now batting at No. 5 will have trenedous pressure since after No.6, but for Cool and Excellent Captain - Dhoni, all others are Bowling All-rounders.

    Fabulous Five (Batting)- Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly and Sehwag have brought so many laurels to our country and because of their contribution , India has become World's No. 1 in Test Cricket.

    At the same time Fablous Duo (Bowling) - Kumble and Harbhajan have equally played their outstanding roles in making India - World's No. 1 in Test Cricket.

    All these stalwarts have served our country for more than a decade. All these stalwarts need to be 'Honoured' by our Country,

    Sachin - Deserves 'Bharat Ratna' and then only that award will have the real meaning. Sachin is proud son of our country. All our players are 'GEMS'.

  • POSTED BY royalbob on | August 8, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Laxman is a rare talent one will not see again and again..its just we are lucky. When is in full flow its like music or magic..no words to discribe.He might of score many more runs if he was selected fairly and given the No.3 position he rightly deserves. I completely agree that ''VVS Laxman's records may easily be over taken, but they cannot be replicated''.We were completely amazed and entertained by you for more than a decade ,thank you VVS!!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | August 8, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Tendulkar is stat obsessed overrated Fool. He was always selfish. He got out again in second innings. Without the two tigers VVS laxman and raina , india would have lost.

    I think Bounce from randiv suited VVS as he always play well against aussies also because of the bounce aussie bowlers creates.

    Sachin was playing badly against randhiv ...and choked again.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | August 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Hope this great batsman gets his due credit at least hereafter..... What a player !!!!

  • POSTED BY CiMP on | August 8, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Funny, no captain questions the ranking system when his team is on top! To trash the system saying it cannot be understood easily is a sign of sour grape attitude. It is not rocket science! Do all the winners of all the awards really understand how the ratings are computed?

    The simplest way to be No# 1 is win series against all the teams home and away. Only the West Indies and Australia have done it at sometime or the other.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | August 8, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Mr.Paddy mohan, please sir go and watch sachin's statics in cricinfo and then comment. Which country you are from? you r telling SRT is over rated ha ha good joke, all the indians will spit at you, if you show your face.Brother think and give your comment k.

  • POSTED BY cricxpert89 on | August 12, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    @Balumekka you call that a test innings? batting against the bowling similar to that of nursery kids, that batting is even easier than sitting back on your computer and enjoying the ea cricket game on beginner mode

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 9, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    i m back guys i never hate indian team or fans here but i was just trying to alarmed that bet me india will lose to aussies mainly due to sachin, laxman, dravid and harbho. if u really think i do not have any idea abt cricket then wait only time will tell then u will realize who is making fool of himself. believe me these old horses will not retire even after losing world cup 2011 it will be u guys who will force them to do so then we will confront with each other. believe me that is the problem of sub continent teams we only realize reality once we loss in bigger occassions. tell me number of world cups or champion ships or any major tournament (to which tendulkar was part of it) india has won since sachin debuted then how come he is the best player.

  • POSTED BY kvirdi on | August 9, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Lax is indeed "Very Very Special", most of the time in his career he played at No-6 with tail enders and still able to manage 47+ average. Now he is settling down at No-5 position and hope to see him to play for atleast another 2 to 3 years till the time we have couple of youngster getting settled in test matches. Suresh Raina is promising and hoping same kind of results from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

    I was amaze to hear from SL fans at the start of 5th day morning that Indian are not good player of spins. Well over several years we are playing spin and improvement in playing fast/swing bowling doesn't mean we forgot to play spin. Sachin and Lax showed the same on 5th day and helped India square the series.

  • POSTED BY Pradeep4783 on | August 9, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    I see comments saying "if Murali was there, things would have different" Murali is gone, he has retired. No worth even mentioning his name here. Need to move on... Great team effort by Team India...amazing victory..VVS, Sachin proved why they are 2 of the best test batsmen in the world...WAY TO GO TEAM INDIA !

  • POSTED BY Trimurthy on | August 8, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    VVS is really very very special who has brought so many laurels to our country under very very trying conditions very often. Batting at No.6 as long as Ganguly was within the team and now batting at No. 5 will have trenedous pressure since after No.6, but for Cool and Excellent Captain - Dhoni, all others are Bowling All-rounders.

    Fabulous Five (Batting)- Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly and Sehwag have brought so many laurels to our country and because of their contribution , India has become World's No. 1 in Test Cricket.

    At the same time Fablous Duo (Bowling) - Kumble and Harbhajan have equally played their outstanding roles in making India - World's No. 1 in Test Cricket.

    All these stalwarts have served our country for more than a decade. All these stalwarts need to be 'Honoured' by our Country,

    Sachin - Deserves 'Bharat Ratna' and then only that award will have the real meaning. Sachin is proud son of our country. All our players are 'GEMS'.

  • POSTED BY royalbob on | August 8, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Laxman is a rare talent one will not see again and again..its just we are lucky. When is in full flow its like music or magic..no words to discribe.He might of score many more runs if he was selected fairly and given the No.3 position he rightly deserves. I completely agree that ''VVS Laxman's records may easily be over taken, but they cannot be replicated''.We were completely amazed and entertained by you for more than a decade ,thank you VVS!!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | August 8, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Tendulkar is stat obsessed overrated Fool. He was always selfish. He got out again in second innings. Without the two tigers VVS laxman and raina , india would have lost.

    I think Bounce from randiv suited VVS as he always play well against aussies also because of the bounce aussie bowlers creates.

    Sachin was playing badly against randhiv ...and choked again.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | August 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Hope this great batsman gets his due credit at least hereafter..... What a player !!!!

  • POSTED BY CiMP on | August 8, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Funny, no captain questions the ranking system when his team is on top! To trash the system saying it cannot be understood easily is a sign of sour grape attitude. It is not rocket science! Do all the winners of all the awards really understand how the ratings are computed?

    The simplest way to be No# 1 is win series against all the teams home and away. Only the West Indies and Australia have done it at sometime or the other.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | August 8, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Mr.Paddy mohan, please sir go and watch sachin's statics in cricinfo and then comment. Which country you are from? you r telling SRT is over rated ha ha good joke, all the indians will spit at you, if you show your face.Brother think and give your comment k.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | August 8, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Mr.Boltfromheaven , new guys will get their chance soon, now c raina got his chance and proved, so now onwards he is an asset for team india in any format, n obviously pujara will get wat he deserved very soon by replacing Dravid, then our team is almost young team is al;most young team only because sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni and yuvi are not tat much old.Experience is also needed wit young guns, Now in this series experience only ( Sachin and VVS) saved us, so don say they r old horses, they are like dhrona nad Bheeshma , once they r going it should be assured team india should not lose like wat pakistan is undergoing now.so experience with new faces always good for our future progress.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 8, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    some one wrote here sanga only makes excuses, he is right sanga only has excuses like we dropped catches we lost the match, jaya says india are not aggressive now eat the humble pie, in my view there were crucial moments that is why india won

    (1) sehwag hits a fast century and sets the game and he took 2 wickets in the second innings late in the day (2) india's tail enders add 80 runs (3) though samarveera and mendis have 118 runs partnership, still cream of their batting was gone at one stage they were 87 for 7, they lost dilshan, sanga and mahela pretty quickly (4) drop catch of sachin, negative tactics of lankans resulting in partnerships between sachin and vvs followed by vvs and raina

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 8, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    @ klobania, dont worry about the aussies indians have the measure of them, even they admit indians are tough oppponents for them, in 2003 wen india toured aus, series was drawn, in 2008 wen india toured aus series was won by australia 2-1 but india won at perth and we all know abou sydney in 2008 wen aus toured india, india won the series, and vvs has 5 or 6 test centuries against them, for all those who say sehwag plays well only in india i guess u are not following cricket, look at his stats he has centuries in aus, sa, pak(300+), sl,nz,wi also for those who say sachin is over rated gimme a break, he has 48 centuries and he has scored runs all around the globe, so look at the stats den say

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 8, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Klobania: Pl. do not be alarmed by the idolatory attitude of the commenters. We must give credit where it is due and VVS did indeed rise to the occasion and delivered. This is what matters in the final analysis. Tendulkar did the same in the second test. Sehwag has been consistent in all 3 tests and so was Laxman and Raina in the 2 tests played. Laxman stated before the start of the third test that India start as favourites on a sporting pitch because they have the batting that can deliver on a difficult wicket & indeed he lived up to his promise - how many can do this?.As for his next opposition against Aussies, you must note that the Aussies rate him as the best indian batsmen and his record proves it. So politics aside we must congratulate VVS - which does not mean Sachin, Rahul or Viru or any others do not exist. These 4 are amongst the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen. So enjoy the pleasure they give their fans. Like all stars, VVS is entitled to 15 Min. of fame.

  • POSTED BY pradeeptjp on | August 8, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    For god sake please stop sayin dravid should retire. He just had a bad series. Before this series he scored 3 centuries and two fifties. Why in hell pleople are forgettin this

  • POSTED BY Indresh47 on | August 8, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    WELL DONE INDIA !!! Wish we had won the series but given the inexperienced bowling attack its a remarkable comeback by India. In order to stay on top I really think we have to continue playing well and beat Aus at home and much harder....beat SA away. Go India !

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 8, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    It WAS MY DAY. Watching sachin and vvs batting on 5th day on a turning pitch on holiday. @ klobania Thanks for your valuable suggestions . You really don't watch cricket Do you? Most of his big scores (and odi tons too ) came against Aussies and they know how long vvs will survive against them. Don't make yourself fool here. Now how about giving the suggestions to your own Srilanka/PAk teams Sanga still cribbles about the dropped catches (didnt he get some chances? The match should have been completed on day 4 itself.)

    Now iam waiting to see sehwag and WATER BOY to thrash the srilankans in ODI series. (Time to improive our odi rank now)

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 8, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    @klobania and others Stop just being India haters and look at the talents displayed by the indian team on a wearing 5th day pitch. Had India won the 3 tosses lanka wud have been rolled 3-0 in the series.

  • POSTED BY hollandindian on | August 8, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Your are the best when you play your best against the best. Lax has already shown that. Lankas go and look at yourself instead of talking like if, if, and if. Shame on the people who say "if we had hold our catches......"

  • POSTED BY atulrocks on | August 8, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Before the start of this series,many people thought might be last series for VVS...who would have thought that he will b hero in the 3rd test which will help ind to level the series...Well done VVS..

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | August 8, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    The value of having 3 stalwarts in the middle order is exactly this. This time VVS and Sachin came to the party, well assisted by an almost debutant, Raina. This time Rahul Dravid missed out. But to be believing some omens, India won because VVS scored a ton. If Sachin had scored it, India could have lost it! and if Rahul had scored it, match could have ended in a draw!! Well this is only talking of the crazy ifs and buts and completely non cricketing factors and of omens. What ends well looks good for the future. Everyone must salute the way Raina held the middle order in 2 tests. I am reminded of one Mr Rahul Dravid, getting a chance to play at Lords in 1997 in place of injured Sanjay Manjrekar scoring 95 on debut & rest is/was history (and sending Manjrekar out in the cold). Now Raina has replaced Yuvraj and finds himself ahead of the other test prospects like Badrinath and Pujara. Raina is a talented n energetic lad, needs more exposure as he contributes in all forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    A great win....well deserved...morale of the story...pick up your fit 11...half fit players wont do...As for Laxman...nobody ever had doubts about his capability...dunno why is he being termed as 'unsung hero' and all that...ever since his 281 against Australia, he has been a vital part of indian test team...he has played only 7 tests less than Rahul (92 vs 99) though has scored only 6200 as compared to 7915 of Rahul. For ODIs, his fielding has always kept him out while continuous influx of hard hitters and good fielders like Yuvraj, Raina, and Rohit Sharma has not helped his cause either. But in tests, he has been given his due. He is loved and respected, and he has been in the team mostly (contrary to what is believed). True, he is a class player but accolades like criticism should be healthy :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    tendulkar is over rated...india is a superpower...rahul gandhi is the next rajiv gandhi...sania mirza is the next big thing in tennis...some day narein karthikeyan will win a F1...hockey has still a future in india...2010 commonwealth games are going to be a big success....some thing common in these ements guys...??? yes...you got it right...ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS...!!!

  • POSTED BY khan7869 on | August 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    sanga says his team is best ,,,on what basic he cant beat india in india or not even in srilanka even they won the toss batted frist omg come on sanga

  • POSTED BY crashbang on | August 8, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Find it hard to believe that certain people on this site say Tendulkar is over rated, well think about it, Tendulkar and Laxman steadied the ship, and that partnership was vital at that stage, and then Raina it was a team effort, and sure Laxman was great, but to try and say Tendulkar is over rated you have problems or just pure jealousy in yor heart get over it.he is the greatest that ever walked on to a cricket field, and that is coming from an Australian

  • POSTED BY royalg on | August 8, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    It's very good too see youth and exprience workign together and it makes a good combination, am sure raina has learned more than wat he expected too in this test series with those innings with sachin and laxman, he luks a quality player at NO6, wud prefer pujara to replace anyof the senior batsman he's tat DAMN GUUUUUDDDD. and rohit wud be a gud replacement for laxman

  • POSTED BY royalg on | August 8, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    well well well see how much difference it makes when you rotate players and give breaks to the big guns of indian cricket, probably india's most inexprienced bowling attack for the last 10 yrs or more atleast done better than the batsman in my opinion, bowling on tracks that had no help for them most of the times and cause of poor fielding. buts still full marks goes to MITHUN, OJHA and ISHANT, mishra done well mainly batting still not impressed with his bowling, too many no balls and full tosses, hope he learns his mistake and puts more pressure on bhajji. mithun's sumone who has a lot of POTENTIAL as an ALLROUNDER in TEST CRICKET, if he learns to play more shots and stuff cud be a gud ODI ALLROUNDER.

  • POSTED BY cricketkkrazy on | August 8, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Except about murli, no one speaks about srilankan cricket n srilankan players.That might be the reason why sanga always praises himself and his players and instead of focusing on the game jayawardene (Proir to the 3rd test he was questioning india's aggression which he tasted today) is focusing on post retirement plans that is writing articles.sanga's 11 neither could beat india in india(As sanga's11 were beaten comprehensively in india last year ) nor in srilanka.so sanga stop being jealous about others and start working on your team's weakness

  • POSTED BY fnm500 on | August 8, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    VVS is a legend and my favourite of the big 5 that we have had (SRT, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag and VVS). He plays innings of pure class and beauty in the most trying of circumstances. He delivers under pressure when the team needs it the most. I will always have a soft corner for him because of "that" Kolkata innings, eventhough he has played many other gems after that. I was going through a tough time in my life personally back then and that innings and that win lifted me so much. For the same reason Bhajji will also always be very special to my heart. Long live VVS!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    VVS is spl,he showed us why he is spl.It was heartwarming to hear when he said that he doesnt care about wat critics because the team knws his worth.That tells the great dressing rum atmosphere,and spare a thought for bowlers.they were rdiculed,called the worst attck in recent times,but they fought hard.Ishant improved with match,and he troubled SL batsman in third match and in the 2nd inngs if the first match,with his pace and bounce.Mithun was study and Ojha very gud.There is hope for Indian bowling,whn the guys show fight.This is d character that made India no1,not just the batting.

  • POSTED BY boltfromheaven on | August 8, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    The Australians have said it all along. In their view, VVS is one of the best batsmen around. And this is why. But lets face it, he and Dravid are getting long in the tooth. And so is SRT. India has to get some young blood in to the team. Pakistan with all their new young faces are getting hammered in England, but they will come out the better for it. We will not if we keep relying on this old war horses to bail us out.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 8, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    going through these comments is so funny all of sudden laxman turning out to be favourite of everyone(sorry sachin ur days are over). it felt strange as one of the most experienced batsmen showed his class against one of the least experienced bowling attacks in the world right now. even randiv playing his only second test match gave tough time to old horses. i think laxman should announce his retirement after this performance as he might not be able to repeat his same so called heriocs again as indians next series is against australia so better get retired in high note as u r already getting old n must thanks sanga for allowing a runner for u as ponting is not so generous or u might not survive that long ever again

  • POSTED BY sameer422 on | August 8, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    congrates very very special Laxman........and thanks for giving india a memoriable win.....and thanks for showing one more suprb , excellent & delightfull innings ....this win means to india a lot ,we r still a very good team with out some good performers ...that give india lot of respect as a NO1 team and a fighting team......thanks to Very very special Laxman & sachin sir for giving their winning partnership....well done INDIA

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | August 8, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Srilanka really missed Murali. Was he there it would habe been a totally different story in the last two tests. My god he is a really a match winner for SL

  • POSTED BY kasunnilanka on | August 8, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    if dilshan took that catch of sachin it would have been a different story than what dhoni said (But we have got a batting line up where most of the players have played over 100 Tests. Or some are very close to playing 100 Tests. So, they are experienced enough to make their own plans." )

  • POSTED BY srinathb on | August 8, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India,it was a collective team effort,Vijay's superb fielding,Sehwag's all round show ,Laxman and Dhoni playing despite Injuries,Sachin and Raina rising to the occasions.Ishant and Amit did fairly well with both bat and the ball throughout the series.personally i thought Indian Bowlers didn't get a chance to showcase their skill in this series.They were bowling first in every match(practise match also !!)but still they showed no signs of fatigue. so hats off to Team India !!

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | August 8, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    If I remember in the last 7 years India never lost a test series by more than 1 -0 margin. I mean every series defeat is either 2-1 or 1-0. This is not true with any other team. Team australia lost 2-0 in India. Enagld lost 5-0 to Auastralia. South Africa lost 3-0 against Australia. No need to speak about other teams. Do not India desrve to be #1 seeing relative performance.

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | August 8, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Well Well Well!! An "over-rated, ordinary team" which is short of two of its main strike bowlers and which consisted of rank newcomers and off-color Ishant Sharma managed to draw the series against a full-strength no.2 team! Wasn't the ranking supposed to be the biggest joke in the cricketing history?? Zaheer Khan would have made things lot worse for the opposition in ALL the three tests. Having said that, it was a closely-fought series and let's savour the good cricket played in the first and the third test. Don't whine Sri Lankan fans. Your team is also at a respectable and deserving no.2.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | August 8, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    VVS...take a bow...you lent character to this Test Match...looking at VVS's back spasms, I hope SRT also preserves his body and fitness for Tests. He should retire from ODIs. It is a meaningless format anyway. Only Tests and T20s seem to have viewership. SRT is too precious a figure for the Tamasha that is an ODI in the sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | August 8, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    "Khaali thaali bahut vudthi hain. Bhara hua nahin!!!" (An empty plate makes more noise)...should be what we need to learn from Sanga's comments. First questioning India's #1 rank, followed by his deputy suggesting India is not aggressive to be #1, followed by their "wanna-be" claims for #1...puhleeeze!!!

    SL Sucks and they know it themselves.

    Besides that, hats off to the curator, who killed test cricket with last test at SSC and revived test cricket with this beauty.

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    This guy is better than over-rated Tendulkar and Dravid, and should bat at #3.

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | August 8, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Well Mr Sanga you spoke too soon. One test Victory that too at your home ground and you question the ranking system? You supposedly had your best team available whereas Indian team missed 4 of the sure shot starters in the XI, still team India won. What does it tell you? Still the ranking is flawed? Grapes are sour? And Mr Jaya, you see India lacking aggressiveness? Do you really know your own record outside Asia? A batting avg of 39! Stop doubting the best team's credibility and concentrate on your own. Your so called 2nd rank team is yet to win in India, Aus and SA. I mean yet to win a Test, let alone series....

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Indeed Very Very Special again....Laxman & Dravid have been so much underrated cricket player of the game...Their contribution should always be recognized first and praised. They are real jewels of Indian batting line up along with Maestro Sachin & Dasher Sehwag....All of them performed given the opportunity except the wall. But sooner or later he will be at it again...Good Job boys!

  • POSTED BY cricPassion2009 on | August 8, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    This was so special from a most loved cricketer. Felt goosebumps to see this unsung maestro come up with so much confidence and play a masterclass winning innings.

    Most special was how he handled partnership with Sachin and Raina, and never allowed bowlers or fielders to dominate him.

    Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Raina - a promising bunch that spells success.

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Laxman's strength lies not only in hisscores but the ease with which he negotiates.. nay dominates threatening bowling attachs. Bowlers must be disheartened when Laxman effortlessly times a good-length wicket-taking ball to the cover boundry; or wristly flicks to mid-wicket boundry. VVS Laxman is to India, what Rohan Kanhai was to the star studded West Indies team, in company with Conrad Hunt, Basil Butcher, Symore Nurse and legendary Sir Gary, in the sixties. In a formidable Indian batting line-up, Laxman definitely holds aloft his 'very very special' own.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | August 8, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Well done Dhoni - as a captain you have been splendid and a cool star compared to the opposing captain Sanga who is so full of himself and his accent that he forgot basic tactics, his choice of bowlers on the 5th morning and his field placings must have sent shivers down the Indian spines....gulp, gulp, sorry I swollowed my false teeth.....never mind Sanath or Arjuna even a schoolboy would tell you that when the opponent is down and fighting to survive attack and finish is the thing to do, butt head.............sorry Salman I have to borrow your surname.

  • POSTED BY SuperTechnique on | August 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    This certainly was a special knock .Laxman is one of my favourite players in this team because he is the go-to man when chips are down he is only one left standing .This is has been manifested time and again in the 1st test as well as many times before. I really do hope that Dravid comes out of his shell .Otherwise Laxman in the best bet at no 3 and playing yuvi and raina at 5-6

  • POSTED BY no_second_chance_for_batsman on | August 8, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Hats off to you VVS. I never doubted VVS skills and commitment. I started a BLOG for his selection to world cup 2007. You will find it, if you google it. Everyone knows how India performed in WC 2007. VVS please take care of your health & let your batting silence the critics. Cheers, Kumar

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 8, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. But I must say that I was fortunate enough to witness a "true test innings" after a long time. Laxman showed all of us that test batting is not about scoring a century when 3 others in the top order also score centuries on a flat wicket. His determination was superb and he didn't give any chance to Sri Lankan bowlers on a bowler friendly wicket. I think Samaraweera, although he is a very good player, still needs to improve a lot, learning from the likes of Laxman. Sanga must be happy that Sri Lanka gave a fight, but this match could have easily ended up before 4th day's tea, had not Mendis and Samaraweera showed some resistance. Sanga needs to re think about Sri lankan batsman's determination, before criticizing India's attitudes.

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Always special, Very Very special Laxman ....see india home once again!!!

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | August 8, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Fantastic performance by VVS in a very famous win. Not easy to chase 250+ on day 5 on a SL pitch. However, we do need to see the bigger picture as far as India are concerned. Dravid has totally gone under the radar with this win. His place in the team must be under serious scrutiny as he has underperformed for 3 of the last 4 yrs. In any other team he would have been long retired ( think australia). It is time to blood new players. Raina has been grt and Yuvraj singh now should just be considered for the shorter formats.

  • POSTED BY on | August 8, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    always a treat watching his wristy strokeplay!!!!

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | August 8, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    @TheBestTeamWins - dont worry - The Wall will be back soon... he just had one bad series...!!!

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | August 8, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhoni & team India for not giving up. It was an unexpected win for a team where the senior-most bowler was Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 7, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    It was a fabulous innings from VVS. Tendulkar played out the initial overs when the ball is hardest and let Raina & VVS take charge and finish SL off. It is so heartening to see VVS rising to the occasion - not the first time either. His soft hands and classy wristy game shows that one does not have to be Clive Lloyd to succeed. He played well in all 3 tests with good contributions. Thanks to VVS, Sachin & Raina that India still remains unbeaten. India is #1 in Tests because of its batting. The batting lost the first Test but won the third. But Indian bowling still needs to be raised to world class for India to be a dominant #1. Develop Mithun, Unadkat, J.Singh to support Ishant in pace. Get M.Karthik back and let him mentor Ojha and let Harbhajan mentor Ashwin.Chawla & Mishra still need some work & coaching.In batting India has young talent in Mukund, Pujara, Kohli, Panday & Rehane. Future looks good provided the Indian Selectors act for the Team interest. Time for action in NOW.

  • POSTED BY royalbob on | August 7, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    In my book of Indian and world bating legends..Laxman will always have a very very special place as an eligent,artistic,crafty and rare talented batting hero..a joy to watch.Even gods want to watch when ihe is in full flow!!

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | August 7, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    what a pathetic performance by hopeless Sri Lankan team. Toothless bowlers and spineless batters. If you losers cannot bat in Sri Lankan conditions where else are you going to perform? Do they consider them selves professionals? These losers cannot last 2 overs against quality page.

    See what happened to Sri Lankan A team and XI in recent matches. 72 all out and 250 odd all out. There is no hope....

  • POSTED BY Internet_Guy on | August 7, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    fitting reply to jayawardene,you ask them to play like no 1 team and they played as a no 1 team...i am happy that india managed to win the test match without three crucial players

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    VVS is rightly said Very Very Special..will continue supporting you for ever..:-)

    He is unfortunately the uncrowned king :( thts the only thing which worries me..he deserves more credit!

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | August 7, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    It's always a treat to watch the sublime VVS bat, and when he scores a 100 on a 5th day pich against good spin to take India to victory it's just sheer joy! Thank you VVS !!! Tusi GREAT ho !!!

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | August 7, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    First of all I congratulate both the teams. Well done Laxman!! There r positive and negative aspects in Laxman but, in my opinion, positive aspects are more dominating and that raises hopes on him. Same applies to current Indian team. Dhoni always gains some kind of energy in both losing and winning times. His composure is the main asset. Hence the final result is positive. I always feel that SL is a good and humble team but unfortunately they are over-confident. Especially captain Sanga and Jayawardene. Good example is...Sanga is still thinking that India won because SL made some mistakes. Then I want to let him think why India lost 1st test.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | August 7, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    This does it - Laxman ahead of Azhar, Vishwanath and Vengsarkar in the all-time XI.

  • POSTED BY Mystikal89 on | August 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Wooohoooo India!!!!! Thats why we're the best! Would love to hear mr oversmart Jayawardenes comments now... or did we shut him up?

  • POSTED BY sueneal on | August 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    'Very Very Special" Laxman comes to India's rescue again! I hope now his critics stop talking about retiring him from the India team. I will go a step further and strongly urge the section committee to include him in the ODI team for the World Cup. He will give the team's batting the nuch needed stability and consistency that the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli or even Yuvraj haven't been able to give inspite of getting many many chances. Laxman has earned the right to represent India in the World cup at least one more time before he retires. He was deprived of that chance twicw already and that's very unfair!

  • POSTED BY dr_sachinfan_chennai on | August 7, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Nice to see a good overall contributions for a win. Shewag's century, Sachin's 40 and 50, Laxman's 70 and century, Raina playing like a experienced hand in just his second test, M.S.D'S captaincy and keeping, Tails batting esp Mithun and Mishra, Dravids catches though his bat failed, Ojha among wickets, Ishanth bowling ok after 2 dreadful matches. One of more satisfying victory this is.

  • POSTED BY Madmast_Hathi on | August 7, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Hi Sanga,

    Who is number 1 one? Are the rankings justified? Please shed some light? Also what do you think about Mahela's overseas record? Please talk and don't remain silent? Don't be afraid to comment just because your neighbor is a nuclear power. Please say what you think?

    You commented about the rankings being unfair. Are you number 1? You really think you can be number one? I hope you do understand that if Zaheer is back it'll make a difference? Do you? Why are you silent?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    A good innings from Laxman and team India produced a good game of test cricket and showed that if you have batsmen with the ability to hold the wicket and plan accordingly, no wonder test matches can be won and especially ones like these when your bowling is not what the no.1 team has!

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    It was Indeed a Very special Innings from Laxman after a long long time but let us not forget the contribution of the little master who anchored the innings when we lost the top order in quick succession.Nevertheless,it was a team performance where everyone contributed that helped us win the game

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | August 7, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    This one's special.No Zaheer,Harbhajan or even Sreesanth.After the emotion,luck of the toss,Murali in his LAST test,that script was written for Sri Lanka to win the first test.Thjen the featherbed of the second test match,high scores,demoralized bowling attacks,India even more weakened by an inexperienced attack.Come the third test,claims by Sri Lanka that a 2 nil victory was imminent.ICC raknings being called into question.Even more frustration as Samarawera and an unlikely Mendis batted and batted on.Savour Tendulkar,Dravid and Lakshman,another 2 years andthey will be gone.Don't bring out the knives for Dravid,the influence he and Kirsten have on this Indian team is priceless.Dhoni is twice the captain because of this batting triumvirate.And yes Lakshman you truly are very very special.

  • POSTED BY sudarsn on | August 7, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    VVS,S VERY VERY SPECIAL HYDERABADI AND HYDERABADIS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SPECIAL,THEIR WRIST WORKS,THIS IS THE NTH OCCASION THAT VVS PLAYED AND WON INDIA GAMES WHICH WERE NOT IN ITS COURT BUT STILL HE AS NOT YET GOT THE DUE FROM THE PUBLIC THEY FORGET FAST AND HUNT FOR HIS HEAD,EVEN BEFORE THIS TEST ALTHOUGH HE HAD SCORED PREVIOUSLY THE TINGE TO DROP HIM WAS THERE BUT KIRKSTEN KNOWS HE IS A DIAMOND. WHEN INDIAN BATSMAEN R TALKED IT MUST B ,SACHIN ,DRAVID ,VVS ,SAURAV, THEY HAVE BROUGHT INDIA GLORY, THERE CAN NEWER BE SUCH A LINE UP AT ALL...CONGRATS VVS..U HAVE DONE INDIA AND THE HYDERABADIS PROUD .. V HYDBADIS R LUCKY 2 HAVE BATSMAN LIKE JAISHMA,AZHAR,ABID,ABBAS BAIG VVS LAKSMAN, OUR CUPBURD HAS RAYUDU AND SUMAN TOO.CONGRATS INDIA AND DHONI

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Sorry Laxman for considering your name for phasing out first out of the senior batsmen for giving a new player a deserved chance.Today you have again proven your critics wrong as you have been doing for the past decade.We hail you as a great servant of Indian Cricket and you can still continue after the retirement of Sachin form and fitness permitting.Rahul I would also like you to come in some kind of nick in the coming tests which you havent shown since 2006 or is it far too much we are asking of you at this stage?

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | August 7, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I wish Sangakarra had been more graceful in defeat than he has been.He pointed out repeatedly to the chances that the Indian batsmen had got implying that but for these drops India may not have won. He is truly churlish and doens'nt deserve being mentioned for any of the nice knocks he played. He just did not metion once that he too had been a big beneficiary by way of dropped catches. I wish he would learn to be more of a sporting loser. He is believed to be a poet and an advocate. I am thoroughly disappointed with Sangakarra and his portrayed intelligence and gentlemanliness. He is thoughly undeserving.I wish he would take a leaf of the books of Jayasuriya and Aravinda D"silva as to how to speak to the media if he wants to retain his image as an intellectual.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    yes u R an asset to country u are

    VERY VERY SPECIAL !

  • POSTED BY Lancan on | August 7, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Well done India, you guys did well to even the series. I am a SL fan but I salute your team. I hope my fellow SL fans will acknowledge this & give credit where it's due. IND was supposed to have the depleted bowling & our guys (players & fans) talked too much after winning the first test. They failed to realize winning one test doesn't make us champions. Look at PAKS. Beat AUS but lost badly to ENG & about to lose again. We in the sub continent get so excited when we win one match. All sins are forgiven! We think we can beat the world, but we forget to win consistently which is what great teams like the 70-80 WI & 90s AUS did. True, SL are not given many opportunities to play out side, that's not our fault. But our mistake is getting too excited, putting the cart before the horse, talk before we win! This should be a humbling exp for our guys. I hope no SL fan comes here & give excuses, or trash IND. They played better than us & they deserved to win! Hope the SL team learnt from this!

  • POSTED BY goodoo on | August 7, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    well done VVS ..we are proud of you...i can never forget the pain on the face of steve waugh at kolkatta..i loved it so much..

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    This match is purely LAXMAN'S .. Lets salute this unsung legend.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | August 7, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Yet another special knock from the very cool Laxman. His batting equals to poetry.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    surely one of the kind indeed he is very very very special laxman .........

  • POSTED BY kiruthigai on | August 7, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    These SL wont change..I mean I am speaking about sanga's response still he only talks about we missed catches thats y we lost..come on SL give us a break..its not about missing chances its all about how many chances you created further by bowling and fielding well.. cricet is played for more than 100 years,but still all the teams are missing catches thats not the excuse..even india missed many catches in this match but you wont remember because they are not thinking about missed chance and planning for another chance..thats were the difference lies.. you guys lost the match because you have batted defensively in the first innings at RR 3!!!!!!.. look at indians how quickly they overhauled your 1st inn target with RR 4.. they read the condition well and understood that its not only about just surviving you need to score at the brisk rate..even in 2nd innings your RR is 3.1 their's is 3.7 (that too in a difficult pitch!!!..).. on the paper you were the better bowling unit among the two!!

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | August 7, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Great going VVS u have made us proud. Its an immensly satisfying test victory. To all those sri lankan fans ur claims just RING HOLLOW.calling us an overrated side, agreed we had a weak bowling attack but ur team couldnt win a HOME series against a depleted side. Kudos to Dhoni for the way he managed with the limited resources. I hope people realise that test circket is the best not the slam bang t20. well done team India.

  • POSTED BY dhoni_hater on | August 7, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Mr dhoni you escaped from batting.. I think you pray for vvs to not out and finish the match with win...

  • POSTED BY forzaps on | August 7, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Aaah.. I have to admit I didn't get the "Very, Very Special" reference at first. Anyways, he is a class act.

  • POSTED BY meeransb on | August 7, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I just hope after this win, people question less about India's No.1 tag. Not many teams in the world would take a lead after the opposing team scores 625 (even Australia at its best). Very few can chase 260 runs on a 5th day pitch. Yes the bowling is supposedly weak, but these same bowlers took the required 20 wickets to win. SL has still not won a match in India and this time India drew the series in SL. India also drew the series in Australia sometime back. India might not have the bowling equivalent of Marshall, Holding/ Roberts etc but I think it is compensated by the batting equivalent in Viru, Rahul, Sachin, and Laxman. Each team have their own way of winning and India has probably found their way, primarily through batting.

  • POSTED BY TheBestTeamWins on | August 7, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Laxman !!! He does it again for india. But where is the wall?

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | August 7, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Very Very Special innings in very very special moment!!

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | August 7, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    great innings!. ALL HAIL LAXMAN!!

  • POSTED BY sanjutaz on | August 7, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    simply great. on the 5th day on a turning track laxman produced a magnificient innings...class is always constant ..and he again proved that he is a real fighter.but still whenever an issue regarding the age or dropping a player arrives, they will start to put the question marks on this special player..don't know why, but it always happens to laxman.pity on you guys, this man is someone special.please don't throw stones at him..

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | August 7, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Good performance. Great test overall. Should we send bouquets to the same curator, at which we were throwing brick bats last week?

  • POSTED BY rnarayan on | August 7, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Seems like reports of India's demise are premature. They led on first innings in 2 out of 3 tests ( pretty much without Gambhir, Harbhajan and Zaheer), The newcomers in Vijay, Mithun and Ojha all performed creditably, and the Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman delivered . And Laxman did what Laxman does best: Make batting look easy when the team is in trouble. The description "grace under fire" was surely made for him.

  • POSTED BY pankajkumarsingh on | August 7, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    One of those second best inninings (by Raina) that would never get talked about beyond this week, while Laxman's brilliant knock would pop out in years and years to come. Sachin's 64.. well, we expect that. But spare thought for Raina. Guy is inhis early 20s. He was beaten up badly for his bad captaincy not too long ago. He is also picked on his inability to play bouncers. Most of the above maybe true. But the guy batted his heart out to remain not out on 40 odd runs. It couldnt have generated more pressure. Inda was 1 down in the series and they had to win to remain top on ICC ranking. Like Rohit Sharma's (70 odd) against Aussies when Sachin smashed a hundred to win the tri-series in Australia a couple of yrs ago, like Manoj Prabhakar's 70 odd in England where Sachin scored his 1st hundres to save the test match, this inning from 22 year old Raina will be remembered by me.

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | August 7, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Plan to name my kid VVS! Hope he won't mind.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    The three pillars of indian team Sachin, Dravid and Laxman- I m a great fan of u. Sachin and Laxman, u have done ur job. My salute is always there. But I also want a big score from Dravid. In this series he did not click. I think he was going through a mental pressure. May u get ur form back. Best of luck to u.. and again well played Sachin, Laxman, Raina...Thnks 4 saving India today...

  • POSTED BY kssrikanth on | August 7, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Very Very Special Innings & Good Batting Display by the Indian Middle Order. I have not seen the live coverage but i will cherish this moment for years to come. All the best TEAM INDIA for the one day series & Many Many THANKS for giving us a Fantastic Victory.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Very Very Special Innings from VVS......

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Really it was a true masterpiece. What an inning by VVS.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | August 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Team India's next biggest overseas tour is against SA. Batting in South Africa series has proved to be the toughest for the Indian batsmen. The not so impressive averages of the big 4 in SA which is way below their overall averages, says it all.

    Sehwag - 5 tests - Avg. 26.4 Dravid - 8 tests - Avg. 33.6 Tendulkar - 12 tests - Avg. 39.7 Laxman - 7 tests - Avg. 41.1

    Dravid in particular, keeping in mind his recent OVERSEAS test average from the tour of England 2007 till the tour of Sri Lanka 2010, it is a dismal 34.5 with a lone century (against Bangladesh.....) to show and combining it with his average in SA, it would only be wise for Dravid to concentrate on playing tests in India only and exit gracefully after the end of India-NZ series in India in December this year.

    Horses for courses should be the motto for the selectors, especially if your No.1 in the world and defending it against the No. 2.

  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | August 7, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    It is good to see the unassuming and shy Laxman going about his tasks as if he was ordained for it. He is truly special and am sure a captain's delight. I wonder why then once after 4 or 5 tests, people (which includes some well known cricketers and critics) question his presence in the team. Laxman has been an unfortunate genius of Indian cricket who always had to prove his mettle to merit a place in the side. Just wait....let a few months pass and when the next series starts and if Laxman does not score much in the first 2 or 3 innings there will be calls to axe him. Just watch. Such is our approach and attitude to our master cricketers who are not very flambuoyant or darlings of the media. Cricketers like Dravid & Laxman who have either singly or together won more matches for India in its race for the No 1 spot, will always be those who have not got their due. Sad but true.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | August 7, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Congrats to India on a fine victory. Magnificent Lakshman and the little master Sachin along with Raina batted like true Bkatas and Bhagavan rewarded their efforts. All the Indian players engaged their Dharma with conviction and in the end thanks to Bhagavan all went well.

    Sachinji you are truly the model of a great cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Nice win. He is keep thinking where we went wrong. Nice analysis and understanding the game rather than talking about rubbish things. In the other case sanga has started to talk about ranking when SL won the first match. This is the diff between dhoni and sanga. Now Sanga has nothing to say anything about ratings. SL never ever deserved to become Team #1. Flat pitch bully.

  • POSTED BY PcDadda on | August 7, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    India deserve a lot of credit for this victory. For the past couple of weeks the ridicule had been flowing thick and fast - that India did not deserve to be the Number 1 side in the world, they were too defensive etc. etc. Today they've shown that they deserve to be the top ranked test side. India was playing without 3 first-choice bowlers, a fact that critics conveniently chose to forget. All said and done Zaheer and Sreesanth are bowlers who create opportunities on all wickets and they were missed big time. Today India was under pressure and they responded like a champion side - the wicket seemed good to bat on only due to the skill of Sachin and VVS. Hope they continue the postive results for the rest of the year.

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | August 7, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    This one is really special.No Zaheer,no Harbhajan,not even a Sreesanth.Gambhir out due to an injury,To come back from a loss in the first test,the dead lifeless wicket of the second test,and the unbelievable Samaraweera,Mendis partnership that had captain cool tearing his hair out.Sehwag out in the second innings for a duck.Briillant batting by Tendulkar,Raina and the very very special one,I hope the knives are not out for Dravid.India needs these three for another two years at least,one could almost sense the influence that Dravid has on the team,he and Kirsten must surely be the calm heads deflecting the pressure by their very presence.Now all thats left is for the selectors to get their brains in order.Dont waste the likes of Ishant and Mithun for the ODI's.Nurture these talents they wil lserve India well.And yes Laksman..you are indeed very very special.

  • POSTED BY SOURAV_LIVE on | August 7, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    TRULY NUMBER 1 BY A DISTANCE......GREAT JOB DHONI & CO. SEHWAG, SACHIN, VVS ALL PLAYED THEIR PART. ALL INDIANS ARE PROUD OF TEAM INDIA. NOW BEAT AUSSIES....& SHOW ARROGANT PONTING HIS TRUE WORTH.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | August 7, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    This innings is indeed very very special. Only Laxman could have done this for us today. I say this because he had all what was required to bat in this pitch- the required height. With the ball bouncing esp for Randiv, we needed a batsman who had class and was correct with the height to reach the ball or to play standing tall and still ensure that it is played down rather than to the close fielders. WELL DONE Laxman. You are indeed very very special. GOD BLESS YOU with many more innings like this and keep playing for a long time

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | August 7, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Yes, he indeed is "Very Very Special" Laxman. :) He had saved his BEST for the last test. His partnership with Sachin was crucial and after Sachin got out, Raina made sure that he stayed with Laxman till the end. The way Laxman played Malinga's bouncers was awesome unlike first test, he not only defended well but also hit boundaries. Credit goes to all the players. Thank You INDIAN team for giving us this opportunity to cheer after disappointment in first 2 tests. And CONGRATS to all the FANS of Indian Cricket Team. We are still No. 1. :-)

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  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | August 7, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Yes, he indeed is "Very Very Special" Laxman. :) He had saved his BEST for the last test. His partnership with Sachin was crucial and after Sachin got out, Raina made sure that he stayed with Laxman till the end. The way Laxman played Malinga's bouncers was awesome unlike first test, he not only defended well but also hit boundaries. Credit goes to all the players. Thank You INDIAN team for giving us this opportunity to cheer after disappointment in first 2 tests. And CONGRATS to all the FANS of Indian Cricket Team. We are still No. 1. :-)

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | August 7, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    This innings is indeed very very special. Only Laxman could have done this for us today. I say this because he had all what was required to bat in this pitch- the required height. With the ball bouncing esp for Randiv, we needed a batsman who had class and was correct with the height to reach the ball or to play standing tall and still ensure that it is played down rather than to the close fielders. WELL DONE Laxman. You are indeed very very special. GOD BLESS YOU with many more innings like this and keep playing for a long time

  • POSTED BY SOURAV_LIVE on | August 7, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    TRULY NUMBER 1 BY A DISTANCE......GREAT JOB DHONI & CO. SEHWAG, SACHIN, VVS ALL PLAYED THEIR PART. ALL INDIANS ARE PROUD OF TEAM INDIA. NOW BEAT AUSSIES....& SHOW ARROGANT PONTING HIS TRUE WORTH.

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | August 7, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    This one is really special.No Zaheer,no Harbhajan,not even a Sreesanth.Gambhir out due to an injury,To come back from a loss in the first test,the dead lifeless wicket of the second test,and the unbelievable Samaraweera,Mendis partnership that had captain cool tearing his hair out.Sehwag out in the second innings for a duck.Briillant batting by Tendulkar,Raina and the very very special one,I hope the knives are not out for Dravid.India needs these three for another two years at least,one could almost sense the influence that Dravid has on the team,he and Kirsten must surely be the calm heads deflecting the pressure by their very presence.Now all thats left is for the selectors to get their brains in order.Dont waste the likes of Ishant and Mithun for the ODI's.Nurture these talents they wil lserve India well.And yes Laksman..you are indeed very very special.

  • POSTED BY PcDadda on | August 7, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    India deserve a lot of credit for this victory. For the past couple of weeks the ridicule had been flowing thick and fast - that India did not deserve to be the Number 1 side in the world, they were too defensive etc. etc. Today they've shown that they deserve to be the top ranked test side. India was playing without 3 first-choice bowlers, a fact that critics conveniently chose to forget. All said and done Zaheer and Sreesanth are bowlers who create opportunities on all wickets and they were missed big time. Today India was under pressure and they responded like a champion side - the wicket seemed good to bat on only due to the skill of Sachin and VVS. Hope they continue the postive results for the rest of the year.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Nice win. He is keep thinking where we went wrong. Nice analysis and understanding the game rather than talking about rubbish things. In the other case sanga has started to talk about ranking when SL won the first match. This is the diff between dhoni and sanga. Now Sanga has nothing to say anything about ratings. SL never ever deserved to become Team #1. Flat pitch bully.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | August 7, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Congrats to India on a fine victory. Magnificent Lakshman and the little master Sachin along with Raina batted like true Bkatas and Bhagavan rewarded their efforts. All the Indian players engaged their Dharma with conviction and in the end thanks to Bhagavan all went well.

    Sachinji you are truly the model of a great cricketer.

  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | August 7, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    It is good to see the unassuming and shy Laxman going about his tasks as if he was ordained for it. He is truly special and am sure a captain's delight. I wonder why then once after 4 or 5 tests, people (which includes some well known cricketers and critics) question his presence in the team. Laxman has been an unfortunate genius of Indian cricket who always had to prove his mettle to merit a place in the side. Just wait....let a few months pass and when the next series starts and if Laxman does not score much in the first 2 or 3 innings there will be calls to axe him. Just watch. Such is our approach and attitude to our master cricketers who are not very flambuoyant or darlings of the media. Cricketers like Dravid & Laxman who have either singly or together won more matches for India in its race for the No 1 spot, will always be those who have not got their due. Sad but true.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | August 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Team India's next biggest overseas tour is against SA. Batting in South Africa series has proved to be the toughest for the Indian batsmen. The not so impressive averages of the big 4 in SA which is way below their overall averages, says it all.

    Sehwag - 5 tests - Avg. 26.4 Dravid - 8 tests - Avg. 33.6 Tendulkar - 12 tests - Avg. 39.7 Laxman - 7 tests - Avg. 41.1

    Dravid in particular, keeping in mind his recent OVERSEAS test average from the tour of England 2007 till the tour of Sri Lanka 2010, it is a dismal 34.5 with a lone century (against Bangladesh.....) to show and combining it with his average in SA, it would only be wise for Dravid to concentrate on playing tests in India only and exit gracefully after the end of India-NZ series in India in December this year.

    Horses for courses should be the motto for the selectors, especially if your No.1 in the world and defending it against the No. 2.

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Really it was a true masterpiece. What an inning by VVS.