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

Calm Laxman defies spasms and past demons

A testing fifth-day pitch, an accurate rookie spinner, an old foe in Ajantha Mendis and a troublesome back were all thrown at VVS Laxman. Yet, he found a way to sneak past them to see India home
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They didn't scream madly as they do nowadays after winning a cricket match. They didn't run on to the field. They just walked out one by one, not a hint of surprise on their faces.

MS Dhoni walked out first, padded up and probably relieved he didn't have to bat. Then came the man who has perhaps enjoyed VVS Laxman's batting more than anyone else. Rahul Dravid couldn't stop smiling. He clapped all the way as he walked towards the middle where Laxman first shook hands with the umpire Simon Taufel and then walked towards Virender Sehwag, his runner, and Suresh Raina, his batting partner, both of whom hugged him. Then came Sachin Tendulkar, thankful that the job that he had started was finished. The slightest hint of incredulity came in the form of a mock-bow from M Vijay.

Laxman just smiled and thanked everyone, suggesting, as usual, that it was no big deal. That, though, is the effect his batting has on his team-mates. "Nothing calms you like Laxman," wrote Dravid when Laxman brought up a century of Test caps.

It was, in fact, a very big deal. While listening to Kishore Kumar in the dressing room, nursing the back spasms he had developed while fielding on the fourth day, he saw the nightwatchman Ishant Sharma get out, reducing India to 62 for 4, chasing 257 on a testing fifth-day pitch. Laxman knew he hadn't scored a century in Sri Lanka, or scored more than 74 in the fourth innings of a Test match. He knew of India's miserable record batting fourth. This before going out for perhaps his last innings in the country.

Soon, he saw Tendulkar play a nervous defensive shot to the on side, with four men ready to pounce on it. Tillakaratne Dilshan dropped one of the easier offerings any forward short leg could expect. Both the batsmen then took charge.

Suraj Randiv was bowling the spell of his life. From round the stumps he got sharp bounce and turn. Leg gully, forward short leg, and short midwicket waited. If you went over them, there were three other fielders on the on-side boundary. Randiv was accurate, landing everything on an imaginary penny on the pitch. He gave almost nothing to cut, or wide enough to drive through the off side. The plan was laid, the cover field was vacant. Laxman still kept flicking him through the on side. It was fascinating to watch, especially after Ishant had just flicked one straight to short midwicket.

All through his troublesome previous tour in 2008, Laxman kept doing the same to Ajantha Mendis, who was having the series of his life. Laxman didn't seem to pick the variations, but kept flicking, ending up with a better average than any of the middle-order batsmen. Still he kept finding ways to get out to Mendis, as he did it in the first innings here, making it seven dismissals to the bowler.

Laxman, though, trusted his wrists and kept playing the shot against Randiv, teasing the fielders, keeping it along the ground. When he hit uppishly, he missed the fielders. Despite that troublesome back, he still managed to bisect forward short leg and leg gully with the sweep. And he didn't abort the pull shot that consumed him in Galle.

A few scores were settled too. Off Mendis on a fifth-day pitch, he scored 39 runs off 44 balls. He might not still have read Mendis from the hand all the time, but any hint of a loose ball was punished. "I don't think I was struggling against him," he said of facing Mendis. "In all the innings I got out to him in different manner. It was not that I was getting out in the same fashion and [that he was] exposing my weak link. I didn't do anything different, I just played my natural game and to the merit of the ball."

Lasith Malinga, who had made Laxman look ungainly in Galle, went for 18 off 21. Two of Malinga's bouncers were pulled imperiously between fine leg and deep square leg, that too with a bad back.

As India started getting closer, the grit started giving way to grace. From jaw-clenching, the innings went to jaw-dropping. The wristy drive through extra cover, the flicks through the on side, and the leg glance took him closer to the hundred. In between, the odd ball jumped and there was the odd hiccup, like Tendulkar's departure immediately after he took a break to get treatment on his back.

"If you see, Sachin got out once I took the runner," Laxman said, as if blaming himself. "But I was in such pain that I thought the best decision in team's interest was to have a runner, instead of just giving away the wicket due to pain. Luckily, the partnership with Suresh Raina developed."

Laxman has his routines, like his shots, that he adamantly follows. At the end of every over, he taps his bat on the crease about a dozen times. Even when he had the runner, and finished the over at square leg, he would walk to the other crease and tap the bat in gently, holding it from the top of the handle. He did that 47 times today. Each time the bowler would start the over knowing his best chance of picking up a wicket was through the other batsman. And throughout those 47 overs, the dressing room knew the chase was in safe hands.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • arun_cheers on August 13, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    For the kind of ability and the impact that Laxman can have on test matches, (I consider Laxman to be the batsman next only to Sehwag to turn the match in favour of our team), I wonder why none of the captains are not promoting him to bat at number 3 or 4. I thought at least Dhoni might be sensible enough to take the initiative to get the best out of such a talented player. I can only wrap it up thus ... "Opportunity denied to Laxman is opportunity lost for the team's better fortunes" ! ... For who knows, had Laxman been made to bat permanently after the 281 episode, may be India would have won 10 more tests to its current tally of wins.

  • on August 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    @spiritwithin

    thats because the had india had anil kumble .....in form batsmen like rahul dravid and ganguly and tendulkar ......while now these all players are on the edge of their careers ....ganguly gone ...kumble gone ....dravid is going to ......tendulkar may be aiming world cup for the retirement .......and now india left with raina who doesnt yet know to tackle the short balls .....sharma still in out of the team ....no real swingers in the team except zaheer ...who is fighting with his injuries ......and none of the bowlers can not really touch 90s mph mark .......so the weakened indian bowling line up can trouble the england batsman .....this is worth of laughing .....so india is only gud now on pitches where there batting is not exposed to depth .....otherwise india would had insisted to play out of sub-continent......

  • Pathiyal on August 10, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    i understand that the whole team look upon him as the safest chaser. dont know why i was having a wrong impression so far :-)

  • plsn on August 10, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    when I commented that Sehwag and Lax were the only 2 batsmen who could win matches for India in the article on Sehwag, I was not off the mark by much. Was I?

  • montys_muse on August 10, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Well, after watching Laxman's innings in the 3rd test, I would say that the first 2 lines in Cricinfo's profile about VVS is right on the money!

  • HarishAnantaneni on August 10, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    @vinx_1980 Just to correct you... Sidharth is right.. VVS did not score more than 74 in a 4th innings of a test match. You were refferring to a 3rd innings.

    @VVS You have been the hope of India, when ever the top order fails... and you did your job in a great spirit... Congrats and Thank you for making us Proud..

  • shakkya on August 10, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    INDIA WASNT BETTER THAN SRI LANKA IN THE WHOLE SERIES

  • gestapo on August 9, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    It was baffling to see Sangakkara say that SL is still the better team,,alright,agreed,,India was definitely the team with a depleted bowling attack,,but how can Sanga call his team better than the Indian team?Although India is the #1 team in rankings,we still dont have the bowling resources to boast of an unbeatable team barring Zaheer and Bhaj. Indians were known as poor travelers until Ganguly took over and one could see the results we achieved in the last decade with Test series victories in Eng,WI,NZ and the one and only team to challenge Oz even back in their own den and the only subcontinental team to do so,,,and the poor Lankans I bet will get a pasting once they r outta SL. India is a far better team than SL and now that the Lankans are without Murali,they will feel the difference,,SL are yet to beat India in India and challenge OZ.Set your house in order first and then talk.Bravo India.

  • Rajesh. on August 9, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Perhaps India's best ever crisis-man............................ No better sight on a cricket field than watching this dazzling performer !!

  • on August 9, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    A very well written article. VVS deserves a historian. On so many occasions he has been India's Horatio. This article eloquently describes his contribution.

  • arun_cheers on August 13, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    For the kind of ability and the impact that Laxman can have on test matches, (I consider Laxman to be the batsman next only to Sehwag to turn the match in favour of our team), I wonder why none of the captains are not promoting him to bat at number 3 or 4. I thought at least Dhoni might be sensible enough to take the initiative to get the best out of such a talented player. I can only wrap it up thus ... "Opportunity denied to Laxman is opportunity lost for the team's better fortunes" ! ... For who knows, had Laxman been made to bat permanently after the 281 episode, may be India would have won 10 more tests to its current tally of wins.

  • on August 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    @spiritwithin

    thats because the had india had anil kumble .....in form batsmen like rahul dravid and ganguly and tendulkar ......while now these all players are on the edge of their careers ....ganguly gone ...kumble gone ....dravid is going to ......tendulkar may be aiming world cup for the retirement .......and now india left with raina who doesnt yet know to tackle the short balls .....sharma still in out of the team ....no real swingers in the team except zaheer ...who is fighting with his injuries ......and none of the bowlers can not really touch 90s mph mark .......so the weakened indian bowling line up can trouble the england batsman .....this is worth of laughing .....so india is only gud now on pitches where there batting is not exposed to depth .....otherwise india would had insisted to play out of sub-continent......

  • Pathiyal on August 10, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    i understand that the whole team look upon him as the safest chaser. dont know why i was having a wrong impression so far :-)

  • plsn on August 10, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    when I commented that Sehwag and Lax were the only 2 batsmen who could win matches for India in the article on Sehwag, I was not off the mark by much. Was I?

  • montys_muse on August 10, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Well, after watching Laxman's innings in the 3rd test, I would say that the first 2 lines in Cricinfo's profile about VVS is right on the money!

  • HarishAnantaneni on August 10, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    @vinx_1980 Just to correct you... Sidharth is right.. VVS did not score more than 74 in a 4th innings of a test match. You were refferring to a 3rd innings.

    @VVS You have been the hope of India, when ever the top order fails... and you did your job in a great spirit... Congrats and Thank you for making us Proud..

  • shakkya on August 10, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    INDIA WASNT BETTER THAN SRI LANKA IN THE WHOLE SERIES

  • gestapo on August 9, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    It was baffling to see Sangakkara say that SL is still the better team,,alright,agreed,,India was definitely the team with a depleted bowling attack,,but how can Sanga call his team better than the Indian team?Although India is the #1 team in rankings,we still dont have the bowling resources to boast of an unbeatable team barring Zaheer and Bhaj. Indians were known as poor travelers until Ganguly took over and one could see the results we achieved in the last decade with Test series victories in Eng,WI,NZ and the one and only team to challenge Oz even back in their own den and the only subcontinental team to do so,,,and the poor Lankans I bet will get a pasting once they r outta SL. India is a far better team than SL and now that the Lankans are without Murali,they will feel the difference,,SL are yet to beat India in India and challenge OZ.Set your house in order first and then talk.Bravo India.

  • Rajesh. on August 9, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Perhaps India's best ever crisis-man............................ No better sight on a cricket field than watching this dazzling performer !!

  • on August 9, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    A very well written article. VVS deserves a historian. On so many occasions he has been India's Horatio. This article eloquently describes his contribution.

  • spiritwithin on August 9, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @ Hassan Zulfiqar..india in their last two series in england had drawn one and won one,india is da only team who gave a tough fight to austrlia in austrlia (though SA won a series there but apart from that one series they lost each and every series both home and away),won in nz where pak lost last time,drawn in SL where pak lost 2-0 last time,so its laughable that ur questioning india's performance outside subcontinent,the fact is pak cant play well anywhere

  • East_West on August 9, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    PaddyMOHAN: the one who claims to have Indian parents but hate India but can't live without Love Fair &Lovely face creams! His comments are always against India and can't digest the fact that India just won! I bet Paddy must be padding all those donoughts and face creams in distress because he is in tears that VVS can knock Malinga's knuckles with grace! SID! hope you publish these comments bacause this PADDY has nothing to say other than trashing my country! peace brother!!

  • mastyin on August 9, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    The most amazing thing about this innings is how Laxman made it look so easy. Tendulkar till Laxman came in was struggling against Randiv not picking him up cleanly and Raina also struggled a little when he came in but the Very Very Special Laxman made it look so easy. You can easily understand why Dravid would say "Nothing calms you like Laxman", he makes it looks so easy that you feel that its a first day flat wicket not a fifth day turner and it should boost other players confidence too.

  • sunil.guddu on August 9, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Where is Geethika D silva who thought that Indias ranking was a big joke.He has proved one thing that him being a cricket fan is a big joke

  • on August 9, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    congrats VVS and Team India. After this team effort; w/o 3 of our 1st chioce bowlers (zak, bhajji n sree) and 1 batsman (gauti), against a full strength SL team, at a venue where SL hadn't lost in the past 16 yrs, after loosing the toss and trailing by 425 in the 1st innings, we came back to win this test match and level the series. This shows the depth and courage of this team. It was a wonderful team effort where u cant single out an individual performance. That has to be one of the most fluent centuries scored on the 5th day on a crumbling pitch, hence VVS deserves all the accolades. If India had been a little more aggressive at SSC we could have put SL under more pressure n perhaps rolled them in the 2nd innings n won that test too!!! Talking of dropped catches how did Sanga forget to mention his drop catch by Raina b4 lunch on day 1 when the score could have been 57/2. Overall India was the better team in the series considering their depleted bowling line-up.

  • vinx_1980 on August 9, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    VVS LAXMANS INNINGS WAS AMAZING I CANT THINK OF ANY OTHER INNINGS FROM ANY OF THE INDIAN BATSMAN SCORING CENTURY FROM A DIFFICULT SITUATION IE 62 FOR 4 AND WINNING THE MATCH ONCE AGAIN THANKS AND KUDOS TO VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN FOR WINNING US THE MATCH

  • vinx_1980 on August 9, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    sir, THIS IS TO CORRECT YOUR ARTICLE THAT LAXMAN HAS NOT SCORED MORE THAN 74 IN SECOND INNINGS IS WRONG HE SCORED UNBEATEN 154 AGAINST WESTINDIES IN KOLKATA ALONG WITH SACHIN TO SAVE THE TEST MATCH I REQUEST YOU TO CHECK THE STATISTICS AND POST CORRECTLY

  • on August 9, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    VVS you just present an example of how being gentleman does not stop you from playing aggressively. What great asset you are for us! Keep it up! We are proud of you.

  • cricket_ftw on August 9, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i wonder why mostl SL bowlers have doubtful actions. is it whether they are grown like that ?... Great show by the indians ... they dint look like losing at any time.. I hope BCCI doesnt drop dravid after his performance in SL.. He has still got some thing to prove and looks way fitter than the youngsters ...

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    LOL!! Sanga was doubting ICC for their ranking criteria and doubting why India is number one....Well cricket is strange game, a single match raise lots of noise....After 1st test match, media was against Indian batsmen, Sri Lankan fans and cricketers were shouting out loud and now Indian team shut their mouth very well....Also, I found many people saying Laxman is most underrated....I doubt these statements, I think in India all test cricket fans know if Laxman is on crease, nothing much to worry and he is known for his bravo innings....In all I am very happy with the silence from Sri Lankan fans... :) ...Enjoying it like I enjoy heavy metal....

  • livespaces on August 9, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    To judge greatness you need to compare,but when you compare players of different periods or different opposing teams people argue about different conditions,team supports,bowling standards etc., it is very rare that you have a situation where you are trying to compare two players and both of them are playing for the same team and some times are batting together at the crease trying to win/save the game for their country.yes i am talking about Sacin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman.I do not know why people can not see the difference between them during their partnerships.Please play back all their partnerships and see who is struggling to score and who is dominating the bowling,who is awkward in defence and who is effortless at crease,who's batting is pleasing to see and who's some how managing to salvage his reputation.Tendulkar is lucky to be where he is and given the kind of support that Tendulkar got Laxman would have settled the argument of who is the best batsman ever once and for ever

  • on August 9, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Facing at 0-2 margin loss to 1-1 drawing the series. Thanks to VVS. If you look at the past 4 years records, VVS average is more than Sachin and only below to Sehwag. ---------------------------------------------------------- Player M Runs HS Avg Balls --------------------------------------------------------- Sehwag 27 2884 319 62.69 3145 Sachin 29 2687 203 61.06 4627 Laxman 30 2332 200* 61.36 4530 ---------------------------------------------------------

  • Woody111 on August 9, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Typical Laxman effort. India will miss the trio of Dravid, Tandulkar and Laxman in the next couple of years. Hopefully for them Raina, Sharma and co. can partly fill the boots. To the curators in Sri Lanka - please observe how great test matches are born - not by building a road in the middle of a cricket ground.

  • spinkingKK on August 9, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Laxman made me shed tears with joy when he scored that 281 against Australia. Because, at that time I was worried that the selectors might drop this player who could be the best in the world. After 9 years, though, I was disappointed the way Laxman and India for that matter have batted. Laxman was always too defensive and seemed to be emulating Dravid. I have always felt that Laxman's strength is in playing his shots and for that reason he should always bat at No.3. But, that never happened. This innings is very very special and Laxman opened up again. Great knowck Laxman! I hope you will keep up with it. India should have made this kind of victories part of their routine with that famous batting line up. I think Raina at 6 has made a huge difference. If it was Yuvraj at 6, India would have lost the match by 30-40 runs with Laxman the 9th wicket.

  • on August 8, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    vvs laxman is real class one of the finest to play the game

  • ABP235 on August 8, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Sanga was so pathetic in field settings - especially not giving a slip for Randiv early on and keeping guys on the boundary! That was perhaps a gift from him for India who allowed Murali have his 800th wicket earlier! What else I can say? else I have to say that Sanga and his 'ever attacking' predecessor Mahela both left their brains in the locker room! May also be that Sanga is now so disgusted and confused on the exit of Murali that he didnt make good use of partnership breakers like Angelo Mathews too! So much for good captaincy! By doing all of this, he has just snatched away from Dhoni the tag of a dry and boring captain.

  • vijayv1976 on August 8, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Very happy that India won this match. The srilankan curator has to eat his words. No team can take 20 wickets unless the pitch is acting even for batsman and the bowler. I hope he learns to create sporting pitches, otherwise its a disgrace for test cricket.

  • CiMP on August 8, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    I am very glad to see VVS do well and take India over the line. Often Laxman does not get the full credit that is his due especially from the media and the commentators. Everyone of these self-styled experts declare VVS is on trial at the beginning pf every tour.

    True the powers of the trio - Sachin, Rahul and VVS - is declining but there is hardly anyone who can fill their big boots in the middle as yet notwithstanding occasional flashes of brilliance from younger players like Vijay, Yuvi and Raina.

    Cricket is a team game. Some players may play a lead role but it is a team effort in the end. Viru, Sachin, VVS and Raina batted well. Some bowlers, esp. Mithun, also chipped in with the bat at times. While Pragyan Ojha took advantage of a responsive wicket at P Sara, Ishant and Mishra and Mithun provided the support that helped India dismiss SL for a reasonable score (despite defiance by Samaraveera and Mendis.) India had some help from Sangakkara! His unimaginative captaincy!

  • nvngupta on August 8, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    this is why i have picked you in my all time indian XI. you are the best indian batsman at no. 5 or 6.

  • shaantanu on August 8, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    paddymohan:seems u just cudnt digest the defeat.srilanka is the best team in the subcontinent is it?ppl say indias record is dismal outside home.what abt srilanka....worse.they just cant perform without tailormade pitches.

  • on August 8, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    When ever VVS plays long innings it will be always sepcial.Match finishing is an art Not ervery one can emaculate it. I am very proud of VVS for finishin the game and keeping his wicket in tact. Last but not least Suresh Raina What an Amazing player. He showed he can play test matches too. Look at his 3 test innings. I dont have any doubt in Caliber or talent or technic (Comments against Short Pitch Balls). I have seen people critsisng about his short pitch ball weekens. But all gr8 players have some weekness its about their application and determination with which they over come the weekness. Kudos to India for Giving a Nice Fairwell to Murali and Leveling the Series. Best of Luck for the tri-series.

  • niddib on August 8, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Many thanks to VVS, Sehwag, Sachin, Ojha and Raina for winning this match. Here are the highlights of the series and a few bottomlines: Sehwag sets up the match for India and if he fails I do not see any chances whatsoever. Sachin gets nervous in tight situations. VVS has the calming effect in the middle order. Dravid too gets nervous, should score better or he is a gone case in a series or two .Dhoni is good for nothing against quality bowling. Yuvraj should stay out for another series or perhaps two. Harbhagan is unimpressive and after so many years one can not rely on him ( or has confidence in him) to win the matches unlike Kumble. Mithun has potential if persisted with. Ishant came back and gained some confidence. Raina finally got what he deserved for long and passed the initial test.

  • mrgupta on August 8, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan: Bouncers dont win Matches, intelligent bowling do. Sehwag took 7 wickets in the series and didnt bowl a single bouncer. Malinga is good no doubt but not faster than Lee and Tait whom India handled with ease in Aus. If Indians were afraid of bouncers than we wud not have won matches across the world. Unlike SL who despite having Malinga failed in the final test where we missed our top 3 bowlers.

  • Koushik_Biswas on August 8, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    A word about Tendulkar. VVS has woven a magic web, and he deserves all the praise and more. But in the aftermath, it is easy to forget a few subtle observations that struck me as I was glued to my TV all night. When VVS came to the crease, Sachin was 15 from 30 balls, with 195 to win. He was batting with extreme caution, his sole goal was to win the test match. VVS, right from the word go, scored faster than him. In 20 overs, VVS had overtaken him (VVS 60, Sachin 54 when VVS had back pain). It was clear that Sachin wanted to be the background wall and hold up one end while the others went for the win. All he did was take a single and hand it over. At the rate he was scoring, he would have ended up with around 80 by the time India scored the winning runs had he been there. Thus - the observation is: knowing very well that he has enough time to go for a century, he is totally oblivious to personal milestones. He does ONLY what is needed for a victory. He has said that many times too :-)

  • Koushik_Biswas on August 8, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    He He He. SL captain, ex-captain, players and fans all behaved like jealous kids with the license to say whatever they want after the 1st test win. They were desperate for a revenge for their loss when they visited India. They were desperate to dislodge India from #1, and question the ranking's significance. Well - here is the significance: the #1 team is the one who: (1) can win 5 test matches per year for the last 3 years, home and abroad (2) can win tests without its 3 front line bowlers missing (3) can win tests without its regular opener and not-so-long-ago #1 ranked test batsman missing (4) has a batting lineup where any one of the top 7 batsmen can turn out to be a match winner any day (5) when faced with a deficit, acts with complete confidence and maturity - no knee jerk reactions and most importantly - yes MOST importantly - (6) praises and respects their opposition like a gentleman. Sorry SL - start checking off the points and see which ones go for you?

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    i think the indian players are only good at these dusty pitches ....where the bowl doesnt swing that much .....and the other indian brothers keep criticizing the pak batsmen for playing such lamely in english conditions..........i want to ask the indians why these great players dont ever try to play a test in such conditions where their batting flaws will be exposed ......scoring runs is a piece of cake in such conditions...as we had seen in the first innings.....so i wanna ask one question that since when indian team hasnt played a test in england ......i guess they will play when they will get the right bowlers to defend the batsmen they have ...in which many are on the verge of retiring .....

  • on August 8, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Very Valuable Soul, Very Vatchful & Systematic, a sheer pleasure to watch! VVS is the gentle giant who almost alway delivers. His strokes have that flawless fluidity which make the shots go as they should. Hope for some more classics from this classic and brave batsman.

  • zxaar on August 8, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    @ Paddy Mohan "Srilanka is the best team in subcontinent, but Laxman was the difference between the teams in 2nd inngs. " ----------------------------------------------------- No they are not. Sri lanka is not even the best team in Sri lanka. They won first test when they won toss and pitch did not help bowlers. They lots the third test with so so pitch and against the worst bowling attack. The same bowling attack their curator said should learn to bowl. They are 90odd for 7. They are not even best in their own house. The best team in sub-continent is rightly India because they are number 1 plus they drew with their many of main players not playing specially bowlers. In second innings the main difference was that inability of sri lankan batsman to play on anything other than flat pitch.

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on August 8, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    congrats Laxman, hope now you will get all the respect which is not given to you, your all 16 test centuries have come in a very crucial time, your batting gives a charm to our eyes, effortless batting, and all those who say that Laxman should retire now and give chance to youngsters, plz shut up your mouth for atleast 2 more years, because your eyes will not see dat submile batting from Laxman if he retres now, and those who says that his average is not so good, aur he dosent have many hundreds, should understand that runs and average are not important, but runs that are made in crucial stage is very important, Sachin have 17000 one day runs, but how many world cup, Asia cup & Champions trophy have he won by himself, not a single one....

  • SUNDOS on August 8, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Unrelated maybe but kumble's appointment as mentor to this team is noteworthy.India is playing great cricket.The triumvirate of Tendulkar,Dravid and Lakshman won't be around in a year or two.Talented as the new bunch of emerging players are,the wise head of Kumble along with the gentlemen of the team Sachin,Dravid,Lakshman,Dhoni etc.should ensure thatthe hot heads behave in the manner of champions.Grace,sportsmanship,humility aptly demonstrated by the likes of Lakshman are the traits as important as cricketing skillsThe Aussies ruled supreme with their cricketing skills,but didnt earn the respect due to the "aggressive" behavious whicjh rankled..Now all that remains is the return to fitness of Zaheer and Harbhajan,smart selection policy i.e.nurture Ishant,Chawla,Mishra,Ashwin and Mithun.Dont play them in the ODI's or T20 matches for a while.The likes of Rohit Sharma,Kohli,and even Raina&Yuvraj should imbibe the temperament ,patience and skills of the very very special Lakshman.

  • plsn on August 8, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    In that article on Sehwag, I commented that since the 70s only two batsmen have proven to be matchwinners consistently - Lax and Wag. I could not have made a more authentic statement - as this match once again proves it . Laxman is a closer, no doubt - and let the BCCI leave it to him when to hang his boots.

  • VIJAYAKUMAR.C on August 8, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Truly a great knock under tremendous pressure by VVS!!! His innings was totally flawless and comprised of his trademark wristy strokes, full of elegance and class written all over them. Battling his back spasm, he produced a gem of an innings on a pitch that assisted the spinners with bite, turn and bounce. Truly a majestic 4th innings century, that too on a wearing 5th day pitch. He negated Randiv's threat with such authority that he displayed all his delightful strokes-the flicks, leg glances, pulls, deft touches and what not? Undoubtedly a very very special knock by a very very special player. Laxman is an asset to the Indian team. Much like Steve Waugh, he is the man who delivers consistently when the team is under pressure. Yesterday's knock is one more feather in his cap as it helped India come back strongly to level the Test series 1-1. Under the context of the Test match and the series, Laxman's innings was priceless. Well done VVS, the artist. We are proud of you.

  • on August 8, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    The result will be 3-0 if India win all the tosses.

  • Aussie_rulez on August 8, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Woo hoo!! A sweet victory for me to savour... smashed the wits out of the Lankans in their own backyard...and that too, with a weak Indian bowling attack !! amazing!! As usual, i am not surprised to hear Mr Crybaby Sangakkara's comments... After all, it was too much of a shock for him and his boys...lmao!! The M & M effect (Malinga & Mendis) were easily neutralised....Sorry Lankan brothers, the M&M effect will never have any effect on Indian batting, even on a 5th day unpredictable pitch..

    I only pray that India play all their matches with this competitive spirit. If they play with this never-say-die attitude, then they will remain the No.1 team for a long long time.

  • on August 8, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    What a Game and what a performamnce by VVS, Sachin and Raina! Made Sanga and Jaywardene eat their words in such a quite manner. Ajanta Mendis siad in the interview on 4th evening that the match would be over after lunch. He was right! the match went the wrong way!

  • Farce-Follower on August 8, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Terrific performance...after losing all tosses...after losing key bowlers...after hearing Sanga and Mahela question Indian's attitude. Thanks VVS. You make Test Cricket so very special. No ODI with its meaningless script can ever match this.

  • maddy4cricket on August 8, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Now Sanga and Jayawardane will know why India is a better team :) And hopefully the curator for second test match know what to do from now on.

  • East_West on August 8, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Laxman: Firstly, Congrats! Wow! Hats off! Secondly, as an avid cricket lover, and irrespective of your amazing talent and grace, I am one of those who often criticized you to call it a day! Today, you showed me, how wrong I am and was!! as a hyderabadi, I always loved to watch you play but also disappointed to see you NOT converting decent scores to good tons! Nevertheless, thanks a million for showing me [like everyone who criticizes you] how valuable you are!! The glance you did to reach the hundred! boss! you are amazing!!

  • cricPassion2009 on August 8, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    This was indeed Very Very Special.

    Fifth day's pitch in an away-series when everyone else is wobbling and nervous.

    In comes VVSL swinging and draws the curtains of the final test with a memorable show. A great 4th innings knock.

  • on August 8, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Srilanka is the best team in subcontinent, but Laxman was the difference between the teams in 2nd inngs. Srilanka did very well and was refreshing to see Malinga bowl bouncers that aims the throat and chest of batsmen. After Akram and Younis we are seeing a fast bowler so lethal from the subcontinent. Indians were clearly struggling against Malinga, often hopping and dancing and was getting hit in their knuckles. Srilanka did not have enough runs on board and let Laxman and Raina escape with victory. But Malinga's bouncers must have hurt them badly and in future Indians would always be scarred of Malinga, no doubt.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 8, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Aaaaaahhh! This silence from the SL fans is defeaning. Come on guys. Don't sulk too much. Please come out and give us Indian fans some competition, that your team could not.

  • rachits on August 8, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    LOL...sanga again whining abt the dropped chance!! its got to the stage of being funny now! ok, a quick check: world's worst lifeless pitches with zero bounce: check THE singlemost defensive captain, who sets 5-6 boundary riders at all times: check verbose captain and right hand man, who seem to have taken over the b*llsh*t tag from the aussies: check

    so, why do we play SL so much again? aaand, b4 i forget, mr-we-r-so-aggressive mahela, we whupped ur backsides despite having a completely depleted bowling and partially depleted batting side...while u were fielding ur full strength side...with ALL ur main bowlers. cnt get more aggressive than that, eh?

  • nataraajds on August 8, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Great.match winning knock by Laxman. Both Sachin & Laxman played responsibly and Raina gave the finishing touch..Great to see India level the series. SL lost a test in this Ground after 16 years. We should give lot of credit to Sehwag & Sachin for their consistant contribution in this series & Find of the seires -Raina. Most disappointing part is Indian bowling which was below standard. we need a bowling coach like venkey in the team. Hope selectors & BCCI too have noticed it..

  • Saravjit on August 8, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    VVS is a very Special Player, Some Incredible Match winning Efforts: Calcutta 281 then Chennai with 2 50's , Adelaide 2003-4 , Ahmedabad with India down at 70 for 5 another 100 , Perth Test a Match winning 70 plus , Joburg another match winning 70 , South Africa Calcutta Test 2010 & now this and not to miss Some Fighting Draws ag Windies 2002 , NZ 2003 , 2009 an average of 50 plus last 10 Years and an incredible Average of 60 plus in last 3 years, Rahul Dravid his Partner has fallen in the Dumps last 4 years but VVS Carries on , Not to Forget his Wristy Classy Strokes.

  • on August 8, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    At the start of the series some one commented that the batting line up looked strong except for Laxman .That too a batsman who was instrumental in India winning its last test against south Africa.The problem with Laxman is that his contributions to the team are easily forgotten as he is only playing test cricket .The man is averaging 86 in current year still people think he is to be axed.Regarding the series Indian team losing first test of the series has become more or less certain these days but they always comes back later.Since some of the team are playing only test cricket that also contributes to poor performance in first test

  • knowledge_eater on August 8, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Good Coverage Sid Monga, if India was going to keep wickets in hand, victory was very much possible. More Joy would have come if SSC pitch was as decent as this P Sara pitch. And if India would have won the series. I enjoyed your whole coverage of this tour. Little things in Cricket are as important as mammoth wordy long articles. Take care. Peace

  • on August 8, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    SL bowling without Murali & Vaas is like a club cricket. See Malinga is the 3rd highest wicket taker and that shows thier depth in bowling. Sehwag bowls better than mendis and Randiv is new and bowling good. Who ever has said India shd rest Laxman for Yuvraj would be eating thier own words...

  • zingzangspillip on August 8, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    VVS Laxman is one of the reasons that statistics should not be used to assess greatness. He's such a graceful and skilful player, it makes me happy when he converts one of his many fifties into a century. This was also an excellent Test match. It makes me happy that Randiv took five. I guess it means that Sri Lanka may have a spinner who can play successfully for them over the next few years. I feel a bit sad that Samaraweera wasn't able to score two centuries. I didn't think much of him before this Test, as he has performed moderately outside the subcontinent. However, he made two very good innings in this match, and I think he probably deserved Man of the Match.

    Well done Sri Lanka and India. A thoroughly absorbing series. I'm looking forward to when my Aussies take on India in October.

  • on August 8, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    good innings,but an overly done articule,laxman is good,very good at times,but still mate,he has to do more then perform in one innings on a dead wicket:) (uneven bounce or no its still pretty dead an its the indian batting lineup :P )

  • on August 8, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Wonderful batting...he should be the test captian .... Kudos Laxman...Very very special....

  • mk49_van on August 8, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Underrated? Laxman? Naahhh. ....Everyone who knows his game (and knows anything about the game) knows that he is among the best. For too many years he was made to come in at No. 6, when he rightfully should have come in at No. 5 (He was far superior to Ganguly who came in at that position). Four innings standout- 148 (Sydney '99), 281 (of course), 178 (Adelaide '04) and that sublime 109 (Syd '08 - the 'stolen' test). I guess we have to add this one to that list.

  • Arok on August 8, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Laxman, you are one of my favourite all time batsman but always under rated, I don't know why. Once again you proved the critics wrong and made people eat their words. One of the fascinating innings I have seen for a long time especially considering the situation, the pitch and the importance of a must win. You are really very very special.

    It has always been a mystery that Lax was rated even below Dhoni and Sehwag. Lax deserve better than what Dhoni and Sehwag deserve. Hat off to you Lax for the very very very special knock. We expect many more from you especially in South Africa.

  • on August 8, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    I had the privilege of watching the innings streamed. It has been a long time since I watched a test match. But it was well worth watching it, losing sleep from 12:30am to 5am in Canada. Thanks Laxman!!!

  • RajeshJFK on August 8, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    A absolutely terrific knock by VVS...again..the original fighter in the Indian cricket team and has single handedly turned more matches around for India than any other batsman..saved games and won games that seemed hopelessly lost..take a bow VVS

  • Nampally on August 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Ranji introduced & perfected the leg glance and Laxman demonstrated that it can be played effectively even on a bouncing & turning wicket. In the footsteps of G.Vishwanath & Gavaskar, there were lots of wristy shots played with grace & pinache. Pulling Malimga's Bumpers were not exactly as murderous as clive Lloyd's but they were great warnings to Malinga to behave. Someone playing so well with a bad back in itself is a miracle.Well done VVS, you are truly a great batsman - doing likes of Jaisimha & Abbas Baig of Hyderabad proud of you.For the supporting role Oscars, Tendulkar & Raina played excellent parts under pressure. These 3 produced in both the innings which is a remarkable achievement. India owes a lot to their spin bowlers as well who bowled well in absence of Bhaiji.Sehwag lived upto Bedi's expectation of "Best Off spinner in India". Viru's century was magnificient in the first. A good team effort - Well done India..SL for once was on the receiving end in their own Kitchen.

  • Hardy_1984 on August 7, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Wonderful knock played by very special player .VVS laxman. .Quite amazing stats for laxman he is played almost 100 test in his career he got only 3rd man of the match. But treat to watch lax best ever no.6 batsman in world.. Rock steady on front any opposition. Sachin too played well unluckily cot behind on very unfair shot. .. Shewag is best always but unable to capitalism in 2nd innings ..only dravid not done well in this series but match winning knock by laxman hide draving performance in this series... rock india in test.. keep NO.1 spot. .always..

  • Lahori_Munde on August 7, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    SL was shockingly disapponting. Even though they were playing home, they didn't look anything like #2 team in the world. By the way, Sanga was utterly confusing in his post match comments. He kept contradicting himself. He seems like he loves to talk but makes very little sence in the end.

  • ThalaivanIrukiran on August 7, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    The Fab three are such gentlemen inspite of their successes. Wonder how much of their level-headedness will carry over to their next gen..

    Could not agree more.. Well put..

  • waddler on August 7, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Sweetspot, Well said. I completely agree with you. Laxman's artistry is what's missing in today's cricket, we're privileged to watch him.

  • cric4india on August 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Blaming himself for Tendulkar's wicket is height of modesty! You won't get the modesty of the likes of Sachin, Laxman and Dravid in generations to come.

  • Poks on August 7, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    A Fine and brilliant knock from VVS Laxman. He handled all the SL bowlers with the ease. Another Gem in the history of this shadowed player.

  • Crikgeek on August 7, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Sanga may try to hide his disappointment by saying India did not get any moral victory but the truth is and he knows deep within his heart that they could not beat this depleted weak Indian side. India has once again proved that they are the #1 test side without its key bowlers and the 1st test loss was an aberration. Sri Lanka was prematurely being over confident which cost them their lead in the series.

  • RH778956 on August 7, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    congratulation My country to held No 1. status & We deserve it.We have best batting line up in the world, Anyone of our 7 batsmen an win you a cricket match singlehandedly.Other teams & their fans are jealous about it. No other team in the world can be able to win this match without their 4 1st XI players and no one would be able to win the Asia cup without their top 3 batsmen.Look Ricky Ponting played all the matches for Aussies Despite not in best of touches & Look India won Multinational Tournament without the best batsman of the world(probably in all time History), So such is the Strength of Team INDIA.For those who thinks the SSC test was a Boring one, For THEM MY MESSAGE IS THAT WE ALSO NOT WANT TO SEE A TEST MATCH IS GOING FINISH IN JUST 4 DAYS(indicating MR. Bhogle ENG-PAK fan) with a pathetic batting display(ref-PAK inn in both the tests).India can thrash both Pak & Eng & can score over 600 runs even English Bowling friendly condition & they proved it their last tor of Eng.

  • on August 7, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    The Fab three are such gentlemen inspite of their successes. Wonder how much of their level-headedness will carry over to their next gen..

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on August 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    An excellent player who has always been in background just because India got too many superstars. Sachin, Viru, Dada, Dravid, Gambhir are spoken off in that order after all these comes this stylish Hyderabadi. No one has ever scored as much with the tail as him - means he has always waged battle while other heros scored. Hats off Sir!

  • sweetspot on August 7, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    In Laxman, we see exactly what is missing from other forms of cricket. This Test was Very Very Special indeed. This is an innings no cricket lover would have wanted to miss.

  • mrgupta on August 7, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Hello? Where are the India bashers? Sri-Lankans want to be world no. 1 when they cant win in India, Aus and SA and they cant beat India in their own yard with 3 of the top Indian bowlers missing and the former no.1 batsmen Gambhir also injured. SL are good for only winning against BD and ZIM, where all the batting records are made and batsmen like Jaya who avg 39 outside Asia are made to look like Sir Don. Kudos to team India for silencing all the critics and coming out with a superb performance against a full strength SL side even though they missed Zaheer, Sree, Bhajji and Gambhir. Excellent performance under pressure and on a crumbling pitch which was aiding the spinners on the final day.

  • AB99 on August 7, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Come crisis come VVS and there are many examples of the this super star and the super stylist bat (... he is better to watch than Tendular and Dravid ) leading India to victory where the other superstars failed at the last hurdle ... remember Chennai in 2001 when the scored in both innings to take India to the series win against the Aussies. He gives more assurance than Tendulkar of old and Dravid of today. He is simply the best and consistent bat today and Raina at 6 appears to help him that bit more ... the transition to the new order has began and the veterans are giving good lessons. Time to get rid of Yuvi and have Chet Pujara and Rohit Sharma as understudies to prepare them to take over from the old guard over the next 2-3 years ... Thanks VVS ... you are a joy to watch and assurance that every manager needs from his team in a crisis.

  • on August 7, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    it is a very very special treat to watch him bat like that when he is in full flow he made Sachin look a mortal, and that speaks a lot!

  • rtom on August 7, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Thats why these people in the team are invaluable...they might not score in one odd series, but they will make amends in futures series.. hail VVS...really special...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    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. Theory of positive and negative aspects applies to current Indian team too. Dhoni always gains some kind of energy in both losing and winning times. May be his composure helps him. Hence the final result is positive. I always feel that SL is a good team and only problem is they are over confident in crucial times. Especially captain Sanga and Jayawardene. Finally I congratulate both the teams.

  • SnowSnake on August 7, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    India has been very graceful throughout this series and I am glad that they have won this last test match. There were some controversial decisions (Sharma's caught decision in 1st innings and Vijay's caught decision in 2nd innings), but India chose to remain muted on these issues. Sri Lanka's captain Sanga and Jaywardhane, on the other hand, have been very disappointing throughout this series. Their comments challanging India's no. 1 ranking and India's aggressiveness were uncalled for. India lost the toss in all three tests, but still managed to draw despite poor umpiring decisions, loss of Gambhir after 1st test and injuries to Khan, Sreesanth etc. India has gained significant lead in ICC Test points, and it is now undisputed number 1 test playing nation. Congratulations, India. You fully deserve it. Thank you, Laxman for delivering the goods in the time of need.

  • sanjutaz on August 7, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    a great player.adorable..and most importantly ,a gentleman..

  • on August 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Laxman proves it yet again, he is the best batsman in India on bad pitches... :)

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 7, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Excellent start to my day. Went to bed last night wondering if the #1 ranked team can pull it off. Woke up and had a huge smile on my face.

    Wonder where those SL fans are now. Did they crawl back to the Galle and SSC pitches? Or mebbe looking for another "freakish" bowler perhaps?

    Watch and learn my freinds. 15 wins in last three years (home and abroad) is what makes a team ranked #1. Is this not proof enough that India are a truely amazing team? Even with depleted bowling they pulled one back.

    So, SL. Lesson to learn. Never play another test against half-decent tets team at P.Sara. You can play the whole series there against Ban/Zim/Pak. But not against any one else (including NZ).

    All those SL fans questioning India's rank and screaming vulgarities about the Indian batting stars (Dravid, Sachin, Laxman et. al), must be eating crow now. Good on ya mates, keep them mouths busy, coz nothing sensible come out of it anyway.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 7, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    A superb knock from one of India's most underrated batsmen. No one can take Laxman's place in the team from amongst the current lot of youngsters and if today's match-winning hundred hasn't convinced his critics, nothing ever will!

  • krik8crazy on August 7, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    V.V.S.Wristman Laxman was amazing yesterday. He made batting look so easy. He was so calm and relaxed, giving confidence to his batting partners. It looked as if all he did was spend a few hours in the middle taking care of business, just like any of us spends a day at the office. Such is Laxman's greatness.

  • on August 7, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Well Done VVS, What we saw was a memorable run chase in the company of Tendulkar .

  • Dipankar_Kolkata on August 7, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Thanks Lax for such a incredible innings And Sach too.. you two were really determined today and really enjoyed the battle between bat and ball in the first session and 1st half of second session.. as Dhoni said .. Go on on and on for such Very Very special innings.. Long live Test cricket, Long Live the geniuses of the game...

  • s0ldier on August 7, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Laxman's batting is as serene as the sunrise on a beach...calm but extremely effective. Well said above, "the dressing room knew the chase was in safe hands". He's the go-to man for India in tough situations. He has done it on numerous occassions and will do it on many more occassions. Very Very Special indeed!

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  • s0ldier on August 7, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Laxman's batting is as serene as the sunrise on a beach...calm but extremely effective. Well said above, "the dressing room knew the chase was in safe hands". He's the go-to man for India in tough situations. He has done it on numerous occassions and will do it on many more occassions. Very Very Special indeed!

  • Dipankar_Kolkata on August 7, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Thanks Lax for such a incredible innings And Sach too.. you two were really determined today and really enjoyed the battle between bat and ball in the first session and 1st half of second session.. as Dhoni said .. Go on on and on for such Very Very special innings.. Long live Test cricket, Long Live the geniuses of the game...

  • on August 7, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Well Done VVS, What we saw was a memorable run chase in the company of Tendulkar .

  • krik8crazy on August 7, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    V.V.S.Wristman Laxman was amazing yesterday. He made batting look so easy. He was so calm and relaxed, giving confidence to his batting partners. It looked as if all he did was spend a few hours in the middle taking care of business, just like any of us spends a day at the office. Such is Laxman's greatness.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 7, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    A superb knock from one of India's most underrated batsmen. No one can take Laxman's place in the team from amongst the current lot of youngsters and if today's match-winning hundred hasn't convinced his critics, nothing ever will!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 7, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Excellent start to my day. Went to bed last night wondering if the #1 ranked team can pull it off. Woke up and had a huge smile on my face.

    Wonder where those SL fans are now. Did they crawl back to the Galle and SSC pitches? Or mebbe looking for another "freakish" bowler perhaps?

    Watch and learn my freinds. 15 wins in last three years (home and abroad) is what makes a team ranked #1. Is this not proof enough that India are a truely amazing team? Even with depleted bowling they pulled one back.

    So, SL. Lesson to learn. Never play another test against half-decent tets team at P.Sara. You can play the whole series there against Ban/Zim/Pak. But not against any one else (including NZ).

    All those SL fans questioning India's rank and screaming vulgarities about the Indian batting stars (Dravid, Sachin, Laxman et. al), must be eating crow now. Good on ya mates, keep them mouths busy, coz nothing sensible come out of it anyway.

  • on August 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Laxman proves it yet again, he is the best batsman in India on bad pitches... :)

  • sanjutaz on August 7, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    a great player.adorable..and most importantly ,a gentleman..

  • SnowSnake on August 7, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    India has been very graceful throughout this series and I am glad that they have won this last test match. There were some controversial decisions (Sharma's caught decision in 1st innings and Vijay's caught decision in 2nd innings), but India chose to remain muted on these issues. Sri Lanka's captain Sanga and Jaywardhane, on the other hand, have been very disappointing throughout this series. Their comments challanging India's no. 1 ranking and India's aggressiveness were uncalled for. India lost the toss in all three tests, but still managed to draw despite poor umpiring decisions, loss of Gambhir after 1st test and injuries to Khan, Sreesanth etc. India has gained significant lead in ICC Test points, and it is now undisputed number 1 test playing nation. Congratulations, India. You fully deserve it. Thank you, Laxman for delivering the goods in the time of need.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    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. Theory of positive and negative aspects applies to current Indian team too. Dhoni always gains some kind of energy in both losing and winning times. May be his composure helps him. Hence the final result is positive. I always feel that SL is a good team and only problem is they are over confident in crucial times. Especially captain Sanga and Jayawardene. Finally I congratulate both the teams.