West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, Barbados, 1st day June 28, 2011

Business as usual for the crisis man

Whether it is 38 for 4 or 150 for 2, VVS Laxman doesn't let the match situation affect his batting
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It's mesmerising to watch VVS Laxman bat in a crisis. He doesn't counterattack. He doesn't go into a shell. He bats normally. As if one can bat normally in crisis. Laxman does. He really does. That's his greatness. Laxman doesn't have the best leave in the business. He doesn't have the best defence in town. He doesn't have the best counter-attacking instinct in the game. Yet, he is the man for a crisis. It's his mind that sets him apart.

A glimpse at other great batsmen in crisis makes that contrast stark. You can feel the entire gravity of the situation when Steve Waugh and Rahul Dravid bat; they drag you with them into their fight.You can sense the effort Tendulkar puts in to show that there is no pressure out there and that he is in control. The signature self-nods increase, he tries to blank out the emotions from his face and you can feel him trying to be in total control. With Brian Lara you can see the imperious mind trying to dominate the situation. Dravid defends, Tendulkar tries to find a balance and Lara imposes himself. Laxman just bats.

Tuesday was no different. Some of his younger partners looked out of depth, a senior partner got out to a peach and Laxman just batted. It wasn't, as you would expect, without its little struggles. When Laxman is batting, his constant inner-struggle as a batsman is about leaning forward. He doesn't move his front foot much; with his eye-hand coordination and wristy skills, he doesn't have to. He just tries to lean his upper body forward. Occasionally, as in the first innings of the first Test, it doesn't work.

You can see the effort to lean forward in his stance with the shrug of that front shoulder, you can see it in his stretches between deliveries and you can see it in his occasional struggles. Fidel Edwards slung a few full deliveries. Laxman couldn't quite lean forward but adjusted his wrists to cover the line. A couple ran off the inside edge, a few rolled away to the off. Edwards stood down the track and stared down. Ravi Rampaul had his hands on his head at mid-off. It's the closest Laxman came today to offer any sort of hope to West Indies.

With Laxman, in these moments of discomfort, there were, as ever, no visible self-admonishments, no deliberate walks to square-leg, no return-stares at the bowlers and no verbals. Nothing. He just batted. The score could have been 150 for 2 for all you know. He stayed in his cocoon with his small routines. He constantly re-marked his guard with the bat, tugged his left hip with his left hand, touched his thigh pad, adjusted the peak of his helmet and made every effort to lean forward while in his stance. Every now and then, he kept stretching. Constantly, he went down the track to tap the pitch with his bat. Tap. Tap. Tap. Often, while at the non-striker's end, he stood in front of stumps and got into his batting stance and leaned forward. And then on to the next ball. Waft. Flick. Punch. Leave. Tap, tap, tap.

West Indies nearly gave up. The short balls came up more often and he dismissed nearly every one of them with his nonchalant pull. In many ways, it's a shot that reflects his calm mind. The wristy flicks showcase his artistry - there was one off Devendra Bishoo when he flicked from outside off, and against the turn, through midwicket. The on-the-up punch through off reflects his skill but it's the pull that tells us about his unruffled mind. He doesn't pull with a smashing authority like a Viv Richards or a Ricky Ponting. He is not trying to impose himself out there like them. 'Don't you dare bang it in short to me' is not his style. He just nonchalantly swivels back and wafts it from his presence. You want to bowl short to me? Really? Are you sure? Okay, here goes. Waft. Four. Tap, tap, tap.

As the day went by all his signature shots made an appearance. The flicked on-drive through mid-on off Rampaul, the casual glide off the hips off Darren Sammy, the delicate steer past gully against Edwards and of course those flicks against the turn to Bishoo. In the end, he fell, failing to keep a cut down, but he had lifted India out of shambles. Laxman doesn't snarl. He doesn't muscle. He doesn't impose. He doesn't hustle. Laxman just bats.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 1, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Very well written. Very true, too. 'Dravid defends, Tendulkar tries to find a balance and Lara imposes himself. Laxman just bats '. This line epitomizes the brilliance of Laxman

  • CSreekumar on June 30, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    We really missing SRT, Shewaag and Gambhir. Our current team lacks a Run Machine at No4 and Strong opening partnership. Kohli, Vijay and Mukund at a same team is someone without its right hand. We need to try these youngsters one at a time.

  • on June 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    VVS - a peaceful warrior

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    INDIA' s MAN TO BAIL US OUT OF A CRISIS , NO OTHER LIKE A VERY VERY SPECIAL TALENT , VVS LAXMAN !!!

  • the_sport on June 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    from second paragraph: Laxman just bats

    totally agreed.

    Silent fighter....who doesn't make much noise, doesn't go for extra efforts, keeps on track, remains cool and replies bowlers with bat only

  • shrusam on June 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    We have got used to seeing such articles now on Lax now, isn't it - every series - first SL (match winning century), Aus (73* - match winning innings), NZ (90 odd - match saving innings alongwith Harbhajan), SA - (96 - match winning innings) and now this 85 (hopefully match winning innigs). Next India is off to England and he is going to come out with such an innings again and then to Aus his fav opponents. Very Very Special indeed.

  • Vijayendra on June 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I love this Sriram guy! What an article. Take a bow.

  • on June 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    A truly well written article. Very sharp observations with amazing turn of phrases made this into a delightful read. True Laxman never quite got his due but that is true for most Indian cricketers who played at the same time with Sachin. We need to sit back and acknowledge these stalwarts when we bask in the glory of our youngsters. It is important to remember that there would have been no glory for the younger members of the team had there been no direction and team building that people like Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Javagal Srinath contributed to the team when Indian cricket was in disarray after the match fixing episode :)

  • AjitNarayan on June 30, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I love that second paragraph! Go Laxman go!!!

  • on June 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    there should be a like button to agree with certain comments

  • on July 1, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Very well written. Very true, too. 'Dravid defends, Tendulkar tries to find a balance and Lara imposes himself. Laxman just bats '. This line epitomizes the brilliance of Laxman

  • CSreekumar on June 30, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    We really missing SRT, Shewaag and Gambhir. Our current team lacks a Run Machine at No4 and Strong opening partnership. Kohli, Vijay and Mukund at a same team is someone without its right hand. We need to try these youngsters one at a time.

  • on June 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    VVS - a peaceful warrior

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    INDIA' s MAN TO BAIL US OUT OF A CRISIS , NO OTHER LIKE A VERY VERY SPECIAL TALENT , VVS LAXMAN !!!

  • the_sport on June 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    from second paragraph: Laxman just bats

    totally agreed.

    Silent fighter....who doesn't make much noise, doesn't go for extra efforts, keeps on track, remains cool and replies bowlers with bat only

  • shrusam on June 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    We have got used to seeing such articles now on Lax now, isn't it - every series - first SL (match winning century), Aus (73* - match winning innings), NZ (90 odd - match saving innings alongwith Harbhajan), SA - (96 - match winning innings) and now this 85 (hopefully match winning innigs). Next India is off to England and he is going to come out with such an innings again and then to Aus his fav opponents. Very Very Special indeed.

  • Vijayendra on June 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I love this Sriram guy! What an article. Take a bow.

  • on June 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    A truly well written article. Very sharp observations with amazing turn of phrases made this into a delightful read. True Laxman never quite got his due but that is true for most Indian cricketers who played at the same time with Sachin. We need to sit back and acknowledge these stalwarts when we bask in the glory of our youngsters. It is important to remember that there would have been no glory for the younger members of the team had there been no direction and team building that people like Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Javagal Srinath contributed to the team when Indian cricket was in disarray after the match fixing episode :)

  • AjitNarayan on June 30, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I love that second paragraph! Go Laxman go!!!

  • on June 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    there should be a like button to agree with certain comments

  • on June 30, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Great Article....My Favourite Indian Test Batsman

  • kandimalla.vijay on June 29, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    One of the really good articles I have read in the recent past. Its simple and classy just like our LAXMAN. Thank you Sriram Veera, I haven't seen the match but definitively experienced it. Thank you again. Rgds - Vijay

  • Nampally on June 29, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    It was miserably disappointing batting by the Indian team. But for VVS and Raina's innings, the team batting flopped totally. These 2 got about 140 out of 200 runs (70%). Vijay needs to be replaced with Parthiv Patel while Mukund seems not ready for Test Cricket. Kohli & Dhoni failed again while Dravid failed to advance for the first time in 3 innings. When the team has 7 batsmen out of which 5 fail to produce, then the batting is very weak. Harbhajan's inclusion in XI is getting increasingly questionable. He is a shadow of the bowler he once was. Mishra would have been far far better choice than Harbhajan if India was going with 3 pace and one spinner.In his current form Harbhajan has become just a passenger. After the fast bowlers got 5 wickets Harbhajan could not be effective even with the #7 batsman.Bishoo got 3 wiskets for WI. How does Harbhajan justify his selection in XI after consistently failing to perform as a bowler? Past record only carries you up to a point.

  • S.N.Singh on June 29, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    IT VERY GOOD TO HEAR SRIRAM VEERA SAY A FEW GOOD WORDS OF AN INDIAN PLAYERS. THIS MORNING RELEASE FROM HIM ABOUT THE INDIAN SIDE, IN MY OPINION WAS THAT THE WEST INDIES BOWLERS WERE ON TOP OF EVERY THING. THE FACT REMAIN THAT HE DID NOT AT ANY TIME MENTIONED THAT MOST OF THE INDIANS GOT OUT WITH SUDDEN LIFTING BALLS AND RASH SHOTS, BECAUSE THE BALL WAS LIFTING SUDDENLY AND THE REST WERE BANGED INTO THE EARTH TO HIT THE INDIAN BATSMEN. FEW OF MY COMMENTS WERE NOT REVIEWED BY HIM. LAXMAN IS A DEPENDABLE BATSMAN, TENDULKAR PALYS FOR INDIA. dRAVID IS GRATE. DHONI DID NOT GET OFF BECAUSE HE IS LOOK FOR THE EXTRA BOUNCE. DHONI MUST OLAY HIS OWN GAME TO GET THE SCORE GOING. S.N.SINGH USA

  • on June 29, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    laxman had saved so many matches for india.. there nothing to prove more....if laxman was not there, i could ve been different result for few matches..... truly u r a legend-laxman... may be sachin hold world record for many things.. but for India's middle order depends laxman and dravid...... in grounds sachin gives preference for personal records..but legends like laxman and dravid are always play for country with out looking for individual score.....

  • riskreddy on June 29, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    @rohanblue, can you please reveal the forlmula you used to get to the conclusion/equation "1 Laxman run = 3 Tendulkar runs"? I m really curious.....And why is anyone discussing Tendulkar under this article? This is a beautifully written article by Sreeram in praise of Laxman who is indeed a great batsmen. But why are you comparing him to Tendulkar? Do you have any rationale behind it?

  • ROXSPORT on June 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    True class. He made batting look so easy, especially after seeing the way Dhoni struggled. It's a pity that he hasn't got his due share of greatness. Well played Lax.

  • ROXSPORT on June 29, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I find the ICC stand on DRS and "Batsmen showing dissent" to be contradictory. While there is no punishment/fine levied on a batsman asking for a referral (which incidentally may show a thick/clear edge, as recently happened to Mike Hussey I believe), another batsman showing disappointment at a wrong umpiring decision (which recently happened to Suresh Raina and Ravi Rampaul) is penalised. If the umpires' original decision is upheld after a batsman's referral, why isn't the batsman fined for showing dissent ???

  • ROXSPORT on June 29, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Raina has been fined 25% of his match fees for showing dissent at the umpires' decision (wrong, as the replays could not show any bat/glove involved). Why, I ask? Especially as Ravi Rampaul was fined only 10% of his match fees for a similar offence (Level 1) in the previous test. And more so as Sammy was let off with only a reprimand (being the captain, he should have been fined more heavily). Why are all these match referees so blatantlybiased against India ? I thought even Darren Bravo showed dissent on his dismissal. Why has he not been hauled up similarly ? BCCI should look into this. This is affecting the newer players adversely.

  • m_ilind on June 29, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Laxman's 281 was the best rearguard innings ever by an Indian. Statistics don't do enough justice to VVS, but his contribution to India's no. 1 ranking is in no doubt!

  • on June 29, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    grt article yar.. VVS LAXMAN IS INDIA'S CRISIS MAN

  • GONESREE on June 29, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Its CLASS, TALENT and PATIENCE that brought hyderbadi Laxman to this great level... He has set an example to youngsters on how to deal professional carrier with disappointments of not selected to the team and still come back again and again to prove that you are the best.

    For me YOU ROCK Laxman...

  • SimplySoms on June 29, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    very good article.... Laxman just bats and Sriram just writes

  • indianzen on June 29, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who

    cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his

    "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many

    matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would

    have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the

    door.

  • indianzen on June 29, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    We never hate north, east, west players. We treat all players as Indian Players. But you see the comments posted on the indian team selection for WI tour. Almost 90% of the comments are against the inclusion of Badri, Vijay and Mukund for the selection story. They feel satisfied about the remaining 12 players selected. For any team selection they are spitting venom against TN/AP players. Even if TN/AP players are not selected they comment that Srikkanth is selecting only CSK players. For the world cup selection almost 99% of people said Uthappa and Irfan are more deserving than Ashwin. They could not digest the only player selected from Tamil Nadu for the world cup. But what about these two players in the IPL IV. Or what is the performance of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, C.Pujara in IPL IV. People should suppot the players based on the talent and not based on the region / state.

  • lijihas on June 29, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    laxman bhai..we love u soooo much.... U r great...

  • donda on June 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Thats why I did not like Dhoni last comment that WI bating lineup is as good as current indian batting lineup. VVS laxman is a true champion test batsman and adding to the equation we still have Dravid in that team, it makes huge difference. WI has no class at all and India with these two great legends are far far ahead.

    Great job by Laxman .

  • Aniruddha_K on June 29, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Laxman's mental strength is so underrated because of his artistic style of batting... He is mentally as strong as Dravid and Tendulkar. He has proven beyond doubt that he can bat and score big runs against any opposition in any conditions... Yesterday's innings reminded me of his classy innings of 96 at Durban.... Great player..

  • Finn92 on June 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Shot of the day was his guide past point, true class. However in fairness this innings wasn't that special because we have been treated to some real gems by him in the last 9 months, his 90 odd in South Africa and his innings against the Aussies! So by his standards this was a totally normal innings! :)

  • REXYCP123 on June 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    yes laxman laxman laxman how many times he did it in past decade this guy is awesomefab four of india is truely great coz of sachin dravid,laxman and ganguly have been called greats actually they are legends what mesmerising scene to watch the squad when they play together.................but friends and cricket fanatics bring back the glory of 80's and 90's wer r those bloddy tall and strong fearsome west indian nasty fierce fast bowlers....even though i am patriotic india i wanna see those bloody men bouncing and send the batsmen to hospitals wanna see those grounds full.......wer is curtly,cortney,bishop,croft,marshall,holdinggarner,roberts,and not foget pattirick patoo patterson these guys giv me fear i wanna see fab four play against them and actually raina he played well tis guy is tough even though he doesnt have the talent like rohit or kohli tis man is here to stay...probably future great...lets wait and see

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Very Very Very special Laxman

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    SRIRAM ON LAXMAN- AWESOME

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Thank you Sriram. I missed the whole action yesterday. Your narration put VVS right in front of me on my laptop screen. No better sight than VVS batting. As the Legend Sachin rightly said something like this on VVS's batting in a function on his father's poetry - "when VVS bats there is no need for him (Sachin) to right poetry. You just sitback and watch poetry in motion". How perfect was Sachin's description and how perfect is Sriram's description of VVS's batting as it unfolded. Thank you Sriram.

  • Stroklesswonders on June 29, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Its very shame that still some people are there who doesnt understand the greatness of two legend crickters Dravid and Laxman.God save them!!

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Laxman is a true legend. He has won more matches for India when greats like Sachin and Rahul are there in the side. But i am not sure whether BCCI has given back him what he deserves. He has not given a chance to play a single world cup match. As Srilankan's did BCCI should give chance to Laxman and Dravid in a one day match to give them farewell from one dayers. Let them continue playing in test matches for 2-3 more years

  • NP_NY on June 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Dravid's batting in the last match and VVS's innings yesterday are lessons in test cricket. Patience and perseverance are virtues that today's young cricketers lack completely. It's worrying to think about Indian test cricket after SRT, Dravid and VVS retire.

  • kickapakibutt on June 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    "He doesn't go into a shell. He bats normally. As if one can bat normally in crisis." That is his hall mark and is best known for. Just a classy elegant player who deserves better than what BCCI dished out. He is a rock in crisis situations. THank you very very special Laxman

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    best article I've ever read....nice one...truly class player from the city of Hyderabad

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelf Hahaha.. IPL..yeah.. because that is what counts! Do u remember even 5 matches from over the 300+ matches played?!

    But Kolkata, Sydney, Durban, Perth, Adelaide, Mohali, Amhedabad, Nottingham, Multan, Napier, the list goes on and on and on...

  • Krisharma on June 29, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Laxman is truely a classic player.....he is a kind of player who can single handedly take the team into victory just with the support of tailenders......classy...classyyy

  • on June 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    It's a really fine article. Captures the spirit of VVS, as well as of Sachin and Rahul. Well done Sriram!

  • KarMani on June 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Compared to others out there a Very Very Short :) and crisp article about one of the walking legends of Indian Cricket VVS. Now that I think about it, he does play in his own bubble. Love the descroption about Dravid and Waughs batting... you can definitely see the stress in the body language. The only others I can think of like VVS who just bat are Sehwag & Inzy.

  • concerned_cricketer on June 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Good stuff. Yes it was a pleasure to watch him. Watching him one almost got the confidence that one could bat on the bouncing pitch like this. Batting looks easy with him around. Hope we get to see a long one from him in the second innings as well.

  • Sandman5five on June 29, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Supreme article! Captures the spirit of VVS so brilliantly!

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    with all the praise pouring n every buddy purring like a domesticated pup there is little left to be said n yes i do agree with them . thats all i need to say.

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    @SudharshanVM : U say noone has grabbed the chance lol...BCCI selectors are just befooling us and foreigners..the real bench strength has not got chance...Vat I see is tht these r the real bench strength of India in test cricket : Pujara,Rahane,Badrinath,Manish Pandey,Mukund,Rohit etc...U can see among the 6 I named,noone except Mukund has got the chance to play this series.Pujara and Rahane lyk Badri who is the highest scorer in Ranji cricket have been scoring heavily in domestic cricket too...Pujara is injured and he played well against Aus and SA n he isnt playing this series . Rahane has not been picked so far by our selectors...Badrinath isnt given a chance by his CSK captain Dhoni to play this series vs WI so far where I see Badri to be a better player than Virat. Rohit and Manish Pandey r also scoring heavily in Domestic cricket n all of these have good technique...U can say only 1 failure Mukund bt he is 21 only n has nt been on overseas tours bt he 'll learn...

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Lovely article as stylish and crafty as VVS. VVS Just bats and he makes it outrageously easy. I watched till he got out and it was worth watching. One on drive of Rampaul showed his authority. We will miss giants like Dravid, SR and VVS and it will be difficult to fill those boots!

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    laxman you are the very very special once again.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 29, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Don't praise too much; Laxman couldn't hold onto his slot in the IPL; he is not in the ODI Team India; that show he lacks the most important skill in cricket; scoring runs fast; it is most important because cricket is a game show; it is no sort of ballet dance. Laxman and Dravid are inadequate as batsmen.

  • rtmohanlal on June 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    @D.Sharma,it is not because of blind support to SRT that most of his supporters are posting in defence of him, i suppose.Ofcourse there are exceptions as always. It is just as a reply to some blind anti SRT COMMENT with out any sense at all or as a reply to some in correct comment that some one is forced to comment in his defence.For eg: watch some comments indicating him as a run machine some 2 or 3 comments below your comment.This comment is only half correct.SRT has 11 100's more than any of the dominant name entries in that particular list.Out of his 51, I am sure that he has atleast the same no: of 100s with more or less the same str: rate as Ponting.Others might have more "100s with better str: rates:" than SRT.But SRT have scored over them in longevity,overall brilliance,consistancy etc as well.For eg: he has double the no: of 100s than Viv, 3 times no: of 100s than Gilly and 50% more 100s than Lara. Just putting forward as a reposnse to that incoorect statement.

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    i like the way veera has written about laxamn, is truly nice feling for me to read his articles .. keep up buddy ..

  • on June 29, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Fantastic Article ... loved it...

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on June 29, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING HIS 281 AT EDEN GARDEN AGAINST ALL CONQUERING AUSTRALIANS LED BY THE MASTER OF MENTAL DISINTEGRATION STEVE WAUGH.....THERE WAS NO HURRIED FOOTWORK....NO TENSED SHOTS.....NO AGITATION IN HIS BODY LANGUAGE....JUST CALM COMPOSURE AND SUBLIME SHOTS......HE HAD BEEN THE MAN IN CRISIS FOR INDIA ALONGWITH DRAVID...BOTH LETTING THEIR BAT SPEAK FOR THEM, THAN THE OTHER SHOWMAN TYPE.....BOTH LIKE THE EXECUTIVE CLASS.....A RARE BATSMAN WHOSE RUNS ARE SCORED IN SAVING OR WINNING A MATCH.....

  • Dareboy on June 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    nice article loved it......but why is there so many issues on sehwag sachin dravid and gambhir all have shown their class in their days lets not put them in this situation they have handled the situations which vvs laxman couldn't so these arent the things to talk about............!!!!!!!!

  • atanu9 on June 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    When it comes to bat in a crisis, no batsman is above than VVS. Dhoni's captaincy record owes a lot to him. A true Match winner- the most feared batsman for Australians and SA. Hats off !! Just like Sachin, I dont want to see u retire !!!

  • muski on June 29, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Why cant the lords of BCCI have some bouncing tracks prepared in India and groom the young batsmen on those wickets. They may be frightened that visiting teams will knock us over at home on such tracks- I have a suggestion for that. Dont play tests on such tracks. Use it only to groom the guys with some bodyline stuff. If this is not done sooner or later, we will be the laughing stock of the world like what happened yesterday- of course our regular top order is away right now and that is the only solace. Murali Vijay it seems is the new stroke less wonder of Indian batting having taken the baton from one certain Navjot Sidhu ( though Sidhu later re-invented himself to certain extent)

  • Paresh.K on June 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Laxman Just Bats. What a comment.

    My non understanding cricket friends people who love this T20 format say what is this Laxman - and i have only one answer to them - when the Greats(SRT, Dravid, Shewag, ganguly) of Indian cricket fail, they look towards Laxman, and what does Laxman do - Laxman Just Bats.

  • on June 29, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Lax.... you beauty.. mesmerizing as always

  • SudharsanVM on June 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Four very very special knocks in a year Century in fourth innings against SL. 70 odd against AUS, 96 vs SA, and this one. Lets hope, India ends victorious in this match too.

  • SudharsanVM on June 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Ganguly retired in oct 2008 and its almost three years since then. The lone middle order spot is still vacant. India is going to be another australia in another two years in terms of deprication once the big trio retires. Really none is there as a half replacement for the big trio. The bowling will come good in a year's time with praveen ishant and munaf forming a good unit. Lot of names coming up in batting, pujara kohli, raina , yuvraj, badri, vijay and mukund. But none has grabbed it completely. A final chance can be given to badri in next test in place of kohli to decide the reserve middle order spot for ENG tour, assuming that raina will play at no.6.

  • Rahul_78 on June 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    This inning of VVS should be dedicated to all those Cricinfo readers who were asking for VVS's head for his failure in the 1st test. Some times we never value somethings in our lives cause they are available readily. This is an ERA of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman..and we should savor every bit of it till it lasts...this era will be remembered forever like today we remember era of WIs great and legendary fast balers. And yeah...Sriram seems to have developed a crush on VVS...not a bad choice Sriram. ..:)

  • on June 29, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    awesome read... truly VVS...

  • Pathiyal on June 29, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    glad to see that there was a crisis happening for VVS to indulge in his occasional signature innings :-) lots of wrists and flicks in action this time too. had the situation been comfortable, i thought he wouldnt hv bothered being thr in the middle!!! Sammy and team bowled pretty well and our batting in general failed miserably against the short balls as most often. raina is maturing with every innings...hope he goes on like this. wish both teams the very best out of this series.

  • on June 29, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    WRISTOCRACY! That is VVS in essence. This article has very well captured, like an x-ray, the essentialls of Laxman's innings and his batting ethos. Kudos to Sriram Veera!

    He never assures you he is going to be the savior but very often he does that. His approach, probably has got to do with the laid back Hyderabadi approach to life in general. Behind what is visible is the more substantial philosophy - you do your thing and I will do what I intend to. Self absorption? No, clarity of purpose and an uncluttered mind that says 'if I bat well, things will be alright'. And process to do so. And that batting well is business as usual for VVS!

    Over the past few years I have often been wondering (often sharing it too) why statistical milestones like centuries and five-fors need to be glorified in a team sport like cricket.

    Laxman's innings yesterday is a case in point. Okay he did not get another 15 more. So what? He bailed out India better than all the bail out packages going around.

  • SunAndSea on June 29, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Excellent piece of work Sriram. Watching Laxman bat is meditative.

  • GopalMuraliG on June 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I stayed up all night to watch VVS bat and, yes, it was worth the red eye in the morning. I saw an artist at work, the wrists were weaving their magic and all was well in the cricketing world. Then I read this article and I get goose pimples, I recollect every stroke of VVS's innings. Superb piece Sriram.

  • indianzen on June 29, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    VVS you beauty... Its all very very important becoz it has come in when needed... Similar to the Laxman, we have the player Badri, who is not given enough chances in test cricket... throw away Kohli and give the chance to Badri I say...

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    laxman and dravid are born in the wrong era, because they never get the credit they deserve. it is always sachin who is hogging the limelight. sachin wacthing fedrer at wimbledon is more news than laxman's face/macth saving innings.

  • Vijay0211 on June 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    excellent artilcle... one of th best i have read on cricinfo. god bless laxman, i am a true fan and believe india could never be #1 without him!Bow to the mighty lax!

  • sweetspot on June 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Go ahead Sriram, say it! Laxman makes batting look beautiful, while Dravid makes it look incredibly arduous. Both are great players, but Laxman is the artist, no question. He plays his own game, and yet, nobody calls him selfish! If he is, I hope he remains super selfish and provides us with so much more sublime joy! I love the way he has come out to defend the youngsters in the team as well. The people who are throwing brickbats at our youngsters are clueless - NO batsman in the world would have found yesterday's pre-lunch session easy to bat in. It is amazing Vijay played 75 deliveries! If he'd gone in 20 deliveries, we might have lost two more wickets in that period. Let's be thankful we have so much talent.

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Great article... thats the way this great man played through out his Career.. Very Very Special Laxman...

  • Karthik_CricketFan on June 29, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Literary treat by Veena. Thank you and keep writing more.

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    The 'saintly' Serene Laxman does it Again.

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Lovely poetic artcle..but should have title.."Laxman goes tap tap tap"..

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Can people try an recollect one test win (abroad or in India) where not even one of the seniors contributed?? I wonder if there are any!!

  • fanofteamindia on June 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I think these two test matches emphasis a point, this team is dependent on VVS, SRT and Dravid. All of them are of same age and mostly will retire at the same time. So, I feel the natural solution is to start transition immediately. Look, how Raina has learnt from experience and exposure to Test cricket. For eg. if Kohli gets to play with SRT and VVS still in the team he will be developing his skills with the team still winning. We need the Kohlis and Rainas and Sharmas to be ready when the trio leaves. Raina is nearly ready to be permanent member of Test side. In my opinion Dravid should be the one first to go out. Yes, it is difficult to leave such a wonderful cricketer but practically the situation demands such a move. After all good things should come to an end.

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    The doctor cured another cirisis with usual clinical precision of his pulls. India's crisis man took India to a competitve total.

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Savour the likes of VVS whilst they are still playing. Beautiful, classy, elegant...guess adjectives lose their meaning and sheen at times when you have to describe his batting. Before VVS, we had Azhar, Mark Waugh and Carl Hooper with similar kind of grace and elegance. Today perhaps only Jayawardene can look as classy as VVS. No one else in the Gen-next brought up on power hitting looks to be in the same class as these guys.

  • Richik on June 29, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @rahulcricindia: While Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the best batsman the world has produced, and is a vital cog in the curent Indian team, claiming that the Indian team is nothing without him, is frankly outright dumb. A huge share of the Indian dominance goes to the wonderful opening duo of Sehwag & Gambhir, and equally importantly to Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. And while you write off the youngsters, you do realize that Sachin can't play on forever, and a series against West Indies is a perfect opportunity for the next generation of Indian cricketers to get international exposure, and also test their temperament.

  • Rahul_Paharia on June 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    There must have been thousands of articles written about Dravid and Laxman. But Sriram's last two articles about these great batsmen have been the best that I have read.

  • india_champ on June 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @ rohanblue :- what a wonderful theorem...what a lovly equation u have made..."every single run laxman scored in his career is 3 times more important than 1 tendulkar run , it means 1 Laxman run = 3 Tendulkar runs"...lovly man....u seem to b a mathematician....and am damn sure, that u knw evey theorem or Equation in Maths...needs to be proven....so my dear mate....CAN U PROVE THIS RUBBISH EQUATION of urs???????????

  • Night-Watchman on June 29, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Youngsters are feeling the heat of Test cricket. T20 is a slam bang affair. A batsman's technical abilities are not called in as much as his shot making abilities. Put them in front of a pace battery, see them get hustled ball after ball, watch the technique crumble by the minute, see humiliation and frustration well in their faces when standing exposed, that is Test cricket my lads. There is no place to hide.

    In a way, it is good for India that Windies and England tours are ahead and then one in Australia down under tour. These three tours will separate the men from the boys. By then one would know who can take on the mantle from the big Three. So far, against the weakest pace attack, none except Raina has stood up. Raina cannot bat ahead of his spot with his current technique, so there are open spaces at the top of the order.

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    whenever india is in trouble one of the big 3 bails india out.i hope they continue playing together for another 4-5 years because 1.india's bench strength is not good enough to replace them 2.they play only tests(except sachin),so can remain fit and have time for recovery 3.we will not get to see such wonderful batsmenship again in our lifetimes.also,about time dhoni pulled his weight in this series with the bat.as a senior in a team of youngsters he has a responsibility which does not entail throwing his wicket away everytimewhenever india is in trouble one of the big 3 bails india out.i hope they continue playing together for another 4-5 years because 1.india's bench strength is not good enough to replace them 2.they play only tests(except sachin),so can remain fit and have time for recovery 3.we will not get to see such wonderful batsmenship again in our lifetimes.also,about time dhoni pulled his weight in this series with the bat

  • AtticusFinch on June 29, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Very well written, Sriram . . . . lovely article about a lovely batsman!

  • AkhilGodiyal on June 29, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Brilliant article !!!

    I have never seen anyone so right about him ... "He just bats"

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    What a fitting way to put it, he bats :)

  • kishorecv on June 29, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    NRI,

    Gambhir scored 5, 80, 93 and 64 in his two tests for a total aggregate of 242 runs (with a 60.50 runs/innings avg) that he played against Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in SA. His average of 60.50 is much higher than his career average of 51.33.

    I wonder what makes you say that Gambhir failed to score big ? Yes I do agree that Sehwag and Dravid failed miserably, but you would have to agree that Gambhir excelled with his dogged knocks.

    Posted by NRI- on (June 29 2011, 02:06 AM GMT)

    On a day one Barbados track, Rampaul (the way is bowling now) and Edwards are equal to Stein & Morkel or Tremlett & Anderson and against the former even Gambhir, Dravid and Sehwag failed to score big.

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Classic....just like the way VVS bats....

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Exactly put. I still remember how he made a match saving hundred if i am correct in the previous Windies tour, when there were calls for his axe.

    Shame that every time he needs to pluck us out out of dire situations.

    Laxman is very very special.

  • KAIRAVA on June 29, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    @NRI- : I guess it's time for you to get the facts right. BCCI has organized just 3 overseas India A tours of first class matches (3 or 4 day matches) in the past 6 years. India A toured Australia (for 3 matches) in 2006, Zimbabwe & Kenya (4 matches) in 2007 & to England (3 matches) in 2010. Murali Vijay & Virat Kohli have never been a part of any of these tours. Rohit Sharma was in the India A team for the tours of 2006 & 2007 and scored well in Zimbabwe & Kenya. But he just got a single 50 to show off in the 3 matches down under on faster, bouncier pitches and much better opposition. Mukund played his first A tour in 2010. He scored 2 fifties, one against Yorkshire & the other against a touring West Indies A in Leicester. Yes, he is young (21) & talented but he is not really ready for the vigours of test cricket. Pujara & Rahane have performed admirably in all the India A tours that they had been involved in but have to wait to get their chance till Dravid & Laxman are retired.

  • Ganes.V on June 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    I commented about the trio leaving cricket soon.. India as of now are dependant on the three.. Dhoni is just there for his cricketing brain and not for his game- atleast in test cricket. We need a better batsman in his slotand he sould be a non playing captain. Future: Indian team would look like this after a couple of years- Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,RohitSharma,Yuvraj,Raina,Dhoni,Aswin/Harbhajan,Praveen Kumar/Ishant,Zaheer/Munaf,Piyush Chawla/Amit Mishra. The bowling option could be according to the situation but 3 pacers and one spin or two and two. Sehwag and Gambhir (Sehwag in particular) are not always fit which is a cause of worry and we need an opener who can bat in all conditions and who could be relied upon. I don't see A. Mukund as a proper replacement- We need someone who is better than that. India should also consider two different sets of batsmen for the limited over version and test cricket. Include the likes of Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwari etc for limited overs..

  • jagan77 on June 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @moblue very very true. Dravid, Sachin and Laxman should play as long as they wish, cause they are true and know thier responsibilities. They would never hang there just for the heck of it. Considering their age its crucial, cause poeple would be ready to take their swords out if they failed a couple of times, for VVS even the selectors would take the swords. They know when to retire. They are great soldiers or kings or emperors for Indian cricket. Wish they play for another 3 years atleast and let pujaras, kohlis and Rainas mature enough. Yuvi is fast running out of time and I suppose Badri already has (Its not entirely his fault. maybe the selectors could have given him a few chances atleast 3-4 years back atleast for some lesser important series like bang, Zim or in testmatches played in India).

  • Ganes.V on June 29, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    India crcket after the era of the trio of Dravid Tendlukar and Laxman is going to be tough. Instead of playing the likes of Abhimanyu Mukund - play Cheteswar Pujara who played that knock along side Laxman and handed India a victory not so long ago.. and let him start getting the feel of being a regular rather than being in and out.. He deserves better treatment. Similarly there are other players like Rohit Sharma who has the technique and the patience to play in test level who should be nurtured and developed into the mould to replace the old war horses and should be ready to slot in at the moment when it arrives. It won't be long before we see the old war horses leaving International cricket and instead of using players like guinea pigs and testing who is good- use the already proven lot whom we know are good and just need the extra backing from the board and captain! The question remains though- who has the backing???

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    superb one Sriram, keep goingggg............

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    @SPS1:playing in england is not as tough as playing in the conditions of aus,rsa and windies..

  • rahulcricindia on June 29, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    well SRT is clearly being missed in the team.......team is nothing without him....these youngsters are just useless and i do not know why all the people kept on yelling about them...INDIA is seriously missing solid no. 4....barely reaching the score of 200 in both the test matches..just goes to show us that still how much team depends on the great man...the team is still nothing without the great SRT ..please come back soon..

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Hats off to my favourite Cricketer.

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    The innings Dravid played in first test and now Laxman's innings, proves the dependency indian cricket has on Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. India in trouble once the trio leaves test cricket !!!

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    vvs is a man of crisis.... its nt easy to score in situations like these. d way he bats cool makes his partner come out of pressure. all his recent 50+ scores had really put india out of tough situations. his duty is to bat as long as possible and he does it in most of occasions he comes to crease. no doubt very few scored like him at 5-6 positions. 50 half tons nd 16 tons in 200 innings when battng mostly wth lower order is nt an easy thng. 8000 run mark s remarkable. most of us under estimate him comparing wth sachin, rahul nd sehwag. He s d man fr team whn india needs some1 to stay nd score badly. grt article on grt innings frm very vry spl lax...

  • sindhur3862 on June 29, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    @prjnua6:in wat way is this article related to dhoni alone...entire top order is responsible for crisis...so,according to you if dhoni fails next test...will you go and captain the team??

  • VivaVizag on June 29, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    As someone aptly noted on these pages before -- VVS' batting is like a Jagjit's ghazal in motion. Simple, serene, soothing and seductive...

  • moBlue on June 29, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    let me be an equal opportunity flame-thrower! :) people who rather prematurely called for laxman's head on so-o-o many occasions in the past will *never* understand the beauty of test cricket! nor will those who have not appreciated tendulkar's genius, even if sometimes in a losing cause [his brilliant hundred against a rampaging SA in 2002 when IND were reduced to 68 for 4 on day 1 of test 1 having lost dravid, laxman and ganguly, and sachin switched his careful batting style and counter-attacked is an example], nor those who have not understood how much mental discipline it takes to do what dravid does best when he waits for the bowlers to bowl in his areas and wears them down for hours and hours! take these 3 for granted now as you have, and keep calling for them to retire as many of you have, very recently, and i'm willing to bet that, once they do, and the present stock of youngsters comes up a cropper [as seems likely, so far], you will deeply regret it then when it is too late!

  • on June 29, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Laxman's batting is poetry in motion, Sriram Ugra's writing is translation of this poetry into vivid colourful picture that appeals to the finer senses of the discerning cricketing aficionado.

  • sri1ram on June 29, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    India owes it's test numero uno status solely to he sheer number of battles that Laxman has won against varied opposition. Laxman, you are no wall, no master blaster, no typhoon, but salut for being there when it mattered most for India.

  • inxia on June 29, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    That is seriously good writing. Keep it coming, Sriram.

  • donovancarragher on June 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Sachin is not playing in this series? Is he injured? Or resting before England? And Sehwag?

  • SPS1 on June 29, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    England will be a great challenge for Laxman. I can't recall any great innings Laxman has played in England, like the ones he has played elsewhere overseas (Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa). So hope this English summer he can set the record straight in England.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 29, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    How blessed are we to watch all three (Rahul, Sachin, VVS) play together for INDIA? Why are people bickering about Sachin Vs Rahul Vs VVS? Does any one care that thanks to these three, India got to the coveted #1 position?

    Nothing beats when these three are in form and in full flow. Remember all those magnificient wins where two out of these three (four if you throw in Dada) were responsible for us Indians to feel proud of our team.

    Shame on you people for fighting about Sachin/Dravid/VVS.

  • shaileshacharya123 on June 29, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    thats why he is VERY VERY SPECIAL

  • on June 29, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    that is why he is very very special

    and whats there in fighting on SRT,, because he has set the standards not only for the debutants but also for those on the verge of retirements(VVS) so its obvious that ppl will ompare and that shows the might of SRT in cricket. btw even the tersest of the crictics ADMIRE sachin bcz no one else has been like him

    and all these has been said by me with full RESPECT to the class of dravids, laxmans and pontings and not forget kallis,,,,

    but yes I AGREE WITH THE FACT THAT VVS HAS MADE IMPORTANT AND EFECTIVE RUNS THAT RESULTED IN MOST WANTED DRAWS OR WINS,,,

  • NRI- on June 29, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Kairava, your comments are not based on facts. Rohit has never failed at test level because he is yet to debut. Of all the NEWCOMERS, he handles short bowling the best as demonstrated by his dispatch of Brett Lee at his best on Australian grounds in a tour which Dravid and Jaffer could not out bat on ball. He is also in form and his first class avg>60 which cant be said about Vijay, Raina or even Kohli. There have been many A tours and on the last one Kohli and Pujara excelled even overseas on bouncy tracks. On a day one Barbados track, Rampaul (the way is bowling now) and Edwards are equal to Stein & Morkel or Tremlett & Anderson and against the former even Gambhir, Dravid and Sehwag failed to score big.

  • YogeshwarTheOne on June 29, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    When everyone can bat, but nobody cares to bat, Dravid bats. When some can bat, but nobody tries to bat, Tendulkar bats. AND When NO ONE CAN BAT, but everybody wishes they COULD BAT, VVS BATS. My man VVS once again B-)

  • prjnua6 on June 29, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Dhoni is keep failing in the test cricket...it's been yrs he played a handful inning in test arena...raina is much better choice when full strength team is readyl one more time.

  • Johnjoy on June 29, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    @rohanblue - I Agree to ur point. LAXMAN is the man for the crunch situation. Cometh the 2nd innings and U can expect a class innings from Dravid. Wait n watch :)

  • KAIRAVA on June 29, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Murali Vijay's international test cricket career is as good as over. Mukund will get his 3rd and maybe the final chance to prove his mettle, in Trinidad. It is time for these two openers to spend some solid time of atleast 2-3 years on India A tours before they can be considered for the senior team. Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit should also be made part of such tours. Scoring heavily in the domestic cricket is not the correct parameter to judge one's talent and ability. Strong A tour schedule has to be prepared by BCCI & ICC so that they are not misled in selecting the Indian test team.

  • on June 29, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Sriram beautifully written i am admire the way you have presented about the batting display of Laxman. This is as if i am watching Laxman bat in front of me. Great work. But very disappointing to see Indian batsman crumble and get collapse in a single day.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 28, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Sriram Veera is rapidly becoming my favorite writer on cricinfo! A really good article once again..kudos.

  • rohanblue on June 28, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    every single run laxman scored in his career is 3 times more important than 1 tendulkar run , it means 1 Laxman run = 3 Tendulkar runs

  • Sach_is_Life on June 28, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    @ D.Sharma... Really? Its not Tendulkar fans .. Its people like u who drags Tendulkar's name into every discussion and will try to compare him with every Tom,Dick n Harry ... Thats when the problem starts .. and BTW, I'm damn sure some one will drag his name here too to prove VVS is better blah blah blah .. @ Topic .. Very Very Spl .. Wat else can I say .. Once again he shows his class .. Now a days, its a treat to watch VVS bat ... You can always forget abt the scores, wickets, Match situation etc etc and enjoy the beauty .. No Pressure .. No Tension .. and that last line sums it all up - " Laxman doesn't snarl. He doesn't muscle. He doesn't impose. He doesn't hustle. Laxman just bats. " Well Done VVS !!!

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    As an Indian, I like Tendulkar as he is on top of the batting pyramid but I admire Rahul's grittiness and Laxman's heart and steely mind. I do not know how many runs VVS would have scored if he batted higher in the order..8000 runs isnt too bad..

  • gushrangers on June 28, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @D Sharma - It's usually an anti-sachin guy who first brings up Sachin's name no matter what the article is about. And it seems no different on this page as well. Can't understand why people simply can't understand the fundamental fact that every human is different. Nonetheless, Laxman played a typical Laxman gritty+elegant innings.

  • Rahulbose on June 28, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the new Indian batsmen. They are playing a barely decent WI side and everyone apart from Raina is struggling. Enjoy the brilliance of the middle order greats while they are still around. Cause soon India will be back to producing batting lineups that can't compete outside the sub-continent.

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    @D.Sharma Well Dravid fans will do the same as well if we don't anoint Dravid as the best test batsman India has ever produced:P.Laxman will do his business as usual inconspicuously.I hope he is done with the back spasms he had last year while playing those sublime innings in Colombo and Mohali.He has only 16 centuries but as a cricketer no less important than a Tendulkar or Sehwag in the present team.But disappointed with Kohli the way he has played in this series.He should only improve from here if not Rohit Sharma should be given a chance as well.

  • time2goback2dbasics on June 28, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @Deepanjan Datta.......where is SEHWAG avg above 53 strike rate above 80 better than all other u had mentioned.

  • dilipm on June 28, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    VVS shirks limelight and that is in character with of this modest,gentle man. There is no fuss or rah-rah or playing to the gallery like some in the team display even if they have not achieved even half of what this great team man has done.He does his job quietly,unobstrusively and efficiently and always puts up his hand when India is in a tough corner.One cannot find a more nationalistic fervour from anybody else! Yet this great batsman always finds himself under selection pressure when he fails a few times.Much lesser batsmen, but more voluble ,find themselves being preferred at certain times! Hope Laxman gets his due in the pantheon of great Indian batsmen who have and are being felicitated widely.

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Laxman doesn't snarl. He doesn't muscle. He doesn't impose. He doesn't hustle. Laxman just bats.

  • D.Sharma on June 28, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Now watch the Tendulkar fans invade this article....

  • on June 28, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Indeed .. there are different kinds of great batsmen. The kind of Tendulkar, Waugh, Gavaskar, Mahela or Kallis is where the sheer weight of runs can elevate them to a rarified pantheon. Then we have Richards, Ponting, Gilchrist, or Lara whose greatness lies in the ability to dominate the bowlers regardless of the match situation. And then there are those like Laxman, David Gower or Inzamam - maybe their stats or presence wouldn't ever tower over the mortals. Yet, beneath the 'pretty runs' veneer each one of them have a steel which makes their 40s or 80s much more crucial to the team cause than the 50s and 100s which hog the limelight and the stats alike.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Laxman was a bad puller during the early stages of his career. But his pull shots have improved gradually and today we witnessed his magnificent pull and wristy shots. My only complaint is he got out of frustration and to a spinner. Remember that 2008 SL tour when DRS was used first time. He was the second highest run getter after sehwag and got dismissed 5 times by Mendis. Media went gaga over that and written him off (along with other seniors) that it is time to replace him but every one forgot his two half centuries and that 38 odd runs that helped sehwag to score his double ton which resulted in the only victory in that Series.

    Laxman Its not the centuries but innings like these that will have more value and willbe remebered. Now where is that reader Nampally who said Laxman is on Notice?

  • rocky on June 28, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Nice simple and precise article ,very apt to the subject.Always a pure pleasure to watch Laxman in flow.

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  • rocky on June 28, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Nice simple and precise article ,very apt to the subject.Always a pure pleasure to watch Laxman in flow.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Laxman was a bad puller during the early stages of his career. But his pull shots have improved gradually and today we witnessed his magnificent pull and wristy shots. My only complaint is he got out of frustration and to a spinner. Remember that 2008 SL tour when DRS was used first time. He was the second highest run getter after sehwag and got dismissed 5 times by Mendis. Media went gaga over that and written him off (along with other seniors) that it is time to replace him but every one forgot his two half centuries and that 38 odd runs that helped sehwag to score his double ton which resulted in the only victory in that Series.

    Laxman Its not the centuries but innings like these that will have more value and willbe remebered. Now where is that reader Nampally who said Laxman is on Notice?

  • on June 28, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Indeed .. there are different kinds of great batsmen. The kind of Tendulkar, Waugh, Gavaskar, Mahela or Kallis is where the sheer weight of runs can elevate them to a rarified pantheon. Then we have Richards, Ponting, Gilchrist, or Lara whose greatness lies in the ability to dominate the bowlers regardless of the match situation. And then there are those like Laxman, David Gower or Inzamam - maybe their stats or presence wouldn't ever tower over the mortals. Yet, beneath the 'pretty runs' veneer each one of them have a steel which makes their 40s or 80s much more crucial to the team cause than the 50s and 100s which hog the limelight and the stats alike.

  • D.Sharma on June 28, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Now watch the Tendulkar fans invade this article....

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Laxman doesn't snarl. He doesn't muscle. He doesn't impose. He doesn't hustle. Laxman just bats.

  • dilipm on June 28, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    VVS shirks limelight and that is in character with of this modest,gentle man. There is no fuss or rah-rah or playing to the gallery like some in the team display even if they have not achieved even half of what this great team man has done.He does his job quietly,unobstrusively and efficiently and always puts up his hand when India is in a tough corner.One cannot find a more nationalistic fervour from anybody else! Yet this great batsman always finds himself under selection pressure when he fails a few times.Much lesser batsmen, but more voluble ,find themselves being preferred at certain times! Hope Laxman gets his due in the pantheon of great Indian batsmen who have and are being felicitated widely.

  • time2goback2dbasics on June 28, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @Deepanjan Datta.......where is SEHWAG avg above 53 strike rate above 80 better than all other u had mentioned.

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    @D.Sharma Well Dravid fans will do the same as well if we don't anoint Dravid as the best test batsman India has ever produced:P.Laxman will do his business as usual inconspicuously.I hope he is done with the back spasms he had last year while playing those sublime innings in Colombo and Mohali.He has only 16 centuries but as a cricketer no less important than a Tendulkar or Sehwag in the present team.But disappointed with Kohli the way he has played in this series.He should only improve from here if not Rohit Sharma should be given a chance as well.

  • Rahulbose on June 28, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the new Indian batsmen. They are playing a barely decent WI side and everyone apart from Raina is struggling. Enjoy the brilliance of the middle order greats while they are still around. Cause soon India will be back to producing batting lineups that can't compete outside the sub-continent.

  • gushrangers on June 28, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @D Sharma - It's usually an anti-sachin guy who first brings up Sachin's name no matter what the article is about. And it seems no different on this page as well. Can't understand why people simply can't understand the fundamental fact that every human is different. Nonetheless, Laxman played a typical Laxman gritty+elegant innings.