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

Laxman backs young batsmen to step up

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VVS Laxman, who rescued India with a sublime 85 to help them reach 201, backed Virat Kohli and the openers, M Vijay and Abhinav Mukund, who haven't done well so far in the series, and said playing county cricket will help young batsmen adapt to different conditions and hone their skills.

Twice in three innings Kohli has fallen to the short ball. However, Laxman believed Kohli would be the batsman to watch out for. "Today, it was unfortunate," he said. "Considering the bounce of the wicket, he expected that ball to rise more. It was an unfortunate dismissal. He is a fabulous cricketer and has improved as a batsman in the last two years. He has played well in various tough situations in ODIs. It shows he is improving with every match. He will be a great player to watch out for, a match-winner for the country."

The openers haven't scored much either. Vijay, who failed in the first Test, fought hard for nearly two hours before he fell, strangled down the leg side. Mukund fell early, unable to cope with extra bounce off a delivery that jumped from short of a length. However, Laxman didn't see any cause for concern. "We've got talented openers. Abhinav had an excellent domestic season and Vijay has always grabbed his opportunities. It's tough playing in the West Indies, especially on wickets that are usually damp in the first couple of hours on the first day. They are potential match-winners."

Laxman agreed when asked whether the youngsters would benefit from the experience of playing county cricket but wondered if the tight international calendar would allow them that opportunity. "It will be a great experience for a batsman to play county cricket. I enjoyed my time with Lancashire. But given the amount of time the cricketers are already playing, it doesn't give much opportunity. It will be great for a batsman because you get so many opportunities to play on different pitches, in different weather conditions and against different bowlers."

Laxman also praised Suresh Raina, with whom he was involved in a 117-run partnership to lift India from the depths of 38 for 4. "Raina has practiced a lot playing the short deliveries. You could see that in Jamaica and here. He has played two important knocks. He played positively when the chips were down. It was great to see the way he approached the innings."

The two batsmen didn't talk much at lunch, Laxman said. "That's the beauty of this Indian team. Irrespective of the situation, it's very relaxed. Someone puts his hand up."

Laxman reached 8000 Test runs during his innings, but rued the fact that he couldn't carry on to reach a century and take India to a more competitive total. "Had we batted on, we could have got around 250 to 300, which would have been a very good score."

It was yet another innings of substance in crisis from Laxman, who said such situations bring out the best in him. "It gets the best out of me, especially when we are in a terrible situation. The track was challenging and so was the situation. But I always regret not converting the hard work done into big hundreds. Still, I got into better rhythm especially after Jamaica."

Laxman felt the pitch had some venom in the morning session but eased out once the sun came out in the afternoon. "It was a difficult wicket before lunch because it was slightly damp. They were getting bounce. After lunch, the wicket eased out a bit and it was nice for strokeplay. Raina came out positively and changed the momentum of the innings. That partnership was important but I think we threw away the hard work done after lunch. "

While Laxman appreciated the 8000-run landmark, he said he could only savour it after retirement. "So many runs seem great once you retire. At the moment I am not elated. I was just disappointed not getting a hundred. Personally, it would have been satisfying had I got the hundred as those additional 15 to 20 runs would have got us to 250. The bowlers did well to get us right back in to the game. It is an evenly poised situation."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sachin_vvsfan on June 29, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    County cricket has definitely helped the players like laxman and zaheer. But the big question is will BCCI allow its players to participate in other clubs? Last time i checked it refused players like laxman and yuvraj to participate in County. One can understand the reasons for yuvi as he is part of the one day team but for laxman they just refused and he was sitting idle back home. I salute you BCCI.

  • Finn92 on June 29, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Kohli would be a great signing for any county and I'd love to see him over here! His struggles in his first THREE Tests innings should be ignore really, he's batting on a true surface for bowlers and just look at his ODI stats to see hsi real class. Give him time he will do well, however Mukund and Vijay are finding out that mountains of runs in Indian domestic leagues won't prepare you for spicy tracks abroad.

  • Kumar_cricket on June 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    @মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান --Your Bangladesh is playing Test cricket for more than 12 years and not even able produce single win against Test playing nations apart from 3rd string West Indies team and now talking about test cricket. Is your comment is a Joke mate ...?. By the way same Bangladesh team folded out for 58 against West Indies on their own backyard and thought about chances in the world cup.

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Stop backing them up and start teaching them.

  • sskris1 on June 29, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    I still think Pujara has lot more talent to play test matches than Kohli. Kohli needs to keep his head straight. It is very easy to deter him mentally. Couple of bouncers and glares is enough to make him play a rash stroke. It is all about Mental Strength that makes VVS and RD such great competitors. very few fast bowlers would dare say anything to RD /VVS after a nasty bouncer. Youngsters need to learn how to control their mind. I am impressed with Raina as a test batsman. He still has tendency to throw his wicket away after doing all the hard work. Forunately for these youngsters they have greats like SRT,VVS,RD. Viru to teach them and also learn from them. The magic of VVS, the discipline and tenacity of RD, the art of scring of SRT, and fear no bowler attitude of Viru. If only our young players are willing to learn and hope they get to play some county cricket instead of IPL.

  • bestofluckindia on June 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Abhinav, Vijay and Kohli should realize that 3-4 poor performances can deny them their earned place in test team. So Instead of behaving alien to bouncy wickets and getting kicked out of team they should themselves take a break of 2-3 months and play county cricket and get some reality check. What's there to lose? Look at Zaheer Khan, VVS, Dravid. Moreover, Most of Australian New comers, Irish and South Africans Play county in England even though they are bought up on bouncy wickets which makes the situation even more desperate for us INDIANS !

  • on June 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Guys what Laxman meant is that give the youngsters more chances. I still remember the Laxman was a flop in Australia back in 1999 till his last innings. After that century he never turned back, keep going. So give more chances. Check out the Kallis stats in his early career: First 14 test matches, 23 innings, with avg ~25 and became great player.

    Every other day, people talk about removing Kohli, Raina, Vijay, Mukund, Rohit & Badri. If we want to think about making foundation for strong indian team after the retirement of the great cricketer, we need to be patient. Young talents will not need advice from you all and they'd get it from the senior players. :)

  • on June 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    VVS makes a very very good point, a stint in county cricket would really help young Indian batsmen to hone their technique in varied conditions, time playing county cricket benefited all of the fab four. But is there time in the packed international calendar? Also after the glamor of the IPL will these young batsmen want to play "boring old" county cricket.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 29, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    The Indian team are held together by Dravid and Laxman. It confirms what we already knew, there are no ready made replacements for Shewag, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar, just as ther were no replacements for Ganguly and Kumble. Without the seniors the Indian team is on par with if not worse than the West Indies and that is shocking considering the state of West Indian Cricket. The "youngsters" Dhoni included are all ODI and T20 players with nither the tecnique nor temperment to play test cricket.

  • muski on June 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Wow- Bangladeshi fan talking about cricket- Its high time ICC took away your test status. No wonder none of the top teams want a test with your country for another 12 years!!!. Hopefully by then you will learn to play some decent cricket. All the best

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 29, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    County cricket has definitely helped the players like laxman and zaheer. But the big question is will BCCI allow its players to participate in other clubs? Last time i checked it refused players like laxman and yuvraj to participate in County. One can understand the reasons for yuvi as he is part of the one day team but for laxman they just refused and he was sitting idle back home. I salute you BCCI.

  • Finn92 on June 29, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Kohli would be a great signing for any county and I'd love to see him over here! His struggles in his first THREE Tests innings should be ignore really, he's batting on a true surface for bowlers and just look at his ODI stats to see hsi real class. Give him time he will do well, however Mukund and Vijay are finding out that mountains of runs in Indian domestic leagues won't prepare you for spicy tracks abroad.

  • Kumar_cricket on June 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    @মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান --Your Bangladesh is playing Test cricket for more than 12 years and not even able produce single win against Test playing nations apart from 3rd string West Indies team and now talking about test cricket. Is your comment is a Joke mate ...?. By the way same Bangladesh team folded out for 58 against West Indies on their own backyard and thought about chances in the world cup.

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Stop backing them up and start teaching them.

  • sskris1 on June 29, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    I still think Pujara has lot more talent to play test matches than Kohli. Kohli needs to keep his head straight. It is very easy to deter him mentally. Couple of bouncers and glares is enough to make him play a rash stroke. It is all about Mental Strength that makes VVS and RD such great competitors. very few fast bowlers would dare say anything to RD /VVS after a nasty bouncer. Youngsters need to learn how to control their mind. I am impressed with Raina as a test batsman. He still has tendency to throw his wicket away after doing all the hard work. Forunately for these youngsters they have greats like SRT,VVS,RD. Viru to teach them and also learn from them. The magic of VVS, the discipline and tenacity of RD, the art of scring of SRT, and fear no bowler attitude of Viru. If only our young players are willing to learn and hope they get to play some county cricket instead of IPL.

  • bestofluckindia on June 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Abhinav, Vijay and Kohli should realize that 3-4 poor performances can deny them their earned place in test team. So Instead of behaving alien to bouncy wickets and getting kicked out of team they should themselves take a break of 2-3 months and play county cricket and get some reality check. What's there to lose? Look at Zaheer Khan, VVS, Dravid. Moreover, Most of Australian New comers, Irish and South Africans Play county in England even though they are bought up on bouncy wickets which makes the situation even more desperate for us INDIANS !

  • on June 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Guys what Laxman meant is that give the youngsters more chances. I still remember the Laxman was a flop in Australia back in 1999 till his last innings. After that century he never turned back, keep going. So give more chances. Check out the Kallis stats in his early career: First 14 test matches, 23 innings, with avg ~25 and became great player.

    Every other day, people talk about removing Kohli, Raina, Vijay, Mukund, Rohit & Badri. If we want to think about making foundation for strong indian team after the retirement of the great cricketer, we need to be patient. Young talents will not need advice from you all and they'd get it from the senior players. :)

  • on June 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    VVS makes a very very good point, a stint in county cricket would really help young Indian batsmen to hone their technique in varied conditions, time playing county cricket benefited all of the fab four. But is there time in the packed international calendar? Also after the glamor of the IPL will these young batsmen want to play "boring old" county cricket.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 29, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    The Indian team are held together by Dravid and Laxman. It confirms what we already knew, there are no ready made replacements for Shewag, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar, just as ther were no replacements for Ganguly and Kumble. Without the seniors the Indian team is on par with if not worse than the West Indies and that is shocking considering the state of West Indian Cricket. The "youngsters" Dhoni included are all ODI and T20 players with nither the tecnique nor temperment to play test cricket.

  • muski on June 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Wow- Bangladeshi fan talking about cricket- Its high time ICC took away your test status. No wonder none of the top teams want a test with your country for another 12 years!!!. Hopefully by then you will learn to play some decent cricket. All the best

  • muski on June 29, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    The younger batsmen have to take a leaf out of the book of the senior pros in the humility which these guys possess and the way there are reposing the faith in the younger generation. In one way, Its good that the younger guys are being baptized in Test Cricket by fire- though that would be a misnomer considering the weak Windies attack. The fabulous three will not be there for too long to guide them. The earlier they pick up the nuances of Test Cricket, the better it is for them and for Indian cricket.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on June 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    LOTS OF PEPOLE HAVING GASTRIC PROBLEM....TOO MUCH HOT GAS.......OF COURSE BANGLADESH IS NO.1 IN RANKING........HOLD ON....U R WATCHING RANKING UPSIDE DOWN......LOL.......WITHOUT BCCI...BCB WILL STARVE......JUST LOOK AT PCB ............................................................ ........HATS OFF TO VVS....TRULY A MAN OF CRISIS....SUCH CALM & BALANCED COMPOSURE......NO SO CALLED FLAMBOYANCE........

  • Midonoff on June 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    You see what happened when a full strength west indies side played Bangladesh at the last world cup at their home ground, they crumbled for 58. Bangladesh managed to creat a white wash due to the fact that all the first team members was in dispute with the west indies cricket board.

  • maddy20 on June 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @ Bangladesh has clean swept a WI C team with 2 first choice players(no Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Edwards etc.,). If you want to see what a full strength WI team can do to Bangladesh check this out! http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/engine/match/433576.html

  • anver777 on June 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Scoring 85 out of 201 is an excellent effort by VVS ....yet another fighting innings by "Evergreen" Laxman !!!! Vijay & Kohli need to take few tips from VVS & learn how build an test inning under pressure..........

  • atanu9 on June 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Agreed that youngsters need support to settle down at this level, but they need to pull their socks to face short pitched deliveries. They need to become apprentice of dravid, sachin and laxman to do well against the Aussies, SA and Pakistan or else, they need to be satisfied with IPL !!!!!

  • on June 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    It was a good knock from the ever-determined VVS Laxman under tough circumstances........one thing that amazed me most about his innings was that the strike rate was above 60 for most part of his innings in such a dire situation.....usually he scores at 40-50 !! but equal credit,if not more,should be given to the uber-talented Suresh Raina,who was positive and extremely solid throughout his innings and would have scored 80-100 + if only poor umpiring didn't screw him again......yet a valuable knock !!

    One thing i would like to disagree with what laxman has said is about virat kohli.....he is overrated ! he has never played in tough situations against a good,if not deadly,bowling attack ! "tough" situations against bangladesh or zimbabwe or even the WI ODI team is what that viral fluki has faced and made runs against !! other than bouncers,he is suscept to outswingers.......he is unfit to play test cricket with his weak technique !!

  • cricdesifan on June 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Give Badri a Chance at least now campaign should be seriously started. He can play a good role along with RD & VVS in this Test Team.

  • sudheercric on June 29, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    the indian team thats playing wi is india's 2nd team without their 3 first choice batsman gambhir,sehwag and tendulkar and without zaheer.....

  • kp_india on June 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান: Bangladesh toured West Indies in July 2009 when the board and the whole WI team were locked in a contract dispute. The captain of the West Indies was Floyd Reifer. Sammy and Roach were the only players from the present squad to play in that series. That team also participated in the Champions Trophy and were eliminated in the first round losing all the three matches.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on June 29, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @ Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully: what r u talking about?

  • Horn.OK.Please on June 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @ মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান

    No denying the fact that Bangladesh have been the best team in the world for quite a while now. They deserve to be anointed with a ranking above #1. Cheers mate!

  • anand1987283 on June 29, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান : Well go to Westindies and play you will understand.

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on June 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    This is a very humble reply to the first comment of respective Bangladeshi fan.Ur great Bangladesh team beat WI in home ground with conditions most suitably for the home side (full of spin).whereas the situation yesterday is totally different.playing WI in their own backyard is not easier.in the morning, plenty of venoms in the pitch.ball is doing a lot.Im even afraid to think of Bangladesh playing in the same pitch with same conditions what we had yesterday.oh my god!.they would have not reached even 50.I promise to the max.its not very long ago Bangladesh had been bundled out for 58 in their home ground by this WI team in a recently concluded WC.Ireland and Netherlands are far better side than this current Bangladesh team.Bangladesh playing test cricket for more then a decade and nothing they have done to remember in test arena, so my kind request for you is just think of before writing any comment on this Indian team.!

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান : hey dude which side did you white wash!! the eighteenth string west indies side?? everybody remembers the world cup 58 and 78 by the way!!

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    vijay played really bad, he needs to play more attacking

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

    @ মোহাম্মদ কামরুজ্জামান ... buddy get you facts right... the indian team thats playing wi is insia's 2nd or 3rd team without their 3 first choice batsman gambhir,sehwag and tendulkar and without zaheer....... this is the reason this is a tight series else it would have been one sided contest..... BCCi or players who rested should be awarded as they foresee all this and made it a competitive cricket.........................

  • on June 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    We, Bangladesh played against the same West Indies team and we white washed them in the both series (Test and One day) very comprehensively. But our great powerful Indian Cricket Board(actually Indian players don't play rather their board play cricket) have broken down very easily against the West Indies 2nd team!!! They can't face even Bisho and deny to face Shakib Al Hassan in their own groud! We understood why! Ha ha ha! Hey India, Play cricket, don't play politics with others'! Best of luck!!!!!!!

  • Guruprasad.S on June 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    It is very encouraging and unselfish of players like Laxman and Dravid to back the youngsters who havent done well here. It shows good team spirit, and also the fact that VVS and Dravid rate Kohli, Raina, Vijay and Mukund highly in terms of skill.

  • Archit2121 on June 29, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    People should give these young cricketers time before judging them too harshly

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Humble Laxman as always. Possibly youngsters need to tighten their technique and improve playing on bouncy pitaches. They can learn from seniors like Dravid and Lax.

  • ScreenDarsh on June 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Fabulous player....VVS. Always thinking about team................... :) I think his innings was perfect demonstration of top class batting on bouncy piches for young indian brigade. Raina is fast improving and trying to elongate the gap between him and rest competing for No. 6 position. He performance in tests will definitely help him in ODIs. If india get sarvan and chandrapal cheeply match is in their pocket.

  • mogan707 on June 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit Sharma was a better choice in Test cricket than Virat Kohli.The selectors made a hasty decision of not including him in Test series.Virat Kohli is more of a bottomed handed player and has problems similar to Dhoni.While it works in one dayers,playing the ball with soft hands is a must in Tests, which will reduce the risk of getting you out and fetch more runs.Rohit has more of such qualities.While playing test cricket most of the balls can be left alone but the present Indian batsman are intent of playing almost every delivery.By selecting the inexperienced opening pair(M.Vijay has opened only on one or two occasions)the selectors has put pressure on middle order.Wasim Jaffer's non selection is not a surprise but his experience playing in the previous tour could have helped.Also the long lay offs for the test players VVS and Dravid has affected their performance.They should take their decisions in the interest of cricket by playing in domestic,county circuits during longlayoff

  • Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully on June 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Isn't it amazing when guys like Dravid and Laxman score, they go on to talk big about their game and other cricketers, in this case youngsters. They talk the talk after the walk the walk.

  • Rajit on June 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Good suggestion by VVS that young Indian batsman should play county cricket.But problem is BCCI doesnt allow its players to get that exposure and players are mere puppets in the hands of BCCI.

  • kingcobra85 on June 29, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    good words laxman...today's media goes for the kill without actually accessing the condition or situation.Youngsters need a good backing. I wish kohli, vijay and mukund all the best. Nice to see Vijay hang in there to fight it out as well. Thats what we need to see, yes we need to see runs on the board but most importantly we want them not to give their weights away cheaply. All three of them did that so no complaints from me.. give them some time...

  • manju-amruth on June 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    great work vvs,encouragement from experienced and great player like u will help confidence of young guys............You are great to watch

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

    Vijay,mukund,pujara,kohli seriously need to play county cricket but will BCCI allow lets not get too critical about these guys fidel,rampaul have bowled in top notch and its actually good practice before english tour facing fidel bowling 90mph on one of the bounciest track in WI take some real guts and application finally special praise for raina he is highest run getter this series and has fought his way even after pinged on head with a bumper he is a certainity for english tour can say about kohli,vijayVijay,mukund,pujara,kohli seriously need to play county cricket but will BCCI allow lets not get too critical about these guys fidel,rampaul have bowled in top notch and its actually good practice before english tour facing fidel bowling 90mph on one of the bounciest track in WI take some real guts and application finally special praise for raina he is highest run getter this series and has fought his way even after pinged on head with a bumper he is a certainity for english tour can s

  • Horn.OK.Please on June 29, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    It's become a kind of a routine with Laxman now that you are no longer surprised to see the man doing all the hard work when the team is tottering down. Raina deserves equal, if not more praise simply because he was the one considered most vulnerable to the conditions and had a sword hanging by his neck even before he landed at WI. Kudos to you too..

  • Mahesh4811 on June 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    this man Laxman is sooooo best....i love him :-)

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  • Mahesh4811 on June 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    this man Laxman is sooooo best....i love him :-)

  • Horn.OK.Please on June 29, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    It's become a kind of a routine with Laxman now that you are no longer surprised to see the man doing all the hard work when the team is tottering down. Raina deserves equal, if not more praise simply because he was the one considered most vulnerable to the conditions and had a sword hanging by his neck even before he landed at WI. Kudos to you too..

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

    Vijay,mukund,pujara,kohli seriously need to play county cricket but will BCCI allow lets not get too critical about these guys fidel,rampaul have bowled in top notch and its actually good practice before english tour facing fidel bowling 90mph on one of the bounciest track in WI take some real guts and application finally special praise for raina he is highest run getter this series and has fought his way even after pinged on head with a bumper he is a certainity for english tour can say about kohli,vijayVijay,mukund,pujara,kohli seriously need to play county cricket but will BCCI allow lets not get too critical about these guys fidel,rampaul have bowled in top notch and its actually good practice before english tour facing fidel bowling 90mph on one of the bounciest track in WI take some real guts and application finally special praise for raina he is highest run getter this series and has fought his way even after pinged on head with a bumper he is a certainity for english tour can s

  • manju-amruth on June 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    great work vvs,encouragement from experienced and great player like u will help confidence of young guys............You are great to watch

  • kingcobra85 on June 29, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    good words laxman...today's media goes for the kill without actually accessing the condition or situation.Youngsters need a good backing. I wish kohli, vijay and mukund all the best. Nice to see Vijay hang in there to fight it out as well. Thats what we need to see, yes we need to see runs on the board but most importantly we want them not to give their weights away cheaply. All three of them did that so no complaints from me.. give them some time...

  • Rajit on June 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Good suggestion by VVS that young Indian batsman should play county cricket.But problem is BCCI doesnt allow its players to get that exposure and players are mere puppets in the hands of BCCI.

  • Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully on June 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Isn't it amazing when guys like Dravid and Laxman score, they go on to talk big about their game and other cricketers, in this case youngsters. They talk the talk after the walk the walk.

  • mogan707 on June 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit Sharma was a better choice in Test cricket than Virat Kohli.The selectors made a hasty decision of not including him in Test series.Virat Kohli is more of a bottomed handed player and has problems similar to Dhoni.While it works in one dayers,playing the ball with soft hands is a must in Tests, which will reduce the risk of getting you out and fetch more runs.Rohit has more of such qualities.While playing test cricket most of the balls can be left alone but the present Indian batsman are intent of playing almost every delivery.By selecting the inexperienced opening pair(M.Vijay has opened only on one or two occasions)the selectors has put pressure on middle order.Wasim Jaffer's non selection is not a surprise but his experience playing in the previous tour could have helped.Also the long lay offs for the test players VVS and Dravid has affected their performance.They should take their decisions in the interest of cricket by playing in domestic,county circuits during longlayoff

  • ScreenDarsh on June 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Fabulous player....VVS. Always thinking about team................... :) I think his innings was perfect demonstration of top class batting on bouncy piches for young indian brigade. Raina is fast improving and trying to elongate the gap between him and rest competing for No. 6 position. He performance in tests will definitely help him in ODIs. If india get sarvan and chandrapal cheeply match is in their pocket.

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Humble Laxman as always. Possibly youngsters need to tighten their technique and improve playing on bouncy pitaches. They can learn from seniors like Dravid and Lax.