Laxman again became the nemesis: Australian media
A day after Australia suffered a narrow one-wicket loss at the hands of India, the media Down Under agreed that it was their old nemesis VVS Laxman who made all the differences on the final day of the first cricket Test at Mohali.cricket Updated: Oct 06, 2010 11:49 IST
A day after Australia suffered a narrow one-wicket loss at the hands of India, the media Down Under agreed that it was their old nemesis VVS Laxman who made all the differences on the final day of the first cricket Test at Mohali.
"Very Very Special Laxman again thorn in Australia's side," a headline in Sydney Morning Herald said.
"Emotions were pitched high. Elephants danced in stomachs as every ball was bowled and a roar greeted every pinched single. Laughter broke out as VVS Laxman, hitherto an iceman, starting waving his arms and berating his partner for lax running between wickets.
"One batsman was wrongly dispatched, another was amazingly reprieved and all the while the ground was agog," the report said.
The first Test saw a nail-biting finish on Tuesday as the Hyderabadi batsman battled severe back-pain to single-handedly guide India to a narrow one-wicket victory over the visitors with a gritty unbeaten 73 on the fifth day.
"Laxman was the key figure on the final day. All things seem possible whilst he remains at the crease. Australians and tension bring out the best in him. Romps in the park make him appear humdrum.
"Here he produced an astonishing array of strokes, pulls played without footwork, caresses through cover, flicks off his hip and all the while he kept his head," said the daily.
Laxman cracked eight fours during his 79-ball stay on the middle.
Meanwhile, another daily The Australian blamed captain Ricky Ponting for giving Laxman enough rooms to play his game.
"The impregnably brilliant VVS Laxman have combined to deny Australia victory," a report said.
"Laxman, who was batting with a runner because of a bad back, farmed the strike as Ricky Ponting offered singles early in the over and attempted to restrict them late. Mix-ups threatened and both sides were at fever point as they knew a single mistake could cost the game. As it probably did," it added.