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On wedding anniversary, VVS’s Eden affair continues

Among other things, the India-SA series started with an eye on whether Gautam Gambhir got his sixth successive Test century, which did not happen in Nagpur. And the series will end taking note of the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has now racked up hundreds in four straight games.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2010 00:13 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

Among other things, the India-SA series started with an eye on whether Gautam Gambhir got his sixth successive Test century, which did not happen in Nagpur. And the series will end taking note of the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has now racked up hundreds in four straight games.

Silently and characteristically, V.V.S. Laxman extended his consistent run with a second century in his last seven Tests, which also include six half-centuries. It was a quiet tribute to an unsung hero of Indian cricket, whose contributions generally get overshadowed by something else, for some reason or the other.

Laxman has seen youngsters become pinup boys before being forgotten and the transition of the team from a bunch of nowhere boys to world No. 1 in over 13 years at the highest level. He played significant roles in many of those triumphs only to see others getting covered in glory. Having accepted it, Laxman takes pride in contributing to the team’s cause.

He will probably not figure very highly in the list of Indians with most Test hundreds and Laxman have said in the past that batting with the tail on many occasions is a reason behind it. He also said that it didn't matter as long as his runs helped the team and Tuesday was a rare day in the sense that his 15th hundred was part of an effort that put India in the driver’s a seat in must-win game.

“It gives you a lot of satisfaction when you contribute to the team. I enjoy it when the situation is tough. This morning it was crucial because we had lost three quick wickets yesterday,” said Laxman.

There were words of acknowledgement of M.S. Dhoni's century too. “You can see the body language of the bowlers change whenever Dhoni gets in. They are very defensive. he is the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. It’s great whenever a No. 7 comes in and dominates.”

The efforts of another partner in the longest form of the ‘game’ didn't go unmentioned either. “Today is my wedding anniversary and it is great that my wife and children gave me a surprise by coming to Kolkata yesterday. I would like to dedicate this to my wife because she has been a pillar of strength to me.”