28 July, 2021

"Aussies play tough but my conviction paid off"

An elated V.V.S. Laxman speaks to Outlook about his setting India on the decisive course to victory. Excerpts:

"Aussies play tough but my conviction paid off"
Both your centuries in Test cricket have come against the Australians...
Yes, that's just a coincidence. The fact that Australia has one of the best bowling attacks in modern cricket makes my effort all the more satisfying. I would reckon the conditions under which I could perform are what makes me happy at the end of the day.

Having surpassed Sunil Gavaskar's 236, you are India's highest run-getter in Tests. It must be a great feeling...
Yes, it is. Gavaskar is a legend and when one gets past a legend, it gives you pride. But I wouldn't like to be compared to him. I'm happy I could get runs because at the end of the day, people remember you by the number of runs scored. To be honest, I'm happy my runs contributed to India's fascinating 171-run win.

Were you looking to make a triple century?
To an extent, yes. But on the final day, our gameplan was to get quick runs and there was no time for records. I'm a team man and the bottomline is that your effort should finally benefit the team.

You scored your first century at the...

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