Very Very Special West Indies tour for VVS Laxman



You just need to ask VVS Laxman to speak on his experience of the West Indies and it doesn’t take much effort to get the man going. ‘’There have been fewer occasions when I’ve felt so good batting,'’ he says about India’s 2002 tour of the Caribbean and his heroics there.He’s right because he hasn’t averaged 70 on any of his Test tours, including that of Australia in 2003. Not that Laxman is busy counting, but he admits candidly that it was the Caribbean that made him have a sneaking feeling that his batting never had any rough edges.

‘’That’s true. The last time I was there, batting was kind of bliss. Every stroke and the sound of it brought a sense of immense satisfaction,'’ he recalls.

Besides the batting and scoring lots of runs in the West Indies, there are two other things about the Caribbean that excite him. Firstly, the sea and its endless beaches ‘’that aren’t defined by any parameters'’ and then the cricketing history of the West Indies that speaks volumes of ‘’class and seemliness'’ which he himself could be all about.

That is precisely why VVS is looking forward to the trip again. One other thing that has caught his mind like nothing else is the fact that India haven’t won a Test series there in 36 years. ‘’It would be wonderful if things can get better this time,'’ he says.

In the last four Tests he played in West Indies, in 2002, Laxman aggregated 474, including four 50s and a century that helped India record the only victory on the tour at their favourite venue, the Queen’s Park Oval. ‘’I am looking forward to doing an encore,'’ he says.

Then Laxman formed the crux, along with Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar as India’s frontline batsmen when it came to both forms of the game. Four years later, today, he is nowhere in the one-day scheme of things. ‘’It would be great to be a part of the ODIs too,'’ he says.

But he is not brooding over it too much because his main aim has been to prepare for the Caribbean tour.'’Ever since the Tests against England got over, I got busy preparing for this tour. I worked very hard and now the time has come.'’

Laxman has also been busy evaluating the West Indies bowlers by what he’s seen of them on the television. Edwards, Bradshaw, Bravo, Samuels - he’s been watching them all.'’This attack definitely looks like it’s got more depth than the one I played against,'’ he says.

Laxman’s overall average as a number six batsman is merely 44 and when it comes to playing against the West Indies, it’s a whopping 84. No doubt, why captain Rahul Dravid keenly awaits this man.

Source:India Sports

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