India’s some of the most epic Test wins have come against Australia with premier Test batsman VVS Laxman playing a significant part in those. One of those came in Mohali in 2010 in which the difference between the two iconic sides proved to be VVS Laxman. Suresh Raina, one of the eleven men from that game, recalled the most breathtaking moment from that encounter.
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Chasing a meagre total of 216 in the fourth innings, the hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Laxman was their last recognized batsmen left as they were reeling at 124-8. Eventually, the 45-year old pulled off an improbable one-wicket victory finishing with an unbeaten 73. The partnership between him and Ishant Sharma of 81 played a massive part.
Suresh Raina has been one of the many active cricketers, who has indulged in many conversations. In a Youtube video with Aakash Chopra, the 34-year old opened up on those insane moments of that match. In retrospect, Australia dearly missed the services of Doug Bollinger in the final moments of the clash. He left the field due to an injury.
I had never seen VVS Laxman so angry: Suresh Raina
Rehashing that very moment, the out-of-favour batsman said that he had never seen Laxman so angry on the field. Laxman, who was batting with a back spasm, drilled the ball to mid-off and called for a single; however, Pragyan Ojha, standing at the non-striker’s end, was confused and didn’t run. Ojha’s incompetence at that time left VVS Laxman in absolute rage. Raina said that as a substitute runner, he decided to dive, but never dismiss Laxman
“Laxman bhai was suffering from back spasm. I had never seen Laxman bhai so angry. Pragyan Ojha then Ishant Sharma came and he batted very nicely. We all four were talking and Mitchell Johnson was bowling reverse swing. Then Hussey fielded and threw a bowl but it missed the stumps. When I went in as a substitute runner, I decided that I will dive but not get Laxman bhai out.” Raina said as quoted by India Today.