May be I am still fit to play Test cricket: V V S Laxman
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Five months have passed since V V S Laxman bid adieu to international cricket but the stylish batsman feels he is still fit enough to play in the Test format.
"May be (in) white (flannel)," the answer was predictable when Laxman, once the perennial troubleshooter of the Indian cricket team, was asked about his preference. At a time when the Indian batsmen are letting the team down on a regular basis, Laxman had a word of advice.
"It's just about converting starts into big scores. Whenever a set batsman converts his start into a big score and the others rally around him, you usually post a healthy total
for bowlers to defend," he said.
The numbers surely won't support his claim but Laxman was of the opinion that the Indian team has not done that badly in the limited-overs format after the triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign.
"I think we have done well except for these two games (losses against Pakistan in the ongoing ODI series) in the one-day format. I think, after the World Cup, we still had a decent run and even in T20.
"We did not qualify for knockouts in T20 World Cup... we played four games and lost one badly and did not qualify.
"Overall in T20 and one-day cricket we have done well,' Laxman said on the sidelines of a promotional event here yesterday.
About the defeats to Pakistan, he said, "I think in the two matches I thought Pakistan bowlers need to be credited, the way they bowled and there are some marvellous and
attacking fast bowlers Junaid (Khan), (Mohammad) Irfan and Umar Gul all three of them
"I saw the match in Kolkata (and) both Junaid and Irfan bowled fiery spells like they did in Chennai, So I think Pakistani bowling attack was really penetrating."
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