It is just five months when Test cricketer VVS Laxman announced his retirement from International cricket, but the Very Very Special Laxman said he is still fit enough to play in the Test format.
Team India has lost back-to-back matches against rivals Pakiatan but VVS Laxman has words of advice for team India. He said, “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.”
However, India is not doing well in any format of cricket, but Laxman said that team India has not done that badly in the limited-overs after the World Cup 2011 win.
He said, “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.”
Laxman said, “We did not qualify for knockouts in T20 World Cup… we played four games and lost one badly and did not qualify.”
He added, “Overall in T20 and one-day cricket we have done well,’ Laxman said on the sidelines of a promotional event here yesterday.”
When asked about India’s defeat against 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.”
He added, “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.”
“It’s already there, you see the batting line-up… it’s good mixture of youth and experience and they will do well in the future,” Laxman added.
He said, “Indian cricket is going through a transitional phase. There are lots of youngsters who are getting opportunities and I am sure they will do well in the future.”
Further, talking about his retirement, VVS Laxman said, “I mean I had great run playing for India. At some time you have to move on and I think that was the right team for me after playing sixteen years.”