Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman had nothing but praises after the Indian team had rocked and surprised the West Indies team and made them surrendered. Laxman believed that the track was rather good for batting and hence expected both teams to put up a good fight but the Windies failed to take off and “surrendered tamely” at Rajkot.
The most special performance according to Laxman, was not the captain’s century, but the century of the brilliant young teenage debutant, Prithvi Shaw. Laxman said that it was highly rare for Virat Kohli’s brilliant game to be overshadowed but Prithvi Shaw managed to do it.
Laxman was truly impressed by how unfazed he was by the stage and event and believed that this player was cut out for greater things. The fact that Shaw understands his game so well at such a tender age is reason enough to believe that he will last a long time in the game.
It was also a special occasion for Ravindra Jadeja, who managed to score his maiden test century after nearly a decade of playing international cricket. It was achieved at his home ground, no less. Jadeja has been a consistent face in the Indian side for the past few years.
Laxman said that Jadeja had excellent scores in First Class cricket and also scored half-centuries in international cricket but a maiden Test hundred is bound to do wonders for his confidence and game. Laxman was hopeful that Jadeja will build on this for the upcoming few important months leading up to the World Cup.
In the bowling department, Ravichandran Ashwin ruled the first innings with his 4/37 while Kuldeep Yadav stole the show in the second innings with his 5/57. Laxman also appreciated captain Virat for allowing Yadav to play his game after his debacle at the Lord’s test. Yadav managed a five-wicket haul, which is no less momentous than a century.
Laxman was all praises when he said that a top team always sticks to its game plan, no matter the quality of the opposition. The fact that India did not lose momentum even after the West Indies hardly seemed to put up a fight proved that the Indian team was playing the right way.