I want to succeed in both versions: Laxman

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2001, 0:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Middle order bat V V S Laxman in Mumbai on Monday said he will perform well and help Indian team to succeed both in the ongoing triangular series and the three- match Test series against South Africa in November.

"Though it has been a pleasant surprise (his call-up for One-dayers) I want to go and give hundred per cent to the team and probably win both the triangular tournament and the Test series as well," a relaxed and confident looking Laxman said on the eve of his departure to South Africa, to reinforce the Indian team in the last two One-day matches.

"I think it is good that I am going a bit early so that I can get used to the bouncy wickets over there before the Tests begin.

I am also looking forward to playing their fast bowlers on those wickets where the ball will come on at a good height to play your strokes," the wristy player from Hyderabad added. Laxman, who underwent a knee operation in Australia recently, could not join the Indian team earlier as he was asked by his doctors to rest his knee for some more time.

However, he proved his fitness in the five-day Irani trophy cricket match when he led Rest Of India team to victory with a responsible century in the second innings against Ranji Trophy Champions Baroda at Nagpur recently. He will also stay back for the Test series against South Africa from November 3.

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