The middle-order batting mainstay of Team India VVS stood up and delivered the goods when it was needed most-the hallmark of true champion. After a quite season last year he cemented his place in Test squad with a series of fine match-saving and at times match-winning knocks in South Africa tour late last year and subsequent tours-England (away) and Pakistan (home).
He anchored India innings and often saved his side from the jaws of humiliation. And mind you, he very often bats with tail. His unbeaten 72 in the first innings turned out to be a match-winning one in the low scoring Kotla Test against Pak. And followed it up with a classy 112* at his happy hunting ground Eden Gardens.
He can bat with ease on almost all conditions and strips-be it bouncy, seaming, swinging, the one with low bounce et al. This stylish batsman from Hyderabad played a key role in India's jinx-breaking Test series win in England. He scored over 200 runs in the three-Test series at 48 apiece.
The veterens VVS alongwith Ganguly Tendulkar and Dravid still form the backbone of Indian batting. VVS has certainly survived the Yuvraj scare... Going into Test series against Pak in Nov 2007, Yuvi is in the form of his life and rightfully deserved a place in the playing eleven in Tests and at the cost of whom? Tendulkar, no, he was in omnious form, Dravid though under scanner for slump in form you cannot ignore his class and it is just a matter of one big knock to get back and Ganguly no ways how can you axe a higest run-getter for India in this calendar year.
And VVS, the perinneal scapegoat of Indian cricket, as always was doubtful of his place despite rescuing India time and again. However Kumble the skipper endorsed Laxman as an automatic selection in playing eleven and VVS had vindicated his skipper's judgment with his woodwork.