Dhoni lauds 'Very very special Laxman'

Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 12:16 [IST]
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'Very very special Laxman': Dhoni

Colombo: Laxman's unbeaten century showed why he is regarded as "very very special", captain MS Dhoni said, after Laxman guided India to a memorable win against the Sri Lankans on Saturday.

V V S Laxman crafted a blinder of an innings, an unbeaten 103 and anchored the innings brilliantly while Sachin Tendulkar (54) and Suresh Raina (41 not out) gave him the perfect support from the other end as India defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets to level the three-match Test series 1-1.

Dhoni also said Laxman, who was struggling for runs in the series, always has the habit of coming up with something special when it mattered most for the team.

"He (Laxman) has proved why he is called very very special. He always comes up with innings that have a huge bearing on the game. It was very important for him to score runs as the team needed it most to level the series. I think it is a very special innings. Hopefully, he plays plenty more innings like this for us," the jubilant Indian skipper said.

"I think the way he batted he paced his innings really well. He was struggling a bit with back spasm but still he wanted to go on without a runner. But after lunch there was a time when he had to go for a runner. I think there was pain and there was pressure at the same time," he said.

Dhoni was also full of praise for Tendulkar and Raina, who played a vital role in the victory along with Laxman.

"I think Sachin too batted really well and after he got out, Raina came in and supported Laxman.

"Raina batted well. In the initial few balls he played a few big shots but after that he calmed himself down and batted sensibly," he said.


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