VVS Laxman, who played a memorable knock against Australia in the First Test match in Mohali, reportedly required three painkilling injections plus tablets at each break in the game to keep him going despite his back injury.
Talking about close games, Laxman said that he has always liked challenges which has helped to bring the best out him. He said such close games have made him strong mentally and he has always accepted the challenge since he started playing cricket.
“I think sometimes these situations get the best out of me, from the mental point of view. Mentally, I have always relished these situations. Always think right from my younger days, I really want to do well in such situations.
He also believes playing for his state team Hyderabad has helped him a lot. He said he learnt to take responsibility while playing for Hyderabad.
“Probably something to do with Hyderabad. Because when I was playing at that time, I was their main batsman and I had to get a lot of runs for them. I think the earlier part of my career with Hyderabad taught me a lot to take responsibility. Probably that helped me a lot," he said.
Indian physio Nitin Patel played as significant a role in India"s Test win as tailenders Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha, who hung around long enough to seal victory, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“I have been doing a lot of mobilisation exercises on my lower back and my upper back. Various techniques Nitin uses to relieve spasms. Also a lot of painkiller injections. I was not sure how it would hold up," Laxman said.
“Then I went and had a net. Last three days I was doing nothing but sitting and having treatment. So I had a net last evening, to make sure the spasms didn"t aggravate," he said.