VVS Laxman, Dravid irreplaceable: Ross Taylor

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Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:43 [IST]
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Dravid, Laxman irreplaceable: Taylor

Hyderabad, Aug 20: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor also echoed many others' opinion as he said it would be very difficult to replace Indian greats Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who retired from international cricket this year.

Though Rahul Dravid announced his retirement in March this year, India has not played a Test match yet since his retirement. Now, when they are scheduled to play their first test in the absence of Dravid, they would miss another stalwart VVS Laxman as he announced his retirement ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, on Saturday.

Taylor, who had discussed with his team to counter these two batsmen is now relieved as the Kiwis can take it at ease as the two Indian greats will not be playing against them in the forthcoming series, as the skipper said on a lighter vein ahead of the first test to be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal on Aug 23.

"Yes, (against these two players) we had plans few months ago but we don't need to have those plans anymore," he said in a lighter vein ahead of the first Test to be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal on August 23.

He did feel that their retirement would help the youngsters to take up those roles but it is definitely not possible to replace the giants of Indian cricket.

"The retirement of Laxman and (Rahul) Dravid gives opportunity to two new younger players in the Indian side. But you cannot replace Rahul or Laxman -- the two greats of the Indian game," Taylor told reporters on Sunday after a practice session at Uppal.

Echoing Taylor's views, Brendon McCullum also felt that India would find it difficult to replace Laxman as he is a phenomenal player who has played vital knocks during crunch situations.

"He scored runs against us last time (in Ahmedabad) when we thought we had an opportunity to win a Test match but that was not so," McCullum said while stating Laxman's role in helping India overcome pressure situations.

He further felt that the current Indian team will lack experience as Dravid and Laxman's retirement leaves a huge void in the playing XI.

While Martin Guptill also felt the same as he said it would be tough to fill Laxman's place in the Indian Cricket team.

"He (Laxman) played a lot of international cricket over the years and scored lot of Test runs. It will be quite tough to fill his place," Guptill said.

Guptill also felt that the absence of two Indian greats, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman would benefit the visitors to a certain extent as the team would lack experience.


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