When questions hover again, Laxman answers in his own way
Ajay S Shankar
Posted online: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST
Basseterre (St Kitts), June 26
Over a month ago, staring out of his fourth-floor flat in Hyderabad, he
revealed what the real problem was. ''It's not about me. I can
stay calm amidst all this. It's my family, my parents, my
grandmother, uncles. They get so upset when I am dropped. They ask me,
'What more do you need to do?'''
Dumped from the one-day team, dropped for the last two Tests against
England in March, the 31-year-old knew then that this West Indies tour
was it: the big one, do or get dropped forever. By Sunday evening, his
answer was ready: 100, simple.
But what does that 10th Test century mean for VVS Laxman, the veteran;
76 Tests later, is he finally sure of his place in the team?
''Well, it's something which you have to ask the selectors or the
team management,'' he replied with a shrug.
''I have full confidence in the team management, they have given me
the kind of responsibility that a senior player demands or requires. So
I am happy that I am able to contribute like a senior player should be
doing, when the team required it the most,'' he added.
It was an answer that had the questioner, Colin Croft, shaking his
head, in disbelief that this classy player has been asked to prove
himself again and again. Minutes later, the former West Indian fast
bowling great asked his next question: aren't you in a little bit of
a race to fill a space even now, especially after Sachin Tendulkar
returns from injury?
''When you are playing Test cricket for your country, there will be
competition, and it's always good to have competition.
Good teams always have such competition. But when you are playing a
match, you really don't think about selection. You just go out and
play to the situation and give your best. You have to just concentrate
on the things which you can control, which is to get out there and try
and get runs, and leave the rest to the selectors and team
management,'' replied Laxman.
For the final word, over to Brian Lara. ''Losing the middle order
very early, he showed a lot of responsibility, and he's a class
player, as we all know. We found it hard to uproot him but then you
have to expect these things from players like that. It was a special