VVS Laxman: Never rule out anything, especially not the Indian Cricket Team: VVS Laxman lauds India’s fighting spirit

VVS Laxman lauded India’s positive mindset in 2nd Test which helped the team to bounce back.&nbsp

Key Highlights

  • India registered a memorable win against Australia in the Boxing Day Test
  • Ajinkya Rahane led from the front to help the visitors produce a series-levelling win
  • VVS Laxman heaped praise on India for showing positive mindset after an embarrassing defeat in the 1st Test

Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Indian cricket team was under tremendous pressure having suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in its cricket history. Tim Paine’s men handed India an embarrassing 8-wicket defeat after bundling the visitors out for 36 in the second innings of the first Test – which was India’s lowest-ever total in a Test innings. To make matters worse, India were without the services of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami for the much-awaited Boxing Day Test.

Ajinkya Rahane, India’s stand-in captain, wasn’t in the best of form either and the Indian team’s back was against the wall. At a time when the entire cricket fraternity had written off the visitors, Rahane’s men rose to the occasion and produced what will go down as one of the most memorable comebacks in cricket’s history. Rahane not only rediscovered his form to smash a ton but also led his troops brilliantly as India registered a series-levelling victory.

Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, legendary Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was full of praise for the way the Indian team fought back in the absence of Kohli. Laxman issued a warning to India’s rivals by saying the team is not to be ruled out in any scenario.

“Well, I think, see a lot can be talked off the field but I think the reply, and a very a fitting reply has been given by the Indian Team. It’s obvious that once you’re bowled out for 36, various Cricket experts will think that Virat Kohli leaving the series and Shami being ruled out, the Indian team could sort off disintegrate and could result in a very poor outings in the reminder of the series but credit to the entire team, support staff, the way they bounced back positively. I would say to my viewer friends and experts, never rule out anything, especially not the Indian Cricket Team,” Laxman said.

The pressure is now on Australia after Rahane’s men overshadowed them in all departments of the game. Australia have struggled to put a heap of runs on board as Steve Smith, former Australian captain and one of the most prolific run-scorers in world cricket, has struggled against Indian bowlers and has managed just 10 runs in 4 innings.

While David Warner is likely to return to the squad for the Sydney Test, India will also be bolstered with the comeback of Rohit Sharma – who has been named the vice-captain for the 3rd Test. The Mumbai batsman missed out on the first two Tests as he was serving the mandatory quarantine. Rohit is likely to replace either Mayank Agarwal or Hanuma Vihari for the third Test.

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