‘I became very emotional’ – VVS Laxman reveals his reaction after India scripted history in Australia
The series win after winning the last Test at Gabba had left many Indian cricket enthusiasts in tears and former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was no different.
Updated - Feb 2, 2021 4:08 pm
Team India had created history in Australia by breaching the Gabba Fortress and retaining the prestigious Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia by 2-1. There were many question marks over the Indian players after they were bundled out for a paltry total of 36 in the first Test at Adelaide Oval. However, the team scripted a memorable victory despite losing their key players to injuries during the course of the Test series.
The series win after winning the last Test at Gabba had left many Indian cricket enthusiasts in tears and former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was no different. Speaking about the heroics of team India in Australia, Laxman revealed that he couldn’t control his emotions after Rishabh Pant smashed the winning shot. The veteran further reckoned that he desperately wanted India to win after the poor show in Adelaide and accusations that they didn’t want to play in Brisbane.
“There is no doubt about it. In fact, I became very emotional. I was watching the last day and following it along with my family. When Rishabh and Washington were batting, I got very tense myself because when you’re not playing the game, you’re not in control.
“I just wanted India to beat Australia and win the series, especially after what has happened in Adelaide and what had happened before the Gabba Test match where everyone was talking about Indians are scared of going to Brisbane where Australia hadn’t lost in a long time,” Laxman told Boria Majumdar on Sports Today.
Twice I cried, once in 2011 when India lifted the World Cup: VVS Laxman
Further in the interaction, VVS revealed that this was the second time that he cried while watching a cricket match. The first incident which left the legendary batsman in tears was India’s victory in the 2011 World Cup. Both the events are very special for VVS as he wanted to achieve them himself as a cricketer.
“Twice I cried, once in 2011 when India lifted the World Cup because I always wanted to be part of a World Cup-winning team and I played alongside this group of players who were so close to me and they went on to realise their dream of winning the World Cup.
“And I always wanted to beat Australia in Australia, I was not able to do that as a cricketer. I was so proud that this young Indian did that. Tears came down my eyes. Words cannot express what a wonderful, inspirational achievement not only for cricket but for the entire country,” Laxman said