VVS Laxman picks the best captain he played under
He made his debut under Tendulkar's captaincy.
Updated - Dec 23, 2018 3:34 pm
VVS Laxman made his international debut in 1996 Test match against South Africa in Ahmedabad when Sachin Tendulkar was Team India’s leader. Since then, he was the vital cog of the national side for the next 16 years before hanging his boots in the most unceremonious ways after a poor Australia tour. However, over this period, Laxman made a lot of fans and played a crucial role in many overseas Test wins for India.
Though he wasn’t part of the One-Day International team for long, Laxman also played a few memorable knocks in the coloured jersey. Having said that, his 281-run knock against Australia at the Eden Gardens is still rated as one of the best when Team India made a resounding comeback to win the Test match famously. This victory was under Sourav Ganguly‘s captaincy and probably this is the reason why Laxman has named him the best skipper he ever played under.
Ganguly took over the reins of the team when the match-fixing saga was fresh in Indian cricket. He built a very good team by showing faith in the youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni who later played a vital role in winning the T20 and ODI World Cup for India in 2007 and 2011. India also qualified for the final of the World Cup in 2003 as well only losing to Australia in the final.
However, India learned to fight under his captaincy and his aggression used to rub on the shoulders of his teammates as well.
Good relations with Dhoni
Many were surprised that VVS Laxman didn’t take MS Dhoni’s name as the best captain while speaking at India Today Conclave South 2018. But the legendary cricketer has already cleared that his relationship with Mahi was the best during his career. A lot has been revealed by Laxman about Dhoni as the captain in his recently released book.