Feel assured in team now, says VVS Laxman

first_imgHe has been a long-time middle-order mainstay of India’s batting line-up but veteran VVS Laxman says he started feeling assured in the team only in the last four years during which he was given the “freedom” to play his natural game.Laxman still remembers the years when he wasn’t made to feel an automatic choice in India’s playing XI even after he had crafted the legend of 281 against the Australians at Eden Gardens in the waning winter of 2001.”In the last four years, first Anil (Kumble) bhai and then Mahendra Singh (Dhoni), as well as coach Gary (Kirsten), have given me an assurance in the team, the freedom to play my natural game, and I’ve been able to translate that freedom into performance,” reflects Laxman.”During my first four years, between 1996-2000, while opening the innings and trying to do my best for the team, whenever I failed in two innings, people used to brand me as a non-regular opener and I used to get dropped very frequently,” he recalled.Gearing up for the Test series against England that starts at Lord’s from July 21, Laxman said he desires to strike his first century against the hosts in a wining cause.”I haven’t made a century in England yet; nor the team has won at Lord’s while I have been around,” states Laxman.Laxman views his career in two halves — one before and one after 2007 when he felt completely assured in the team.-With PTI inputslast_img