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Bhajji, Laxman steer India to a draw

The number one tag in the world has been there for nothing. It was difficult to climb to the top, but its monstrous to remain at the top and consistently deliver.

But India proved that it has a matured team and a fighting mindset to remain at the top. From a precarious 15/5, with the thought of losing the Test match looming large, India's fighting mindset, not only staved off a defeat, but could have pressed hard for a win had it been a little more adventurous.

The number one tag in the world has been there for nothing. It was difficult to climb to the top, but its monstrous to remain at the top and consistently deliver.

But India proved that it has a matured team and a fighting mindset to remain at the top. From a precarious 15/5, with the thought of losing the Test match looming large, India's fighting mindset, not only staved off a defeat, but could have pressed hard for a win had it been a little more adventurous.

The fightback was carried by the ever reliant Laxman along with Harbhajan. Laxman's match-saving skills haven't been so frequently put to use by India. He did it in the last two Tests against Australia and here again at Motera. Along with Bhajji, the two added 163 for the 7th wicket which vanished any thoughts of victory in Daniel Vettori's mind. Laxman was classical in his defense, playing straight and with the full face of the bat. Bhajji on the other hand was adventurous and fearless and agricultural. Nevertheless, both were effective in their own ways. Infact, it was Bhajji's ways that caught everybody's attention as he strummed up his maiden century in Test cricket.

India could have forced NZ to bat once a lead of 230 was attained, but skipper Dhoni thought otherwise. Perhaps, he wasn't sure of picking 10 Kiwi wickets within one and half sessions, but he was certain that Bhajji would get to his century. Bhajji didn't disappoint, but Laxman was throughly disappointed as the umpire missed a huge edge off the bat to the pads to judge him leg before when he was nine short of another well deserved second innings century.

Despite the draw, however, India should be aware that this NZ team are no pushovers. It wasn't an easy task to take 20 Indian wickets on Indian soil. But they did. It wasn't easy to post a 400 plus score on Indian soil, but they did. The spirited display by Vettori and his boys was well documented at Motera which Dhoni should take care off before they face again for the second Test at Hyderabad from November 12.

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Amazing stuff from VVS yet again.Bhajji played superbly too,but i feel India should have atleast tried for a victory.
maddydravid on 09 Nov 2010, 09:22 AM
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