LAXMAN MAKES INDIA SMILE                                                                                                           

Vangipuruapu Venkat Sai Laxman once again walked back to the pavilion this time around, having scripted probably the greatest innings by an Indian in the history of the game.

Not only his unbeaten 275 smash Sunil Manohar Gavaskar's earlier best of 236 not out against the West Indies, in 1983-84. Laxman also obliterated West Indian Rohan Kanhai's 256, the highest individual inning in India.

The 27-year-old batsman said "The best part about my knock is that it helped us come back in the match very strongly .Right from the start of play, this morning, I just wanted to get going, like I did on Tuesday. He said "Nothing as such. I just wanted to get going. I wasn't rally bothered about how much I would score. I just wanted to make sure that I was there for as long as I could" However ,he had this to add" Breaking the record of the highest individual score by an Indian in Test cricket is in itself a big achievement."

None was more happier for Laxman than the 'Little Master', Sunil Gavaskar. "For a country that has been playing Test cricket for close to 70 years,236 was a pretty poor highest individual score, especially considering that other countries which got Test status decades later, had highest individual scores nearer the triple century mark," said Gavaskar.

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