‘VVS Laxman. How would you rate this among your double hundreds against Australia?’
‘I would say it was the worst’.
No-one asked that really, because everyone knows Laxman’s 281 at Eden Gardens is his best innings.
With six hundreds against them and an average of 54, Australia must hate VVS Laxman. After 200 not out today, Brad Haddin’s well on the way to building up the kind of unnatural familiarity with Laxman’s right-hand side that Adam Gilchrist already enjoys.
When we were watching the match, we were struck by the phrase: ‘And there’s a bowling change, Simon Katich replacing Ricky Ponting.’
You know the Australian attack’s not what it was when they pick five bowlers and that utterance can still come about.