Ganguly hails Dravid, Laxman for Eden show

Nov 16, 2011, 06:56 IST | Agni Pandey

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly hails Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman for their brilliant show at Eden Gardens; says it reminded him of their innings against Australia in 2001

Most would  like to watch a Rahul Dravid-VVS Laxman combo. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is no different. Whenever Dravid and Laxman share a massive stand in Test cricket, Ganguly becomes nostalgic about his home ground and it reminds him of duo's exploits against Australia back in 2001.

High five: VVS Laxman raises his bat after scoring his fifth ton at the
Eden Gardens yesterday. Pic/AFP

"This innings reminded me of their epic innings against Australia. How can I forget that Test match? That was one of the greatest Test partnerships I have ever witnessed. Rahul and VVS turned the series on its head for us," Ganguly told MiD DAY yesterday.

Sourav Ganguly

More than a decade ago, Dravid (180) and Laxman (281) shared a 376-run stand for the fifth wicket to see India through even after following on. On Monday, the pair shared their 12th Test century stand when they added 140 for the fourth wicket to steer India to commanding position against the West Indies in the ongoing second Test at Eden Gardens.

Rahul Dravid en route to 119 on Monday. Pic/AFP

The veterans' love for Eden also mesmerised their former skipper. "They are really geniuses. They played extraordinarily at Eden. It's amazing," Ganguly felt. Dravid scored his fourth ton, Laxman his fifth at this iconic venue.

Ganguly, who turned up at the Eden only on the second day, also heaped praise on long-time colleague Sachin Tendulkar, who is on the threshold of his 100th international ton. The former captain believed it's just a matter of time he achieves it. "I don't think there's any pressure on him. He has been around for 22 years and he knows how to handle pressure situations. The way he got to the 99, he will get to the 100 too. It's just a matter of time," Ganguly said.

The Bengal southpaw -- who missed first day's action of the Kolkata Test for Bengal's practice -- is busy preparing for the state's next Ranji Trophy clash against Madhya Pradesh commencing on Thursday.  The Prince of Kolkata, however, was skeptical about the prospects of day-night Test matches.

"Frankly speaking, I don't know if there is any possibility of day-night Tests. Dew will be the major factor under lights. In 50-over matches, dew can be managed but in Test cricket, it will be a huge problem. I don't think it's a good idea to have Tests under lights," he opined.

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