VVS Laxman’s bad returns in the 3rd Test in Perth – which India lost by an innings and 37 runs – could make sure he’s made his last presence for the country. VVS Laxman career tally stands at 133 Test games, from which he’s scored 8728 runs at 46.17, and it may well end there.
After having a nasty outing in the initial 2 Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, the sword of Damocles was already hanging over Laxman’s head, but his nine-ball duck in the 2nd innings at the WACA may show to be the very last nail in the coffin. It’s frustrating that Laxman, who developed his solid batting name against the Aussie bowling attack in the last 10 years or so, may not even get a goodbye Test which he thoroughly deserves. But despite having a unsatisfying outing – averaging only 22.75 from 4 games – in England, he was selected for Australia just on track record. And Aussie has been one opposition which has often extracted the perfect out of VVS Laxman.
His over-all record against them is very remarkable with an average of 50.65, including 6 100s, from 28 Tests. But his nasty run in Australia this occasion and his mode of dismissals, poking at balls delivered full-length, is enough for the doubters to consider that the 37 yr old has passed his prime. He’s only averaging 17 from 6 innings. In ’09, he scored 471 runs in 6 Tests at an average of 67.28. In the 2010 season, too, he scored 939 runs at average of 67.07. However, a year ago, Laxman began dropping and scored just 773 runs in 12 Tests at 40.68.