At the beginning of the Pakistan series, there were two batsmen whose position was in doubt.
One of these players had reached the pinnacle of glory with a mammoth 275 against the best test team in the world at this very ground. The other called Eden Gardens home and yet didn’t have a century to his name here. The two players, Laxman and Ganguly have a lot in common – Both players are great to watch when in song, have similar averages in the forties and have never scored a century against Pakistan – actually, if you leave Ganguly’s century against Bangladesh, they hadn’t scored a century in a while. Both players are also nearing their use-by-date as far as cricket is concerned and are considered to be a bit of liability in the field.
Both these players also had a good series in England, and yet with Yuvraj Singh putting up a strong case for his inclusion with good performances in ODIs, a lot of questions were being asked about their inclusion in the playing XI.
Today both scored hundreds.
Forget the fact that the bowling attack was insipid and uninspired. Forget the fact that it was a benign pitch for batting and it offered nothing to the bowlers. Also, forget the fact that when these two got together, there was no great pressure.The hundreds they got were still very significant and their position in the Indian team is secure – at least for now, anyway.
Yuvraj, you’ve just got to wait longer, mate!