India's Atlas, Australia's nemesis

Cricketers spend entire careers wishing they could bat in a crisis like they do in a normal situation, Laxman wishes for the opposite.

updated: October 06, 2010 10:51 IST
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Atlas had a bad back. Atlas took a few injections, popped some painkillers, did some exercises. Then Atlas turned up at 76 for 5 in a fourth innings, coolly scored 73 off 79 (despite having turned down about 10 singles), forgot the pain, and carried India all the way through.

This Atlas, though, does the dirty job with a certain style, creating symphonies with ambulance sirens around him. His team-mates have variously spoken of the soothing effect VVS Laxman has on them. That soothing Laxman moment came some five minutes before lunch today.

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