VVS Laxman hails debutants Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami

In what was Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate match, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami helped India register a win by an innings and 51 runs.

updated: November 08, 2013 19:55 IST
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New Delhi: Eden's best date with cricket was perhaps when VVS Laxman slammed 281 against Australia in 2001. So, when the legend himself raves about two youngsters here, it has to be a 'very, very special' praise. On Friday, the 39-year-old hailed India's first Test triumph vs West Indies and said it was heartening to watch two debutants shine in Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate match.

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India wrapped the match by an innings and 51 runs on the third day and Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami ensured Tendulkar did not have to walk out a second time. While the batsman hit a sparkling 177 under testing conditions, local-boy Shami finished with match figures of 9/118 to leave force the tourists to surrender inside three days. "The two debutants have done remarkably well. Rohit grabbed his opportunity really well. Everyone knew he had the potential and (in the Eden Test) what a knock under tremendous pressure!" Laxman told NDTV. "His dismissal was a bit unfortunate as he was struck outside the off-stump. But I know Rohit really well and he values each knock.

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