In Mohali India Beats Aussies By One Wicket - Page 2
I could not but think of the time when Bishen Singh Bedi, as the Skipper of the Indian cricket team, walked out of a test match in the West Indies just so that his bowlers were not injured from the bouncer of the West Indian fast bowlers, and handed them victory. In deed, India has come a long way from that, and if you have to give credit to one singular person it would be the Bangalee babu, Sourav Ganguli, who showed the meek Indian cricketers how to develop resolve and steel in the game of cricket.
When Sharma was out India still needed 11 runs, and it was up to the most unsung hero of India, VVS Laxman to complete the job. In a bulletin, Brydon Coverdale wrote about Laxman’s game, “Nearly throughout his stay, Laxman had drained out all emotion from his face. Even when Dhoni was rushing towards him in vain to get across for the single, Laxman was motionless. When Dhoni ran past him after getting out, Laxman just turned and looked into a distance and at nothing in particular. It was a nice little moment. You could feel that he was in a zone. You could sense his focus. You could see his state of mind.”
After the game, the Aussie Skipper, Ricky Ponting said, "It was one of the exciting test matches I have played. Full credit to India; they outplayed us today. We tried our best. It was satisfying effort from the boys. I told them to just take out the scorecard out of the mind. The partnership between Ishant and Laxman was great and it made the difference I guess.”
Every spectator in Mohali knew that Ponting was truthful, Aussies had given their best, and it was only because of the indomitable Aussie spirit that the Indian spectators had witnessed a match of their lifetime.