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‘Had to look after team’s interest’
- Laxman ranks knocks in Mohali with the "very best"

Chandigarh: V.V.S. Laxman, who posted two superb knocks in the Mohali Test, ranks his unbeaten 104 and 67 with the “very best” he has ever played.

Laxman, of course, holds the record for the highest Indian Test score — 281.

“The runs came at critical moments in both innings… Given the position we were in, each one of them will definitely rank with my very best efforts,” Laxman told The Telegraph.

Speaking soon after being adjudged Man of the Series, he added: “I had to look after the team’s interest and, looking back, I’m happy I could do whatever was asked of me…”

Talking of the conditions, Laxman said: “The wicket had begun to deteriorate from the fourth afternoon itself and, so, one had to be particularly careful against Daniel Vettori… I did begin with a series of strokes but, then, had to adjust according to the situation we found ourselves in.”

Laxman, incidentally, had high praise for Akash Chopra who was a terrific comrade-in-arms on the last afternoon. According to him, Akash has an “excellent temperament and very good technique.” In other words, the opener has it in him to be a stayer.

Now that the Test series is over, Laxman has begun focussing on the ODIs. “It’s always nice to begin the (international) season with some runs… I’ll be a more confident player after the knocks in Mohali,” he pointed out.

The October 23 match in Chennai — versus New Zealand — will mark Laxman’s comeback to limited-overs cricket.

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