Suresh Raina walked down the memory lane and told Akash Chopra that he had never VVS Laxman so angry in his entire life before the Mohali Test vs Australia.
Veteran India batsman Suresh Raina on Tuesday shared his thoughts on the famous incident which saw VVS Laxman losing his cool against Pragyan Ojha during a Test match against Australia at Mohali in 2010.
In a conversation with former India opener Aakash Chopra, Suresh Raina walked down the memory lane and told that he had never VVS Laxman so angry in his entire life before the Mohali Test vs Australia.
“Laxman bhai was suffering from back spasm. I had never seen Laxman bhai so angry. Pragyan Ojha then Ishant Sharma came and he batted very nicely. We all four were talking and Mitchell Johnson was bowling reverse swing. Then Hussey fielded and threw a bowl but it missed the stumps. When I went in as a substitute runner, I decided that I will dive but not get Laxman bhai out,” Suresh Raina said.
Suresh Raina, who last played for India in 2018, relived the 2010 Mohali Test match vs Australia. Chasing 216 to win, India lost wickets at regular intervals to be reduced to 124 for 8 – with Laxman being as good as the last man standing.
Batting despite back troubles, Laxman, who was batting with Suresh Raina as his runner, was India’s only hope and knew he needed to tread with caution. Keen on retaining the strike, Laxman drilled the ball to mid-off and called for a single, but Ojha, standing at the non-striker’s end, got confused and refused to run.
Ojha’s antics left Laxman fuming at the other end as he screamed more than a few words at his teammate in absolute rage. However, the pair managed to hang around and eventually brought about a thrilling and memorable one-wicket win for India.