Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman recalls the memory of Sachin Tendulkar when he locked himself in the Physio’s room. He said it happened after his first-inning dismissal on four runs against Australia in a Test match at Chennai in 1998.
“Sachin was really well prepared for the Test match in Chennai. In the first innings, he was dismissed for four runs. He hit a boundary and then tried to play a big shot over mid-on, hitting against the turn and was caught by Mark Taylor,” VVSLaxman said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“I remember Sachin locked himself in the physio’s room and only came out after almost an hour. When he came out, we could see his eyes were red. I felt he was very emotional because he was unhappy in the manner he was dismissed,” he added.
Electing to bat, India were bowled out for 257 in their first innings. In reply, Australia scored 328 runs and took a 71-run first-innings lead. Then, India came back strongly and posted 418/4 declared. The Master Blaster played a brilliant knock of 155 not out, which included 14 fours and 4 sixes.
“Then, in the second innings, the way he blasted and hammered Shane Warne, who was bowling into the rough outside the leg stump,” said VVS Laxman.
“Warne was using the depth of the crease and when he used to pitch it up, Sachin used to hit it through the mid-off, mid-on region. He went on to get a hundred.”
“That battle with Shane Warne is the best I have seen,” he added.
India then got victory as they bowled out Australia for 168 runs. Anil Kumble scalped 4/46 and Venkatpathy Raju took 3/31.
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