Laxman gives his best to reach 8,000

Bridgetown, Barbados – India’s batting stalwart VVS Laxman reached the magical milestone of 8000 Test match runs on Tuesday.


The tall, elegant right-hander made 85 in his 200th Test innings to pull hit team around from 38-4 in the opening session. They were eventually bowled out for 201 on a lively pitch at Kensington Oval i=on the first day of the Second Digicel Test mach.


“The wicket was quite a challenge and the position we were in, losing four wickets for nothing, it definitely brought out the best in me," the 36-year-old Laxman told a news conference. “But I would like to convert that in to hundreds because I always regret doing all the hard work and not converting to hundreds.”


Laxman reached his 50th half-century in Test math cricket off 75 balls after a slow and cautious start. Overall, he struck 12 boundaries, comprising a mixture of crunching drives and pulls, with some delightful, delicate touches.


“I think it was a difficult wicket, especially before lunch ... but it eased down a bit and it was ideal for stroke play,” Laxman said. “We should have got about 250 to 300 runs, which would have been a very good score, but considering the position we were in before lunch, we have to be very happy, especially taking three wickets at the end there.”


West Indies will resume Wednesday on 30-3, needing another 172 runs for first innings lead.