The performances by Gautam Gambhir and V.V.S Laxman, both scoring double hundreds in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Dehli has set some outstanding records. India finished their innings on 613-7 declared with Gambhir falling this morning for 206 and Laxman finishing on 200 not out.
India's dominance from the last Test has been carried through in the early stages of this Test so far. The duo of double centuries was the first time that India have ever had two double centuries in one Test innings, it was also the first time that this has occurred against Australia. I congratulate the players on this fantastic feat, one which brought about Gambhir's highest Test score of his career and lifted the pressure greatly from the shoulders of V.V.S. Laxman. Laxman had faced great pressure of late due to his underperformance and some media suggested that he would be axed for this Test at the expense of a third spinner. However, this was not the case and Laxman has cemented his place within the side for the near future. The pressure is mounting on Rahul Dravid and he will hope to improve upon his performance in the series so far against Australia.
The continuation and the conclusion of this Test will be interesting to say the least and India are the side who look in pole position after these gargantuous efforts. Bring on Day 3!
NHA BAMBARAN PODRI
2 weeks ago