Weeks after VVS Laxman inaugurated his autobiography '281 and beyond', which is named after his impressive knock of 281 against Australia in Kolkata in 2001, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who was leading the team in that match, has stated that his career was saved by that innings.
Laxman enjoyed a stellar Test career with the national team. He played 134 matches, scoring 8781 runs at an average of 46. The highlight of his career was the 281 against Australia in 2001, which helped India win one of the most memorable matches of all time. And Ganguly exclaims that had that not happened, he may have been out of job as captain.
"I told him it was not the apt title... It should have been '281 and beyond and that saved Sourav Ganguly's career'. I strongly opposed the title because if he had not scored 281, we would have lost the Test and I would not have been captain again. I also texted him a month back but he didn't reply," chuckled Sourav Ganguly at the autobiography launch in Kolkata.
While Laxman had a glorious career in Test cricket, he wasn't similarly successful in ODIs. He only played 86 matches for India in this format, and was also overlooked for the World Cup 2003. And Ganguly feels that he made a mistake in this regard.
"Laxman was a player who could have done well in all formats. In hindsight, maybe it was a mistake. As a captain, you take decisions and things happen which may not be right or wrong," Dada added.