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Laxman a major second innings contributor in India's victories

Last updated on: December 31, 2010 14:23 IST

VVS Laxman fell short of his century by four runs, but his 96 that set up India's 87-run victory over South Africa in Durban was easily one of the best innings of his career.

- India's eternal saviour

The stylish Hyderabadi seems to have made it a habit of delivering when the chips are down, especially in the second innings. His magical innings of 281 against Australia in Kolkata was one of the best knocks ever seen in the history of the game and since then Laxman has proved to be India's rescuer quite a number of times.

It is not surprising that he is a major contributor in the second innings in India's victories, way ahead of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

A look at India's most successful batsmen in the second innings in wins since the Kolkata Test vs Australia in 2001:

Mts

Runs

HS

Avg

100

50

VVS Laxman

28

1158

281

72.37

2

8

Rahul Dravid

32

944

180

49.68

2

4

Sachin Tendulkar

29

739

103*

41.05

1

5

Virender Sehwag

24

718

92

37.78

0

5

Gautam Gambhir

13

452

116

45.20

2

2

Sourav Ganguly

21

439

98*

36.58

0

2

Rajneesh Gupta