Laxman proud of Test win
VVS Laxman insists India and England did not overstep the mark during their fiery Test series.
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 15/08/07 5:01pm
Indian batsman VVS Laxman insists his side and England did not overstep the mark during their fiery Test series, and spoke of his pride at India's victory.
Laxman was part of Rahul Dravid's side which became just the third touring Indian side to win a Test series on English soil with a tight 1-0 win in the three-match series.
Laxman, who has now signed for County Championship side Lancashire after completing the Test series, says that India were delighted with their series win, with the most pleasing aspect being the teamwork the tourists showed.
"It was a great pleasure for all of us," Laxman told Sky Sports News.
"All of us really worked hard for that and at the end the celebrations were really good, we ended up partying in the dressing room until almost 9-9.30 in the evening.
"Basically everyone was pleased that all the hard work had paid off, everyone played really well, it was very professional cricket all of us played."
India arrived in England with the batting powerhouses of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Dravid touted as their main weapons.
However, the relatively inexperienced seamers did particularly well as England's batsmen struggled, while veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble of all people chose the final Test at the Oval to score his maiden Test century.
"It was a total team effort there was not one individual piece of brilliance," said Laxman.
"There was a big contribution from everyone in the team and I think that's the best part of the Test series.
"Because as a team we played well, as a collective unit we played well, and we showed a lot of fighting spirit."
Laxman insists though, that despite all criticism of both sets of players overstepping the mark in terms of on-field banter, it was simply a hard-fought series.
"We played hard cricket, both teams.
"Because they were competing against each other and both were good quality sides, when you are playing international cricket you play hard and sometimes things happen.
"But overall the general atmosphere was quite good and there was not much friction between the teams."
India now take on England in a lengthy seven-match one-day series, beginning on Tuesday with a day-night match at the Rose Bowl.