Watch: Sachin Tendulkar bowls bouncers to VVS Laxman as Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s grit and determination have taken him to such heights that he will always be remembered as one of the finest captains Indian Cricket has ever had. Recently, in a throwback video posted by former India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton, the former India captain was seen closely observing Sachin Tendulkar giving bouncer practice to VVS Laxman during the India vs England Test series in 2008.

The incident happened inside the changing room, where Sachin was bowling tricky bouncers to VVS as MSD stationed on his position looked on. Laxman left alone the first tennis-ball bouncer bowled by Tendulkar, while he ducked on the second delivery. Watch the events unfold here:

The practice, however, didn’t prove to be of much help to Test specialist Laxman as he scored 37, 26, 0 and 15 in the two-match series, which hosts India won by a 1-0 margin. The series came after India thrashed the touring English side 5-0 in seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series. The final two matches were called off without a ball being bowled due to rain.

Laxman, who is considered as one of the greats among Test cricket legends, went on to score 8,781 runs in his career, from 134 matches at an average of nearly 46 in Test cricket. After a stellar, trophy-laden career, Laxman played his last Test match against Australia in 2012 at Adelaide.

On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar, who is hailed as the ‘God’ of Cricket, went on to accumulate 200 Test caps, before calling curtains on his illustrious career.  He alongside Laxman and Rahul Dravid had guided their national team to numerous victories in Tests and ODIs and the trio will always be remembered for their contribution towards the gentleman’s game.

Meanwhile, Tendulkar accumulated 15,921 in the longest format of the game at an average of 53.78, with the highest score of an unbeaten 248.

Published by Amrit Santlani on 18 May 2019

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