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The emergence of VVS Laxman as a commanding frontline batsman has done wonders for Tendulkar's batting. The Mumbaikar can now concentrate on building his innings. Before the series against Australia, it was Tendulkar who had to do everything for an Indian victory. With the pressure mounting, Tendulkar was easily the biggest thing in Indian cricket. Why, he fast became the only person the public would listen to. Often, when there was crowd trouble at venues, Tendulkar was called upon to appease the crowds. While all else failed, one word from Tendulkar was enough!

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Date-stamped : 23 Apr2001 - 10:34