VVS Laxman’s full name is Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman. When on song, he was a sight for the Gods. Willowy, sinuous, and wristy, he sometimes matched or even surpassed the great Tendulkar in terms of stroke play. Though one will have to say, Hyderabad has this knack of producing great wrist players. He grew up idolizing the legendary cricketers like Gundappa Viswanath and Mohd, Azharuddin. He has a rare gift of hitting any ball either way, that’s what has made him earn the title of “Very Very Special Laxman”. Here are the few mind-blowing things that we need to know about him.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2017
He made his first class debut by representing Hyderabad in the 1992/93 domestic season. He was just 18 and made an immediate impact in the side. Though it took him four years to break in the international scene and finally made his test debut against the touring South Africans in the year 1996.
He was given ODI captaincy for two years later in 1998 when Zimbabwe toured India in the year 1998. He rose to prominence after his knock of majestic 281 against the invincible Aussies in the year 2001. That knock of his has gone down as one of the finest test knocks ever witnessed. That knock of his earned him an ODI recall and after doing reasonably well, he was still dropped from the limited overs squad and after two three comebacks played his last one day in the year 2006 on the tour of South Africa in 2006.
He remained a strong force in the longer formats of the game and in his decorated career that lasted over 15 years; he bailed out India in numerous occasions. His match winning knock of 73 against the Australians in Mohali was one of his finest knocks. India was 8 down and he single handedly drove India towards win. The lesser known fact is that he batted despite having back spasms.
After two unsuccessful overseas tours during the 2011 World Cup, first in Australia and then in England, critics started questioning his place and even though he was selected for the home series against New Zealand, he announced his retirement less than a week before the start of the series.
Post retirement, he took up commentating job and is seen doing Hindi commentary alongside his former team mate Virender Sehwag. He is also the mentor of the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was under his mentorship that Sunrisers lifted the coveted IPL trophy in 2016.
He is happily married to G. R. Sailaja since 2004 and together the couple is blessed with a son named Sarvajit Laxman and a daughter named Achinthya Laxman.
Article by Navneet.