V.V.S. Laxman is easily the best lower order batter India has produced in Test cricket. He was good against pace, swing and a great player of spin bowling. Most of us would know of his epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata (2001) which is arguably the best knock in tests under certain circumstances.
V.V.S. Laxman, Very Very Special Summary
‘Treat success and failure on the same wavelength’
“Success and failure are parts of anybody’s life. The key is self-belief and performing consistently in tough conditions,” V.V.S. Laxman tells V. V. Subrahmanyam. One of the finest players in contemporary cricket has called it a day. For someone who delighted cricket lovers with his brilliance with the willow for 16 long years in test cricket, Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman announced his retirement at a crowded media conference in Hyderabad, ahead of the two-test series against New Zealand. The 37-year-old star batsman, who was part of the fabulous batting line-up which helped India become the No. 1 test team, shares his experiences and thoughts . in an exclusive interview with Sportstar.
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, popularly known as V.V.S Laxman is one of the finest players of the contemporary cricket. He is known for his grace and elegance in batting. His father Dr.V. Shantaram and mother Dr. V.Satyabhama were doctors. His father was his childhood hero. Though he had no sports background, Laxman was guided by their philosophy which taught him to handle success and failure with ease. Since he came from a family of doctors he had a dream to become a doctor. But his parents gave complete freedom to choose his career. His uncle Baba Mohan played a very crucial role in his decision to become a cricketer.
He started his career by playing at the under -16 level. By 18 he was playing in the Ranji Trophy. He has played for 16 years in Indian cricket. He contributed to the best of his ability and helped India become No. 1 Test team.
He had many memorable moments in cricket. He was the member of the No. 1 Test cricket team in the world. He scored 281 against the Aussies in Kolkata in 2001. It was the most memorable match for Laxman as well as for India. This is the series that gave them the confidence to that they could become the best in the world cricket. Even though he never played in the World Cup he became an outstanding test batsman in the world. He retired from the world cricket when he was 37 giving way for the youngsters to play for India.
According to Cricinfo, Laxman was hurt by the suggestion that his selection was bad for the Indian team as it was holding back a younger player for a Test series against an inexperienced New Zealand bowling attack.