Tuesday, October 5, 2010


VVS Laxman      

Full name Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman
Born November 1, 1974, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Current age 35 years 339 days
Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India),Lancashire
Nickname Very Very Special
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Little Flower High School, St. John's School
Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman
Batting and fielding averages
List A17316619507813134.54928740
Bowling averages
List A17369854882/422/4268.504.7187.2000
Career statistics
Test debutIndia v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Nov 20-23, 1996 scorecard
Last TestIndia v Australia at Mohali, Oct 1-5, 2010 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debutIndia v Zimbabwe at Cuttack, Apr 9, 1998 scorecard
Last ODISouth Africa v India at Centurion, Dec 3, 2006 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut1992/93
Last First-classIndia v Australia at Mohali, Oct 1-5, 2010 scorecard
List A debut1994/95
Last List AGlamorgan v Lancashire at Cardiff, Sep 14, 2009 scorecard
Twenty20 debutKolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers at Kolkata, Apr 20, 2008scorecard
Last Twenty20Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Nagpur, Apr 5, 2010 scorecard
At his sublime best, VVS Laxman is a sight for the gods. Wristy, willowy and sinuous, he can match - sometimes even better - Tendulkar for strokeplay. His on-side game is comparable to his idol Azharuddin's, yet he is decidedly more assured on the off side and has the rare gift of being able to hit the same ball to either side. The Australians, who have suffered more than most, paid the highest compliment after India's 2003-04 tour Down Under by admitting they did not know where to bowl to him. Laxman, a one-time medical student, finally showed signs of coming to terms with his considerable gifts in March 2001, as he tormented Steve Waugh's thought-to-be-invincible Australians with a majestic 281 to stand the Kolkata Test on its head. But even though he had another wonderful series against the Australians in 2003-04 with two centuries, one of them involving a back-from-the-dead, match-winning, 300-plus partnership with Kolkata ally Rahul Dravid at Adelaide, he hasn't quite managed the consistency that could have turned him into a batting great. Between dazzling and sometimes workmanlike hundreds, he has suffered the frustration of numerous twenties and thirties and has lost his place in the one-day side. Nothing, though, has deterred him from tormenting his favourite opponents with silken strokes and piles of runs: in the course of the double-hundred at Feroz Shah Kotla in 2008, he became the second Indian batsman after Tendulkar to score more than 2000 runs against the Australians.
Sambit Bal October 2008. thanks crickinfo.com

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