VVS Laxman      

Full name Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

Born November 1, 1974, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Current age 43 years 233 days

Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Lancashire

Nickname Very Very Special

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Education Little Flower High School, St. John's School

Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman
    February-March, 1994
    An early taste for Australia
    In his first outing with the India Under-19s, he averages 110.25 in three Tests against the visiting Australian U-19 team, which includes Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds
    November 22, 1996
    A promising beginning
    On his Test debut, against South Africa in Ahmedabad, he makes a composed 51 in the second innings - one of only two half-centuries in the match - to set up India's victory in a low-scoring game
    March 6, 1997
    Top order, but not top form
    India's impregnable middle-order means Laxman has to play as an opener to remain in the side. On his first assignment in the West Indies, he has a torrid time and is dropped by the end of the series
    Ranji Trophy 1999-2000
    A domestic giant
    Still being shunted in and out of the Indian side, he makes his case with a staggering 1415 runs in the Ranji Trophy, the most ever in a single season
    January 4, 2000
    Let me entertain you
    The knock that proves his international credentials. At the end of a wretched Test series for him and India, he strokes a majestic 167 off 198 balls against Australia in Sydney, his first Test century
    March 13-15, 2001
    Very, very special
    The defining innings. Steve Waugh's Australians were relentlessly marching towards conquering the "Final Frontier" with a 274-run first innings lead in the second Test in Kolkata. His epic 281 leads an astonishing recovery and India sneak to victory by 171 runs
    November 2-3, 2002
    Kolkata love affair continues
    With nearly five sessions to play, India are four wickets down in the second innings and still trailing by 53 runs against West Indies in Kokata. He puts on a combative 214 with Sachin Tendulkar to take India to safety
    December 2003-January 2004
    Another dose of trouble for Australia
    Spoils Steve Waugh's farewell Test series. A backs-to-the-wall 303-run stand with Rahul Dravid sets up the famous victory in Adelaide before a dazzling 178 in Sydney and a triple-century partnership with Sachin Tendulkar gives India a chance to seal the series
    November 5, 2004
    Negotiating a Mumbai minefield
    On an astonishing day when twenty wickets fell, on a dustbowl that Ricky Ponting called "nowhere near to being Test standard", he scripts a doughty 69 that paved the way for a consolation victory in Mumbai
    January 3, 2008
    I love Sydney
    India's batting, which had struggled in the first Test, finally gets going in the controversial second Test in Sydney with a silken century from Laxman, who along with Sachin Tendulkar puts India back in the contest
    October 29-30, 2008
    Delhi demolition
    He torments Australia again with his second double-century in Tests, which helps India amass 613 in Delhi and guides them closer to reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
    February 14-18, 2010
    Love affair with Eden Garden continues
    Laxman scores his fourth century in his ninth Test at the Eden Gardens - an unbeaten 143 against South Africa - as India win by an innings and 57 runs to level the two-Test series.
    August 3-7, 2010
    Fourth-innings saviour
    Chasing a testing fourth-innings target of 257 in Colombo, Laxman eases to an unbeaten 103. After being four down for 62, India canter to a five-wicket win.
    October 1-5, 2010
    Mohali magic
    More fourth-innings heroics from Laxman, this time rescuing the team from even deeper problems. Chasing 216 against Australia, India were 124 for 8 when Laxman put on his Superman cape again, scoring an undefeated 73 to steer India to a one-wicket victory.
    December 26-29, 2010
    Durban conquered
    On a pitch on which no other batsman scores more than 39, Laxman puts up 38 and 96. It's the difference between the two teams, as India, after losing badly in the first Test in Centurion, come back to level the series with an 87-run win.