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VVS Laxman      

Full name Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

Born November 1, 1974, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Current age 39 years 320 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
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 134 225 34 8781 281 45.97 17785 49.37 17 56 1135 5 135 0
ODIs 86 83 7 2338 131 30.76 3282 71.23 6 10 222 4 39 0
First-class 267 436 54 19730 353 51.64 55 98 277 1
List A 173 166 19 5078 131 34.54 9 28 74 0
Twenty20 25 25 3 491 78* 22.31 428 114.71 0 3 57 8 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 134 13 324 126 2 1/2 1/2 63.00 2.33 162.0 0 0 0
ODIs 86 4 42 40 0 - - - 5.71 - 0 0 0
First-class 267 1835 754 22 3/11 34.27 2.46 83.4 0 0
List A 173 698 548 8 2/42 2/42 68.50 4.71 87.2 0 0 0
Twenty20 25 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Nov 20-23, 1996 scorecard
Last Test Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 24-28, 2012 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Zimbabwe at Cuttack, Apr 9, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v India at Centurion, Dec 3, 2006 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1992/93
Last First-class Hyderabad (India) v Madhya Pradesh at Hyderabad (Deccan), Nov 9-12, 2012 scorecard
List A debut 1994/95
Last List A Glamorgan v Lancashire at Cardiff, Sep 14, 2009 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers at Kolkata, Apr 20, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Tuskers Kerala at Jaipur, Apr 24, 2011 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
120 Hyderabad v M. Pradesh Hyderabad (Deccan) 9 Nov 2012 FC
23, 67 Hyderabad v Punjab Mohali 2 Nov 2012 FC
169 Hyderabad XI v KSCA Pres XI Mysore 6 Aug 2012 Other
18, 35 India v Australia Adelaide 24 Jan 2012 Test # 2031
31, 0 India v Australia Perth 13 Jan 2012 Test # 2029
2, 66 India v Australia Sydney 3 Jan 2012 Test # 2027
2, 1 India v Australia Melbourne 26 Dec 2011 Test # 2025
15 Indians v CA Chairman Canberra 19 Dec 2011 Other
57 Indians v CA Chairman Canberra 15 Dec 2011 Other
32, 31 India v West Indies Mumbai 22 Nov 2011 Test # 2019
Profile

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. A couple of years later, batting with a runner due to back spasms, he conjured up a magical unbeaten 73 in a thrilling run-chase in Mohali.

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Timeline
    • 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
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Jun 2, 2014

R Ashwin receives the Indian Player of the Year award from VVS Laxman at the CEAT Awards, Mumbai, June 2, 2014

R Ashwin receives the Indian Player of the Year award from VVS Laxman at the CEAT Awards

© CEAT

Sep 1, 2013

VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan at the launch of the latter's sports lounge, Pune, September 1, 2013

VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan at the launch of the latter's sports lounge

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Mar 3, 2013

VVS Laxman acknowledges the crowd in his hometown, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day, March 3, 2013

VVS Laxman acknowledges the crowd in his hometown

© BCCI

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2002

Series Results
India v South Africa at Mumbai - Nov 28, 2005
India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
India v South Africa at Kolkata - Nov 25, 2005
South Africa won by 10 wickets (with 85 balls remaining)
India v South Africa at Chennai - Nov 22, 2005
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
India v South Africa at Bangalore - Nov 19, 2005
India won by 6 wickets (with 86 balls remaining)
India v South Africa at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Nov 16, 2005
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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