July 15, 2011

Laxman's golden run

In the last four years he has been a model of consistency. The only slight problem is his stats in the first Test of a series
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To say that VVS Laxman is in the form of his life isn't an exaggeration. It's true that his defining innings was played more than a decade ago, but it's also true that in the last four years he has played an abnormally high number of match-saving and match-winning knocks, and consistently held together India's middle and lower order. The grace and style he was born with, but to that he has added consistency and an ability to rise to the occasion, which are far from ordinary. His stats in the last four years, and improvement over the previous years, clearly testify to that.

In the last four years, starting with the tour to England in 2007, Laxman averages 57.33 in 43 Tests, which makes this one of his best extended periods of form in Test cricket - a comparable period was between 2000 and 2003, when he averaged 57.73 in 33 matches, but that was followed by a dip in the next three and a half years, when 31 more Tests fetched only four hundreds, and an average of less than 40. Now, it seems, Laxman is back at his best.

Even here, though, numbers don't tell the complete story. In the last two series that India have played - in South Africa and West Indies - Laxman averaged less than 50, and yet he played key roles in both. In the memorable win in Durban, Laxman's 38 and 96 were the highest scores in each of India's two innings in a match where no other batsman topped 40. In Barbados his 85 and 87 were the two highest scores in the match, and would have almost certainly won India the Test had the weather not intervened. On both occasions the pitches were difficult to bat on, and hardly any other batsmen conquered the conditions; yet Laxman scored runs in all four innings of those matches. In the 13 series that Laxman has played over these last four years (excluding the ones in which he played only one Test), his average dipped below 35 only twice, and below 30 only once. On the other hand, nine times he averaged more than 45.

VVS Laxman's Test career
Period Tests Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Before 2000 16 626 24.07 40.54 0/ 5
Jan 2000 to Dec 2003 33 2656 57.73 51.86 6/ 13
Jan 2004 to Jun 2007 31 1596 37.11 47.20 4/ 9
July 2007 onwards 43 3268 57.33 50.48 6/ 25
Career 123 8146 47.36 49.31 16/ 52

All these runs have made Laxman one of the best batsmen in the world over the last four years. He is one of only nine players to score more than 3000 runs at a 50-plus average during this period. It's also a measure of India's batting strength that they make up three of the top six.

The only aspect where Laxman falls short when compared to others in the list below is in converting fifties into hundreds. Kumar Sangakkara has converted 13 out of 25 fifties, Jacques Kallis 16 out of 26, and Mahela Jayawardene 11 out of 20, but Laxman has only managed six out of 31 scores of 50-plus. Some of that is also because he mostly bats at Nos. 5 or 6, but even at No. 4 he has four fifties and no centuries.

Batsmen with more than 3000 runs at 50+ average since July 1, 2007
Batsman Tests Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Kumar Sangakkara 32 3358 68.53 56.99 13/ 12
Jacques Kallis 38 3517 63.94 52.48 16/ 10
Mahela Jayawardene 33 3214 61.80 52.66 11/ 9
Sachin Tendulkar 40 3770 61.80 54.83 14/ 16
Virender Sehwag 35 3539 58.98 90.55 10/ 15
VVS Laxman 43 3268 57.33 50.48 6/ 25
Hashim Amla 38 3281 55.61 51.88 11/ 15
Graeme Smith 37 3172 53.76 59.88 11/ 11
Alastair Cook 50 4085 50.43 50.23 12/ 21

A feature of Laxman's batting since almost the beginning of his career has been his tendency to score more runs in the second innings than the first. In his entire career he averages 51.51 in the third and fourth innings of Tests, and is one of only 18 batsmen to score more than 3000 runs in the second innings. In terms of averages he is fifth among those 18 batsmen, and the best for India, marginally ahead of Sunil Gavaskar's 51.46.

However, in the last four years Laxman has taken second-innings batting to another level, with 13 scores of 50-plus in 31 innings, and a stupendous average of 77.83. It's true that the average has been boosted by 13 not-outs, but some of those were very well deserved, as when he made 103 and73 to guide India to victory against Sri Lanka and Australia. In fact, in the last two and a half years the numbers look even better - 867 runs in 14 innings with seven not-outs, at an average of 123.85, with 10 scores of 50-plus.

Highest 2nd-innings averages in Tests since July 2007 (Qual: 1000 runs)
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
VVS Laxman 31 1401 77.83 49.57 2/ 11
Kumar Sangakkara 23 1283 64.15 54.80 6/ 3
Jacques Kallis 26 1213 63.84 49.42 5/ 4
Gautam Gambhir 22 1201 63.21 49.38 5/ 5
Hashim Amla 27 1386 63.00 49.11 5/ 7
Graeme Smith 26 1397 58.20 59.42 5/ 5

Compare that second-innings average of 77.83 with his first-innings figure of 47.87 during these last four years, and it's clear that Laxman is a relatively slow starter in a Test match. The stats also show that he's a slow starter in a series - his first-Test stats are much poorer than his overall numbers, which means England will fancy their chances of getting him early at Lord's. His overall average in first Tests of series is less than 37, while in the last four years it has only gone up marginally to 40.40. In his four most recent innings in opening Tests, he has scored a total of 27 runs - 7 and 8 in Centurion, and 12 and 0 in Jamaica. On both occasions he hit back strongly in the second Test, in Durban and Barbados.

The only instance of Laxman scoring a first-Test century was against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2005, when he scored 140.

Laxman in each Test of a series
  Career - Tests Average 100s/ 50s Since Jul 2007 - Tests Average 100s/ 50s
1st Test 43 36.81 1/ 15 15 40.40 0/ 7
2nd Test 40 53.62 7/ 17 14 68.16 4/ 7
3rd Test 29 54.22 6/ 14 12 78.53 2/ 9

The table below compares the first-Test averages of all of India's top-order batsmen in these last four years. Sachin Tendulkar leads the way, while Virender Sehwag's stats indicate he will be missed at Lord's, especially since Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir haven't shown a tendency of starting series strongly either.

First-Test stats for Indian batsmen in the last four years
Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Overall ave*
Sachin Tendulkar 15 1347 58.56 6/ 4 61.80
Virender Sehwag 12 1266 57.54 4/ 5 58.98
VVS Laxman 15 889 40.40 0/ 7 57.33
Rahul Dravid 15 1085 38.75 4/ 3 40.94
Gautam Gambhir 11 719 34.23 2/ 3 57.95
* Overall average in these four years, from July 2007 onwards

Finally, a break-up of Laxman's numbers against pace and spin over the last nine and a half years. He has always been known to be a strong player of spin, and while that is indicated in his average, it's slightly surprising to see that his scoring rate against spinners is less than three runs per over. As you'd expect, though, his averages against both pace and spin have gone up over the last four years. Against an England attack that has match-winners in both categories, Laxman will need to summon up his best. If he needed any further incentive, here's one: England is the only top team against whom Laxman hasn't scored a hundred, and the only ones against whom he averages less than 35.

Laxman v pace and spin in Tests since Jan 2002
  Jan 2002-Jun 2007 - dismissals Average Run-rate July 2007 onwards - dismissals Average Run-rate
Pace 44 46.79 2.82 32 54.03 3.20
Spin 21 51.09 2.73 22 65.13 2.83

S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo

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  • yorkermania on July 18, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    laxman played important knocks even before the 281...the partnership with sachin at sharjah when sachin scored 143...and the 167 at the SCG..very very significant knocks. and even rahul dravid has been sadly ignored...god remembers how many ODI games he has won single handedly andi n partnerships.

  • on July 18, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    VVS has a special place in all Calcuttan's heart. Most Calcuttans consider him their second most favorite batsman while batting in Eden Gardens. (first being Azhar, not SG). I will always remember his 281. He achieved the impossible and made a mockery of probably the greatest Aussie bowling attack in the history of cricket.

    VVS is probably the last of the "classy" batsmen. With the new generation of "power" cricketers, his kind is a dying breed. So, enjoy his class while he is still around. Cricket in another 10 years will become a hack and slash game.

    Good luck in Lords and rest of Eng. All the best VVS.

  • on July 18, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Very Very Special does not do this man justice.

  • khiladisher on July 18, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    LAXMAN HAS PROVED THAT HIS SUPREME ARTISTRY AND SKILLS HAVE MADE HIM A LEGEND IN THE WORLD OF CRICKET.INDIA ARE A TRULY BLESSED LAND WITH GREAT BATSMEN-WHO HAVE DOMINATED WORLD CRICKET AND HAVE HELPED IT BE THE #1 CRICKETING NATION IN THE WORLD-WE SALUTE THE LEGENDS OF INDIAN BATTING-SACHIN,GAVASKAR,DRAVID,LAXMAN,SEHWAG,GANGULY,AZARUDIN,VISHVANATH,VENGSARKAR,AMARNATH,DHONI,YUVRAJ,KAPIL DEV,SIDHU,SHASTRI,RAINA,GAMBHIR,HAZARE,MERCHANT,NAYUDU,MANKAD

  • DMPant on July 18, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    VVS is a class act, an unsung hero of Indian cricket. He is a great human being. I am a great fan of him and always pray for his success.

  • on July 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    very very special laxman he is best

  • Pathiyal on July 18, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs, where have you been between 2003 & 2006? :-)

  • johnathonjosephs on July 17, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Laxman had only 2 periods in his career - the circa 2001 eden gardens period and the period which started right after India lost to Sri Lanka in 07 (yes that series with mendis).... other than that, he has done almost nothing for india

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on July 16, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    I want to see VVS Laxman in ODIs. Atleast he should be given a chance to perform in ODIs. If he can't perform, BCCI have the option to drop him!

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    All this from my Reddy friend from hyderabad "we hydrabadies are proud of u.!!!!! " I unashamedly say I am a Punjabi in UK but I am equally or if not more proud of VVS and I dont care what Mr. Reddy thinks. I have been following him since the 281 in Calcutta - boy what a knock and since has contributed immensively. What style, demeanour, class & smilling face the man has - just brilliant. What upbringing his Doctor parents have given him - great. I cannot wait to see him perform at Lords - which I have managed to get very expensive sold out tickets. Out of all the great stars in the Indian team it is him I really want to see.

  • yorkermania on July 18, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    laxman played important knocks even before the 281...the partnership with sachin at sharjah when sachin scored 143...and the 167 at the SCG..very very significant knocks. and even rahul dravid has been sadly ignored...god remembers how many ODI games he has won single handedly andi n partnerships.

  • on July 18, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    VVS has a special place in all Calcuttan's heart. Most Calcuttans consider him their second most favorite batsman while batting in Eden Gardens. (first being Azhar, not SG). I will always remember his 281. He achieved the impossible and made a mockery of probably the greatest Aussie bowling attack in the history of cricket.

    VVS is probably the last of the "classy" batsmen. With the new generation of "power" cricketers, his kind is a dying breed. So, enjoy his class while he is still around. Cricket in another 10 years will become a hack and slash game.

    Good luck in Lords and rest of Eng. All the best VVS.

  • on July 18, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Very Very Special does not do this man justice.

  • khiladisher on July 18, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    LAXMAN HAS PROVED THAT HIS SUPREME ARTISTRY AND SKILLS HAVE MADE HIM A LEGEND IN THE WORLD OF CRICKET.INDIA ARE A TRULY BLESSED LAND WITH GREAT BATSMEN-WHO HAVE DOMINATED WORLD CRICKET AND HAVE HELPED IT BE THE #1 CRICKETING NATION IN THE WORLD-WE SALUTE THE LEGENDS OF INDIAN BATTING-SACHIN,GAVASKAR,DRAVID,LAXMAN,SEHWAG,GANGULY,AZARUDIN,VISHVANATH,VENGSARKAR,AMARNATH,DHONI,YUVRAJ,KAPIL DEV,SIDHU,SHASTRI,RAINA,GAMBHIR,HAZARE,MERCHANT,NAYUDU,MANKAD

  • DMPant on July 18, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    VVS is a class act, an unsung hero of Indian cricket. He is a great human being. I am a great fan of him and always pray for his success.

  • on July 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    very very special laxman he is best

  • Pathiyal on July 18, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs, where have you been between 2003 & 2006? :-)

  • johnathonjosephs on July 17, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Laxman had only 2 periods in his career - the circa 2001 eden gardens period and the period which started right after India lost to Sri Lanka in 07 (yes that series with mendis).... other than that, he has done almost nothing for india

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on July 16, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    I want to see VVS Laxman in ODIs. Atleast he should be given a chance to perform in ODIs. If he can't perform, BCCI have the option to drop him!

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    All this from my Reddy friend from hyderabad "we hydrabadies are proud of u.!!!!! " I unashamedly say I am a Punjabi in UK but I am equally or if not more proud of VVS and I dont care what Mr. Reddy thinks. I have been following him since the 281 in Calcutta - boy what a knock and since has contributed immensively. What style, demeanour, class & smilling face the man has - just brilliant. What upbringing his Doctor parents have given him - great. I cannot wait to see him perform at Lords - which I have managed to get very expensive sold out tickets. Out of all the great stars in the Indian team it is him I really want to see.

  • on July 16, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Surrounded by the match fixing scandal in 2001, Indian cricket only needed a one nail in the coffin to be buried after following on in the 2nd test against Australia.Laxman's 281 prevented that . His match saving/winning knocks in the last 3-4 years have played a major part in cementing India's #1 status in Test cricket. VVS: the onus of building the next generation of test class batsmen for India rests a lot on your shoulders!

  • on July 16, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Every Innings of his is Special FULL STOP.

  • jo_cricfan on July 16, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Great Analysis... VVS Laxman the unsung Hero of Indian Cricket... Wish to see him play many more match winning innings and also wish that he scores a century in England... All The Best VVS...

  • 5why on July 16, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    VVS had asked Ganguly for his "coffin" when the latter retired from Test cricket. He got that instantly from Saurav. Let VVS do full justice to the "coffin" in this English tour, as the gear he has is capable of delivering solid blows to England, as has been seen time and againin the past !!

  • on July 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    VVS is truly the unsung underrated champ of this Indian Test team. He has been responsible, in no small measure, for taking the team to number 1 ranking & keeping them there. He is a artist who uses his bat more like a feather than a hammer. He is the most attractive batsman to watch with his leg flicks, straight drives & majestic pulls.

  • Deepkar on July 16, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @dilanz51 i want to give u some stats then tell me who is best player. stats from july 2007 upto now. innings-runs-ave. 1) sanga. 54-3358-68.53 home. 30-2181-87.24 away. 24-1177-49.04 2) mahela. 55-3214-61.80 home. 29-1870-71.92 away. 26-1344-51.69 3) vvs. 72-3214-58.43 home. 31-1393-66.33 away. 41-1821-53.55 4) srt. 70-3770-61.80 home. 31-1630-62.69 away. 39-2140-61.14 NOW BETWEEN SRT AND SANA IN CONTRY- SRT-SANGA Aus.- 70-124 banglad- 132-42 eng-38-30 nz.-68-not played sa.-81- n.p. sl.-44-87 pak.-n.p.-79 ind.-63-48 wi.- n.p.-23 only country where he ave. better than srt other than srilanka is aus. where he played only 1 match bigger surprise he never played against sa in this period.

  • Deepkar on July 16, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Why ppl keep compairing srt with rd or vvs ppl these all r great batsman. and those who think srt never scores in crisis or when it matters actuly it is opposite when he scores usually crisis dosent come or it matters when he dosent scores. not only srt but look at world if no. 4 is scoring 100 then no. 6 mostly never get crisis situation as simple as that. and vvs is great at handling crisis so his best place is no. 5-6 if he comes at no. 3 he will fail as we know that he plays batter when score is 38-4 than when it is 100-1 so. if team india is a house srt is our base, rd is as we know walls and vvs is roof never argue that who is more important.

  • Deepkar on July 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Why ppl keep compairing srt with rd or vvs ppl these all r great batsman. and those who think srt never scores in crisis or when it matters actuly it is opposite when he scores usually crisis dosent come or it matters when he dosent scores. not only srt but look at world if no. 4 is scoring 100 then no. 6 mostly never get crisis situation as simple as that. and vvs is great at handling crisis so his best place is no. 5-6 if he comes at no. 3 he will fail as we know that he plays batter when score is 38-4 than when it is 100-1 so. if team india is a house srt is our base, rd is as we know walls and vvs is roof never argue that who is more important.

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    VVS IS A LEGEND OF INDIAN CRICKET,WHO WITH HIS MONUMENTAL 281 AGAINST THE AUSSIES IN 2000-01 CHANGED THE FORTUNES OF INDIAN CRICKET FOREVER. THE #1 POSITION INDIA HAS GOT TODAY IN TEST CRICKET IS BECAUSE OF THE GREAT BATTING LINE UP OF SEHWAG-GAMBHIR-DRAVID-SACHIN-DHONI AND THE SUPREME ARTIST VVS LAXMAN.

  • cricPassion2009 on July 15, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    What a classy article ! Who would have known about the 77.83 batting average in second innings ? Wow. Very Very Special and humbling to read about this unsung hero. He has scored 8000 very very special runs, all of them very crucial. Only 6 sixes in his career ;-). The best part is he plays his strokes fearlessly; a great stroke maker and a pull-shot specialist. Hope he manages to play another 2-3 years atleast.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    VVS we are proud u represent the style and elegance with a spice of Hyderabadi wrist work ! He is best against the best, he sounds shy but his bat speaks the story of victory! Hat Off boy we hydrabadies are proud of u.!!!!!

    Plz stop complaining and comparing all the top 6 of Indian test bating line up was awesome from past a decade which helped the team to inherit the habit of winning or to draw a match.

  • Rahulbose on July 15, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    "Form of your life", not sure you measure that based on consistency or based on quality of an innings. In terms of sheer quality Laxman's best form has to be the Eden garden's knock followed closely by the 167 at Sydney.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    i think this is the reason why we r number 1. because over the last 4 years we have had some fantastic contributions from all our big 5, i.e sehwag and gambhir at the top(ppl forget gambhirs contribution), dravid provididing stoic resistance at crucial times, sachin and laxman who always score!! and also not to forget zak!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    As an Englishman I want us to win the series but I sincerely hope Laxman finally scores a hundred against us. Wonderful bastman.

  • melvn on July 15, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    I am a big fan of Tendulkar, but I dare say that he was even better than Tendulkar in these last four years. I think he should bat at no 3 and Dravid at no. 5. VVS really the Unsung hero!!!! Hats off.

  • m_ilind on July 15, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    This is a great article! It shows that VVS is no run machine but he scores when it matters. He gives a sense of security particularly to those batting along with him.

  • dilanz51 on July 15, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    These stats tell me that Sanga has been the best batsman for the last five years and there is no doubt that he is best at the moment. What a player!.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 15, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @India_boy its not 60 odd it was 79 .You already reduced those 10-15 runs to make the match in balance :) May be india wouldn't have declared for that score if it was not for the rain in previous days.

    @Kothandaram He ever got century against England let alone in England. And BD is another he is yet to score a ton. Lets hope he will do that this time.

  • ACHILLES_FZX on July 15, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Tendukar is god but it is often laxman who answers to our call when in need

  • Leggie on July 15, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Superb analysis. Laxman has certainly been the core of India's middle order which has taken India to the number one position in Test matches. Sometimes its sad to see him shunted up and down the orders in the interest of the team. But he has been a model sportsman, and has never uttered one unpleasant word in public. Sportsperson like Laxman are rare in this modern world, and one should cherish seeing him play as long as he does.

  • zavahir on July 15, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    will be interesting to observer some of the averages after October with DRS

  • samya1980 on July 15, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    the concentration i'v put in while reading this article, if the same concentration i would apply during my student life, i would have been a math proff. today in oxford university...really cricket and shah rukh sell here in india...well wiitten anyway.

  • cyclist00752 on July 15, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder these stats are so refined for certain periods, which at times is not very fair analysis. Nevertheless the period discussed in this article are fairly lengthy so I appreciate the analysis.

    On a different note, why doesn't the coach of someone else show these to Laxman and ask them to improve on first inning/test scores (especially considering that he does not open the innings), as he gets to see how the pitch/conditions are while other bat. I know its easier said then done, but if someone seeks continuous improvement this is one area. Obviously it does not help if tours are back to back also (such as currently), where Laxman would get minimum opportunity to acclimatize, and score good in first test match.

    The overall conclusion is if I were gambler, I know a good way of making money is betting against Laxman scoring a 50/100 in the first match or maybe even bet on India losing it!

  • CheetosRule on July 15, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Legend VVS! Unlucky never to captain India in Ganguly - Dravid dominated era -- would have made a great captain. VVS -- universally adored and respected in the dressing room -- a good solid family man -- a gentleman.

  • India_boy on July 15, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    In Barbados India would have most certainly won had the weather not intervened - typical chest thumping and assumptious reporting to prove your point. WI needed 60 odd with 3 wkts left and if they had scored about 10-15 more runs match would have totally been in balance considering how good the WIan tail wagged.please ensure non-biased reporting- an India and laxman fan

  • Kothandaram on July 15, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    laxman is one of the greatest players India has produced. but he hardly gets credit for that. the gentleman cricketer that he is VVS has never ever got the due he deserves. each time india has needed him to put his hand up, the stylish batsman has stood up. remember the brilliant knocks against Sri Lanka and Australia last year and the ones in the Tests against West Indies recently. he hasn't scored a ton in England and it will be great if achieves that milestone in the Lord's Test. he certainly deserves to achieve that feat. Laxman - great player, great human being

  • AjitNarayan on July 15, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Most people focussed on Tendulkar version 2.0, but the stats also tell us there's also a VVS version 2.0. Not only has Laxman scored runs, he has scored them, from almost impossible situations. On another note while Dravid averages far less than the others, he has still made useful contributions. 93 in Perth, a few 50s in NZ, 177 after being 30/4 and his recent 112.

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Excellent Analysis...Really Laxman's Contribution to India's no 1 Position is vital.Hope he scores a Hundred @ Lord's which is against these stats.ALL THE BEST LACCHI!!!!!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Excellent Analysis...Really Laxman's Contribution to India's no 1 Position is vital.Hope he scores a Hundred @ Lord's which is against these stats.ALL THE BEST LACCHI!!!!!!

  • capt_jd on July 15, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Lovely article rajesh..wow wow wow..what an 2nd ininngs avg..hope he fires at the first test

  • Romanticstud on July 15, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    This is a very good article ... Laxman has been rather annoying though as he grinds away at the opposition ... much like Jacques Kallis does for South Africa ... I had a look at the table with the "2nd innings saviours", ie those scoring 3000 or more runs ... it is interesting to note here that Alan Border and Jacques Kallis have over 4000 runs ... Jacques Kallis has the best average ... 61 ... VVS Laxman is one of the reasons India hold the number 1 position as he has had to save India on a number of occasions in the 2nd Ininngs ... often putting India back on track and won a number of those matches where it was looking bleak ...

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 15, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Laxman is rockstar.. Fab four of india ( THE GOD, THE WALL, VERY VERY VERY SPECIAL AND VIRU) rock.. we love yoy guys... as usual i m expecting non indians to comment against indian players here too, go ahead, we are capable to respond you back... india rocks....indian public rocks.....

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  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 15, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Laxman is rockstar.. Fab four of india ( THE GOD, THE WALL, VERY VERY VERY SPECIAL AND VIRU) rock.. we love yoy guys... as usual i m expecting non indians to comment against indian players here too, go ahead, we are capable to respond you back... india rocks....indian public rocks.....

  • Romanticstud on July 15, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    This is a very good article ... Laxman has been rather annoying though as he grinds away at the opposition ... much like Jacques Kallis does for South Africa ... I had a look at the table with the "2nd innings saviours", ie those scoring 3000 or more runs ... it is interesting to note here that Alan Border and Jacques Kallis have over 4000 runs ... Jacques Kallis has the best average ... 61 ... VVS Laxman is one of the reasons India hold the number 1 position as he has had to save India on a number of occasions in the 2nd Ininngs ... often putting India back on track and won a number of those matches where it was looking bleak ...

  • capt_jd on July 15, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Lovely article rajesh..wow wow wow..what an 2nd ininngs avg..hope he fires at the first test

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Excellent Analysis...Really Laxman's Contribution to India's no 1 Position is vital.Hope he scores a Hundred @ Lord's which is against these stats.ALL THE BEST LACCHI!!!!!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Excellent Analysis...Really Laxman's Contribution to India's no 1 Position is vital.Hope he scores a Hundred @ Lord's which is against these stats.ALL THE BEST LACCHI!!!!!!

  • AjitNarayan on July 15, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Most people focussed on Tendulkar version 2.0, but the stats also tell us there's also a VVS version 2.0. Not only has Laxman scored runs, he has scored them, from almost impossible situations. On another note while Dravid averages far less than the others, he has still made useful contributions. 93 in Perth, a few 50s in NZ, 177 after being 30/4 and his recent 112.

  • Kothandaram on July 15, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    laxman is one of the greatest players India has produced. but he hardly gets credit for that. the gentleman cricketer that he is VVS has never ever got the due he deserves. each time india has needed him to put his hand up, the stylish batsman has stood up. remember the brilliant knocks against Sri Lanka and Australia last year and the ones in the Tests against West Indies recently. he hasn't scored a ton in England and it will be great if achieves that milestone in the Lord's Test. he certainly deserves to achieve that feat. Laxman - great player, great human being

  • India_boy on July 15, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    In Barbados India would have most certainly won had the weather not intervened - typical chest thumping and assumptious reporting to prove your point. WI needed 60 odd with 3 wkts left and if they had scored about 10-15 more runs match would have totally been in balance considering how good the WIan tail wagged.please ensure non-biased reporting- an India and laxman fan

  • CheetosRule on July 15, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Legend VVS! Unlucky never to captain India in Ganguly - Dravid dominated era -- would have made a great captain. VVS -- universally adored and respected in the dressing room -- a good solid family man -- a gentleman.