What is the full form of VVS Laxman? Most probable answer is Very Very Special Laxman. Yes, the player holds the quality of being a special cricketer for Indian contingent. No doubt, Laxman was always the one to rescue India out of trouble. Green pitches, seaming surroundings, swinging deliveries and half the team back in the pavilion. Who do you turn to? Cometh the hour, cometh the man; VVS Laxman. But this may be hard to digest: He may have been less popular than the likes of Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly but was certainly a valuable player. In fact, he is one of those rare players to feature in 100 Tests but not in a single World Cup. Here’s a look at the VVS Laxman biography.
VVS Laxman was known for his skill to play graceful shots against top bowling and fielding sides of world cricket. Several of Laxman’s crucial innings fetched victory for the Men in Blue out of nowhere, especially against the Australian team. Today, let us take a stroll at VVS Laxman biography.
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman
Date of Birth
November 1, 1974
Right-arm off spin
Teams Played for
India, Hyderabad, Lancashire, Deccan Chargers, Kochi Tuskers Kerala
VVS Laxman Biography
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman was born on November 1, 1974 in the then Andhra Pradesh capital of Hyderabad. Both of his parents are doctors and he too studied Medical Science for a short period of time but quit it later to play professional cricket. He went to the Little Flower High School, Hyderabad for his received his preliminary education. Now starts the VVS Laxman biography of cricket.
Laxman made his first-class debut for Hyderabad against Punjab in the quarter-final match of 1992–93 Ranji Trophy. He made his way into the South Zone squad for the 1994/95 Duleep Trophy having impressed for the India Under-19s. However, he failed to live up to the expectations in the tournament. In the same year, Laxman notched up 532 runs from five matches at an average of 76 in Ranji Trophy.
That was followed by another brilliant outing in the Ranji season next year, where he piled up as much as 775 runs in just 11 innings. Those numbers had arrived at an average of 86 which also included 3 centuries and a best of 203* against Karnataka. With superb performance, he received a call to play for Rest of India against Karnataka in Irani Cup and also in the Board President’s XI squad.
With stellar domestic performance, Laxman grabbed eyes of selection committee. VVS at last made his international Test debut in 1996 in the match against South Africa at Ahmedabad. VVS was also asked to open the innings, starting in West Indies in 1997. He went on to score 64 in his first innings as an opener at Kingston.
Though he was selected in the Test squad that toured New Zealand in 1998, he did not get to play a single game. Later, he was selected to don ODI jersey but Laxman scored a duck on his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in the Pepsi Tri-Series in 1998. He had a horrible run in the ODIs as a result, he was him getting dropped from the team for more than a year.
Laxman went back to domestic cricket in 1999–2000. He broke the record for most runs in a Ranji season when he made 1415 runs, at an average of 108, in 9 matches. His performance didn’t go unnoticed. VVS was rewarded in January 2000 with a recall to the national squad.
Laxman was originally named as the icon player for his home franchise Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League (IPL). But the humble man gave up the Icon Player status in a bid to allow his team spends a bigger amount at the auction. The Deccan named him the captain for the first season. However, he struggled with the bat in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, Laxman signed the contract with newly formed franchise of Kochi Tuskers Kerala. This time, though, he was injured after the first three games and missed the rest of the season. In 2012, Laxman, found no buyers. From 2013, he is appointed as a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
VVS Laxman, along with Rahul Dravid, shares the world record for the highest partnership (376 Runs) in third innings of a Test match against Australia. VVS also remains one of only the six Indian Test batsmen to score 100 runs or more in a single Test match session. Laxman also holds a record of catching most number of times (12) in a single ODI series (n the 2003-04 VB series). VVS shares the record with Australia’s Allan Border. In early 2004, when India was playing a tri-series in Australia, Laxman hit up three ODI hundreds in a span of one week.
Achievements and awards
- For his extraordinary contribution to Indian cricket, VVS Laxman was awarded with Padma Shri in 2011.
- He has been awarded with Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in 2001.
- Laxman was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year (2002).
- Laxman is also only the 2nd Indian player to have scored 1000 or more runs at a single ground. He scored 1217 runs at an average of 110.63 at Eden gardens.
- Moreover, VVS is also the only Indian to score 1000 runs in a single venue at an average of over 100.
- He has his autobiography titled ‘281 and Beyond’, written by seasoned sports writer R Kaushik.
Lesser known facts
- VVS has a presidential connection by asset of being the great grandson of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s second President.
- He was a brilliant student and scored 98% in Science in Class X.
- One can call him a man of simple taste. He loves his South Indian-style ‘rasam’ and is a strict vegetarian.
- VVS along with his uncle once launched a CD on Sai Baba encompassing his teachings and philosophies.
- He has participated in several charitable causes, one being Food for Change, where he partook for the charity event of educating 2 lakh students.
According to reports, VVS Laxman has estimated net worth of $12 million. He has a good fortune by playing cricket for long time, doing commentary and endorsing various brands. He was a brand ambassador for PETA and Swachh Bharat.
Laxman was born to V Shantaram and V Satyabhama. In 2004, Laxman tied knot with a computer science post-graduate, GR Sailaja. Shailaja completed her post graduation in computer applications. She is a very social person who has opened charity where she supports underprivileged kids. They have a happy marriage and have two kids namely a son, Sarvajit and a daughter, Achinthya. Laxman also has a brother named VVS Ramakrishna.
Post retirement, Laxman has put on various roles. He has often turned up as a commentator. VVS is a mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side and has worked with the Bengal Ranji side as a batting consultant. Along with Tendulkar and Ganguly, Laxman was in the BCCI advisory committee.
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