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VVS Laxman Biography: The Master of Sublime Batting

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What is the full name 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 Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav 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.

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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.

About VVS Laxman

Attribute Details
Full Name Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman
Nickname Very Very Special (VVS)
Date of Birth November 1, 1974
Place of Birth Hyderabad, India
Role Top-order batsman
Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Right-arm off spin
Test Debut 20 November 1996 v South Africa
ODI Debut 9 April 1998 v Zimbabwe
Teams Played India, Deccan Gladiators, Hyderabad, Lancashire, Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Test Matches 134
Test Runs 8,781
Test Average 45.97
Test Centuries 17
ODI Matches 86
ODI Runs 2,338
ODI Average 30.76
ODI Centuries 6

VVS Laxman Biography

Early life

Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman was born on November 1, 1974 in Andhra Pradesh. 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 preliminary education.

Family

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VVS with his family (Credits:playersgf.com)

Laxman was born to V Shantaram and V Satyabhama. In 2004, Laxman tied knot with a computer science post-graduate, GR Sailaja. 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.


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Domestic 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.

During the last County Championship match of 2007 at the Oval, VVS Laxman achieved a century in the second innings as Lancashire pursued a target of 489 for victory. Despite falling short by a mere 25 runs, Lancashire ultimately lost the Championship to Sussex.

International career

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Laxman had amazing international career (Credits: IndiaTV)

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.

In January 2000, VVS Laxman made a comeback to the Indian squad for the Australian tour. While other batsmen struggled against Glenn McGrath’s formidable bowling, Laxman shone by scoring an impressive 167 in the final Test at Sydney. His excellent performance carried forward to the 2007-08 Test series against Australia, where he played a crucial role in India’s comeback. In the controversial Sydney Test, Laxman scored a magnificent 109, marking his 12th Test century and 5th against Australia.


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In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia that year, VVS Laxman showcased his exceptional skills, amassing 381 runs across 4 Tests. His impressive performance included a remarkable double-hundred and two fifties. Additionally, during India’s tour of West Indies in June 2011, Laxman displayed remarkable consistency, scoring three consecutive fifties in three test matches, including two scores in the eighties against the West Indies. Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2012.

VVS Laxman was named India’s interim head coach for Asia Cup 2022 in the absence of Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for Covid-19.

VVS Laxman in IPL

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Laxman played IPL with Deccan Chargers (Credits Sify)

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. In 2013, he was appointed as a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Subsequently, he engaged in extensive commentary duties during IPL matches.


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Net Worth

According to Cric Reads, VVS Laxman has estimated net worth of 100 crores. 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.

VVS Laxman Career Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 134 225 34 8781 281 45.97 17785 49.37 17 56 1135 5 135 0
ODI 86 83 7 2338 131 30.76 3282 71.23 6 10 222 4 39 0
FC 267 436 54 19730 353 51.64 55 98 277 1
List A 173 166 19 5078 131 34.54 9 28 74 0
T20 25 25 3 491 78* 22.31 428 114.71 0 3 57 8 4 0
  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 134 13 324 126 2 1/2 1/2 63.00 2.33 162.0 0 0 0
ODI 86 4 42 40 0 5.71 0 0 0
FC 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
T20 25

Achievements and Awards of VVS Laxman

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The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Padma Shri award to Shri V.V.S. Laxman, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 24, 2011. (Credits: Wikimedia Commons)
  • 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.

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Lesser Known Facts

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Man with simple taste (Credits Hexic)
  • VVS has a presidential connection as 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.

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