Happy Birthday VVS Laxman: 5 Lesser-Known Things to Know About India’s Former Test Specialist Batsman
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman celebrates his birthday on Friday (November 1). The former Indian star Test batsman turns 45 this year. Laxman is one of the best cricketers to play Test cricket for India. His ability to keep his wicket proved match-winnings and match savings for Team India in many games. Laxman has a comparatively great record against Australia, which was the most dominating team during his time. In his sixteen-year-long international cricket career from 1996 to 2012, Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs. As the former Indian cricketer celebrates his birthday, here we will look at some lesser-known things to know about him. VVS Laxman Wants BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly to Support and Revive National Cricket Academy.
Laxman is widely known for his historic 281-run-knock against Australia in a Test match at Eden Gardens in 2001, when India defeated Australia by 171 runs in spite of facing a follow-on in the match. Laxman is one of the few cricketers to hit the most number of centuries (3) in a single ODI series. He shares the record with Allan Border for the most number of catches (12) by a non-wicketkeeper in a single ODI series. Laxman is also one of the six Indian Test players in history to score 100 runs in a single session of a test match. Below are some lesser-known things to know about VVS Laxman. VVS Laxman Congratulates Sourav Ganguly for Being Elected As BCCI President, Says ‘No Doubt Indian Cricket Will Continue to Prosper Under Dada’.
- Laxman played more than 100 tests but never featured in a Cricket World Cup.
- He married GR Shailaja in February, 2004. His wife is a Computer Applications graduate.
- Laxman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Teri University of New Delhi in 2004.
- Laxman was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2002.
- He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 2011 and Arjuna Award in 2001.
Laxman smashed 8,781 runs in 134 Tests and 2,338 runs in 86 ODIs. He hit 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries in Tests. In ODIs, he smashed 6 hundreds and 10 fifties. In the later part of his career, he only played Test matches. He announced retirement from international cricket in August 2012, Currently, he is an active cricket commentator.