Monday, December 17, 2007

25 Things About VVS Laxman

V.V.S. Laxman is the most prolific run scorer in Test cricket. He is also one of the most famous Test specialists middle-order batsmen in Indian cricket team. This tall batsman start his Test career in 1996 against South Africa and till he is playing. In his long cricket career, he had to face many problems but nothing could stop him to play. Recent news is that, he is now in good form and has been selected in the list of 16 men Test squad of Indian cricket team tour of Australia.

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He is the main headache for Australian bowlers. He is the most talked topic ahead of the Australia tour. And you already know that most of his records have come against Australia. So, fans of Indian cricket team eagerly waiting to see his performance against mighty Australia team.

  1. He is widely known as V.V.S. Laxman but his full name is Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.
  2. He was born in November 1, 1974, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
  3. He is the member of Indian national cricket team and Lancashire County Cricket Club.
  4. He has an interesting name that is Very Very Special. He got his name from cricket great Ian Chappell.
  5. V.V.S. Laxman is perhaps the tallest player in India. He is 6ft 2inch tall player.
  6. He made his Test debut against South Africa at Ahmedabad in November 20-23, 1996. In his debut match he scored 50 runs in the second innings.
  7. He is thought to be as specialist Test status batsman in India team.
  8. As a batsman he is noted for his superb timing and ability to hit against the turn against spin bowlers.
  9. His batting style is more similar to his idol Hyderabadi Mohammad Azharuddin.
  10. He is the first Indian batsman who broke the record of Sunil Gavaskar's long standing 236*. He scored 281 against Australia.
  11. The innings also contributed to a record partnership of 376 with Rahul Dravid.
  12. They got win in their sure defeat Test match and the series. It has become one of the most celebrated tales of Indian cricket, and the innings is ranked the sixth best Test innings ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
  13. After this performance, he cemented his place both in the Test and One day teams for a few years.
  14. His first Test century came against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground in 1999/00. He scored 167 runs off facing 198 balls.
  15. This right-hand batsman got 11 Test centuries where 4 centuries came against mighty Australia team.
  16. He has rare gift of being able to hit the same ball to either side.
  17. In January 2000, he made 167 against Australia at Sydney.
  18. He was dropped from Test team and then was recalled in late 2000.
  19. He made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Cuttack, Apr 9, 1998. He got out before scoring any single runs.
  20. He has already played 86 ODI matches for India team where he scored 2338 runs including 6 hundred and 10 half-century.
  21. It is interesting that he got his maiden both Test and ODI century against Australia team. He scored 101 runs in 107 balls hitting 10 boundaries.
  22. He originally had his sights set on a career in the medical profession and was a medical student, until his cricketing talents were discovered.
  23. He married G.R.Sailaja, in February of 2004 and the couple conceived a son, Sarvajit, in March 2007.
  24. After the tests he joined Lancashire as their overseas player in place of Brad Hodge. He played in five games of the county championship and showed glimpses of his sublime batting in their final County Championship game of 2007 against Surrey at the Oval in which he scored 100 off 100 balls in the second innings in which Lancashire were chasing 489 to win.
  25. His performance for Lancashire was good. He scored 380 runs in 5 matches at an average of 54.28 with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries.

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