VVS Laxman Biography – A wristy, willowy, and sinuous batsman, VVS Laxman possessed the elegance of Sachin Tendulkar and stroke play of his idol Azharuddin. The Very Very Special batsman has deterred himself from tormenting his favorite opponents with silken strokes and piles of runs. Laxman has truly been an indispensable part of Indian Cricket.
VVS Laxman is a former Indian international cricketer who batted in the middle-order. Laxman has represented the Hyderabad cricket team in domestic format. The tall man made his debut for India in a test match against South Africa on 20th November 1996. His ODI debut came against Zimbabwe on 9th April 1998.
VVS Laxman Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, popularly known as VVS Laxman was born on 1st November 1974 in the Hyderabad district of Telangana. His father Dr. Shantaram and mother Dr. Satyabhama are noted physicians of Vijaywada. Laxman is also one of the great-grand nephews of former Indian President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Hailing from a family with a medical background, Laxman was too admitted into a medical college for his higher studies. However, the sportsman had a deep interest in cricket and he quit his medical studies to pursue a professional career in cricket. Laxman had started to play cricket at the tender age of 12 years.
Age: 46 Years
Height: 6 ft
Weight: 72 kg
Alma Mater: Little Flower High School, Hyderabad
Nickname: Very Very Special Laxman
VVS Laxman Early Days
Laxman played for his school team in his youth days. Following his consistent performance at the club matches, Laxman was picked in India’s U-19 Team. He made his debut against Australia in 1994 where he scored 88 runs to a challenging Australian bowling lineup that consisted of Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. He scored an unbeaten 151 run inning in the next game.
He continued with his impressive performance against Australia as he scored a glittery half-century in the ODI series as well. The U-19 Team then toured England where Laxman had a disappointing run in the ODI series. However, he destructed his awful performance with a scintillating century in the Test series which helped India to seal a series win.
VVS Laxman Domestic Career
VVS Laxman made his debut for the Hyderabad cricket team against Punjab in the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy 1992-93. He failed to captivate on the opportunity as he managed to score only 17 runs. The next season, he got an opportunity to feature only in a lone match before getting dropped for the 1994-95 season.
Laxman’s prolific performance in the U-19 Team helped him to grab an important spot in the South Zone team for the Duleep Trophy 1994-95. Laxman failed to satisfy the selectors in the tournament but notched their attention at the 1995-96 Ranji Trophy where he scored 532 runs in 5 matches with an average of 76.
Laxman continued with his consistent form in the 1995-96 Duleep Trophy where he scored a century against West Zone. He scored 775 runs in 11 innings at the following Ranji season where he was picked in the Rest of the India squad for the Irani Trophy. He played only three matches at the 1996-97 Ranji season before finally earning an Indian Test team call.
VVS Laxman International Career
After his majestic performance in the domestic circuit, Laxman was called for the national team’s test series against South Africa. He made his test debut against South Africa in November 1996 at Ahmedabad. He had a good run in Gujarat and was picked for the West Indies tour as well where he was asked to open and he scored 64 runs in a fashionable style.
Laxman was later picked for the New Zealand tour in 1998 where he failed to get an opportunity to feature for the Indian team. He was chosen to don the colorful jersey at the Pepsi Tri-Nation series in 1998. His ODI debut came against Zimbabwe where he got dismissed for a duck and as result, he got dropped from the national team for over a year.
Laxman then went on to feature in the domestic season and broke the record of highest runs in Ranji Trophy as he scored 1415 runs in the 1999-00 season, following which he was called back at the national squad in January 2000. He finally displayed his potential caliber and magnificent gameplay to score runs in the longest format.
In a poor batting-order collapse for the Indian team at the Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001, Laxman shocked everyone by taking the test on his head and scoring a marvelous 281 runs score. He registered another fine performance alongside the wall Dravid to stand a 300+ run partnership at Adelaide to take India towards a historic win.
Laxman continued to dominate the bowlers with his persistent batting skills. His brilliant form continued till late 2009 where he scored a match-winning inning of 74 runs at Mohali despite severe back cramps. His string of low scores against England in 2010 was a serious matter of concern. Over it, he was chosen to formally bid adieu to his international cricket in Hyderabad.
In a view to helping India beat New Zealand in 2012, Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket despite his inclusion in the squad. He chose the prestige of his national duty over his retirement at the second test in front of his home squad in Hyderabad.
VVS Laxman IPL Career
Laxman was chosen as the iconic player of the Deccan Chargers franchise at the 2008 IPL auction, but the humble man gave up his position in a view that the franchise would be able to spend a bigger purse for specialist T-20 players. He was retained despite poor performance but dropped in the 2010 season. He was then picked by Kochi but found no buyers in the 2012 auction.
Laxman is currently the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. His appointment came back in 2013.
Teams Played For
- India A
- India U-19
- South Zone
- President’s XI
- Deccan Chargers
- Kochi Tuskers Kerala
VVS Laxman Wife
VVS Laxman married his good friend GR Sailaja at a private ceremony in 2004. Sailaja is a computer science graduate and worked for a tech start-up. She is as humble as her husband and works for the underprivileged children in society. The couple has two children- a son named Sarvajit and a daughter named Achinthya.
VVS Laxman Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Indian cricketing legend VVS Laxman is Rs. 100 Crore. Laxman has earned a formidable amount of wealth through his professional cricketing career. He also earns through various endorsements and is a part of BCCI’s commentary team. He is the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise where he earns a salary of Rs. 2 crores.
VVS Laxman owns a luxurious house in Hyderabad. He is not so fond of cars but has a BMW and a Mercedes in the garage.
VVS Laxman Facts
- Laxman is a scholar who scored 98% in Class X.
- VVS launched a CD with his uncle that featured the preachings of the Hindu deity Sai Baba.
- Laxman also participated in charity events where he educated 2 lakh, underprivileged children.
- He has a simple taste and likes south-Indian dishes.
VVS Laxman Records
- Highest Partnership against Australia (376) with Dravid.
- Most number of catches in a single ODI series (12).
- Most number of centuries in a week of cricket (3).
- Only batsman to score 100+ runs in a single teat session.
VVS Laxman Awards & Achievements
- Padma Shri 2011
- Arjuna Award 2001
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2002
- ICC Hall of Fame
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