Picture of VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, India A, India B, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, Lancashire, Rest of India, South Zone, Young India, Hyderabad, Otago, India Under-19, Hyderabad, Kochi, Sachins Blasters
Roles played:
Batsman
Home country:
India
Born:
November 01, 1974, Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh

Profile

Probably the most endearing batsman from the golden generation of Indian batsmen and Australia’s biggest nemesis. The stylish Hyderabad batsman scored 281 in the 2001 Kolkata Test to take the cricket world by storm. The Indians were staring a big defeat in the face against one of the greatest Australian sides when Laxman, with the help of Rahul Dravid at the other end, turned the tables on them. In 2016, Cricket Monthly voted his innings as the best in the last 50 years.


Laxman has just scored 17 Test tons, way behind Sachin Tendulkar (51) and Rahul Dravid (36), but most of those tons packed a punch. Proficient against fast bowling as well as spin, Laxman scripted many Test wins for India. His ability to bat with tail-enders was second to none.


Predominantly a Test player, Laxman also enjoyed a spell of great success in ODI cricket and scored three centuries in four matches during the 2004 VB Series in Australia. However, to his great regret, he is the only batsman from the Fabulous Five (Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Sehwag), who didn’t get a chance to feature in a World Cup. Laxman retired in 2012 and took up commentary straightaway, and he is equally impressive in his second stint offering great insights with a dash of humour.


Fast Facts

  • One of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 2002
  • Laxman’s 281 in 2001 was India’s highest individual score at that time
  • Recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri
  • Scored 3 centuries in the space of four ODIs during the 2004 VB Series
  • Nicknamed “Very Very Special” by Ian Chappell


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 134 225 8781 34 45.97 49.37 17 56 281
ODI 86 83 2338 7 30.76 71.23 6 10 131
IPL 20 20 282 2 15.66 105.61 0 1 52
CLT20 2 2 50 0 25.00 121.95 0 0 46
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 134 13 324 126 2 1/2 / 63.00 2.33 0 0 0 0
ODI 86 4 42 40 0 0/5 / - 5.71 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 135 0 1
ODI 39 0 1
IPL 4 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
IPL 6 1 5 0 0 16.67

Career

Span:
Test:
1996-2012
 
ODI:
1998-2006
 
IPL:
2008-2011
 
CLT20:
2009-2009
Test
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Nov 20, 1996
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Jan 24, 2012
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Zimbabwe at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack - Apr 09, 1998
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Dec 03, 2006
IPL
Debut:
Hyderabad Vs Kolkata at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Kochi Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Apr 24, 2011
CLT20
Debut:
Hyderabad Vs Somerset at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 10, 2009
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Trinidad and Tobago at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 14, 2009
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