My first introduction to VVS Laxman was way back in 1997 in Dhaka. He was a newcomer to the India team and warming the bench in a tense, racy final of the Independence Cup one-day tournament. Sitting on the edge of the boundary line, with a gold chain shimmering around his neck, he was taunting and teasing one of his teammates for displaying bouts of nervousness each time India would falter in its run chase. The self-assurance of a man yet to make a mark for himself was as impressive as his no-care-for-the-world attitude.
He was to underline these qualities, particularly his self-belief and being a no-nonsense man, when he decided that he would not open the innings for India, even if it was at the cost of his place in the team. His was a struggle to cement his place in the side and despite all the elegance, grace and silken touch that his steely wrists would conjure up, it was his epoch innings of 281 in that famous Eden Test in 2001, five years after he made his Test debut, that turnedRead More »from Very, very surprising declaration