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
Roles played:
Home country:
November 01, 1974, Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh


The orchestrator of Indian cricket’s changing tide from mediocrity to pre-eminence, VVS Laxman features vividly in Indian cricket’s folklore. The premier memory of VVS Laxman will be his 281 against Steve Waugh’s all-conquering Australia in 2001. On face value, it broke various records, overstated till nostalgia nauseates. But its larger impact was instilling a previously unfound belief and character which the Indian team lacked for decades, paving the way to inspire awe which a nation of fans often demanded but were sparsely supplied with.

Yet, Laxman’s career transcends that single historic knock. His extensive wristwork after leaning into a delivery while cushioning the ball with confidence never seemed laboured even in bowler-friendly conditions of Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies. For a large part, VVS was a constant feature in the Indian Test side, along with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. He did try to transition his calculated stroke-play to the frantic demands of ODI and T20, but despite an assured average of 30, by 2006, Laxman was soon side-lined in limited overs by the talented Suresh Raina.

Over five days though, few could challenge his position. Even his inferior physical ability - put to test while running between wickets or having to fetch deliveries in the outfield - was regarded trivial enough to overlook. Another instance of repulsion towards the spotlight (a humble streak which never betrayed Laxman) was his quick replacement as captain of Hyderabad in the IPL. But runs kept flowing and centuries kept piling (often against Australia) in typical elegant fashion which constantly endeared him to fans.

If Tendulkar was India’s ‘man of the hour’ and Dravid the dependent ‘wall’, Laxman dabbled somewhere in between, based on the situation. For India, it was an essential balance to have. However, two back-to-back poor series against England and his love affair Australia in 2011 quite a few eyebrows regarding the man’s place in the side. Following his teammate Rahul Dravid’s retirement in early 2012, VVS hung his boots, drawing curtains on a glorious career spanning over a decade of Indian cricket. The ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket on 18th August, 2012, just a week before he was picked for the New Zealand home Tests. Later, he was appointed mentor of IPL's newest franchise, Sunrisers alongside Kris Srikkanth for the sixth season in 2013.


  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 25 121.95 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 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


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
India Vs Zimbabwe at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack - Apr 09, 1998
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Dec 03, 2006
Hyderabad Vs Kolkata at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Kochi Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Apr 24, 2011
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