Happy Birthday VVS Laxman: Popularly known as the ‘Wrist Wizard,’ VVS Laxman is celebrating his 49th birthday today. VVS Laxman, born on November 1, 1974 in Hyderabad, is inscribed in gold letters in the Indian cricket team’s Test history.
Laxman has many such innings to his credit, for which he is still remembered today. His most famous innings came in front of Australia, and he was dubbed “Very Very Special” as a result.
Halting Australia’s winning streak
Laxman played during the era of legendary batters such as Tendulkar, Dravid, and Ganguly. Regardless, Lakshman established his own identity. VVS Laxman played a significant role in Team India’s ability to stop Steve Waugh’s Australian team’s ‘vijayarath’ (16 consecutive Test victories) in 2001.
In fact, in 2001, Australia and India played a Test match in Kolkata, and while batting first, Australia scored 445 runs in the first innings, while the Indian team could only score 171 runs and was given a follow-on. Then, the Indian team, thanks to Laxman and Dravid, scored 657 runs.
India won the game
VVS Laxman’s 241-run innings helped the Indian team reach this lofty goal. After this innings, he was dubbed “Very Very Special,” and Australia’s bowlers began to fear him. The team easily won the match thanks to this innings.
VVS Laxman played 220 international matches for India and scored 11,119 runs during his career. VVS Laxman, on the other hand, was unable to represent Team India in a single World Cup.