VVS Laxman celebrates his 43rd birthday © CricketCountry designed Image
VVS Laxman celebrates his 43rd birthday © CricketCountry designed Image

When VVS Laxman comes to bat, he is a sight to watch. He is wristy, willowy and sometimes his stroke plays can give Sachin Tendulkar a run for his money. Laxman was a puritan, yet he could be audacious. Laxman was equally good as Rahul Dravid in Tests during pressure situations – a master in crisis management.

The highlight of Laxman’s career was his 281 against Australia at Kolkata in 2001. His partnership with Dravid then was lauded and helped India win by 171 runs after following 274 behind. Between 2000 and 2011, Laxman remained extremely consistent, but one poor series in Australia in 2011-12 saw critics pouncing on him. No wonder he is also called a ‘Very very special’ cricketer.

When the Test great was caught in rapid fire with CricketCountry, he was thrown array of questions on his Test career. On the eve on Laxman’s 43rd birthday, here are some fun facts about Laxman’s career and his hilarious responses.

Laxman made his First-Class debut for Hyderabad in 1992-93 Ranji Trophy season against Punjab. On his maiden First-Class innings, he scored a 0. However, he followed it up with 19 in the second innings caught at the slips.

As for his Test debut, he first made his appearance in 1996 against South Africa in Ahmedabad. He also got to his fifty in the second innings. However, Laxman got to his 1,000 Test runs pretty late. Although he told us it was in 2002, but it was in 2008 that he got to his milestone against Australia with a double-century. The Australian’s admitted, they had no clue where to bowl to him.

Laxman has played 134 Tests with tally of 8,781 runs at 45.97. As for limited-overs cricket, he has tally of 2,338 runs of at 30.76. His illustrious First-Class journey comprises of 19,730 runs of 267 matches.