VVS Laxman

There were intense speculation regarding the future of VVS Laxman after disastrous tour of Australia AFP

Hyderabad: Aug 18, 2012

Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has rated former Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram as the toughest bowler he faced in his international career.

Laxman who announced retirement from international cricket on Saturday remembered many memories from his international career.

While rating Akram as one of the most difficult bowler he faced, the Hyderabad batsman added that the former bowler had “lot of variations”.

The 37-year-old batsman, who formed the core of India’s famed middle-order that had Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, ruled world cricket for more than a decade with his wristy stroke-making.

It was the contribution of this famed quartet that helped India to gradually make progress in Test matches and get to the No 1 in the ICC Test rankings.

He scored 8781 runs with 17 Test centuries with highlight being the epic knock of 281 against Australia where India won the Test match after being made to follow on. He has a Test average of 45.97.

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