VVS Laxman © Getty Images (File Picture)
VVS Laxman © Getty Images (File Picture)

Former India middle-order batsman VVS Laxman, someone known for his wristy and elegant batting, is going to bring out his autobiography which is going to hit stands on November 20. Westland Publications today announced the release of the former Indian cricketer’s autobiography titled ’281 and Beyond’.

Quite obviously, the title has been borrowed from the stylish batsman’s series-turning innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001. “It (writing the book) was an emotional journey that left me drained at the end of each session. Several incidents that I had all but forgotten suddenly sprang back into memory as I relived my life in great detail. It was hard work, but it was also great fun,” Laxman said.

Typically in VVS style, the promise for the tome is there with a caveat. Laxman says that it would be a ‘frank and honest’ account with the condition being that ‘no dressing room secret’ would be divulged. Fans who have followed the esteemed member of ‘Fab Four’ of Indian batsmanship would not be surprised by this caveat. “I have been honest and frank, and shared the experiences that have made me the person I am. Without revealing dressing-room secrets, I have tried to offer a peek into the psyche of Indian cricket, and some of its most celebrated sons,” said the ever-smiling non-controversial batting great.

Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, played 134 Tests, amassing 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97. He scored 17 centuries and 56 half centuries. He also played in 86 ODIs for an aggregate of 2338 and average of 30.76 in ODIs.

“VVS’s account of his life is refreshingly candid and full of insights into the way cricket is played — at the domestic, national and international level,” Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland said. The book would be launched under the new wing of the publication house, namely Westland Sport.