VVS Laxman turns 42, former and current cricketers wish on Twitter

VVS Laxman turns 42 on Tuesday and earned the wishes of previous and current India cricketers including a nifty one by Virender Sehwag.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:November 1, 2016 1:42 pm
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Imagine sharing the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly and yet managing to be considered an important part of the team while emerging from their large figure in a cricket obsessed nation. That is exactly what happened with VVS Laxman who earned himself the nickname of Very, very special Laxman with his batting prowess to get India from the brink. And now that special person who besides being a great cricketer, is also a fantastic person and analyst of the sport, has turned 42 on Tuesday.

Born in Hyderabad, to noted physicians, Laxman proved himself in domestic cricket with multiple double centuries to his name. Noticing his talent, he was called up to the national side to face South Africa in 1996.

However, Laxman was unable to create a strong foothold in the side and kept going in and out of the team. But all that changed in 2001 when VVS became a household name post the Border-Gavaskar Trophy when Australia came calling.

Australia had won the first Test in Mumbai and had a strong command in the second Test at Eden Gardens but all that changed thanks to Laxman. The visitors had taken a massive 274 runs lead after the first innings and Steve Waugh opted to enforce the follow on. Things looked bleak for India up until VVS Laxman stepped up to the fore.

Laxman, promoted to number 3, played a remarkable knock of 281 – considered as the best Test knock of last 50 years – and found an able ally in Dravid who scored 180 to hand the Aussies a target of 384 and then ran out winners by 171 runs to create history.

On his 42nd birthday, former India and current cricketers led the wishes to VVS.

VVS Laxman scored 8,781 Test runs at an average of 45.97 in 134 matches with 17 hundreds to his name. The Hyderabadi retired in 2012.