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Very Very Very Special Cricketer - V. V. S. LAXMAN

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V. V. S. Laxman is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator.[1]He is considered to be one of the greatest batsman of all time. He played mostly in the lower middle order. He is specifically known for his numerous match-winning and saving innings.

Laxman, whose parents are doctors, had to make a decision between a medical career and playing cricket. He eventually opted for the willow over the stethoscope and made his mark as one of India’s greatest cricketers.

He had to wait three years for his 1st test century, a well-compiled 167 against the Aussies at Sydney in 2000 that made the cricketing fraternity take notice of his ability.

Laxman is married to G R Sailaja, a computer science post-graduate. They tied the knot on February 16, 2004 and have two children – son Sarvajit and daughter Achinta.

Laxman played his first U-19 international game in the same match in which Brett Lee represented Australia for the very first time. Laxman tormented the Aussies in that particular series.

Laxman, interestingly, began and ended his 86-match ODI career with a duck. On his debut, he was dismissed on his first ODI match against Zimbabwe and in his last against South Africa. Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Shaun Pollock were the two bowlers who were responsible for Laxman’s dubious record.

Laxman shares the record for the maximum number of catches by an non-wicketkeeper in an ODI series. Laxman affected 12 dismissals in the 2003-04 VB series, a record only matched by Australia’s Allan Border.

Laxman has other interests apart from cricket. He likes playing table tennis, squash and badminton during his free time. He keenly follows tennis and admires Steffi Graf and Boris Becker.

An ardent devotee of Sai Baba, Laxman launched a special CD Sai produced by his maternal uncle. Sai Bodha consists of preachings, teachings and the philosophies of Sai Baba as mentioned in the Sai Satcharita.

His favorite film is Jerry Maguire. His favorite actor is Aamir Khan. Laxman is also said to be a massive follower of Aamir’s reality TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.

posted Aug 11 by Ganesh S

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