Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

India Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

Plays for India
Age 42 years 355 days
Born November 1, 1974, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm offbreak
At his sublime best, VVS Laxman is a sight for the gods. Wristy, willowy and sinuous, he can match - sometimes even better - Tendulkar for strokeplay. His on-side game is comparable to his idol Azharuddin's, yet he is decidedly more assured on the off side and has the rare gift of being able to hit the same ball to either side. The Australians, who have suffered more than most, paid the highest compliment after India's 2003-04 tour Down Under by admitting they did not know where to bowl to him. Laxman, a one-time medical student, finally showed signs of coming to terms with his considerable gifts in March 2001, as he tormented Steve Waugh's thought-to-be-invincible Australians with a majestic 281 to stand the Kolkata Test on its head. But even though he had another wonderful series against the Australians in 2003-04 with two centuries, one of them involving a back-from-the-dead, match-winning, 300-plus partnership with Kolkata ally Rahul Dravid at Adelaide, he hasn't quite managed the consistency that could have turned him into a batting great. Between dazzling and sometimes workmanlike hundreds, he has suffered the frustration of numerous twenties and thirties and has lost his place in the one-day side. Nothing, though, has deterred him from tormenting his favourite opponents with silken strokes and piles of runs: in the course of the double-hundred at Feroz Shah Kotla in 2008, he became the second Indian batsman after Tendulkar to score more than 2000 runs against the Australians. A couple of years later, batting with a runner due to back spasms, he conjured up a magical unbeaten 73 in a thrilling run-chase in Mohali.
Major Teams Affiliated With
India Deccan Chargers Hyderabad (India)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala Lancashire

Batting Performance - as in the API

League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s Ave HS Runs NO Inns Mat
listA 28 9 0 74 34.54 131 5078 19 166 173
firstClass 98 55 1 277 51.64 353 19730 54 436 267
ODIs 10 6 0 39 4 222 30.76 131 2338 7 83 86
tests 56 17 0 135 5 1135 45.97 281 8781 34 225 134

Bowling Performance - as in the API

League 10 5w 4w Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
listA 0 0 0 4.71 68.50 2/42 2/42 8 548 698 173
firstClass 0 0 2.46 34.27 3/11 22 754 1835 267
ODIs 0 0 0 5.71 - - - 0 40 42 4 86
tests 0 0 0 2.33 63.00 1/2 1/2 2 126 324 13 134
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