One of the most stylish Indian batsmen, VVS Laxman turned 44 years today. Birthday greetings poured in for the man described “very very special” by cricket fraternity and fans.

 

VVS, one of the most enigmatic characters in Indian Cricket

The wristy Hyderabadi, as good as his idol Azharuddin with the on-side play, is remembered as Australia’s nemesis. In March 2001, he produced arguably the best innings by an Indian batsman – a magnificent 281 – to turn Kolkata Test on its head against Steve Waugh’s invincible Australia. After India’s 2003-04 tour Down Under, the Australians had admitted that they had no clue where to bowl to him.

 

Former India off-spinner and team-mate Harbhajan Singh led birthday wishes for VVS.

 

The witty Viru had a special birthday wish for a really special man, calling him “kalaai jaadugar

 

Former India team-mates Amit Mishra and RP Singh also tweeted wishes for Laxman.

 

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor Tom Moody also wished Laxam on his birthday.

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Happy birthday to this great man! @vvslaxman281

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The official handle of Team India came up with the memories of 2001. Here’s reliving VVS’ best innings:

 

VVS Laxman was named among the Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year in 2002. In 2011, VVS Laxman was felicitated with the fourth highest civilian award in India, Padma Shri. Laxman bid international cricket adieu in 2012.

 

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