Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman
(Former Indian Cricketer)

Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman or Very Very Special as he is commonly known is a former Indian cricketer and currently can be seen in commentary box. An aggressive right-handed lower middle order batsman, Laxman was born on November 1, 1974 in Hyderabad, India and is hailed for his several match-winning and match-saving innings.  His 281 knock against Australia at Eden gardens in 2001 is among the greatest test innings ever.

Padma Shree Awardee, Laxman is also in the list of a few players who have played 100 tests and have never played a Cricket World Cup. Representing Hyderabad in the domestic circuit, Laxman played for Lancashire in the English County and was named in Wisden’s Cricketers of the years in 2002.

In 2012, Laxman took retirement from the international cricket. These days he can be easily seen behind the mic and mentors Sun Risers Hyderabad in IPL.

VVS Laxman
Nickname:VVS, Very Very Special
Profession:Former cricketer and mentor
Biography
Autobiography:

281 and Beyond will be published on 20 November 2018

Biopic:NA

 

Physical Appearance
Height (approx.):1.85 m
Weight (approx.):NA
Eye Colour:Black
Hair Colour:Black
Tattoos:NA
Personal Life
Date of Birth:01 November 1974
Age (as on 2018):43
Birth Place:Hyderabad, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign:NA
Nationality:Indian
School:Little Flower High School, Hyderabad
College:NA
Educational Qualifications:MBBS (drop out)
Signature:

Family
Father:Dr. Shantaram
Mother:Dr. Satyabhama

Sister:NA
Brother:VVS Ramakrishna
Coach/Mentor:MV Narasimha Rao

Religion:Hindu
Address:NA
Cricket Career
International Debut:
Test:vs South Africa on 20 November 1996
ODI:vs Zimbabwe on 09 April 1988
T20:NA
Jersey Number:19, 22
Domestic/State Team:Hyderabad, Lancashire, Deccan Chargers, Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Nature on the field:Calm, composed
Likes to play against:Australia and England
Favorite Ball:NA
Career Turning Point

2001 home series against Australia. In the second test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Laxman produced an extraordinary 281 runs knock in the second inning while playing follow on after scoring 59 in the first innings.

Preferences
Hobbies:Reading, playing badmnton and squash
Favourite Batsmen:AB de Villiers
Favourite Bowlers:NA
Favourite Football Team:NA
Favourite Actors:NA
Favourite Food:South Indian and Continental
Favourite Place on earth:NA
Favourite Films:NA
Favourite Musicians/Singers:NA
Favourite TV Shows:NA
Smoking/Alcohol:NA
Records
In International cricket:

 

  • Among few players to have hit the most number of centuries in an ODI series (3)
  • Laxman also shares the record with Allan Border for taking most number of catches (12) in a single ODI series by a non-wicket keeper.
  • His 376 runs partnership with Rahul Dravid in the 3rd innings of a test match is the world record
  • Laxman is among six Indian test players to score 100 runs in a single session of test match
  • He is the only Indian to score unbeaten fifty in both innings of a test match and third in the world.
  • He has scored 1217 runs at Eden Gardens with an average of 110.63 and is the only Indian to score 1000 runs at a single ground with an average above than 100.

 

Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Marital Status:Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: NA
Wife/Spouse: GR Sailaja

Marriage Date:2004
Children:A son- Sarvajit &

A daughter- Achinthya

Earnings
Net Worth:Not known
IPL earnings:NA
Awards and Recognitions
  • In 2001, laxman received Arjuna Award
  • In 2002, he was selected Wisden cricketer of the Year
  • In 2011, Laxman was awarded Padma Shri
  • In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Teri University, New Delhi
Lesser Known Facts
  • His parents are noted physicians
  • Laxman is great grand nephew of India’s second President Dr Sarvapalli Rashakrishnan
  • He has strange habit of taking bath prior to his batting.
  • Laxman led Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of IPL
  • He has never played a Cricket World Cup despite such a long career