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One innings…and India got a very special batsman, whose bat was spewing fire against Australia

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Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman’s birthday today
Along with being the NCA chief, he is also playing the role of coach.
His innings of 281 runs made him Very Very Special from VVS

New Delhi. VVS Laxman, who was an important part of Team India’s quartet (Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman) in one round, has turned 48. Today is his birthday. Born on November 1, 1974 in Hyderabad, Laxman played in the era when legendary batsmen like Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly were in the team. Despite this, Laxman made his own identity. He was instrumental in India’s many memorable victories in Tests. In 2001, if Team India was able to stop Steve Waugh’s Australian team’s Vijayarath (16 consecutive Test victories), then VVS Laxman had a big hand in it.

He played a marathon innings of 281 runs while playing follow-on in the Kolkata Test on that tour. His one innings not only helped India win the Kolkata Test, but Laxman became a ‘very-very special’ batsman forever. His innings of 281 runs is counted in the glorious innings of Test history. He is currently in the role of the NCA chief and also plays the role of coach of the Indian team in the absence of head coach Rahul Dravid.

After this innings, the Australian team started fearing Laxman apart from Sachin Tendulkar. Laxman’s bat spoke fiercely even on the 2003-04 tour of Australia. Then he scored two centuries against Australia. Laxman played a total of 15 Tests in Australia and scored 1236 runs at an average of 44. He scored 17 centuries in his Test career. Out of this, a quarter i.e. 4 was struck in Australia itself.

Laxman’s excellent record against Australia
From this it can be guessed how much Laxman’s bat used to speak in his home against Australia. The Australian team also had deep respect for this batsman. That is why after India’s tour of Australia in 2003-04, the Kangaroo team had admitted that during this entire tour we could not understand where to bowl to Laxman.

more than 2 thousand runs in test against australia
Laxman scored an unbeaten 200 runs in the 2008 Test against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground (now Arun Jaitley Stadium) in Delhi. With this, he became the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score 2,000 runs in Tests against Australia. Laxman scored 2434 runs in 29 Tests against Australia at an average of around 50. It includes 6 centuries. That is, he scored a third century of his Test career against Australia only.

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suddenly retired from international cricket
Two years later, he played an unbeaten innings of 73 runs in the Mohali Test against Australia chasing a target of 216 despite back pain. Thanks to his innings, India won this test by 1 wicket. However, 2011 proved to be bad for him. He failed with the bat on the England tour. He scored 182 runs in 8 innings. After this, his performance against Australia also did not shine. After this, questions started arising about his place in the Indian team. In August 2012, he was selected in the Indian team for the 2-Test series against New Zealand.

Even then the former players raised questions on his selection. He announced his retirement from international cricket on 18 August, a week before the start of this Test series.

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