FORA.tv Speaker - V.V.S. Laxman
One of India’s greatest players, Laxman is the consummate touch artist who can floor one with his humility outside the ground or with his sublime shots in it. One of the pillars in the golden era in India’s cricket, his decision to pursue the game meant the medical profession’s loss was international cricket’s gain.
His immense talent and tremendous work ethic did not help the ‘Very Very Special’ player escape trying times as an India cricket, but it is a tribute to his qualities as a model sportsman that he has kept flashing his wonderful smile through all that. As a batsman, he showed the courage to tell the selectors that if they wanted to get the best out of him, they should allow him to bat in the middle-order.
He single-handedly gave India their most memorable batting moment – smashing Australia’s formidable bowling attack to score a then Indian Test record 281 to snatch victory from defeat at Eden Gardens in 2001, a remarkable effort that turned the series on its head and gave India a great comeback victory.
One of the finest cricketing minds never to captain India, Laxman has stayed a leader on the field. He has provided resilience to India’s batting by nursing the lower order and tail-enders time and again. After announcing his India retirement, Laxman has taken on the responsibility to help guide Hyderabad to its former glory in Ranji Trophy – a fine example of giving back to the game.
11.16.12 | 00:42:54 min
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