VERY VERY SPECIAL. This has been the surname fixed to VVS Laxman ever since he has scored that, now in folklores, 281 against the all-conquering Aussies on that two days in Kolkata in 2001. But his career ever since has not been so SPECIAL, but his importance in the Indian team remains VERY SPECIAL.
Being VERY VERY SPECIAL
Not many in the Indian team or else in the Indian cricket history can boast of playing those many innings-in-crisis, that Laxman has played in his career spanning more than 100 tests. Whenever the situation was precarious, the team looked to Laxman to play the part and throw his hand up and this humble Hyderabadi obliged most of the time. It was rare for his standards not to have put up a fight in the event of adversity.
But recognition of his contribution to Indian cricket has always been undermined in comparison to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid or even Sourav Ganguly. Laxman was always pushed to the extremes of saving his place in the team forever. With the sword of http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=widgetsamazon-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000HDBUO0&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrDamocles hanging up there, it is remarkable that Laxman served the Indian cricket till now. Any lesser mortal might have packed his bags up even before fighting a fight. With no Godfather or coterie in the media backing him up, Laxman came this far only by the virtue of his performances which always continued in the face of adversity.
Till now Laxman has amassed more than 7000 runs in Test cricket and took more than 100 catches as a fielder. When he scored his 16th century in Sri Lanka, again in crisis, helping his team to win the test and square the series, his importance is once again highlighted. The calls for his retirement have stopped after the cupboard of Indian batting is looking bare with the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma failing to assert themselves in the team. If more doubts on Laxman’s ability then just summon Steve Waugh and ask about his farewell party turning sour, courtesy Laxman in 2004.
May this artist of wrists from Hyderabad continue to paint the playing fields of cricket with his artistry of strokes.