Laxman (often VVS, and sometimes as "Very Very Special"), is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator. He didn't have to fight any extraordinary event to survive in his career. The side would, over the next few years, secure wins overseas, topple records aplenty, and make India a legitimate force in the sport. Another thing he keeps mentioning throughout is how spirituality helped him in those moments of inner turmoil. Thanks to Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180), India went on to win the game against Australia after following-on. If you are someone who grew up admiring the golden generation of Indian cricket in the 1990s and 2000s, then this book is a must read. It is extremely interesting to know his views on his teammates, all whom I deeply admired while growing up. Had 281 not happened, perhaps India would have been stuck in the nineties. The heat be damned. It’s still hard to believe how it all transpired. It was an evening to remember as Laxman and Dravid walked down the memory lane as the former was in the city to launch his autobiography “281 and Beyond”. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. Book gives a very detailed account (~300 pages with small print) of VVS Laxman's cricketing journey from his school days to his retirement from Indian cricket in 2012. India completed a remarkable win to form the most iconic moment in their history – it was the catalyst for a braver India. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. Gilchrist became the first Australian to be dismissed for a king pair in Test cricket. If you enjoyed this story, please share with your fellow cricket fans and team-mates. 1m Followers, 74 Following, 591 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from VVS Laxman (@vvslaxman281) One of the best autobiographies that I have read of a cricketer. Perceptions be damned. VVS Laxman (281, 200*) VVS Laxman scored his first double ton against Australia in a famous win in Kolkata Test in 2001. 281 and beyond : VVS Laxman If ever, any one had to prove the theory that your greatness and your place in history is a function of when and where you were born – the example of VVS Laxman (a fellow Hyderabadi) can come on top of this. He was majorly a tests-only player. ©AFP ARKO DATTA . They would inspire a new generation of cricketers – Kohli among them – and their successes would make them stronger off the field as well. But playing for India was never easy. Perhaps without Kolkata 2001 they would never have acquired that appetite for a fight, to scrap it out, a feature that defined them in the Noughties. “It changed our mindset as a team,” Laxman told Wisden India in 2013. “It instilled in us the belief that we must never give up. Out of the blue, Viru told me, ‘Laxman bhai, you had a great opportunity to make a triple hundred in the Kolkata Test, but unfortunately, you didn’t. (Source: Reuters) A panel of cricket writers, authors, historians and broadcasters were put to task to select the best innings since 2000 and they voted for VVS Laxman’s 281 run knock against Australia in 2001 at the Eden Gardens as the best of the lot. A new hero then took charge – Harbhajan Singh took a brilliant 6-73 – and Australia would be dismissed for 212, well short of their target of 384. They had no idea what they were in for. Laxman is one of the few players to have played 100 Test matches, without ever appearing in a One-Day Cricket World Cup. Stylish batsman VVS Laxman's epic 281 may be part of the cricketing folklore but former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday, 12 December, said the knock actually 'saved his career'. 281 and beyond : VVS Laxman If ever, any one had to prove the theory that your greatness and your place in history is a function of when and where you were born – the example of VVS Laxman (a fellow Hyderabadi) can come on top of this. A right-hand batsman known for his elegant stroke play, Laxman played as a middle-order batsman in Test cricket. VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 is Wisden’s Test innings of the 2000s. Sports autobiographies generally tend to be just a recap of a player's career, Sachin's being a great example, which we already know of but are interested in reading their personal views, the tidbits, anecdotes etc. Sachin's was a prosaic regurgitation of score-cards and centuries (a century of centuries,at that). Ganguly's could have been a classic but falls short as he resorts to taking life lessons for aspiring cricketers once in few pages. He was dropped as often as he was picked, and despite his vast experience and unimpeachable skill, he never made it to a World Cup team. He does not ho. VVS narrates his story in a very interactive manner and there was never a moment where I felt bored while reading the book. He barely had any controversies in his name. Laxman and Dravid kept Australia out on the field for the entirety of the fourth day. Laxman had scored a … Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Mar 11, Australia in India, 2001 on Cricbuzz I still remember the 281 and the match and so does VVS and every cricket lover. Manoj Narayan looks back at the knock, and why it meant so much for India. A feast for cricket affcionados. After Sachin and Ganguly, it is VVS' turn for a memoir. This book gives an excellent idea on what went into the making of VVS Laxman as an international cricketer. Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman commonly known as V.V.S. Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman was born on November 1, 1974 in the then Andhra Pradesh capital of Hyderabad. I loved watching VVS when he was on song. Coming back to the book it was a nice read and I am now confused about which cricket biography to read next Sunny Ji or Steve Ji. India were asked to follow on, with Australia clearly intending to close it all out soon and be rid of the early summer heat. … Now you wait and watch, I will become the first Indian to score 300 in Test cricket.’ My jaw dropped and I stared at him in astonishment. But playing for India was never easy. Start by marking “281 and Beyond” as Want to Read: Error rating book. MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman 's iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. “The night before the Pune match, we had gone out for dinner—Viru, Zak and I. 3.5/5 On the positive side, this book describes Laxman’s life in cricket very well - how his interest was awakened in childhood, the turmoil while making cricket a career vs medicine, the difficulties of settling in the Indian national side, his modest successes and failures in being a limited overs player, his relationships with teammates and above all the onfield game. Laxman limits cricketing advice to the technical knowhow of batting and co-writes a classic (with R.Kaushik) which charts his story from that of a good boy born into a doctors' family to a magician who pulverised. But playing for India was never easy. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Uncapped Indian players to keep an eye on in 2021, South Africa’s Test XI with Kolpak players. He is not a rag-to-riches cricketer. In fact, I also bought the Video CD of high lights of the series and loved watching it in the pre-youtube era. by Westland Sport. They would keep Australia out on the field the whole day, with Laxman bringing up his double century, and Dravid his own hundred. VVS Laxman’s 281 has been voted the best test innings of the last 50 years. Not much on controversy in here, except the Greg Chappel bashing. You are what you are as a person. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. There were excited whispers too, of the possibility of Laxman becoming the first Indian to 300 the next day. Find books He does not hold back recounting those memories, especially specific instances of disagreements with fellow players, coaches etc while at the same time maintaining the great respect he has for them. In contrast Laxman's autobiography while recounting the key moments in his career, especially tests given he was more prolific there, also goes at great length in his own inner feelings, his moments of frustration, self doubt, his disagreements, his moments of joy etc. Sadagoppan Ramesh and Shiv Sundar Das got starts, although Australia continued to chip away, even as Laxman toiled at one end. Laxman would add just another six runs to his overnight 275 to reach 281 – nobody was complaining. Ganguly's could have been a classic but falls short as he resorts to taking life lessons for aspiring cricketers once in few pages. This book gives an excellent idea on what went into the making of VVS Laxman as an international cricketer. The follow-on was enforced with India in real danger of going 2-0 down in the series before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) knuckled down in a … The bowlers be damned. Laxman’s 281 at Eden Gardens in 2001 has been voted the greatest ever knock. All in all an enjoyable read, as expressive as his batting. Vvs comes across an honest and humble person, which reflects in his thoughts and batting as well. Ultimately, your character cannot change according to the outcome. November 19th 2018 The wristy genius, Laxman was known for exquisite timing and like his role model Mohammed Azharuddin, he too was known for his magical wrist-work. Your legacy as a human being doesn’t depend on the results you produce.”. Laxman was awarded the Padma Shri award, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India in 2011. VVS Laxman on 237 went past SM Gavaskar's 236* for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in tests VVS Laxman 250 in 392 balls, 41x4 India 550 in 645 mins, 154.5 overs VVS Laxman, the premier memory of the artistic Hyderabadi batsman is his 281 against Steve Waugh’s all-conquering Australia in 2001. Despite being a relatively slow runner between the wickets, Laxman compensated with his stroke play and fast scoring. Simply put, without 281, India wouldn’t be where they are now. After Sachin and Ganguly, it is VVS' turn for a memoir. So after many days of just reading couple of pages and then finishing a chapter I was finally able to finish this book. Televisions across the country switched to the cricket – they had a reason to now, even though Sachin was not batting – and Indians all over suddenly felt something they hadn’t in a while – belief. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said his career was saved by VVS Laxman during the famous Eden Gardens Test back in 2001. For a second, I thought he was joking, but Viru was dead serious. To be honest, I didn't know much about VVS Laxman apart from his exploits on the cricket field. Especially those who have seen the pain of the 90s and the joy of the fab4 era. Laxman and Dravid batted, and batted, and batted. He didn't play many IPL games. Sports autobiographies generally tend to be just a recap of a player's career, Sachin's being a great example, which we already know of but are interested in reading their personal views, the tidbits, anecdotes etc. Laxman's magnificent 281 and Rahul Dravid's 180 helped India win the Test match by 171 runs after being asked to follow-on. Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, known as VVS Laxman, is a former Indian international cricketer and a current cricket commentator and pundit. Eden Gardens, Kolkata But playing for India was never easy. That famous image, of the duo walking back, drenched in sweat with a white, cooling towels around their necks, would be clicked. A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. As the day went by, the atmosphere at Eden Gardens, in all its old-world charm, reached a frenzy. To be honest, I didn't know much about VVS Laxman apart from his exploits on the cricket field. He was dropped as often as he was picked, and despite his vast experience and unimpeachab. To be honest, I didn’t know what to make of it.”, “imbibe when it eludes you. V. V. S. Laxman – short for Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman – is a former Indian cricketer.An aggressive right-hand batsman, Laxman is widely considered one of the best cricket players of the 2000s, despite never being selected for a Cricket World Cup. It was a crucial time for the sport in the country, still reeling from the fixing scandal of 2000, attempting to find its feet again with a young squad, nervous and shy, a world away from the boisterous force it is today under Virat Kohli. Get the latest news, recommended reading and offers sent to your inbox. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He didn't captain the side. Laxman 's innings of 281 was the highest, at the time, by an Indian in Tests, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar 's record of 236 not out. VVS Laxman is a former Indian cricketer from Hyderabad. VVS Laxman played a match winning knock at Eden Gardens in 2001 to beat Australia. Manoj Narayan looks back at the knock, and why it meant so much for India. A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. They were a fine team at home, yes, but the age-old struggle overseas still plagued them. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To see what your friends thought of this book. A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. India were trounced in the first Test in Mumbai, which was a record 16th Test win in a row for Australia. The big hope, Sachin Tendulkar (10), and local hero Sourav Ganguly (48) were both sent back, and though Laxman ended that third day with a century, Australia expected to bag No.17 the next day. Download books for free. This was another one in the list of Cricket biographies and after many before including Indians and cricketers outside India, this one is done too, for me, the writing was slightly dry and wasn't enough to hold your attention for long or at least it was the case with me. We’d love your help. India v Australia, 2nd Test Is Ravindra Jadeja now indispensable for India? VVS narrates his story in a very interactive manner and there was never a moment where I felt bored while reading the book. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. Ah well, I will focus on finishing the multitudes of books for a long time in the "Currently Reading" first. Worth a read. So it was nice to read about the stuff which is invisible on the ground. One of the more refreshingly honest sporting autobiographies, and certainly amongst the better ones penned by an Indian. So it was nice to read about the stuff which is invisible on the g. So after many days of just reading couple of pages and then finishing a chapter I was finally able to finish this book. Thanks to Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180), India went on … Anne Lamott, the beloved writer of memoirs including Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies, once said, “You own everything that happened to you.... A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. Both of his parents are doctors and he too studied Medical Science for a short period of time but quit it later to play professional cricket. Here’s an ode to the Hyderabadi legend, from our archives MW Staff 7 min Very Very Special Laxman 'vvs laxman s 281 and beyond bags best autobiography of the may 29th, 2020 - autobiography of the year 281 amp beyond by vvs laxman and r kaushik published by westland sport biography of the year dipa karmakar the small wonder by bishweshwar nandi digvijay singh 8 / 17. One of the best autobiographies that I have read of a cricketer. Bengaluru: The chief architects of one of India’s greatest Test wins, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid came together here in Bengaluru on Thursday evening to reminisce that historic moment at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens back in 2001. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman's iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. I loved watching VVS when he was on song. Laxman limits cricketing advice to the technical knowhow of batting and co-writes a classic (with R.Kaushik) which charts his story from that of a good boy born into a doctors' family to a magician who pulverised the likes of Warne into submission. A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. There was, sadly, no 300. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Name every Test wicket taker in 2020, SA's limited-overs XI with Kolpak players. India's win over the mighty Australians in the Eden Gardens Test 19 years ago is a part of cricketing folklore and so is Laxman's innings of 281. But playing for India was never easy. Dravid 's innings of 180 was his ninth Test century and first against Australia. VVS Laxman talked about his special partnership with Rahul Dravid in the 2001 Kolkata Test on Star Sports’ show, ‘Kolkata 2001-Dravid & Laxman … March 11-15, 2001. There’s no conclusive evidence to show the bat is on the wrong side of the line, South Africa-England combined T20I team selector, England Test team of the 1990s team selector, Quiz! Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Australia and India have been playing Test cricket against each other since 1947 and they renew their rivalry in Adelaide on Thursday. VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 is Wisden’s Test innings of the 2000s. 281 and Beyond | Laxman, VVS [Laxman, VVS] | download | Z-Library. Be the first to ask a question about 281 and Beyond. After all Sachin's autobiography, which was more of a brain dump and statistical download, hadn't set the bar very high in recent times! What will VVS Laxman have to tell in his autobiography? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This guy had played just four ODIs, wasn’t anywhere close to Test selection, and here he was, making the most outrageous of claims. Refresh and try again. He didn't have glam brands representing him. By the time the stumps were drawn on that fourth day, Laxman, with Dravid in support, had given India a lead of 315, with 589-4 on board. It’s hard to imagine what Indian cricket would look like today had VVS Laxman not done what he did in Kolkata, 19 years ago now. It is extremely interesting to know his views on his teammates, all whom I deeply admired while growing up as a kid back then. If you haven't been a regular follower I wouldn't recommend the book. Dravid would push on quickly till he reached 180, and India would declare on 657-7, giving them just over two sessions to bundle Australia out. VVS Laxman 281 (452 balls) India v Australia, 2nd Test If 167 [at Sydney in 2000] changed the way I viewed cricket, 281 altered the cricket world’s perception of India.”. Australian bowler Glenn McGrath (L) catches VVS Laxman on the helmet during the Indian batsman’s epic 281 in Kolkata in 2001. India, however, came out with more fight. Stylish batsman VVS Laxman’s epic 281 may be part of the cricketing folklore but former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the knock actually saved his career. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. Welcome back. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. 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