Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman is an Indian cricketer who is a right handed batsman and occasional right arm off spin bowler. His batting style is similar to his role-model, Mohammad Azharuddin who was a class player. Laxman plays for Hyderabad in the domestic level.
Laxman made his test debut against South Africa on 20th November 1996 and scored a fifty at Ahmedabad. However, he could not create a place for himself in the middle order and was asked to open the innings. Although, he managed this for three years, there was not much success in his batting performance. In January 2000, he scored 167 against Australia at Sydney and in spite of a good record in this series, Laxman believed that the role of an opener did not suit him and decided to return to domestic cricket. Thus, Laxman was out of the Indian side for a year and was recalled in 2001.
In the home series against Australia, Laxman’s career changed dramatically as he scored 281 runs at Eden Gardens, under tremendous pressure. The Wisden Cricketers Almanack has regarded this innings as the sixth best Test innings and this has become one of the most celebrated tales of Indian cricket. After this series, Laxman confirmed his place in the Test as well as ODI teams for a few years.
During the Indian tour of Australia in 2003, he hit two Test and three ODI centuries. In the second test at Adelaide, he scored 148 runs in a triple century partnership with Rahul Dravid. This test was won by India and it was the first test victory for India in Australia in twenty years. At Sydney, Laxman scored 178 and was again involved in a triple century partnership with Sachin Tendulkar. Due to this prolific display, Ian Chappell called him as “Very Very Special Laxman.”
After the tour of Australia, Laxman’s form decreased and returned in December 2005, when he scored a fine century against Sri Lanka. This was followed by another century in June 2006 against the West Indies and Laxman rescued India from a difficult situation. In November 2006, during the first test against South Africa, Laxman contributed 73 runs and helped India to a 123 runs victory.