>>1974: Born Hyderabad, November 1.
>> 1996: November 20 - Makes a half-century on his Test debut against South Africa in Ahmedabad.
>> 1998: April 9 - Makes one-day international debut against Zimbabwe in Cuttack.
>> 2000: January 4 - Scores his first Test century and begins his torment of Australia with 167 in Sydney.
>> 2001: March - Produces one of the most memorable innings of all time as an epic 281 leads India to victory after they were asked to follow-on by Australia in Kolkata.
India’s VVS Laxman acknowledges the cheers as he walks off after scoring an unbeaten 200 against Australia at the Kotla in Delhi on October 30, 2008. Pic/Getty Images
>> April 6 - Scores his first ODI century against Australia in Margao.
>> 2003: December - Centuries in Adelaide and Sydney help India claim a 1-1 series draw in Australia.
>> 2004: January 24 - Scores his highest ODI score, 131 against Zimbabwe in Adelaide.
>> 2006: December 3 - Scores a golden duck in his last ODI against South Africa at Centurion.
>> 2008: October - Hits an unbeaten 200, again against Australia, in a drawn Test in Delhi.
>> November - Plays his 100th Test in Nagpur as India win their series against Australia.
>> 2010: February - Continues his impressive record at Eden Gardens with his fourth century in nine Tests at the ground against South Africa.
>> October - Breaks Australia hearts yet again when, after India slumped to 124 for eight chasing a victory target of 216, his unbeaten 73 steers them across the line with a wicket in hand at Mohali.
>> 2012: August 18 - Announces his intention to retire with immediate effect.