VVS Laxman was born on November 1, 1974. Commonly known as V.V.S. Laxman (often VVS, and sometimes as "Very Very Special"), Laxman is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator.
In pic: Laxman with wife Sailaja during their wedding reception in 2004. Pic/MiD DAY Archives
VVS Laxman was born in Hyderabad, Telangana. Laxman's parents are noted physicians Dr. Shantaram and Dr. Satyabhama of Vijayawada. Laxman is the great grand nephew of India's second President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. VVS Laxman studied at the Little Flower High School, Hyderabad. Though he joined a medical school for his undergraduate studies, Laxman chose cricket as a career.
In pic: VVS Laxman shared this adorable picture with his whole family, during the holy visit to Varanasi
How many people are fortunate enough to meet cult religious figures? VVS Laxman is one of the few lucky ones, who shared this picture of himself, his wife and child, visiting Sathya Sai Baba. Laxman captioned, "#sathyasaibaba #flashback #gratitude"
VVS Laxman married G. R. Shailaja from Guntur, a Computer Applications graduate, on 16 February 2004. They have two children – a son, Sarvajit and a daughter, Achinthya.
In pic: VVS Laxman posted this picture with his wife, son and daughter during a visit to a temple. Laxman captioned, "Annavaram Darshan #family"
VVS Laxman is all smiles in this picture with his wife Shailaja. Aren't they an adorable couple?
VVS Laxman shared this picture of his family with Irfan Pathan on Irfan's birthday. He wrote, " Wish you a very happy birthday @irfanpathan_official .May you have a great year ahead"
VVS Laxman posted this this picture with his daughter, captioned, "#happy #simplicity"
VVS Laxman shared this throwback picture from his graduation day. Laxman captioned, "#memoriesreloaded #pictureoftheday"
VVS Laxman who was associated with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, shared this picture with Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan and Shikhar Dhawan. He captioned, "Fun shoot with the boys #orangearmy"
In pic: VVS Laxman seen having a good time with Shikhar Dhawan, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan during a shoot. Laxman captioned, "Good fun with the boys ! #orangearmy"
VVS Laxman is now a prolific cricket commentator, who does commentary for various international cricket matches. Here he is seen with fellow commentator Akash Chopra. Laxman captioned this picture, "@cricketaakash ke saath waqt achha guzarta hai"
VVS Laxman shares the space with a few other stalwarts of the game. In this picture he is seen with Sunil Gavaskar. VVS captioned this picture as, "#commentarydiaries #sunnybhai #rajkot"
VVS Laxman shared this quirky picture of himself with Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh on the actor's birthday. Laxman captioned, "Wishing @ranveersingh a very happy birthday. Wish you success , happiness and love"
VVS Laxman loves to have a good time with his fellow commentators during matches. In this picture VVS Laxman is seen with Mohammad Kaif and Jatin Sapru during the IPL 2018
Three of the greatest batsman in Indian cricket ever in one frame! VVS Laxman captioned this picture with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar as, "Great times with some wonderful men #laughter #cricket"
VVS Laxman posted this picture with Russell Arnold, Mathew Hayden and Mayanti Langer. Laxman wrote a message for Russel Arnold, "His prediction is as easy to understand for us , like a doctor ‘s handwriting is for a chemist. Always a sport, #russelarnold #PredictorsHat"
VVS Laxman is one of the few cricketers to score the most number of centuries (three) in a an ODI series (in VB Series, Australia 2003-04) . Ironically, the Hyderabadi was left out of the 2003 World Cup team.
VVS Laxman reads a book on teammate Sachin Tendulkar in his hotel room in Mumbai before the team’s departure to South Africa in 2006. Pic/Suresh KK
The elegant right-hander during a net session at Hyderabad in 2005. Pic/ MiD DAY Archives
Laxman is greeted by his teammates Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and coach John Wright after scoring a ton at Mohali in 2003. Pic/Suresh KK
The Hyderabadi in Faisalabad during the Pakistan tour of 2003-04. Pic/Suresh KK
Laxman returns with a fractured hand after getting hit in the Jo’burg Test on 1997 tour. Pic/Ashish Raje
Laxman is hit on his elbow by a Shoaib Akhtar delivery during the third Test between India and Pakistan at Bangalore in 2007. Pic/Suresh KK
Laxman gets hit by a Glenn McGrath bouncer during his epic innings of 281 against Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2001. Pic/Suresh KK
Innocence at its best: VVS Laxman shared a childhood picture of himself on Instagram
VVS Laxman is one of the few cricketers to score the most number of centuries (three) in an ODI series (in VB Series, Australia 2003-04). Ironically, the Hyderabadi was left out of the 2003 World Cup team. On his 45th birthday today, we take a look at his journey from being one of India's finest batsman, to juggling his time these days between his family and behind the mic. (Pictures/VVS Laxman Instagram and Mid-day archives)
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