New Delhi, Nov 1: Former India stylish batsman VVS Laxman turned 45 on Friday (November 1) and cricketing fraternity took to Twitter to convey their greetings to the iconic cricketer from Hyderabad.
Laxman, who is known for his stylish batting, played 134 Tests for India and amassed 8781 runs in the longer format. He is still remembered as one of the best batsmen in the world when came to playing 'wristy' shots.
Often hailed as 'Australia's nemesis', Laxman aggregated 3,173 Test runs against the Aussies, including two double centuries. Laxman notched up his career's maiden Test ton against the same opponents in the year 1999 at Sydney when he played a knock of 167.
The right-handed middle-order batsman frustrated the Aussie bowlers on numerous occasions. His marathon knock of 281 against Australia at Eden Gardens is still regarded as one the best knocks by an Indian against the Kangaroos.
He has frustrated the Australians so much that he compelled former Australia skipper Steve Waugh telling his fellow teammate Brett Lee, "If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. But if you get Laxman, it's a miracle."
Several former and current India cricketers took to their Twitter handles to congratulate the Hyderabadi cricketer on his birthday.
Tests ➞ 134— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2019
Runs ➞ 8781
Centuries ➞ 17
Average ➞ 45.97
2434 of his Test runs came against Australia, including a marathon innings of 281 at Eden Gardens in 2001, which took India to one of their most spectacular victories!
Happy birthday to the legendary VVS Laxman 🎂 pic.twitter.com/9Ufp9nCjAl
Here's wishing one of #TeamIndia's most stylish batsmen, @VVSLaxman281 a very happy birthday 🎂🍰— BCCI (@BCCI) October 31, 2019
On his special day, relive his 'very very special' knock of 281 against Australia #HappyBirthdayVVSLaxman pic.twitter.com/72e2ZwCD90
When things got out of hand, it were his wrists that told us reLax Man! 😉— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 1, 2019
Have a great birthday, Lax! pic.twitter.com/h56FmU9DzQ
Happy birthday to the best person I have ever met.. what a legend..my very very dear friend @VVSLaxman281 May you continue to be blessed and happy forever .. #Happpybirthdaylaxman pic.twitter.com/bspzcI6l9R— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 1, 2019
Many many happy returns of the day @VVSLaxman281 Bhai. Hope you have an amazing year ahead.. God bless. 🙏✨— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 1, 2019
Here's wishing a great birthday to one of the greatest test batsmen and a great person @VVSLaxman281 bhai. 🤗— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 1, 2019
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Scored 167 when no other scored in excess of 25. Same game McGrath took 5/55. Team India scored 261 with 167 coming from his willow. He batted at a SR of 84 & Team were bundled out in 58 overs (4.5 RR) Happy Birthday @VVSLaxman281#HappyBirthdayVVSLaxmanpic.twitter.com/ITsYf4TR2q— Inswinging Yorker (@InswingingY) November 1, 2019
Sydney 167, Kolkata 281, Mohali 73* in 2010 & 96 at Durban in winning cause. Sad till the date that he didn't get to three figures in that innings. A saviour & an artist with bat @VVSLaxman281 #HappyBirthdayVVSLaxman pic.twitter.com/mdtIiXSLVv— Saurabh (@Boomrah_) November 1, 2019