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Padma Shri awardee VVS Laxman’s 281 awarded the Best Test Innings

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Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman’s (41) masterly innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 14 March 2001 has been voted the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years by a 25-member panel of cricketers, writers, broadcasters, historians and statisticians assembled by the January issue of ESPN’s digital magazine the Cricket Monthly.

Padma Shri awardee VVS Laxman's 281 awarded the Best Test InningsAbout VVS Laxman
Born in Hyderabad, Laxman is known for his “wristy, willowy and sinuous” style, one which is technically fluid at its best. He was a medical student before becoming a professional cricketer.

  • VVS is the great grand nephew of former Indian president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • Laxman and Australian pacers Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie made their international debuts in the same U-19 match in February 1994.
  • He is India’s fourth-highest scorer (8,781) in Tests after Sachin Tendulkar (15,470 runs), Rahul Dravid (13,265) and Sunil Gavaskar (10,122).
  • In 2008, he became the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score more than 2000 runs against the Australians.
  • On 18 August 2012, Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket.

2011 – Padma Shri
2001 – Arjuna Award
2002 – Wisden Cricketer of the Year