Laxman: India’s turn-to man

2012-08-20 00:00

NEW DELHI — VVS Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, will always be known as India’s turn-to man during a crisis.

The middle-order batsman had both style and substance with an uncanny knack of finding gaps in the field where none appeared to exist, much to the frustration of rival bowlers and fielders.

Laxman, whose parents are doctors, had to make a choice between a medical career and playing cricket before he eventually opted for the willow and made his mark as one of India’s finest cricketers.

Australia suffered the most from Laxman’s punishing blade as the Indian scored 2 434 runs in 29 Tests against them at 49,67, which is above his current overall average of 45,97 in 134 matches.

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