Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (born 1 November 1974), commonly known as V.V.S. Laxman,is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator.He is considered to be one of the greatest Indian batsmen of all time.
Laxman was a right-hand aggressive batsman, who played mostly in the lower middle order. He is specifically known for his numerous match-winning and saving innings, and his special ability to consolidate unprecedented support from non-specialist, tail-end batsmen to do this has accorded him a unique status among cricketing legends.
Laxman performed outstandingly well against the best team of his times, Australia, and his knock of 281 against them in Eden Gardens in 2001 is often considered as the greatest ever test-innings. In 2011, Laxman was awarded the Padma shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
Laxman was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Laxman’s parents are noted Physicians Dr. Shantaram and Dr. Satyabhama of Vijayawada. Laxman studied at Little Flower High School, Hyderabad. He then enrolled as a medical student but chose cricket as a career over medicine. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree on 4 February 2015 by Teri University, New Delhi.
He married G. R. Shailaja from Guntur, who is a post-graduate in computer applications on 16 February 2004. They have two children – a son, Sarvajit and a daughter, Achinthya. Laxman is the great grand nephew of India’s second President Dr. Sarvipalli Radhakrishnan.