e martë, 8 maj 2007

Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

Name: Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman

Date of Birth: November 1, 1974

Place of Birth: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Laxman made his Test debut in 1996, hitting a fifty against South Africa at Ahmedabad. However, he was subsequently unable to cement his place in a star-studded Indian middle-order. Instead, he was asked to open the innings, starting in South Africa in 1997. Laxman intermittently continued in this role for nearly three years, but without any consistent success. In January 2000, he made 167 against Australia at Sydney, a rare high point for India in an otherwise disastrous tour.

Laxman's form has declined since that tour of Australia. Since March 2004, beginning with the series in Pakistan, Laxman has only made only three Test centuries, with one of them coming against Zimbabwe, currently ranked the worst team in Test cricket. He even struggled against his favorite opponents Australia in the home series in October-November 2004, although his 69 in the final Test at Mumbai helped India record a consolation victory, having lost the series. Laxman was even dropped after scoring a duck in the first Test against England at Mumbai in March 2006. He regained his place for the tour to the West Indies, thanks to an injury to Tendulkar, and made a hundred in the third Test. In ODI cricket, Laxman has been left out persistently since Greg Chappell took over as coach in mid-2005, mainly on account of his poor fielding, but also a perception that his batting is too one paced for ODI cricket.

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