VVS LAXMAN

  • Ganguly was an emotional captain, Dhoni is not: VVS Laxman 5 days ago

    Indian Test legend VVS Laxman said former India captain and teammate Sourav Ganguly was a good leader who identified match-winners. Laxman, who was known for his elegant and skillful wrist-play, heaped praise on Ganguly's captaincy at the 'Hindustan Times Leadership Summit' in New Delhi on Saturday. "A good leader identifies match-winners...
  • Problems persist for Dhoni in Tests but can win World Cup: Sourav Ganguly 6 days ago

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the World Cup for India in 2011 after 28 long years, should stay at the helm for the team to defend their title in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. During the Test series in England, which...
  • Australia tour will give advantage to India in World Cup: VVS Laxman 1 week ago

    For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but the former Indian batsman feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event. India will spend nearly two-and-a-half months in...
  • Looking to make a comeback, World Cup hopes alive: Yuvraj Singh November 15, 2014

    Out-of-favour batsman Yuvraj Singh vows to make a quick comeback to the Indian team and said he is very much looking forward to play in the 2015 World Cup. Yuvraj, who last played for India in a T20 international in April 2014, said: "I am playing domestic cricket and hope to...
  • VVS Laxman implores India to focus on overseas improvement November 13, 2014

    Performing well overseas should be India's top priority and the Test squad needs "smart preparation" every time they embark on a tour, according to former India batsman VVS Laxman. Very strong at home, India's problems while travelling have been well documented with the team losing 13 of their last 17 test...
  • Full Text: VVS Laxman delivers the MAK Pataudi Lecture November 12, 2014

    Addressing the Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi memorial lecture organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens, former India middle-order batsman VVS Laxman voiced his opinions on the core issues that affect Indian and Test cricket. Read the full transcript here: Good evening ladies and...
  • Survival of Test cricket essential for game's future: VVS Laxman November 12, 2014

    With the threat of Twenty20 cricket eating into the share of the five-day formats, former India middle order batsman VVS Laxman on Wednesday said it's high time that they bring in new innovation like introduction of day/night matches to sustain the legacy of Test cricket. Worried about the future of Test...
  • Was Chappell's stint a dark period in Indian cricket? November 4, 2014

    Dropping a bombshell, Tendulkar has disclosed that the then India coach Greg Chappell had made a "shocking" suggestion to him to take over India's captaincy from Rahul Dravid. ...
  • Laxman slams Chappell, backs Tendulkar's claims November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India batsman VVS Laxman slammed Greg Chappell and said the controversial ex-India coach had taken Indian cricket backwards during his two-year tenure as the national coach. "Chappell took Indian cricket backwards," Laxman said when asked to describe Chappell's tumultuous stint as coach from 2005 to 2007. Reacting to a...
  • English experience to help Indians in Australia tour: VVS Laxman October 24, 2014

    Kolkata: VVS Laxman on Friday said that the English experience would help the cricketers do well in the gruelling Australia tour that precedes the World Cup. "I'm sure we'll do well in Australia. The reason I believe this because they have got the talent and the potential. You have seen that...
  • Laxman named 'batting consultant' of CAB's Vision 2020 project October 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Former India batting great VVS Laxman has been appointed batting consultant in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)'s Vision 2020 Project due to the initiative of association's joint secretary and Laxman's long-time India team colleague Sourav Ganguly. His best cricketing achievement happened on the hallowed Eden Gardens turf and VVS Laxman...
  • VVS Laxman to deliver MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture at Eden Gardens October 7, 2014

    VVS Laxman is all set to renew his connection with the Eden Gardens as the former middle order batsman has been chosen to deliver the MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on October 19. The lecture will be held on the eve of the fifth and final ODI between India and the West...
  • Ravi Shastri, Duncan Fletcher should stay with Team India: VVS Laxman September 9, 2014

    The 39yearold from Hyderabad, who followed India's performance in England, said India needed to focus on two crucial areas to improve their limitedovers performance death bowling and the opening combination. "In the T20 they gave away 50 runs in the last three overs, which is a lot, so I think...
  • Indian slip fielders standing too close to each other, says Laxman August 17, 2014

    London: With India's 'butter fingered' slipcordon struggling to hold on to catches, former slips specialist VVS Laxman feels the fielders are standing too close to each other, which is causing confusion between them. "Definitely, they are very close. I was the one who used to take the gap between the first...
  • I would have picked Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny: VVS Laxman August 15, 2014

    London: Raising concerns over India's selected XI for the allimportant fifth and final Test against England, veteran batsman VVS Laxman said that he would have opted for Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny in the crucial game. "Little surprised at Binny's inclusion. The reason given for his inclusion is that he...
  • I learnt a lot observing VVS Laxman: Ajinkya Rahane August 5, 2014

    Manchester: Having quietly cemented his place as India's middleorder mainstay, Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday said he has gained a lot from borrowing a trick or two from stylish Hyderabad batsman VVS Laxman. Coming in at No.5, Rahane has showed the same bit of maturity that Laxman once displayed during the...
  • India is safe to host series against Pakistan, says VVS Laxman June 2, 2014

    Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Monday said India is safe to host Pakistan for a bilateral series. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman pointed out that the fans enjoyed the game when Pakistan toured India in December 2012 January 2013 for three ODIs and two T20s. "When Pakistan came for three onedayers and...
  • De Villers a complete batsman of the modern era: VVS Laxman May 16, 2014

    Hyderabad: Former India star VVS Laxman feels Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers, without any doubt, is the most complete batsman in the modern era, who has three to four shots in his repertoire for every delivery. "Yes, he is without a doubt," the Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor said when asked if...
  • VVS Laxman's words helped me again, says Irfan Pathan May 1, 2014

    Seamer Irfan Pathan says his chat with team mentor VVS Laxman inspired him to produce a matchwinning performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians here. It was Irfan who stopped the rampaging Keiron Pollard from turning the game in Mumbai's favour in the last over,...
  • IPL ideal platform to stage India comeback, says Irfan Pathan April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Irfan Pathan, who will be representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in upcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, said his aim is to play the 2015 World Cup. In his bit to get back that elusive seamer allrounder's slot, Irfan is expecting that Sunrisers' think-tank will make him bat...
  • VVS Laxman duped of Rs. 10 lakh, suspect in police custody February 2, 2014

    Kolkata: A court here on Saturday sent a man arrested for allegedly duping former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman to eight days' transit remand so that he can be taken to Hyderabad for questioning, police said. A police team from Cyberabad which is investigating the case following Laxman's complaint that Rs. 10...
  • India's transition phase set for South Africa test December 4, 2013

    A bumper schedule curtailed to a twoday pilot project: that's how this Indian tour of South Africa is being viewed. Preps that were as serious as India sending their A team to detect South Africa conditions were used in confetti bursts during the Sachin Tendulkar farewell series. The threeTest, sevenODI tour...
  • Sunil Gavaskar asks Indian youth to emulate Sachin Tendulkar November 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the youth in the country should emulate Sachin Tendulkar, who played his 200th and final Test in Mumbai on Saturday, on how to pursue excellence without taking recourse to short cuts. A tearyeyed Tendulkar on Saturday brought the curtains down on his...
  • Sachin Tendulkar is a clever bowler: Laxman November 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar's greatness lies in his batting but former India teammate, VVS Laxman, also considers the retiring legend as an underrated and a clever bowler who has played his part in a couple of famous Test and ODI wins. Playing in his penultimate Test, Tendulkar caused the Eden Gardens...
  • Sachin Tendulkar's retirement biggest in cricket history: Gavaskar November 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has termed Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from international cricket as the "biggest" the game has ever seen, while another former great VVS Laxman feels that CAB's farewell arrangements won't cause "distraction" to him. Asked if Tendulkar's impending retirement after twoTest series against the West Indies...
  • Sachin never considered himself bigger than the game: Laxman October 16, 2013

    New Delhi: He feels honoured to have shared the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar for 16 years and VVS Laxman says the retiring senior batsman is remarkably special for never considering himself bigger than the game despite being a player who could "achieve anything on the ground". "The most important thing...
  • Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman on Sachin Tendulkar October 11, 2013

    Sachin Tendulkar has decided to hang up his boots following his 200th Test, and after he announced his decision to the world on Thursday, good wishes and 'miss you' messages poured in by millions. Two men Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman with whom Tendulkar shared the dressing room...
  • Laxman backs India to win ODI series against Australia October 2, 2013

    Gurgaon: Former Test batsman VVS Laxman believes the current Indian team is hungry for more success and backed the hosts to triumph over Australia in the upcoming limitedover series. "There are lot of talented cricketers in the Indian side who are eager to perform. The upcoming Australia series at home will...
  • Two years since Test dethroning, India on the right path August 13, 2013

    Two years ago to the day, August 13 2011, India surrendered their No 1 Test ranking to England with an inningsand42run defeat at Edgbaston. It was a defeat that left the team hurting. How many saw it coming? Edgbaston was followed by another innings defeat at The Oval, which made...
  • India are lucky to have a captain like Dhoni, says Laxman July 14, 2013

    Kolkata: Former Test batsman VVS Laxman was on Sunday effusive in his praise for India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who lead the national team to backtoback title triumphs at the Champions Trophy in England and Trination series in the West Indies. "His records (of winning all the world titles) speak for...