The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the country’s governing body for the sport, took to Twitter to wish “one of the best batsmen to ever grace the game”, who is also the current head of the National Cricket Academy.
“220 internationals 11,119 international runs Here’s wishing @VVSLaxman281 – one of the best batsmen to ever grace the game & current Premier Cricket, NCA – a very happy birthday. #TeamIndia,” BCCI tweeted.
2⃣2⃣0⃣ internationals 👍1⃣1⃣1⃣1⃣9⃣ international runs 👌Here’s wishing @VVSLaxman281 – one of the best ba… https://t.co/FeBvnbg4Ga
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1667275200000
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who played a lot with VVS during his time with Team Indiatook to Twitter to extend wishes to Laxman, who along with Sachin, Rahul Dravid and former captain Sourav Ganguly, formed the ‘Fab Four’ of 2000s in Indian Cricket.
“Very happy returns of the day @VVSLaxman281. Wishing you the best of health and happiness always!,” Sachin tweeted.
Very happy returns of the day @VVSLaxman281. I wish you the best of health and happiness always! https://t.co/T2rs8zw42B
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1667284702000
Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj also wished Laxman, “Happy Birthday, @VVSLaxman281. One of the best batsmen to have played for India and one who stood tall in adverse situations for the team. May God bless you with good health and happiness!,” she tweeted.
Happy Birthday, @VVSLaxman281. One of the best batsmen to play for India and one who has stood tall in adverse situations… https://t.co/Q7tPkWryjW
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 1667277338000
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also wished Laxman, who he said “displayed flawless class and character on and off the field.”
“Wishing a very happy birthday to a legend who displayed flawless class and character on and off the field! Have a good one Laxi much love, God bless @VVSLaxman281,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Happy birthday to a legend who displayed impeccable class and character on and off the pitch! Got… https://t.co/hOwpJNAbIE
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1667278403000
Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also tweeted and wished Laxman, “Happy Birthday @VVSLaxman281 Wishing you good health and happiness.”
Happy birthday @VVSLaxman281 🥳 Wishing you good health and happiness. https://t.co/S9MrkOsL5m
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 1667274033000
Sunrisers Hyderabad, an Indian Premier League (IPL) he once mentored, also tweeted: “Puttina roju subhakankshalu VVS Hyderabad’s best since the Dum Biryani! Thanks for the 281 and the 281 reasons you gave us to BELIEVE #VVSLaxman #OrangeArmy #SunRisers.”
Puttina roju subhakankshalu VVS 🥳🎂Hyderabad’s best since the Dum Biryani! 😉 Thanks for the 281 and the 281 rea… https://t.co/VbkRdrasrH
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 1667280708000
Laxman represented Team India in 134 Tests, over which he scored 8,781 runs in 225 innings at an average of 45.97. 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries came from his bat, with the best score being 281.
He also played 86 ODIs for the Men in Blue and scored 2,338 runs at an average of 30.76. He scored six centuries and 10 half-centuries in the format, with a best score of 131.
Laxman’s many match-saving innings and his partnerships with lower-order batsmen earned him the nickname ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman.