Video: VVS Laxman’s classy reply to Glenn McGrath
VVS Laxman, the former stylish Indian batsman, was famous for his wristy drive. Sometimes, he was even better than Sachin Tendulkar when it came to stroke play. His on-side game resembled his idol Mohammad Azharuddin, although he was equally prolific on the off-side and has the rare gift of being able to hit the same ball to either side on the same type of two deliveries. VVS Laxman was on his sublime best whenever he used to play against Australia. Australian fast bowlers were his favourite opponent, the highest compliment was also paid by Australians after India’s historic success in 2003-2004 by admitting that they did not know where to bowl to him.
VVS scored two centuries on that tour and had a match winning 300 plus run partnership with Rahul Dravid at Adelaide. Laxman was well remembered for his 281 against Australia in Kolkata when India defeated Australia from the jaws of a defeat. Laxman could be one of the all-time greats, but he could not become one as he was often dropped from the ODI team. He suffered the frustration, but determination helped him to cement his place in the Test team after his match winning 281 in Kolkata Test against Australia. His Test hundred watching as he sometimes scored hundred with dazzling strokeplay and sometimes like a labourer, most of the time when all Indian batsmen failed to cope with a difficult pitch.
In 1999 at Adelaide Oval, a frustrated McGrath bowled a bouncer that hit on the helmet of VVS Laxman, watch what happened next in the video given below.