Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (About this sound pronunciation (help·info); born 1 November 1974), commonly known as V. V. S. Laxman, is a former Indian cricketer.Laxman represented Hyderabad in domestic cricket and played for Lancashire in English county cricket. He was the captain of the Deccan Chargers team in the Indian Premier League in its first year before being replaced by Adam Gilchrist for the next year.In 2011, Laxman was awarded the Padma Shri award, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.
Domestic cricket career:
Laxman made his first-class debut for Hyderabad against Punjab in the quarter-final match of 1992–93 Ranji Trophy season. He scored a duck in the first innings and 17 in the second.He played only one match for Hyderabad in the next season, before getting dropped.
V. V. S. Laxman was named in the South Zone squad for the 1994/95 Duleep Trophy in the back of his impressive outings for India Under-19s, but he failed to score big in the tournament. In the following Ranji Trophy season, Laxman notched up 532 runs from five matches at an average of 76 scoring two centuries.
In the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy of 1995/96 season against West Zone, Laxman scored 47 in the first innings and a spectacular 121 in the second innings, sharing a 199-run partnership with skipper Rahul Dravid.