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Former cricketer VVS Laxman with his wife GR Shailaja, son Sarvajit and daughter Achinthya poses for photographs in front of the historic Taj Mahal.

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From right, India's former cricket players Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and V. V. S. Laxman join in a talk show during a break on the first day of the second test match between India and Bangladesh, in Kolkata.

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Photo posted on the official twitter account of former cricketer VVS Laxman shows Laxman, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and broadcaster Jatin Sapru eating 'Jalebis' and 'Pohe' for breakfast, in Indore

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Cricketers (L-R) Virender Sehwag, Shubman Gill, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Prithvi Shaw, Andrew Russell, VVS Laxman, Herschelle Gibbs, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Harbhajan Singh representing their respective teams during the announcement of ‘IB Cricket Super Over League’, a new virtual reality cricket show, in Mumbai.

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(L-R) Former Indian cricketers Nikhil Chopra, Virendra Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh at the launch of Laxman's autobiography '281 and Beyond ', in New Delhi.

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Former cricketers VVS Laxman and Virendra Sehwag at the launch of Laxman's autobiography '281 and Beyond', in New Delhi.

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Former cricketers VVS Laxman at the launch of his autobiography '281 and Beyond ', in New Delhi.

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Former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of Laxman’s autobiography ‘281 and Beyond’, in Mumbai.

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Former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of Laxman’s autobiography ‘281 and Beyond’, in Mumbai.

Former Indian cricketer and Sunrisers Hyderabad team mentor V.V.S. Laxman arrives for the first day of the Indian Premier League player auction in Bangalore.

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IPL team Mumbai Indians'owners and representatives including Akash Ambani and VVS Laxman at the IPL player retention event, in Mumbai.

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Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman with former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke during a panel discussion on the upcoming India-Australia Series in New Delhi.

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Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and Tendulkar, members of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee

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V.V.S. Laxman with cricket trainees, part of his foundation, in Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad team members Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Ashish Nehra, Tom Moody, Rashid Khan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ben Cutting dance with cancer affected children at St. Jude India ChildCare center, in Hyderabad.

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Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman after their felicitation at the opening ceremony of 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, in Hyderabad.

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Cricketers Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman & Brett Lee during a Press Conference, in New Delhi.

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Cricketers Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman & Brett Lee during a Press Conference, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and V.V.S. Laxman at the Civic Reception hosted by the Australian PM, at MCG.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and V.V.S. Laxman at the Civic Reception hosted by the Australian PM, at MCG,

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and V.V.S. Laxman at the Civic Reception, at MCG, Australia.

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Bring Back Our Four Down! So it's a Dildar Dandia bash in Hyderabad—a pointer to how far and wide this Gujarati festive staple has travelled. The youngster crossing dandiyas with star batsman Laxman wouldn't know how those rubbery wrists were made for twirling weightier things. But the smiling, crowned maidens around him? Ah, they should know better!

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Former cricketer VVS Laxman plays Dandiya with a little girl during the unveiling of Dildar Dandiya Bash in Hyderabad

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar speaks at a programme in Hyderabad. VVS Laxman is also seen.

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Former cricketer VVS Laxman during inauguration of a Durga Puja pandal at Salt Lake on the outskirts of Kolkata.

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VVS Lakshman participates during the Pink Ribbon Walk to mark the beginning of International Breast Cancer Awareness month in Hyderabad.

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Cricketer V.V.S. Laxman addresses a news conference at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium in Hyderabad. The elegant strokes of V.V.S. Laxman will no longer be seen on the international stage after one of India's most celebrated test batsmen announced his retirement.

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V.V.S. Laxman, center, waves after he announced his retirement at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium in Hyderabad. The elegant strokes of V.V.S. Laxman will no longer be seen on the international stage after one of India's most celebrated test batsmen announced his retirement.

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Cricketer V.V. S. Laxman, with his wife Sailaja, children Sarvajith,right down, and Achinthya pose for media before a news conference to announce his retirement at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium in Hyderabad. The elegant strokes of V.V.S. Laxman will no longer be seen on the international stage after one of India's most celebrated test batsmen announced his retirement.

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Cricketer V.V.S. Laxman addresses a press conference in Hyderabad. The elegant strokes of V.V.S. Laxman will no longer be seen on the international stage after one of India's most celebrated test batsmen announced his retirement.

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A file photo of VVS Laxman with Rahul Dravid during their epic partnership of 376 runs to set up a historic victory for India against Australia in a test match in Kolkata in 2001. Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket in Hyderabad.

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VVS Laxman serving rice and curries to the visiting pilgrims in Matrusri Tarigonda Venga-mamba Annaprasadam Complex at Tirumala. “I came to know about this “Srivari Seva” introduced by TTD [Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams] over a decade ago with a noble aim where a pilgrim serves his fellow pilgrims. I appeal to the youth to take part in this great service which clearly stands for the famous Hindu Sanatana Dharma saying “Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva” which means “Service to Mankind is Service to God”. I congratulate the TTD authorities for having introduced such a great service. I am sure that this novel and noble scheme will sure to strengthen further and will become a major asset to TTD as well as to the visiting pilgrims”, Mr Laxman said.

Yes, that's VVS Laxman, in case you are wondering. While visiting Tirupati, he got to know about “Srivari Sevak” -- a voluntary service system -- and served rice and curries to the visiting pilgrims in Matrusri Tarigonda Venga-mamba Annaprasadam Complex at Tirumala. “I came to know about this “Srivari Seva” introduced by TTD [Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams] over a decade ago with a noble aim where a pilgrim serves his fellow pilgrims. I appeal to the youth to take part in this great service which clearly stands for the famous Hindu Sanatana Dharma saying “Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva” which means “Service to Mankind is Service to God”. I congratulate the TTD authorities for having introduced such a great service. I am sure that this novel and noble scheme will sure to strengthen further and will become a major asset to TTD as well as to the visiting pilgrims”, Mr Laxman said.

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Cricketer VVS Laxman comes out after offering prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala in Tirupati. The elegant strokes of V.V.S. Laxman will no longer be seen on the international stage after one of India's most celebrated test batsmen announced his retirement.

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Pop that! A celebration in earlier times

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Bad light? Sachin, Dravid, Laxman walk off at end of play, Ferozeshah Kotla, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar left, and VVS Laxman run between the wicket on the fourth day of the second test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.

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VVS Laxman waves to fans after he hit a half century on day 4 of the second test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.

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Winner of the Ceat Special Award for contribution to V V S Laxman and winner of the Special Award for completing 10 years in International cricket Virendra Sehwag chat with Sunil Gavaskar during the awards ceremony in Mumbai.

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Cricketer VVVS Laxman at Saibaba temple in Shirdi.

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Sachin Tendulkar, center, talks to V.V.S. Laxman, right, and Pragyan Ojha as they leave the ground after winning over West Indies on the fourth day of second test cricket match in Kolkata.

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MS Dhoni with team mates VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh during Day 3 of the 2nd Test Match against West Indies at Eden Garden in Kolkata.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, and V.V.S. Laxman run between the wickets during the second day of their second cricket test match against West Indies in Kolkata.

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VVS Laxman being greeted by \captain M.S.Dhoni after completing his century during 2nd day of 2nd Test Match at Eden Garden in Kolkata.

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V V S Laxman celebrates his century during 2nd day of the 2nd Test match against West Indies at Eden Garden in Kolkata.

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VVS Laxman celebrates his half century against West Indies during first day of the 2nd Test Match at Eden Garden in Kolkata.

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West Indies wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh celebrates a successfull catch for the dismissal of VVS Laxman during the second day of the first cricket test match in New Delhi.

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India's Sachin Tendulkar is congratulated by team mate VVS Laxman after taking a catch to dismiss England's Matt Prior on the third day of the third test match at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, England.

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A brilliant Anderson delivery bowls Laxman at Trent Bridge

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England's Tim Bresnan, centre left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of VVS Laxman on the second day of their cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England.

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VVS Laxman, left, and Suresh Raina bump fists on the first day of the second cricket Test match against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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VVS Laxman (right) drives a shot past West Indies' wicket keeper Carlton Baugh that is caught by captain Darren Sammy (unseen) to dismiss him for 12 runs during the opening day of their first cricket Test match in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Wayne Parnell, center, of Pune Warriors reacts after the dismissal of VVS Laxman, left, of Kochi Tuskers Kerala during an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in Mumbai.

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Once when he made it: Tendulkar celebrates a century as VVS looks on, 4th Test, Sydney, 2004

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Birthday celebrations with Azhar, Laxman, Jadeja and Sidhu

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Sachin, Laxman, other Indian and English cricketers observe a minute’s silence in memory of 26/11 victims in Chennai.

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File photos of Padma award winners in the sports category, clockwise from left, cricketer VVS Laxman, wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooter Gagan Narang, mountaineer Harbhajan Singh, weightlifter N Kunjarani Devi and discus thrower Krishna Poonia

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Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman clearly was in his element this year, starting with the unbeaten 143 at Eden Gardens; the invaluable 56 and the unbeaten 103 on a deteriorating surface at Colombo which shaped an Indian win; the unbeaten 73 batting in pain with #10 and #11 to take India to victory from a seemingly impossible position in the first test against his favourite Aussies at Mohali; the match-saving 91 against New Zealand at Ahmedabad, and now, perhaps the finest of the lot, ending the year with a 96 (last man out0 against South Africa at Durban which ensured India bounced back to level the series 1-1 and ended the year on a winning note.

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Batsman VVS Laxman celebrates his half century on the third day of the second test match against South Africa at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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India's batsman Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman plays a shot off South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, unseen, on the first day of the second cricket test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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Cricketers M.S. Dhoni, VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ohoja during the presentation ceremony after the second test match against New Zealand at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in Hyderabad.

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V.V.S Laxman stretches during a break on the last day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in Ahmedabad.

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Savant Stylist Laxman, proponent of the late charge

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Australia's captain Ricky Ponting watches V.V.S. Laxman, after India won on the final day of their first cricket test match in Mohali.

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Pragyan Ojha, right, V.V.S. Laxman, left, and Suresh Raina celebrate their win over Australia on the final day of their first cricket test match in Mohali.

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Pragyan Ojha, left, V.V.S. Laxman, center, and Suresh Raina celebrate their win over Australia on the final day of their first cricket test match in Mohali. Laxman orchestrated another stunning victory over Australia, scoring a composed and unbeaten 73 to guide India to a one-wicket win from a seemingly impossible position in the first test.

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VVS Laxman bats during the final day of their first cricket test match against Australia in Mohali. India beat Australia by two wickets in the first cricket Test against Australia to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

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Virender Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman celebrate their team’s victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the third and final test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Bowler Pragyan Ojha, center, celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, right, with VVS Laxman during the third and final test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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VVS Laxman, left, and Gautam Gambhir chat as they stand next to the pitch that has been prepared for the third cricket test gainst Sri Lanka in Colomb. Sri Lanka and India play their third cricket test starting August 3.

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Sachin Tendulkar is congratulated by VVS Laxman on completing his century during the one-day international against Australia at Gwalior. Tendulkar scored his 35th ODI century and Laxman his second. India won the match by 37 runs.

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V.V.S. Laxman hugs Rahul Dravid after the latter completed his century during the first day of the first test match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad. India were 249 for three wickets at the end of the day's play.

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Irfan Pathan celebrates the dismissal of Yousuf Youhana with Zaheer Khan and VVS Laxman during the final one day international match of the Samsung Cup at Lahore. Pathan claimed three crucial Pakistani wickets as India won by 40 runs and register its first ever series win on Pakistani soil. Man-of-the-match VVS Laxman contributed 107 runs off 104 balls for the Indian total of 293 for 7.

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Sunday 19 SeptemberPakistan's Naved-ul-Hasan Rana celebrates after VVS Laxman was caught off his ball for 3 runs during the India- Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy match at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. Rana and Shoaib Akhtar claimed four wickets each, packing off India at modest 200 runs. India raised hopes of a spirited fightback by reducing Pakistan to 127 for five at one stage but an unbeaten 81 by Yousuf Youhana helped Pakistan to record their third consecutive win over India. Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul Haq also became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 10,000 runs in one-day international cricket. Pakistan will now meet Group B winners West Indies in the second semifinal at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Wednesday.

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V.V.S. Laxman, kisses his helmet as he celebrates his 100 runs during the second day of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Laxman not only notched up his eighth century but also became the 10th Indian to aggregate 4000 Test runs as the visitors cruised to a comfortable 325 for three for a lead of 46 runs at close.

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Very, Very Special series His wrists did all the magic as VVS Laxman displayed his class and craft against his ‘favourite’ team. Besides scoring a double century in this series, Laxman also crossed personal milestones of 1,000 runs in a season and 100 Tests, ending with 381 runs in 7 innings, three of them unbeaten, with the the highest average of the series at 95.25, one double century and two 50s.

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And then Laxman took over from Zak. After receiving his man of the match award, he was to say, "He has been a great role model. All of us are really proud to play with him. Even his last wicket, if you see, we were dropping sitters and he took that difficult catch."

Very Very Special Laxman was back as the vice-captain, and if he disappointed in the first innings after scoring a fine, fluent 22, it was thanks to his sublime 73 that India succeeded in increasing the lead to over 400. In the end, despite a much improved effort, the target proved too much for South Africans.

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Very Very Special someone made VVS Laxman cross the rekha this year. But there was disappointment at being dropped from the ODI squad against Bangladesh, while he had a very average year in tests too, with only 513 runs and one century in 12 tests.

V.V.S. Laxman celebrates his century with Rahul Dravid. Laxman went on to make 148 and in the company of the vice-captain took his side to safety as India ended the third day at 477-7

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Australians celebrate the dismissal of VVS Laxman caught behind by Adam Gilchrist off Andy Bichel.

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Monday November 26, 2007
Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman arrive for the awards presentations ceremony after India won the first cricket test match against Pakistan, in New Delhi. Anil Kumble's tenure as India captain got off to a perfect start at his happy hunting ground as the hosts thumped Pakistan by six wickets in the first Test to go 1-0 up in the three-match cricket series. As an icing on the cake for the veteran leg-spinner, who claimed seven wickets in the match besides scoring a defiant 24 runs in the first innings, he was also named as the Man of the Match. Apart from Kumble, it was the other 'Buddha Brigade', topped by Laxman, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid who pitched in usefully, helping India win the match with a true team-effort. This was only the second instance of India successfully chasing down a 200-plus target at home. The first time they did it was in the Mumbai Test against Australia in 1964-65.

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