5 batsmen who made batting look easy
#4 VVS Laxman
If Sourav Ganguly is considered to be the god of off-side, then VVS Laxman is certainly his equivalent on the on-side. Blessed with fluid technicality and exceptional wristwork, Laxman has been one of India’s greatest test cricketers ever. He timed his shots perfectly and was a terrific player against spin as well. He wasn’t a very aggressive batsman in his body language but a very languid batsman who was a treat to watch.
Laxman was a wizard with the willow and played several crucial innings for India with none of them matching his majestic 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001 which helped India snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. With several of his best innings coming against Australia, the Australians have admitted having no idea where to bowl to him. Laxman scored 8781 runs in 134 tests from 1996-2012, averaging almost 46 and hitting 56 fifties and 17 hundreds.
His ODI records may not be as good as his test records but he has helped India win quite a few ODIs and has helped the team recover from crunch situations. One such instance came against Zimbabwe when India were tattering at 3/3 before Laxman rescued the team by hitting a career-best 131 and setting up two-century partnerships in the process. In the 86 ODIs he played, Laxman score 2338 runs at an average of 30.76 and hit 10 fifties and six hundreds. Laxman will surely be remembered as one of the most elegant batsmen India ever produced.