What are some lesser known facts about Indian cricketers? by Ram Pradeep
Answer by Ram Pradeep:
- Laxman apparently is the great grand nephew of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India.
- Chose a cricket bat over stethoscope: he was a MEDICAL student. Laxman was brilliant at academics and scored 98 percent marks in his 10th board exam. His parents — Dr Shantaram and Dr Satyabhama — are noted doctors and following suit, he too enrolled as a Medical student. But thankfully, he chose the life of a cricketer over that of a physician’s.
- The ‘duck’ connection: Laxman has a rather embarrassing connection with the ducks. Not only did he start his First-Class career with a zero, but his One-Day International (ODI) career also started and ended with ducks.
- 100 after 3 years!
He took more than three years to score his maiden Test century, a robust 167 against Australia at Sydney in 2000 that made the cricketing world sit up and take notice of this special talent.
5. Respect from the Australians: The Australians are known to be fierce competitors and play the game in a hard way. They are well-known for sledging their oppositions out of the game. At the same time, they also respect the talent, and they’ve been unabashed admirers of Laxman.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was so big a fan of Laxman that he once felt compelled to have a dig at the India selectors. “Every time he (Laxman) plays against us, he comes up with something special, and the next thing we read after the series is that he’s been dropped.” His statement came in the wake of Laxman’s shock omission from India’s World Cup 2003 squad. He further added, “It leaves me completely bewildered.”
6.The Wall II
He was involved in three more mammoth stands against Australia – 353 with Sachin Tendulkar in 2004 in Sydney, 303 with Dravid in Adelaide in the same series and 278 with Gautam Gambhir at New Delhi in 2008.
7. Three ODI hundreds in a week: Though Laxman isn’t considered to be in the league of great ODI players, he achieved something he could be very proud of. In early 2004, when India were playing a tri-series in Australia, Laxman notched up three ODI hundreds in a span of week’s time. On January 18, he scored 103 not out against Australia at Brisbane, four days later he scored 106 not out against the same opposition at Sydney and on January 24, he scored 131 against Zimbabwe at Adelaide.
8.Never played a World Cup: Laxman is one of those unfortunate cricketers who played over 100 Test matches for their countries but never got a chance to play in a cricket World Cup.