VVS Laxman: The Classical Musician Of Indian Cricket
7.A man Brett Lee feared and McGrath dreaded
The faster Lee would bowl to Laxman during his imperious 178 at Sydney 2004, a series which belonged to his good friend Dravid for his consistently great batting, the more VVS would attack. It was as if the stylish Hyderabadi was putting an elegant signature to the saying that attack is the best form of defence. In his special 178 run inning, Laxman struck 30 boundaries, giving Aussies a blaring shout to his deft touches and willowy flicks.
Post the inning, Lee is known to have said that there’s nothing better and brighter than getting Laxman’s wicket early. And astonishing indeed that a batsman who nearly came at the lower middle order to bat, went on to score close to 9000 test runs.