There is no need to introduce VVS Laxman. The man has played some incredible innings for India over the course of his 16-year career, kept us out of trouble, and proven to be the unsung hero.

However, the individual could not have even started out as a cricket player, believe it or not. Yes, coming from a family of physicians, Laxman’s future in medicine appeared to be all but certain.

originating in Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh’s (now-Telangana’s) Hyderabad.Vijayawada-based doctors Shantaram and Satyabhama are Laxman’s parents. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s second president, is the great-grandnephew of Laxman.

Laxman attended Little Flower High School in Hyderabad where he studied. Though he enrolled in a medical school for his undergraduate education, at the age of 17, just before getting a medical seat, he made a choice that would dramatically alter the course of his life.

Instead of continuing his pursuit of becoming a doctor, the young guy decided to play cricket. According to him, his parents did not obstruct him from pursuing his ambition.

I always wanted to be a doctor like my parents because they were my role models. I had almost got a medical seat. That was probably the toughest period for me when I had to choose between cricket and medicine. Luckily for me, my parents gave me complete freedom to make my own decision. So, it was at the age of 17 that I started to pursue my dream of representing my country in cricket,” Laxman said during an interview with BCCI.tv.

Laxman had a number of cricketing hero’s, which includes the likes of Sir Vivian Richards, David Gower and Greg Chappell. While his Indian heroes comprised of Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.

He said, “I think it’s a bit of a coincidence that individuals like Azharuddin, ML Jaisimha, and myself came from Hyderabad, when questioned about the explanation for Hyderabad’s record in generating good wristy batsman. However, if I had to come up with an explanation, it would be because we played on matting wickets a much. When batting on these wickets, you need to control the bounce of the ball when it is pitched on fair length more with your wrists than your elbow. We are likely wirier than batters from other regions of the country because of this.

“I used to love playing under tough situations when the team was under pressure. Adversities brought out the best in me. I guess it came from having to be the main batsman for Hyderabad since a young age. I was used to taking up more responsibility when the team was struggling. More than the technique and the skill set, I think the ability to come good in pressure situations was my biggest strength as a batsman,” he added.

He also mentioned that a few cricketers with whom he had played had an influential role in his career. His favorites include the greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Anil Kumble. However, he highly praised Tendulkar for his brilliance, Dravid for his temperament, Kumble for his never-die attitude, and Sourav for his courage.

Finally, when asked how he would like to be remembered for his 16-year career as a cricket player, he answered with the utmost humility and elegance, saying, “I desire to be remembered as someone who continuously played for the good of the team. I take comfort in the fact that I was able to prevail under trying conditions and gain triumphs for my cherished country when I think back on my 16-year career. Above all, I want to be known as the person who gave his all to his nation and pursued perfection, leaving no stone untouched.

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