Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman or VVS Laxman - the former India batsman and a magician with the wrists - turned 43 today. Laxman, a Test player of the highest caliber, was part of the Fab Five era along with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag.
When at his best, Laxman was no less than a treat to sore eyes. Laxman's masterly innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001 has been rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years.
Laxman, promoted to no. 3 after his first innings' 59 out of a team score of 171, came up with his magical innings and also added 376 runs for the fifth wicket with Rahul Dravid (180).
Laxman represented the country in 134 Tests, scoring 8781 runs at 45.97. He made his debut against South Africa in 1996 but gained fame with a knock of 167 against Australia in Sydney in 2000.
After announcing his retirement from the game in 2012, Laxman has been associated with commentary and is also a mentor for Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad.
As Laxman turned a year older today, many of his former teammates took to Twitter to wish the stylish Hyderabadi batsman.
While wishing Laxman, Tendulkar spilled out a dressing room secret. "Happy b'day, Lax! Shall I spill out the secret behind ur ability to score runs? Taking a shower & eating an apple before going to bat. Oops," he tweeted.
Happy b'day, Lax! Shall I spill out the secret behind ur ability to score runs? Taking a shower & eating an apple before going to bat. Oops😜 pic.twitter.com/DNYFNQUnAi— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Sehwag, who is known for his unique birthday wishes on Twitter, did not disappoint the fans and once again came out on top.
"Wishing #WristJaadugar & Bhrata Shri @VVSLaxman281 a very happy birthday.Can calm any situation with a flick of his wrists.Chitiyan Kalaiyan," Sehwag wrote.
Here's how some of the current and former players wished Laxman.
@VVSLaxman281 happy birthday vvs ..have a great year ..love your jackets on TV ...god bless— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 1, 2017
Cheers to a very very special man.. very humble and kind hearted @VVSLaxman281 Happy birthday.. have a good one lax. Bless you— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 1, 2017
Many more happy returns of the day lachi bhai @VVSLaxman281 , may god give u the strength to contribute to the game in different capacities🙏— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 1, 2017
Polite. And classy. With bat in hand. And in life. May it always be that way. Happy Birthday to @VVSLaxman281— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 1, 2017
Happy birthday @VVSLaxman281, have a great time with friends and family on your special day :-)— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) November 1, 2017