A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. But playing for India was never easy. He was dropped as often as he was picked, and despite his vast experience and unimpeachable...
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281 and Beyond Reviews
What will VVS Laxman have to tell in his autobiography? He was majorly a tests-only player. He didn't play many IPL games. He didn't have glam brands representing him. He didn't captain the side. He barely had any controversies in his name. He is not a rag-to-riches cricketer. He didn't have to fight any extraordinary event to survive in his career. But trust me, I enjoyed the book, thanks to these factors pushing my expectations almost to the negative.
An honest narration of cricketing events st ...more
3.5/5 On the positive side, this book describes Laxman’s life in cricket very well - how his interest was awakened in childhood, the turmoil while making cricket a career vs medicine, the difficulties of settling in the Indian national side, his modest successes and failures in being a limited overs player, his relationships with teammates and above all the onfield game. Also, he provided glimpses of his personal life and family.
Laxman has earned respect as a gentleman - both in his behaviour an ...more
Much like the Indian batting order of the 2000s, I have now read the autobiographies of SRT, Ganguly, and now Laxman in a matter of few years as they came out. If you were involved even remotely with Indian cricket from mid 90s through the noughts, this book is going to evoke nostalgia and also provide a perspective into the mind of perhaps the most stylish and least hyped of the great middle order. VVS comes across as you'd expect - poised, calm, and too polite to a fault. But to get a glimpse ...more
Great reading. Got a lot of insight as to what goes througg the mind of a cricketer like VVS Laxman abd what makes him a great cricketer.
Much, much better than the autobiographies of Sachin and Ganguly.
Full review on my blog: https://www.nayanbasu.com/2019/01/boo...
ALERT: LOOOONG REVIEW. TL,DR: UNBELIEVABLY GREAT READ FOR ME
This is hands down the best autobiography of a cricketer that I have read. And I am sure it's not merely a recency bias as well. Whenever anyone asked me about my books to island list, it would always contain 'Timeless Steel' - an anthology of writings on Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid - collected by ESPN Cricinfo and segmented into themes like 'The Cricketer', 'The Great Innings', 'The Man' etc. This led the book to have a narrative coheren ...more
Too much of detail at times, but a very good read nevertheless.