VVS Laxman's initials gave an opportunity to copy editors to be clever with words. His batting forced most of them to stick to Very Very Special Laxman.
Just how special Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman has been for Indian cricket is best heard in the words of Aussie tearaway Brett Lee, who once said, "If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle."
The 37-year-old Laxman retired over the weekend, forcing selectors to scramble to replace him for the home series against New Zealand starting this week. To replace Laxman in Indian cricket, however, will not be an easy task. He played only 134 Test matches, but has ensured his place in the cricket gallery of greats. Many of his 17 centuries and 56 fifties in his total 8781 (Ave 45.97) runs came in pressure situations and to win matches for India.