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281 and Beyond: the story of VVS Laxman.

Summary: Batting great's autobiography to hit the stands soon

K.R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer

Dubai: V.V.S. Laxman, the wristy Indian batting great whose 281 stopped the mighty Australians in Kolkata in 2001, is set to release his autobiography on November 19. The name of his book will be '281 and Beyond'.

The story of his career has been co-written by senior cricket writer R. Kaushik. Laxman made the official announcement regarding the book and revealed the name of his autobiography through Facebook livestream in association with Star Sports.

Laxman's knock and that Test match is one of the glorious chapters in Indian cricket. India who were bowled out for 171 in reply to Australia first innings score of 445. Following on, Laxman and Rahul Dravid registered a 376-run partnership for the fifth wicket to set Australia a target of 384 runs Australia lost the Test by 171 runs despite enforcing the follow-on. The knock of 281 is hailed as one among the finest knocks in world cricket. Cricket fans has transformed his initials VVS into Very Very Special. He retired in 2012.

"Ever since my retirement, I wanted to share my story. It was a tough hard work and hope everyone will read and enjoy it. I wanted to share my journey right from childhood what goes through one's mind. Kaushik is a dear friend of mine who has followed my career right from under-16 days and I approached him. My uncle too felt I should share my story and tell the youngsters what it takes to take up such a journey. Kaushik was able to spend lot of time with me, even odd hours. It is an honest book and I have always been a honest person," said Laxman.

It describes how his doctor parents gave him a time frame of five years to pursue his dream of playing for the country, backed by his uncle. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Nov 3, 2018
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