One of India's prime Test batsman VVS Laxman is finally set to release his autobiography. It has been titled 281 and Beyond and is scheduled to be released in November this year.
Laxman has played over a hundred Tests for India scoring over 8000 runs and wa s part of India's Fab 5 generation including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and himself who formed the core of the Indian Test batting outfit in the early 2000s.
Laxman is fondly remembered for his partnership with Rahul Dravid in Kolkata where he scored 281 after Australia asked India to follow on and help India win from an almost impossible situation. The title of the book is inspired from that knock which has been one of the best ever knocks in Test cricket's rich history.
Commenting on the process of writing the book, Laxman said, "It was an emotional journey that left me drained at the end of each session. Several incidents that I had all but forgotten suddenly sprang back into memory as I relived my life in great detail. It was hard work, but it was also great fun. I have been honest and frank, and shared the experiences that have made me the person I am. Without revealing dressing-room secrets, I have tried to offer a peek into the psyche of Indian cricket, and some of its most celebrated sons."
Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland commented, "VVS’s account of his life is refreshingly candid and full of insights into the way cricket is played--at the domestic, national and international level. We are delighted to launch our new imprint, Westland Sport, with this outstanding book."
Karthika V.K., Publisher, Westland, said, "During his playing years, Laxman was known to keep to himself and stay away from controversy. Which is what makes this telling truly special. It’s a wristy narrative, slashing and graceful, built on experience and a nuanced understanding of the game and his own place in it—just like his batting at its best."
Notably, Laxman is a part of the CAC panel including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly which has been given an extension by the CoA on an immediate basis.
(With TOI Inputs)