Legendary Indian batsman VVS Laxman has spilled the beans on his both on and off the field choices at India Today Conclave South 2018 on Friday (December 21).
Laxman has named Sourav Ganguly - one of the greatest Indian captains of all time, as best under whom he played in his illustrious 14-year career while picked Rahul Dravid as his batting partner to bat for his life. He also revealed that Pakistan great Wasim Akram is the toughest bowler he faced in his career.
Dravid, in particular, contributed most to the legend of Laxman on the field on the other hand, their phenomenal 376-run partnership against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001 has always been iconic and Laxman's 281 probably is the greatest Indian innings ever played in the longest format of the game.
The most debatable question who is great between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli was also asked Laxman and he said that both the India greats are legends in their own right. He also revealed former pacer Zaheer Khan was his best roommate during his playing days.
Meanwhile, the 44-year-old revealed that he would have become a doctor - cardiovascular surgeon if he failed to establish himself as a cricketer in the period of five-year given by his parents. He also said he loves to spend time with his family and the best way to relax is be with his kids.
Laxman also revealed that Ganguly challenged Kohli to remove his shirt at Iconic Lord’s if India wins the World Cup 2019, though he picked England as red-hot favourites for the prestigious title at home ground.
He said, “India and England favourites. Being an Indian, I want India to win. I am not going to remove my shirt at Lord's. That's a challenge posed by Sourav to Virat. Happy to leave it to them. I don't have six packs like Sourav had or at least he had the confidence of removing his shirt [at the Lord's balcony].”
The cricket pundit has backed Virat Kohli led Indian Cricket Team to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the margin of 3-1 in Australia as he “doesn’t see any draws in Australian conditions.”
(With India Today Inputs)