Was rewatching the beautiful 32 VVS Laxman made in the Blomfoentein test against South Africa in 2001. John Wright, the then India coach, called it the most beautiful 30 odd he had ever seen in his life. How beautifully does he bat; The backfoot drives, the pull shot, the hook shot even (does any other Indian even play the hook shot), the serene grace and elegance he exudes. With due respect, I doubt even SRT can play some of the daringly inventive strokeplay that VVS can pull off like a magician; He simply dazzles you with his range of strokes, one is awestruck with wonder at his creative genius. I so wish the great poets like Kamban and Nammazhvar had written about this. A sheer artist (can one say, in terms of Carnatic music, that he is a cross between Ramnad Krishnan and MD Ramanathan?).

Marlon Samuels reminds me a lot of VVS.

Happiness is watching VVS Laxman bat and then listening to a beautifully langorous Marivere by MD Ramanathan.