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By Venu Palaparthi
VVS Laxman, the stylish Indian Test cricketer, is on a visit to the U.S. and celebrations are being planned in his honor in Delaware and New Jersey.
According to cricket aficionados, the wristy batsman's strokes are as 'delectable' as Hyderabadi cuisine. No surprises then that his host on the east coast is USA's chief purveyor of Hyderabadi biryani.
Paradise Biryani Pointe and Nirvana are hosting a couple of meet-and-greet dinner events in the maestro's honor - the first of which will be held at the Nirvana restaurant's Delaware location on July 2nd.
The venue for the meet-and-greet dinner event in New Jersey on July 3rd is Paradise Biryani Pointe, 510 Route 130 South, East Windsor, NJ 08520.
For tickets to attend either event, please contact 732-690-8581.
DELAWARE: Click here to buy tickets to the Delaware meet-and-greet on July 2.
NEW JERSEY: Click here to buy tickets to the New Jersey meet-and-greet on July 3.
About VVS Laxman:
As a blogger wrote in the 'Cricket With Balls' blog 2010, there are two Laxmans in cricket. "One who plays the odd cameo innings, wooing the purists, making test cricket pretty, and doing a good old job." Then there is the second Laxman, the blogger wrote, who is a mutated monster with knives that pop out of his wrists during fights, titanium shins and blades on them. This second Laxman exists only to torment the Aussies and, until recently, this avatar of Laxman was their recurring nightmare.
VVS Laxman's 281 against the Aussies in Kolkata in 2001 is part of the cricket lore. It is one of test cricket's top ten batting performances according to Wisden. This innings also gave India and cricket the biggest victory after following on - a surreal death-defying experience. It was also Indian cricket's highest score until Sehwag drank some extra-virgin bat oil and broke the 290 barrier thrice.
VVS also features in the Indian record books for the second highest number of catches for a non-wicketkeeper (135). And for the highest partnerships for 4th (with Tendulkar), 5th (with Dravid) and 7th (with Dhoni) wickets. Along the way, he also picked up 17 hundreds, 56 fifties and a Padmashri (India's fourth highest civilian honor).
Laxman's 8,781 runs in Test cricket make him the 4th most prolific Indian batsman ever. The manner and circumstances in which they were scored can best be described as 'Very Very Sublime.' Or if you prefer - 'Very Very Special.'