In a cricket crazy nation such as ours, it sucks to not have a cricketer in Team India which is playing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 right now. Especially as you sit down to watch ‘Natural Star’ Nani’s film on cricket, Jersey, on ZEE5. This sports drama, which also stars Shraddha Srinath, is the story of a failed cricketer who pledges to revive his career when he is in his late 30s. Not too many people around him are convinced. Does he succeed? You need to watch this superhit Telugu film to find out. But in the meanwhile, even as we cheer for Team India which is fighting it out on the pitches of England, let’s take a look back at the glorious past of Hyderabad cricket.
VVS Laxman, the Hyderabad boy, who his teammates called ‘Very Very Special’, went on to become one of the greatest batsmen India ever produced. The sublime batsman made his debut for Team India against South Africa in Ahmedabad in 1996 and has gone on to create several records. Few can forget his memorable innings against Steve Waugh’s Australia in Kolkata in March 2001 where he went on to score 281 runs, changing the course of the match. He hung up his boots post a Test match against Australia in Adelaide in January 2012. Last year, he launched his autobiography, 281 And Beyond.