The cricketing world poured in with birthday wishes for VVS Laxman, who has turned 46 on Friday. Social media platform Twitter went abuzz with #HappyBirthdayVVSLaxman early on the day as one after another wished the former Indian cricketer.

Here’s how the cricket fraternity wished Laxman

In his cricketing career that lasted 16 years, VVS Laxman has notched up 8781 Test runs at an average of 46 and 2338 ODI runs at a rate of 30.8. During his playing days, he was considered as the “Fav Four” of Indian batting alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

Ever since the historic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001, Laxman had established himself as a master of batting in stringent conditions where most of the others failed. Known for his ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, Laxman played several match-winning knocks and won the game for India from where victory looked improbable.

His 73 against Australia in the first of the two-Test series in 2008 in India’s chase of 216 shall always be counted as one of his best innings. Another gem of an innings had come in the fourth innings when he made 124 not-out against Sri Lanka during India’s chase 257 in the third Test in Colombo in 2010.