Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman, first name Vangipurapu, is one of the most respected figures in the sport. Defined by his "elegant stroke play", he is regarded as one of the best batsmen to have ever entered a cricket pitch, thanks to his slick wrist work. Vangipurapu's ability to calculate players' moves on the field, predict actions before they happen and react accordingly makes his after dinner speeches incredibly interesting.
For corporate audiences, Vangipurapu's comprehensive understanding of high performance teams can reignite a workplace, by honing their focus back to their biggest strength; the team. As one of the few players to have played 100 Test matches, his after dinner speeches transport audiences to the peak of competitive cricket.
In 2001, playing at Eden Gardens, Vangipurapu produced a "match-winning and series-defining performance". He scored 59 in the first innings, establishing him as a formidable player with a knock of 281 in the second innings. In doing so, Vangipurapu broke the previous record of 236, set by Sunil Gavaskar. An essential member of the Indian side, Vangipurapu uses his platform as a speaker to offer audiences an incomparable insight into sporting peak performance. With many cricketing icons reflecting upon Vangipurapu as "unstoppable", audiences benefit greatly from this formidable sportsman.
Following a period of adversity, Vangipurapu returned to form in 2005 to secure India's victory against Sri Lanka. He later passed the 5000 run landmark, a credit to his discipline, determination and commitment to his craft. Previously named Man of the Match on more than one occasion, his retirement from international cricket allowed Vangipurapu to focus on his public appearances.
From graduation ceremonies to after dinner events, this instantly recognisable figure resonates with both fans of crickets and general audiences alike. Famed for his unwavering record against Australia, with the side admitting that they "did not know where to bowl him out", audiences are inspired by Vangipurapu's unbeatable skill set. He has been recognised on several occasions with such awards as 2002 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, Vangipurapu's batting average of 51% speaks for itself.