This is a proud moment for Kochi IPL team. Its team member VVS Laxman has been awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, for his services to cricket. The award was announced on 25th January. He is the 11th cricketer in our country to receive this award. The earlier awardees are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni. 2010 was a terrific year for VVS. He scored 939 runs from 11 Test matches at an average of 67.07 with two centuries and seven fifties in 2010. "It is the biggest award for me, a very prestigious award. It's a great moment and I feel very proud," said Laxman.