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Laxman retires from international cricket

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August 18, 2012

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VVS Laxman looks to pierce the off-side field, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 4th day, January 6, 2012
VVS Laxman has announced he'll retire from international cricket with immediate effect © AFP
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VVS Laxman has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, ending a 16-year career that will be remembered for several innings of extreme grace under extreme pressure. Laxman, 37, had been included in India's squad for the home series against New Zealand starting next week but said he took the decision over the past few days.

He announced his decision at an emotional press conference in his hometown Hyderabad, which he will represent in the Ranji Trophy this coming season.

"I would like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect," Laxman said. "I have always kept my country's success and need ahead of my personal aspirations. And while I would love contributing to the team's success, especially against England and Australia, I think this is the right time to give the youngsters a chance in home conditions ahead of international assignments coming up next year." The chance he said, could be, "no better than against an inexperienced New Zealand bowling attack."

Dressed in a sharp, formal suit, Laxman made his announcement in a conference room at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Uppal to the north east of his home city, Hyderabad. Several members of family, including his parents, wife and two children, were present at the function. Shortly into his speech the lights of the conference room went out, and Laxman grinned, an otherwise sombre occasion turning informal.

He admitted that this sudden retirement had been "a tough decision to take," adding, "I have always listened to my inner conscience. I have always done that right through my career. There was a lot of debate in the last four days. I felt this is the right time to move on."



The decision to quit had been arrived at only on Saturday morning after Laxman admitted he had toyed over the idea over the last few days. "Till last night I was unable to make up my mind, but in the end I listened to my inner voice and arrived at my decision to retire. I informed the chairman of selectors (Krishnamachari Srikkanth) this morning that I would not continue playing for India. I also spoke to many of my team-mates, they were surprised that I was retiring before the series. It was all very emotional."

Laxman read out a prepared statement in which he thanked everyone who had been part "of my journey" in which he said he had been able to "live his dream" and felt "blessed that I had got the opportunity. Very few get the opportunity to play for their country." His voice shook only briefly in the early part of his statement and his wife Sailaja was seen wiping away tears. Laxman gathered himself, finished his statement and took questions about quitting only five days before the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad. He said that while his family had waned him to play in the Hyderabad Test but he had made up his mind in what had been the "toughest three or four days of my career."

In a touch of the dramatic after he had read out his prepared statement, the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) G Vinod appealed to Laxman to change his mind about retirement and agree to play in the Hyderabad Test versus New Zealand next week. In response, Laxman only smiled.

He did admit however that until a few weeks ago, he had not thought about quitting the game before the Test series versus New Zealand. It was the "internal debate" over the last few days that led to this decision. It was not however, made in haste or with regret. "I have always read and listened to a lot of sportspersons who have excelled in their careers and they have all said that at the end of their career, there will suddenly be a feeling, a thought within you that a day has come that you have to leave the sport and move on. It is what I have experienced in the last four or five days... I feel really satisfied that I have left the game with the same ideals that I have played the game."

When asked whether his decision to retire had come about largely due to adverse criticism following two poor series in England and Australia, Laxman said, "Those comments have definitely not allowed (sic) me to make the decision." The Australia series he said was, "very disappointing. No cricketer would want to lose in such a fashion."

Responding to being criticised, Laxman said, "Right from the start of my career there have been a lot of people who wrote negative about me and there have been more people who have been well wishers and talked positive about me. In a country like India, where cricket is more like a religion than a sport, if you try to satisfy each and every one, it's next to impossible."

Laxman represented India in 134 Tests, scoring 8781 runs at 45.97. He made his debut against South Africa in the home series in 1996 but shot to the limelight with a knock of 167 against Australia in Sydney in 2000. Perhaps his greatest achievement was his 281 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001, against Australia, then the highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. Part of a record stand with Rahul Dravid, it set up a stunning victory for the home team after following on and ended Australia's consecutive 16-match winning streak.

Laxman last played an ODI in 2006 but had, by then, become a regular in the Test side and played his 100th Test in 2008, against Australia in Nagpur. Laxman made six of his 17 Test centuries against Australia, with an average of 49.67 in 29 Tests and success both home and away.

His performances in the eight Tests during India's disastrous tours of England and Australia in 2011 were disappointing. He averaged 22.75 in England and 19.38 in Australia, prompting some to call for him being dropped from the side with a long-term view of grooming a youngster to take his place.

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Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

ur the real player vvs.. best of luck for ur rest of life.. u handle aussiies and southafricans very well,, never forgot those innings..............

Posted by Hussain59133 on (August 21, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

indeed! u r the best of them all u have shown how to face the worlds best teams like australia or south africa. On the basis of 2 away series (england, australia) u cant put pressure to exit players like dravid or laxman

Posted by matbhuvi on (August 21, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Very very special Laxman. We will miss you very much. Thanks for the fond memories

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Laxman, u r a great test cricketer India will remember always, the way u handled fast bowlers was fantastic, we always feel some sort of reliability when u were in the middle, anyway, its time to pack up. Thanks for everything, and I appreciate ur decision...

Posted by timtom on (August 21, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Indeed remarkable that he will continue to play for HYD and that shows his LOVE for the game. Great cricketer.. There are many match winning knocks which puts Lax in a different league.. But but umpteen number of failures or low scores which has cost India many many times...Inspite of being no 6 for a long time inability to protect tail enders [I have seen all most all his matches and he takes a single of 1st or 2nd ball and leaves the rest to tail enders... a fact that can be checked with the high number of not out`s...With all that reputation and 134 test played shud have crossed 10K runs and averaged above 50+....] ..Well one magical inning and rest are all forgotten by all.....ALL most every one is busy in pulling down the greatest of ALL :)).. In any case LAX was very very special when he got going...Good he called it a day else one more failure with NZ all those waxing eloquence here would be uttering something else..

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

India will miss his man that could battle the opponents with the tailenders at ease...he brought that calmness on the field....end of a class batsman...and this will surely be a happy moment for the AUSSIES......they can come to India without any tension as they will not have to bowl against VVS anymore......WE WILL SURELY MISS U LAXMAN...

Posted by TheIndiaRockers on (August 21, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

To all ant-sachin fans-- there should be some one to gude juniors, Now there is no the WALL & VVS Lax. I always admired to watch Laxman knocks against great aussie.The 2 great players are nor more. The only hope is sachin....Hatoff Very very special Laxman..indeed your r special...

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Its the end of an era, will miss you Lax, but everything has an expiry date, so did ur career. Hopefully, you can help in developing HCA and probably we could see some talented players emerging from the Hyd or AP team, that has been failing to produce international quality players on a regular basis.

Posted by cricket-india on (August 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

well...vvs does not have records that cannot be equalled or broken;what he does have are records that can never be matched.

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 20, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Three of the big four have gone now. I cant take the heart break of seeing the biggest of them all go so soon now. Pls have SRT in for some more time. This age will never come back.

Posted by uvellani on (August 20, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

It was time for him to leave for several reasons. Age,form,making room for the next crop of players etc. I wish he had seen this himself and made a graceful exit earlier rather than be forced out ingloriously by the dissenting voices in the past few weeks. Curiously the same people are all praises now, now that he has stepped. He deserved better for all that he has done. This is a case where averages and stats don't tell the whole story. How many players have so many innings that have become the stuff of legend like his have been.

Talking of making room for others, there has to be a more purposeful and maybe ruthless process of rolling out the old and bringing in the new. But unfortunately Indians love their records. Who cares if the team loses as long as Tendulkar breaks another batting record?

Posted by cricconnossieur on (August 20, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Endangered species - The three virtuous men - anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.

Posted by shrastogi on (August 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

It is a sensible decision by Laxman. All good things also must come to an end. It is sad that his last two away series has been poor and one would have liked him to go on high but do a few high scores in home series against NZ would matter when he looks back at his career a few years later ? I think his retirement shows his selfless committment to Indian cricket and shows that he always kept team interests above self. The fact that a youngster would get international confidence before tougher opposition is a noble cause to end your career. Laxman - you played some of the greatest innings an Indian has played and have delighted me always. India would always remember you as one of the change agents of Indian touring squads in 2000s. May you have as shining post cricket career.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Never understood how all these discussions come and end with Tendulkar...Laxman...You played a great game...We loved watching you...We will remember you...That 281 will remain one of the top 10 innings for a Long Long Time...

Posted by sanmaha on (August 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

some one please say to sachin to retire soon

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

counterstrike1.6, If Laxman's performance is uncharacteristically worse against supposedly easy teams, then it's a flaw with him in the first place. Cherry picking performances to put Luxman in a good light against players with overall better averages and reputation is petty. Check the ICC ratings and you'll see how Luxman ranks against players like Sanga, Mahela, Kalis, Tendrulka or Chanderpaul. All you are doing it insulting your favorite player.

Posted by RD28 on (August 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

All these accolades --Great batsman , Hard to replace , Great void , Great Human being kind of tributes paid by Dhoni, Gangully , players and Other commentators make me realize that People are Idolized or Spoken Good about only after their death and Cricketers are only Missed after their Retirement, Lakshman you deserved a better farewell we can realize how much the same people might have hurt you for you to walk away with out talking what you deserve

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

@ itsthewayuplay Tendulkar avg on recent non-Asian tours is 44 in 11 matches, Dravid 40 in 14 matches (that includes easy WI tour) & of Laxman is 29 in 14 matches (that includes easy WI tour) ..................Now u know who was flat track bully & must have retire first.........Thank u!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

@ Annamaneni Venu Gopala Krishna .......If laxman was a lower order batsman then he obviously had more share of not outs to falsely boost his avg like Dhoni has done in ODI eg when compared to Sachin: Laxman maintains an avg of 45 in 134 inn with 34 not outs at a rate of not out every 4th inn whereas Sachin maintains an avg of 55 in 188 inn with 32 not outs at a rate of not out every 6th inn...........Then comes the point that Laxman might have played faster selflessly to contribute more in partnership with tailander resulting in his dismisal, which he also didn't do - evident from his low S/R of 49 compared to Tendulkar's 54............Besides No 5 & 6 r the easiest spots to bat in test bcz new ball has lost all his shine...Frankly many Allrounders & wicket keepers of other teams play in 5 & 6 spots & they avg 40 in this spot with better S/R than laxman.......What's the point of having a batsman at 5/6 with avg just 5 points higher avg than an allrounder ??

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

@ ArulanThomas - You obviously missed the comment in which I compared Laxman and Sanga's averages against toughest sides in their own backyards (SA, Eng and Aus). Let me put it once again. Sanga averages - 46.80 in 8 matches whereas Laxman's average reads - 58.36 in 16 matches (in matches either won or drawn) which is way better than that of Sanga. It shows how consistently Laxman has performed against such Difficult teams in their own backyards where ball Bounces and swings at will. Now you decide yourself who a better batsman is. I know its always difficult to digest facts. :)

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

@waughjunior - Considering his career batting at No.6 or No.7 with tailenders , its not correct to follow stats while assessing VVS. Quantitative analysis is not applicable for some legends, just see the quality.

Posted by rsurya on (August 20, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Senseless poeple who talk for time pass sent Dravid and Laxman out. Now they may target Tendulkar, beware. There are crores and crores of people longing to watch even a single stroke of this legends, its a sport, an entertainment, its about stars, its about enjoying the game, its not like an office, or business. Utilize maximum entertainment while the stars are available.

Posted by skumar77 on (August 20, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Indian cricket will miss that silken touch, that deftness of wrist and that indomitable temperament.

We bow humbly to one of the legends of the game while cherishing the fondest memories he has given to true Indian cricket fans, some of whom would rate him higher than some others who have been glorified.

Posted by waughjunior on (August 20, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

Only 17 hundreds from 134 tests, not a great strike rate for a top order batsman. I wonder if he would of lasted in any other quality test team for so long without being dropped?

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

@ itsthewayuplay Tendulkar avg on recent non=Asian tours is 44 in 11 matches, of Dravid 40 in 14 matches (that includes easy WI tour) , of Laxman 29 in 14 matches (that includes easy WI tour) ..................Now u know kho is flt track bully & must retire first.........Thank u!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

@cricketisagame........Sachin's picking batting slot, pick & choose policy and slightly selfish attitude is fair bcz even in the organizations only the ungifted incompetent border-lined employees observe the rules strictly, try to be very unselfish & do all kinds of tasks whereas gifted competent employees know their worth. they work on specialized task, on their own terms, work fewer hours (i.e. are undedicated) and charge huge salaries (i.e are selfish) bcz even their minor effort results in much bigger returns for company..Similarly Tendulkar is a big game player as his avg in Tournament finals is staggering 54 whereas e.g. of Dravid 35. Tendulkar has made 100 and been MOM in 7 of the total 11 ODI tournament finals that India has won since 1995. Sachin was top scorer in WC 96, 2003 (man of series also) & 2nd top scorer in WC 2011......The more competent u r the more u can take things for granted. That is the rule of system....Learn to live with it

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

In the eyes of many Australians, Laxman is second only to Tendulkar. Every time he came here (except last year), he would bat at no3 and smash hundreds everywhere. We never understood why he didn't bat at no3 all the time! I was lucky enough to see two of his hundreds live at the SCG - in a one day game in 2003/4 and in the test match in 2007/8 - both innings were just superb. Australian cricketers and crowds will always respect this very, very special player.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 19, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

VVS and Dravid left on their own when they realized they could no longer perform at the highest level. When will the remaining non-performer go? If he doesn't leave on his own, do our selectors have the guts to drop him?

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 19, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

NZ's bowling attack has improved. India need to be aware with no mentors like RD and VVS around.

Posted by balajeev on (August 19, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Had the privilege to watch Laxman once in a test match in Chennai against England. He made only about 30 runs , but the shots he played took my breath away. Bat did not hit ball, it only touched it.

Posted by shayad on (August 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/441825.html

Posted by shayad on (August 19, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Without RD & VVS Sir http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/441825.html be ready

Posted by cricketisagame on (August 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian, Agreed with you mate. The reason why Sachin is from another class is that he plays for his personal glory and VVS, RSD and Sourav never ever played for their personal glory. Ask your God to bat as an opener or number 3 in a test. he could not do that even when India badly needed and when Shewag and Gambhir were doing a wonderful job in ODI, he wants to open the innings. he was never ever a team man and hence all those bloody statistics useless. Your team and nation comes first. Do you still remember that Asia cup match against BD, the great 100th 100??

Posted by RAAJ101 on (August 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

PERHAPS LAXMAN IS NOT HAPPY WITH DHONI STILL CAPTAIN EVEN AFTER LOSING IN AUSTRALIA AND ENGLAND SERIES CLEAN SWEEP

Posted by Raviss on (August 19, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Ah.. another one from the Fab Four retires!! an artist with the bat..played some of the greatest test innings... always a pleasure to watch..Adieu VVS Laxman.. as graceful as his name.. will be terribly missed!

Posted by streetblader on (August 19, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

@Sindbad No - Love ur comment mate... and amen to that!

Posted by TalkStraight on (August 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Any player should be selected in the side based on his ability to play, either score or take wickets. Just because of a players age nor the the number of years he played is the factor. There has been lots of instances when youngsters were given lots of chances and didn't perform. So stop this nonsense talk that, just because someone retired, he didn't play for personal glory or someone is still playing just for personal milestones. In this instance Laxman felt he doesn't have it in him to continue, hence quit. Period

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

That's a shocker for me,no Dravid and now no Laxman.Big void in Indian test team during a tough period where we are struggling in test cricket.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (August 19, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

VVS you have been a magician and the bat has been your wand with which you have performed some amazing tricks but whereas other entertainment magicians rely on deception and slight of hand your achievements have been very real and honest. I thank you and salute you VVS for all the pleasure you have given and for haing the played the game in the right spirit. We will not see your like again.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (August 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

I take comfort that in this day of modern technology, his wonderful strokeplay has been recorded and will be available to enjoy over and over. Whilst Tendulkar is a shadow of the player when he was at his peak, VVS showed his brilliant strokeplay in England but was undone by a combination of some high quality bowling and loose shots although the last Australia tour was a disappointment by his high standards. If VVS' retirement with immediate effect gives an ideal oportunity to one the next generation of players to gain experience of test match cricket in home conditions in preparation for the next overseas tourthen surely Tendulkar and advisors cannot be so selfish as to deny an opportunity to another young player. VVS, as with and RSD, retired as he played and that is with style, dignity and with the best interests of Indian cricket at heart.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

Posted by Arulanthomas90 on (August 19 2012, 11:09 AM GMT),when you know some of your batsmen are better,why posting and wasting your time here in laxman retirement article and comparing them with others.You should be happy about it and tell more about them in SLPL article.good luck for it.Everyone knows the value of laxman more than you do,in other words no one cares.@ Sreenivas machavaram, are you serious? When entire Indian team failed to make runs and takes wickets to win matches,you come up with silly excuses.God save Indian cricket when they have such fans with full negativity.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (August 19, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Now that VVS and Dravid have retired, most definately the end of an era. VVS was the most gifted strokeplayer that I have seen and is up there with Azaruddin. An under-rated and under-recognised player both in India and abroad, VVS was too often made a scapegoat for the team's / BCCI's failures but as with Dravid showed his commitment to team by playing out of position at 3 when Dravid had to open the innings in England. Can't help feeling that he has been hounded out of the team and into retirement especially when the real culprit is Tendulkar who in tests has never achieved match-winning or match-saving performances such as RSD or VVS. Instead of sacrificing two senior players for the sake of one, Indian cricket would have better served by Tendulkar retiring and the other 2 available for selection. Both RSD and VVS were very different types of playes but both great batsmen in the truest sense of the word.

Posted by Prajith4j on (August 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

A big hole has been created in the line up. Well-Tighten ur screws youngsters. Fans, players and selectors-jus sit back & njy-THE REAL CHALLENGE STARTS NOW! Gud Luck India

Posted by Prajith4j on (August 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Wid Rahul already left, now the class and temperament will be missed. Thank You VVS, 4 entertaining us 4 such a long period. Congrats on a glorious career and thanx 4 giving wonderful memories. Al d best on future endeavours. Tears........ Always a pleasure watching u play. THE SPECIAL thing will b mised.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@arunlanthomas,,,averages dont lie,,,

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

@Srinivas Nemani - I Hope Tendulkar plays till at least 50, if not more. If you don't like it - feel free to not watch. For everyone of you myopic "fans"..there are a million who appreciate a batsman of a lifetime like Tendulkar.

Posted by vpk23 on (August 19, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

A Graceful Salute! Thanks for the Poetry!

Posted by prashant1 on (August 19, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

I have found something in common with South Indians (recently) and Pakistanis - their common anti-Tendulkar stance ! Ha !...Fret on boys...would love to see you wringing your hands in desperation as the GOAT Tendulkar keeps scoring for years and years to come...

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

A magnificent player, very consistent, humble and never complaint rather put his head down and stuck to his job, Hats off, Laxman will be missed, from a Pak fan!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Nobody can doubt his credibilities. Definitely he is one the BEST Indian batsman we have seen better than the SELFISH Tendulkar. The latter is a records man. Laxman is unselfish and has contributed immensely when the team wants him. Test cricket would be boring without the great Laks.... It will not the same anymore for India. Maybe aftersome when we continue to loss matches continuously he may be recalled from retirement to stop the rot. He has the winning technique. Laxman & Dravid are the greatest batsmen India has ever produced. How long Tendulkar would play ? Till 45 years ? Till he scores 25000 Test Runs ? O God, please give him good sense like Laxman.

Posted by akelumw on (August 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Laxman, Dravid are men with honor .They always played for the team and never played just for their personal glory. And once they felt that they are not performing as good as they used to and blocking places from youngsters, they retired with great respect. But so called legends will play for many more years & years & years just to fulfill the long term commitments of the sponsorship contracts.

And I'm sure this legend of "personal milestones" will play until one day the sons of both Laxman and Dravid announce their retirement from Cricket as well.

Now this legend selects which tournaments to play only to prolong his career, but not to serve Indian cricket. I salute you VVS for lot of joy & wonderful display of wrist work and also the great grit & the way you played for the team and rescued it many times. I know you were not a glory boy but a great work horse who delivered when it was necessary rather than for records and not being a "Flat Wicket Bully".

Good Bye mate...

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Dhoni has to quit....He is responsible for the captaincy mistakes he did against westindies, england and australia...he has not been performing for a long time now...Why has he not given any statement about laxman's retirement...why cant he be reached ?

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

just one player remains in the fab four...selfish tendulkar...

Posted by MrPontingToYou on (August 19, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

laxman was extremely consistant when his team needed him, more than sangakara, jayawardene, tendular and lara.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 19, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Only 3 players were able to score against mighty Aus. Tendulkar Lara and laxman. I can't recall anyone who used to consistently score against us

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

281 by vvs not only changed the way indians play cricket but also the way we think -nothing is impossible -- salute to a great warrior

Posted by farooq011 on (August 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Now testing time for INDIAN TEST CRICKET.

where nobody can replace 2 legends DRAVID AND LAXMAN

SACHIN TERA NUMBER KAB AYEGAAAAAAAAAAAAA.....?

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

probably the greatest test batsman along with Dravid to have played for India. one of the mentally toughest to have played the game like Steve Waugh, Dravid,Gilchrist andChanderpaul and most artistic, better than Azhar, Mahela or Mark Waugh.

graceful,poised and determined congrats on a spl career thanks for all those happy moments good luck for ur future

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 19, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

counterstrike1.6. Huh, Sanga is miles ahead of Laxman and other Indian batsman's. He is not only a successful batsman but also a successful wicket keeper and captain. We don't care about your approval. We know, we are better.

Posted by sharidas on (August 19, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

I am an eternal fan of Laxman. He has been unselfish throughout his career and that perhaps is the reason why he did not reach the 1o,ooo runs mark. He has played in batting positions, more to accommodate others than to suit himself. His decision to retire is the right one and it gives opportunity to the younger players on the sideline, for whom this will be the right time to play themselves in. Just because VVS has decided to end his International career does not mean that he should stay away from Indian cricket. It is my belief that he has a huge role to play in Hyderabad cricket and thereby Indian cricket.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Mahlela Jayawardene is a Legend and Laxman stands no where - Someone said this below. Let me show you some stats which might open your eyes, my dear SL fans. Against top teams like Eng, SA and Australia (in their own backyards)... MJ averages an ordinary figure of 39.87 whereas Laxman averages 58.36. So you can decide yourself who The Legend is and who an ordinary batsman is. :) Get the facts right, dears before commenting.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 19, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

@ Migara - It might disappoint you but Sangakkara stands nowhere in front of Laxman when it comes to bat against the likes of SA, Eng, and Aus in their own backyards. Lets have a look @ the average of Laxman and Sanga against SA, Eng and Aus in their own backyards in matches either won or drawn. Sanga averages - 46.80 in 8 matches whereas Laxman's average reads - 58.36 in 16 matches which is way better than that of Sanga. It shows how consistently Laxman has performed against such Difficult teams in their own backyards where ball Bounces and swings at will.

Posted by Haleos on (August 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Great news. You have regained some pride VVS. Good luck for your future.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Luv u LAXMAN ....dere r many Legends in Indian cricket but u r da true hero of Indian Cricket ....

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

he is a best performer.....................

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

India has missed two great test players of all time...VVS and RahulDravid...Team India misses you terribly...please dont compare VVS with the lankan batsman..none of lankan batsman equals VVS...

Posted by manisacumen on (August 19, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

I thank all the pakistani fans who have said good things about Laxman. Goes to show how a good person is good everywhere not only in his home place, but in the entire world. Finally, Lacchu great timing of retirement! u stole the selectors' thunder. Shame on sunny and sanjay. Invisible tears roll down my eyes, as tho' a relative has died. Pranaam Lax. As for Sachin still continuing, I still feel he still has something more in the reservoir. He has not failed horribly to warrant anybody lifting a finger at him. I want him to play at least for records sake - play tests till he completes 200 tests and 20,000 test runs and ODIs till the WC 2015 (no problem if he plays only in the WC without playing any ODI in the interregnum). And 1 T20 where he hits a ton. We need him for his records. If he cannot be a match winner, at least let him create records. this is not a sarcastic remark, mind you. I am a great fan of him too. But I feel he has underachieved too.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 19, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

India's future in test Cricket is very bleak. The team's recent dismal performance of losing 0-4 in England clearly displays how inept the batsman's are at handling pace and swing. With Laxman retiring, India must find solid batman who can compete in every format and in every condition. Otherwise, with England touring this year, India will get hammered once again.

Posted by manisacumen on (August 19, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

What hurts me is that his career along with Dravid had to end unceremoniously with the defeat at the hands of the Aussies, his favourite rivals. I hold him and Dravid responsible for our abominable and ignominious defeat in Australia. Very sad. May be that's what life is all about. Only a few (like Ganguly) get a fairytale ending.

Well, I am his greatest fan though I have been harsh on him here.

Posted by manisacumen on (August 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

For me he was one of the greatest batsman of all time. Unfortunately, stats will not do justice to him. He is also to blamed for it. For unlike Dravid, he didn't make huge runs consistently. though he can be excused 50%, that he came very late in the batting order (after Ganguly at that!) and almost always left with tail-enders, he has also batted carelessly, not putting a price for his wicket, unlike Dravid. But we should be grateful to him for all the famous wins he scripted and the draws we escaped with from certain defeats.

I was fortunate enough to watch all the runs of 281, live on TV.

His retirement will no doubt give room for youngsters, especially Rohit Sharma, if he can find his form, luck and good attitude.

Posted by manisacumen on (August 19, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

very sad that we won't see him anymore. But it had to happen. In my view, it should have happened in Aus itself after the 3rd test. At least, it should have happened after the 4th test. good sense has now prevailed on lax. happy that he has called it quits. Pointless to score huge (or zero for that matter) at home. We wanted Lax to come good away, not at home. At home enough rats or sheep are there to do well. the next away series is a long way away. So right decision. But since he has been included in this series and the 1st test is only a few days away and at home, he could have taken the adieu in front of his home crowd. Well now that he has taken the decision, no use persuading him to play one last test at home.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Well done VVS, maybe overstayed a year of two but after an excellent career, this can be forgiven. Dravid and VVS are in a different echelon to Sachin, who's last few year's of struggling have really tarnished his greatness.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

The best part - VVS will be replaced by talented youngsters like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma !!

Posted by maximus1982 on (August 19, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

laxman made a very good decision....he was a great batsman...really missed him in test matches and india will suffer without him.........

Posted by Anandp2208 on (August 19, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Best of the Fab 4 has retired, best wishes to him for his future.

Posted by Migara on (August 19, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@Maddinson: Sanga has better stats than Laxman in almost all conditions. Sorry to dissapoint yo, Laxman is no where close to Sanga in class.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

He can extend his career by playing in IPL and now in SLPL like Jayasuriya. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by razzutt on (August 19, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Laxman is such a fabulous person in international cricket. his contribution was really impressed and unforgettable. After retiring the Indian wall it is so sad for us that Laxman also retires from international cricket. Laxman we always remember your test contribution in future.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

SO sad news to India cricket ...

Posted by maddinson on (August 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

People comparing Laxman with MJ and Sanga. Both are not any way near good away from Sri Lanka, Laxman is not only among best from India he is well regarded in his field by good bowlers.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Posted by Arulanthomas90 on (August 19 2012, 06:41 AM GMT), the highlights among all the comments is by you saying Mj,silva are greats.. LOL.They are called greats by some of their respective fans like you and NOT by the international community.They could win matches only in their concrete pitches in srilanka ,not even a singe test match win against india in India.Laxman played well consistently against the top ranked Australia unlike your greats few hits here and there.Respect great cricketers but don't compare with some medicre cricketers of your country.

Posted by Universalthinker on (August 19, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

One of the best test player VVS I salute you for your contribution to Indian cricket. On numerous occasions I have seen you playing crucial knocks, when team needed you have delivered your best. People tend to forgot players contribution over the time it happened for every great player. So far there is no replacement for Dravid, Ganguly. now we miss this wristy player. If people need young players then remove Dhoni who is not technically fit for test and give chance to Gambir to lead team

Posted by mycommentz on (August 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

if there is some one in indian cricket that can be trusted in the extreme presuure situations, i think of only Dravid and Laxman.bth are the unsung heroes of indian crcket whose achievements havent got the proper respect from the media n general public.But a true cricket loving fan knws the value of these two oustanding cricketers and their awesome knocks.will miss u VVS.

Posted by cricfobian on (August 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 .. dude.. easy.. we are talking about international cricket here.. not any SL league.. your cricketers might be legends for you but need not for the rest and VAV.. and yes VVS is definitely not in 'that league' .. he belongs to better leagues.. in a country link India where there are thousands of youngsters lined up for chances.. playing for 16 years and called great by greatests across world is not small thing.. lets not argue about legendary qualifications here.. respect the one who served not only Indian but also International cricket (Australians come to watch him in their country)..

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 19, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

@Ted Osborne Its obvious you are a teenager. Check your facts before commenting that india has not won a single test match in a decade in Aus. Check all the matches we have won/drawn in Australia in the last decade and you will see laxman's contribution in each match. Steve waugh was lucky to end his career with a drawn series(thanks to bucknor).Iam sure even ponting wont forget that adelaide match when his own 250 could not save the match

Posted by aravabalaji on (August 19, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

If India could achieve top spot in the Test rankings, it owes a lot to VVS. His firefighting 281 against the Aussies is still etched in memory. In fact, the OZ fears him more than Tendulkar. He deserves a royal farewell! Now, it is time for the man who is 2 years older than Laxman to make his exit plan. His commercial endorsements should not come in the way. It is also time that Badrinath is given the role of stabiliser, there is no capable player than him. He lends experience, solidity, technique & temperament and will do any thing the team/situation demands just like Dravid & Laxman. Let us not waste this talent.

Posted by TheIyer on (August 19, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Truly said "Half the times you win your opponents merely by surprises." Call him Very Very Special or Very Very Surprising whether on-field for his strokes or off-field for his decision. All the while it was the Aussies and now its been the selectors.How many times have we seen the team losing the top order fall like a pack of cards and things havnt changed off the field, as the team continues to lose its maestros in quick succession be it the Humble-Kumble,the Great Wall - Dravid or the unsung Special - VVS. We may have the power batteries for the shorter version but are we left with any elegant stroking to watch in the longer?Will Hyderabad produce yet another wristy player after Azhar and VVS or is the skill nearing its extinction?We lack quality spinners and we now lack quality catchers round the bat to encourage our spinners.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

VVS bids adieu to international cricket... Very sad to see a true Legend announcing his retirement prematurely... It's very difficult for India to find another "CRISIS MAN" and a true fighter... His wristy flicks and stylish play can never be seen... His 281 will be etched in memory forever...The void which he has left, can never be filled up... Now, if the selectors go for Rohit Sharma as a replacement for VVS, there cannot be a worse decision than that... Best wishes VVS, for whatever u do next !!!

Posted by renegademike on (August 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

134 tests without captainining the side once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow that should be an Indian record

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 Yeah we know how many tournaments they have won for SL outside. Even at your own home I don't recall any SL player playing an innings similar to that 281 against the then num side australia.

Please worry about your own SL players and SLPL.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Some of the innings that he played during his career gave us Indians immense joy. I never bored me with slow scoring. He was attacking and always looking for runs...His technique was lousy at times but somehow he made his career special by playing some greater-than-human innings where he played not only better than his team mates but also surpassed his own ability...Consistency was a problem and that was the only problem for Laxman...I thought his career ended a long time but somehow after Greg went he re-discovered himself and played some outstanding knocks. I will always remember him for those knocks that he played saving India from brink of easy defeat to close wins. Good Bye...You entertained us a lot...really lot and we cannot thank you enough for that.

Posted by murthydn16 on (August 19, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

@ Arulanthomas90 - Can you please let us know any sizeable scores of so called legends MJ and Sanga out side the sub continent like Aus, NA, Eng, SA which has contributed for teams win. If you cant appreciate a talent like VVS, why do you bring in your own. Learn to appreciate, if not wait till your legends retire to heap praise on them.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 19, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

@ ArulanThomas --- llol MJ ? Sanga ? De Silva ? U talking about the same guys who convince SL Cricket Board not to organize matches with teams like Australia, Eng and SA in their home ? lol No wonder why only SL tour less as your batsmen are afraid of playing in Australia, Eng etc.. And forget the fans here, you yourself ask this question to Australian Legendary bowlers whether Laxman was a pain for them or your MJ and Sanga. lol

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 19, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

@ Sonya Jones : U being an Aussie can breathe easy now as your pathetic bowlers won't have to ball to VVS, a nightmare to all Australian bowlers. VVS Pwned Australian Team and its bowlers when they were @ peak. Indeed a matter of shame for you. Btw, G 'Jones' and S' Jones' were ordinary players.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Hail VVS for all his contributions to Indian cricket. With the great batsman retiring I think this gives Indian team a chance to give Ashwin and Irfan more responsibilities and play them as Bowling all rounders and promote them one position up in the batting order in Test matches and make way for an additional bowler. This gives way to have two genuine quicks in the playing 11 under Zaheer. I feel there is no point in having Rahane/raina/rohit at 6 and Dhoni at 7. This logic did not work on two away tours in England and Australia and there are only less chances that it will work in future.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Forget about the article, the comments are the main highlight. lol. Sir, god of wrist, prince etc. lol. Laxman played some good knocks but he is not in the same league as MJ, Sanga, De Silva etc. These players won tournaments single handily for SL and are considered legends of the game by the international community, not just by their respective fans.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

We will miss his wristy flicks towards square leg, midwickets...We aill miss you VVS Laxman....

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

VVS wil be missed by indian ckt. For me he was the best Indian batsman in test ckt in terms of winning matches on his own against best opposition, difficult match situations & difficult pitches..in this respect he easily ranks higher than all of S Tendulkar ,R Dravid & S M Gavaskar-the top 3 all time great Indian batters..he easily walks into my all time best indian XI..No one can come even close to his 281 v Aus in 2001, 148 v Aus 2003 in Aus, 96 V Sa in 2010, 100 odd V SL in 2010, 51 v Aus in 2004 at mumbai minefield, 73 no v Aus in 2010 winning by 1 wkt...73 v Aus at Perth 2007 ..all of which were outstanding masterpieces in adversity winning matches for India..Indeed the Aussies must be a relieved lot now...since they had to bear the brunt of his exploits..he was good against pace & spin alike & v good in overseas his batting style which is all his own..now its to be seen how the next gen of indian batting shapes up with 2 stalwarts gone back to back..Tiwary or Badri may get in

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

2012 has been d most disastrous calender year for the cricket world ...........! Very Very Sad to know this Sir VVS.

Posted by Edassery on (August 19, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Sir VVS, I always admired you along with Rahul Dravid for whatever you have done to the Indian test cricket. It may be easy to pile up centuries and exit in an untimely manner like some gods are doing but you almost always tried your best to hold together the innings.

Hats off to you and we would definitely miss those wristy elegant shots that keeps the scoreboard ticking without the opponent knowing about the same...

Posted by NP_NY on (August 19, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

There was always a chance to win or draw a test match as long as VVS was still there. More than him batting with Dravid, I remember him fighting it out on so many occasions with only the tail-enders for company. VVS, you never got the credit you deserve and you will be sorely missed. Sure, eventually India will find someone at number 5, but there is no replacement for your sheer artistry. Best wishes for whatever you set out to do next.

Posted by RobTay14 on (August 19, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Congrats on a great career. And good to see we won't have try to dismiss you when New Zealand play India in a few days time hah!

Posted by DMPant on (August 19, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

A Very Very Special era comes to an end! Thank you VVS for treating us to some of the most elegant batting ever. Who will play those effortless wristy flicks, cover drives & pulls now ? The Indian middle order wont be the same.

Posted by DMPant on (August 19, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

VVS... The player who was Very Very Special announced a Very Very Surprising retirement to leave us Very Very Sad.

Posted by kris.ganesh on (August 19, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Still we have not yet found a replacement for Ganguly or Kumble, now the wall is followed by laxman. Another wicket goes down.... only sachin is left..... test cricket will never be an interesting game in the years to come....

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

vvs was one of the greatest players and was very very special but was in a very poor form so exiting is a good option but we will miss u

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Its a big loss for cricket. Great technical batsman, tormentor of Australia and accused of shattering the dreams of a final conquest of Steve Waugh by a sterling 281 N.O Time for him to relax and spend time with his family

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

One of the chief architects of the modern team INDIA..Very Very Special Laxman would always be missed. Your very very special knocks would be always in our heart sir. Someone said rightly, we thought of replacements for all the stars, but did we ever thought of who will fill this mega void now ...We'll surely miss your wristy magic ever...

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

True legend, don't think so. Run of the mill will be more apt.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

So after the 0-8 loss, the only chnages are Dravid and Laxman!!! Will the selectors ever notice that Ishaant took only 5 wikets in entire Aussie tour?Sehwag has become a liability with his 'I play like this' attitude. Raina is hardly a test prospect. And Dhoni!!!!!! How pathetic he looks when he bats in the tests!!! Forget about captaincy, he should not be included in the test side. This is a shame that selectors are simply making these legends a scapegoat. VVS, you will be dearly missed for the responsibility you showed all these 16 years. Cheers

Posted by kirands on (August 19, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

A player of tremendous class, elegance, artistry, sublime grace and poise all put together, Laxman the batting and battling wizard was the scourge of Australian bowlers for a decade and a half. While his monumental 281 in the Kolkata 2001 Test drove the Aussies insane and helped India to its greatest ever victory in Test cricket, winning by 174 runs after following on 274 behind, he played a big role in hitting 148 in Rahul Dravid's Adelaide 2003 Test, helping Dravid put on 303 for the 5th wicket, and coming from behind to snatch victory. Rubbing salt into the Australian bowlers further with his 178 in the same series in Sydney, batting with Tendulkar ( 241 not out ). And who can ever forget Laxman screaming at Pragyan Ojha while stealing victory from nowhere, with India tottering on 124 for 8, Laxman and Ishant putting on 81, and India scraping through to 216 with the last pair of Laxman and Ojha at the crease, in Mohali two years ago ? And that was against Australia once again.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Bravo!!well Done!!Mission accomplished and now ladies and gentlemen india is ready to lose 8-0 at home as well,we need not travel as far as Aus or England to suffer humiliation.the selection panel of BCCI deserves all the credit for demolishing our test teams only strength which is batting,as it is our bowling(the worst attack in the world) needs no introduction.Characters like Dravid and Laxman can never be relaced in any team.Its time to move on to another game for test cricket will be redundant in India with the kind of attitude the so called Youngisthan

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Kudos to the champion from Andhra

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Give me a break, this guy was a ok player so don't get carried away with false praise. Indian team suppose to have great batsman's, but why is it that they could not win a single test match in Australia for over a decade! Why is that these so called legendary players, consistently failed against our fast bowlers. Laxman will fade into obscurity soon.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 19, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

@ Ahmad Uetian - I don't understand what your problem is. How can a guy who scored so consistently against Australia (The real No. 1 test team) when Steve and his men were at peak, be termed as over-rated ? He comes in to bat @ No. 6 position where you have to bat with tail-enders or you have to win a match on Day-5 in second innings. Laxman was Best @ this. Like a hand is incomplete without all fingers, Every finger has its own significance. Similarly, Laxman was 2nd innings specialist for Team India. And you better don't comment rubbish about him if you can't praise what he achieved.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Meh. VV is a mediocre player, who performed once in a blue moon. He is nothing special when compared to greats like Ponting, Langer, Hayden etc.

Posted by Romenevans on (August 19, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

I seriously hope now that Sehwag should play at 5 where Laxman used to play and let Rahane open with Gambhir. Please please please NOOOOOOOOOO Rohit Sharma for Christ sake!

Posted by NeoTheNuke on (August 19, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

is his inner voice and inner conscience is BCCI? give it a break they dumped him and asked him retire graciously.

Anyway his best is always against Aus and rest all good and average..there is nothing to grieve.

When is Sachin leaving?

Posted by basophil on (August 19, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

retirement of such a great fighter of the indian team. not only does he deserve the title of the "michael hussey" of indian team, but he was even better than hussey! he was no doubt destined to be great, but of course he was given tremendous faith after he flopped in his first few series; this just goes to show that if we give a prolonged ride for youngsters like pujara, we might not actually waste our vast batting talent...............but SERIOUSLY no one's wondering who has been picked as his replacement?

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Here comes the death of Indian Test batting lineup with the exit of the likes of Dravid & Laxman.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

I wish to notify two things about this legend and this is my first post in cricinfo, I generally read the posts but I couldn't ignore this man's absence in Indian test team. One, he stood by the team and he never longed for captaincy(All other legends like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble took captaincy some or the other time). This man rejected the ICON player status just to give his team DC more money in the auction. And whoever be the player, this legend's absence in the team will clearly be noticed. India lost the wonderful line-up of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman(The devastive batting order) and I think Sachin's retirement is next.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

We always talked who will replace Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, etc. But never thought who will replace Laxman... Very Sad Day for Cricket to see you go like this... You defined an era of Test Cricket for India.... You are a Legend..No one other can create that magic against australians which you have created..Salute to u..!!

Posted by hnlns on (August 19, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Hats off to VVS, the very very special batting artiste with his subtle use of wrists. He made his bat talk very loud and clear against strong opponents. I think he did the right thing by retiring now rather than getting more and more voices against him. He was a standout player against Australia in their own backyard which is no mean achievement and he can be very proud of that. I would say during the last series or two, however, it was all too evident that he was not getting those tall scores and his fielding was only adding to his problems, thus putting a big question mark on his continuation in the team, especially when there are talented youngsters waiting for their chance. This is whyI think Dravid and VVS have taken the right decision, both being great gentlemen, putting their country ahead of themselves, something that other senior players still in the team can and should follow.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Another wall falls after the retirement of Rahul Dravid.But the indian middle order is in good hands of Raina,Kohli and Tewary.Salute to the our very very special-LAXMAN.

Posted by hitarth18 on (August 19, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

We always though who will replace Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, etc.

But never thought who will replace Lakha... Very Sad Day for Cricket to see you go like this... You defined an era of Test Cricket for India.... You are a Legend !!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

VVS Laxman should have been the captain for the test series against Newzealand with Gautam Gambhir as the Vice captain. After this series Gautam Gambhir should be confirmed as captain for the home test series against England and Australia. That is the right way of looking ahead for the away series next year and after. The retention of Dhoni as test captain and the loss of Laxman are in fact 'the backward steps' in India's test cricket. Criticism against Laxman's continuation in test team proves that 'Masala' cricket has blinded not only players but also the selectors, BCCI, critics (includes famous names of yesteryears) Remember we couldn't tolerate 1974 'whitewash' in England. Laxman's place as captain was the most correct thing that could have happened for Indian test cricket. At the same time the 'inaccessability' of a test captain who still retains his place as a captain despite two most humiliating whitewashes is a danger signal. Laxman indeed deserved test captaincy.

Posted by Fireballz on (August 19, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Last series vs Australia aside, we have always admired his temperament and composure under pressure and his ability to step up and perform when it mattered most. I have lots of respect for you V.V.S. and all the best for life after cricket.

Posted by masud69 on (August 19, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

A true brave heart, the last true test batsman who never said die

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

yes you are right mateen ...... its quite right that their is a big hole in Indian batting line up after Laxman retirement ...... hates off 4 u sir ....:)

Posted by zafarov on (August 19, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

@muby23 As another Pakistani I agree with that. Mohamed Yousuf and Hashim Amla also deserve a place on that list. These are batsmen whose grace and elegance make batting a joy to watch. If I had to choose one, it would have to be Laxman. There was something enigmatic about his presence at the wicket. He never appeared under any sort of pressure and could master the most lethal bowling attack. In full flow he appeared to be toying with the bowling caressing the ball through gaps. And yet he could lose his wicket to the most innocuous delivery or get run out in an absurdly. I would stay up long into the night to watch him play when India toured Australia. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Charos on (August 19, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

One of the few silent talkers in Indian team. Was a great competitor, spoke only with the bat. I always loved watch him, except for last couple of tours to England and Australia. Best wishes from a fan of him from Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

@ahmad please mind ur language you needn't decide who are legends we know that . in your pan n bangladesh teams show one player in present in team at least half good as layman

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

As an Australia, he was my favourite Indian batsman, the consummate professional and a picture of elegance. You will be missed V.V.S.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

Its very sad New for India and Many fans ..but i doubt that some one might have forced you to retire just ahead of the test series..Hats off for a true Player of Test Form..You will be Remembered by many souls and your Talent can never be replaced by any one...

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

thank you laxman. now time for kolhi, rohit, pujara

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

He is one of th best 4th innings batsman in the world cricket..... Good luck Luxman

Posted by Nampally on (August 19, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Retirement from a career - whether it be as a Cricketer, a Doctor or an Engineer- is sad for the retiree, who loved their job. Laxman was a class act as a Player- graceful, stylish & skilled. Dravid,Tendulkar & Laxman were arguably the most formidable & the best middle order batsmen in the World of their era. Their dominance was so total that it carried India to #1 Test status & golden era in the Indian Cricket. While Sehwag tore the bowling to shreds, these 3 put the game out of sight. Sadly Dravid the Wall retired few months back & now it is the turn of VVS. India will have to dig deep to find replacements urgently. But a combination of 4 such dominant guys playing simultaneously is almost a "Mission Impossible". VVS, your calm in announcing such a heart breaking decision was as cool as your double Ton at Eden Garden.Thanks a million for the joy you gave millions of your fans with such artistry. We want you to be an Indian Team Selector along with Dravid to bring sanity & grace.

Posted by motrama on (August 19, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

First Dravid and now Laxman, India cricket team need to do hard work to fill the position of number three and six in test team. Anyway both were great performer in Indian team Salute to Dravid and Laxman.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 19, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

not relevant. not relevant

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 19, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

OUR HOPE IS THAT LAXMAN ARTISTRY WILL NOT BE LOST. PLEASE TRAIN SOME YOUNGSTERS IN BATTING. YOU WOULD MAKE A GREAT COACH. WRIST WORK WAS GREAT - YOU AND AZHAR HAD THIS AND MADE BATTING LOOK BEAUTIFUL.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

The retirement of a Very Very Special Player and THE WALL has created a huge hole in the India's Test side

Posted by Silverbails on (August 18, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Oh, how truly sad and surprising, although the GREAT VVS must have decided sometime ago that he had played his last Test match. What a TRUE LEGEND of Indian cricket, who often got scant recognition from the BCCI for his truly wonderful efforts for the Indian Test Team!! A brilliant team man, a true gentleman of the game, with such wristy touch and elegance. He always made the game at international level such a joy to watch. And, the countless number of times he's helped Team India out of tight situations, either drawing from seemingly lost positions with only the tail to shepherd or winning in a similar vein is LEGENDARY. Even in Ranji Trophy cricket, he's easily been a class apart from the rest. Long may his First Class career continue. You always felt safe and calm that everything would be alright when VVS was on form and at the crease...He'll be long - remembered...The very best wishes, VVS, for the rest of your career, and future...

Posted by pitch_it_up on (August 18, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Truly, an era has come to an end. End of a romantic era where Test cricket was considered the ultimate form of the game, where sportsmanship, pleasant demeanor, which Laxman embodies, were valued and respected. No one timed the ball better than him...pure artistry, make it look so good to watch. Sadly, the Selectors couldn't communicate any better. And so, Laxman had to retire the way he had to. Truly, with Dravid and Laxman retiring, Test Cricket is no more the same.

Posted by spintl on (August 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Watching India Test cricket will never be the same... another great one retires and somehow I am feeling old with the retirement of Dravid & Laksman. I will feel a tinge of loneliness watching these 2 retire. They have been a mainstay of Indian battiing for so long, that even when India had lost Dravid & Tendulkar, one felt at ease that there was still Laxman still at the crease...not anymore, and the day will soon arrive when the great one Tendulkar decides to retire, I know that I will shed a few tears..Laxman was in a true sense the most non-controversial player and a throwback to the cricketers of the old when the game of cricket was a gentleman's game.. he reminded one of G.R.Vishwanath. I salute you Mr.Laxman for the cricketer who were & you are. Wish you all the best in the future..

Posted by cricketcritic on (August 18, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

I find it hard to think of someone who played and conducted himself with such grace. Some of his innings literally took the breath away, the most elegant and aesthetically pleasing batsman i've seen bar none. But to say that alone doesn't do justice to his fighting qualities - he was at his best under pressure and in fourth innings chases. To me this truly compensates for only 17 test hundreds and an average of 45 (to watch him play you'd assume 30 hundreds and an average of 50+). A real contrast to today's flat track bullies who boost their averages against the minnows. The game will be poorer without this guy - a great and a gentleman in a period when brash Australianism has sadly dominated the game. Would bat 5 in my World XI. All the best VVS

Posted by spinkingKK on (August 18, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Only man to bring tears to my eyes in cricket was Laxman, when he scored that 281 against Australia. Being an Indian living in Australia, I was getting all type of insults from the locals when India was following on. However, I being a big supporter of Laxman and Laxman being playing to hold his spot, as it often happens, I was praying for Laxman to score a big century. I was looking for Laxman's magic in the first innings and I believe he was wrongly given out caught behind off Warne in first innings. I even wrote Laxman to come at No.3 when India lost the first test. Then came the second innings and I was over the moon when Lax was sent at No.3 and remained not out with 80 odd runs. So, every 50 runs partnership between him and Dravid were THE BEST moments in an Indian cricket fans' life (ceratainly in my cricket life). All the best to VVS. He will be remembered as the BEST batsman in the world by many. He made the right decision to quit. The time is ripe.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

I think Laxman patiently waited for the test squad to be announced before his retirement, just to see whether he gets picked. Nevertheless, congratulations to a champion batsman on having a long and rewarding career despite having more than his fair share of critics throughout his 16 year long endeavour.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

i cant believe that all the legendary players are getting retire.laxman a great player we are going to miss u.laxman we miss u and we never forget the service that u have done to the country.fianally i like u to see play in the new zealand series.ausis people never forget u,in there dreams also.we salute u.

Posted by muby23 on (August 18, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

I have only respect and good words for that greatest artist of the cricketing world but instead of Paint brush he had Cricket bat in his Hand...I am from Pakistan but i always enjoyed his batting skills and wonderful wrist work , India may find good batsmen but he was treat to watch, I would rate him as one the very most stylish batsmen of cricket like Zaheer Abbas, Azharuddin, & David Gower.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Very graeat and one of the great gentle man to have graced the game. For last few years i always had a feeling that he will break the record the great Lara's 400 runs. his recent form was not up to the standard that he has set in the past. in the recent past we have lost two great cricketers known for their bating abilities and great gentleman. the way they announced their retirement.

Posted by DeathKnell on (August 18, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

well done VVS...I hope young cricketers around the world get a chance to view ur game and use it to their advantage...it was a great pleasure watching you play....

Posted by DeathKnell on (August 18, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

All Sachin bashers - give me one reason why he should retire? Australia series - he scored 287 runs @35.87 - second highest in runs, next to Kohli who scored 300 runs @37.50. Eng series - again second highest in runs 273 @34.12, next to Dravid 476 @76.83 (with two not-out).......so I think it is better we enjoy the legends as they are & let them decide the next course of action for themselves....Mark my words..once in a blue moon u get a chance to watch such sportsmen....can u now get a chance to watch Lara or waughs or Murali or anyone whom u think is great...never..so just enjoy the game...these greats know when to stop.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

A classy, stylish and unassuming player. The last of a dying breed of cricketers. Here's hoping you will help Hyderabad bring home the Ranji Trophy this year.

Posted by True_Indian_Fan on (August 18, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

Thank you Laxman for the joy you have given us, RESPECT

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

He could have easily played tests against NZ and Australia and bettered his average at home,but he thought about the future of Indian Cricket[Giving chances to the likes of Pujara,Rahane so that they get ready for the test matches we have abroad]. Just shows you what kind of a cricketer this guy is. There are things in cricket which stats don't show you. When you bat at 6,a good fighting 40-50 which gives you an edge is more of a 100 by a top order batsman. Always batted well with the tail and always played for the team. What a wonderful player and even a better human being! Respect Sir!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Will always remember you......

Posted by yspal on (August 18, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

I am a Pakisani but loved to see him bat..I rate him even higher now with his selfless retirement, could have bagged more runs against average kiwi side.Its a signal for another ageing player. All the best VVS...Great batsman!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Jindal Priyank u r spot on...............................The unaware fans unjustly bring in Tendulkar in the discussion of Dravid or Laxamn................Tendulkar is a class apart & from a different league altogether : He is 2nd on all time greatest cricketers list after just bradman and Guys like Laxman or Gangully dont even find a spot in top 100 .........Dravid hardly makes top 50 ....................Tendulkar who has magnificent avg, magnificent S/R & consistent performance in both formats of game & has scored at same rate against virtually all oppositions at all grounds, possesses exceptional defense and full range of stroke-play, has been the main target of all oppositions yet they haven't found a consistent weakness in either his defense or stroke-play even after 23 years..........Tendulkar can only be discussed along Sir Don & Sir Viv Richards.......PERIOD!!

Posted by moBlue on (August 18, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

to people who ask: "when did laxman become a legend?" you must not understand test cricket very well. without laxman, IND would never have risen to the heights that it did under ganguly and later under dhoni! yes, laxman was inconsistent throughout his career, but his self-belief was equalled only by gavaskar and mohinder before him, and not sachin nor dravid had his self-belief!!! nothing was impossible to the dude! ...and that too, in test cricket! he was not afraid of fast bowling, nor spin, and could score in scarcely believable ways and areas of the field. he was also an astute reader of the opposition and you would see him bide his time sometimes and give the bowlers their due patiently for a while... and then he would attack! his self-belief is why laxman is a legend... on his day, even the mighty waugh's aussies, then world champions, simply had to line up to take a bow! his 28 on a superFast joberg track in 2002 in sehwag's debut test included a hooked 6 off a pollock bouncer!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Will be very fondly remembered for playing his best innings against the best team in his day, the Australians. Class act, retiring obviously wasn't easy for him but he did the right thing.

Posted by puneetgreatlalit on (August 18, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

there is only one word......greattttttttttttt

Posted by psprasa on (August 18, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Thank you Laxman for entertaining us for more than a decade, with such grace and finesse. your name is synonymous with class, grace, finesse ( and extra ordinary wristiness). You showed the nation again and again that with application anything was possible even if you were following on. What a magical innings the 281 was, just pure divine and the aussies stumbled at the final frontier. Had you been born in a different era (with no tendulkar or dravid) could have been the greatest cricketer ever. we will miss the calm collected grace that you bring to the game, the only time on field you let your emotion show was during the backbreaking innings against aussies when ohja almost ran himself out, you gave him a earful, just what every fan would have told ohja. we salute you Laxman the great warrior and fighter and special standing ovation to your family for sharing you with the nation. your expertise would be needed to the future generation. Good luck Very Very special.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

An overrated inconsistent player in a team where every avg batsman is declared a fabulous batsman ............Ind had only fab 2 in test cricket that's Sachin & Dravid ..............In ODI Ind had Fab 2 Sachin & Gangully...........................................................People are more in awe of Laxman bcz he has highest Avg in 2nd inn of test match and performing in final critical stages seems like a bollywood finish but Indians overlook that situation in 2nd inn becomes critical bcz Mr Laxman did nothing in 1st inn ....................People overlook that it is same whether u maintain an avg of 50 by scoring 100 in 1st inn & 0 in 2nd (like Sehwag) or vice versa (like Laxman).or 50 50each inn, score contribution in team score remains the same................He was a typical flat track bully with overseas avg of meager 35 alongwith Gangully & Sehwag.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Perfect timing ! Flawless grace.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Learn from Dravid and VVS Sachin, before you get kicked out of this Indian team..................VVS was an amazing cricketer, who could dictate terms to the all strong Australians when they were on the top of this world.............

Posted by binojpeter on (August 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

We can all say that there are lot of flaws in Laxman's technique like not moving the feet well, lot of gap between bat and body and these have resulted in many tame and poor dismissals for him. But when on song, he is a treat to watch. He has excellent temperament and good hand-eye co-ordination. His wristy shots, pulls and timing of his shots are impeccable. I believe that he is best batsman in Indian side who can take on any fast bowler in the world when he is in form. But he lost form in both England and Australia series. Wish that youngsters learn from him how to bat for long time in Tests. All the best for post-retirement life. You were a great ambassador for Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

kudos to this awesome cricketer who has saved & won lots of matches for india....A team player....I wish you all the best for the future endeavors LAX....:) we miss you

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

I can say with proud that i have watch one of his epic live in mohali 9th wicket partnership with Ishant sharma the wizard was playing with severe back pain....still remember the moment that it was on yesterday great player.. who can forgot your 281 which i classified the very best inning ever played by any indian in test cricket will miss you...

Posted by SamRoy on (August 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Laxman played well against Australia especially against Lee and Gillespie. But when did he become a legend? Quite often he was very inconsistent. Struggled in England throughout his career and excpt for the match-winning 92 at Durban in 2010 generally struggled in SA. Actually, the swinging ball caused him a lot of problems originally stemming out due to a lack of foot movement. Nonetheless, a world class batsman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Great Player one of my favorite player in Indian team, respect and all the best from Pakistan

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Lachhanna ur god of test cricket.. no body wil replace ur position...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

another totally great selfless cricketer retires. very sad day.

Posted by bharatputra83 on (August 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

A big salute to one of the legends that made Bharatiya cricket what it is today. It will be tough filling his shoes, and though it was a somewhat catch-22 situation between him carrying on and him retiring for the youngsters, it just seems odd that he didn't play a final test in his home-ground. Dravid and Laxman deserved better send-offs than they got.

Posted by CRKS on (August 18, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

except for the last 2 series he made special contribution in every series .. so many match winning and match saving innings ..thanks for the memories ..few memorable innings against Australia... 281 vs Aus, Kolkata, 178 vs Aus, sydney, 200 vs Australia, Delhi, 148 vs Australia, Adelaide, 167 vs Aus, sydney , 109 vs Aus sydney ..not to forget special innings in mohali chasing with tailenders

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

very very sad day for indian cricket but it had to happen one day ,sanjay manjrekar have shame on yourself ,you will never be forgetten VVS laxman .

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

the greatest innings played by an Indian-281.the most stylish batsman of the generation along with mark waugh and brian lara

Posted by md4cric on (August 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Happy retirement and THANK YOU for giving us those Cherishable Innings of Indian Test Cricket.Would've loved to see you walking OFF at your home ground but you're selfless and gave up that for the youth who would've 1 less test of exp before the greatest test challenge at home of the decade(Eng and Aus) as we'd lost to both in their backyard.Pl show up in the comm box.I do not know what Sanjay and Sunil write about the selection but if they were unhappy then they should've written prior to the team selction

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

vvs is like karna of mahabarath, he as been always a silent warrior, always good with all the leaders, newer as he misbehaved, sleged, truely a gentleman, a role model....australians will sleep n peace n also our selectors need nt find a goat for sacrfice......sachin you n shewag r next n line

Posted by rajasekharbala on (August 18, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

I consider Test cricket is the best mode of cricket and in test cricket, its the game that matters and not age. I have already stopped watching lot of T20 and ODI and I dont feel it the same as in earlier days. However, i have been watch Indian test match and enjoy dravid and Laxman game. And now, I dont feel like watching it anymore. I hope people like bbci, sunny and sanjay will enjoy this news but on the other side, Indian Test Cricket is dead and will never be the way it was. Finally, I can do my daily activities instead of spending time on cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Good decision VVS. All the best for your future endeavors. Thanks for your service to our beloved nation.

--Selvam from Cupertino, CA, USA

Posted by m_ilind on (August 18, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

If selectors thought they would give VVS one last series against NZ before asking him to retire in front of his home crowd in Hyderabad, they were mistaken. Kudos to Laxman, we are proud of you, you are our true match winner! never played for records, always for the team! And graceful as ever, even in announcing his retirement!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

we`ll always miss u.... we wanna says only one thing... u r forever very-very special.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

goood bye VVS. but will ask whos Harsha Bhogle and other gang of so called mike holders who they r to criticized players who plays on field. just sutup and see what they have achived. they will be great in ppl s mind ever dont want to hear. Salute to all TRS,Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Sehwag, Kumble is there anybody Mr. Srikant to put his leg in these ppls shoes.wait for another 5 years i dont think after sachin anybody i can say one name god bless him thats Pujara but i dont think Mr. Srikant and gang will use his talent. ok ....aaahh just gettting emotional Last Good Bye to a legendary bat will not c u n score borad VVS LAXMAN 281 not out.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Another great batsman has to retire from international cricket as he is made a Scapegoat from two enormous debacles. The selectors seem to forget some other players as well such as:

A tall, long haired fast bowler who averages more than 50 in the last 8 overseas tests.

Two extremely unfit opening batsmen who average in the 20's in their last 2 overseas test series'.

A player known as 'God' who too has under performed in the last 8 overseas test matches...

As s consequence of these three instances; two great batsmen known as THE WALL and VERY VERY SPECIAL have to retire and hang up their boots........

Shame on the Selectors and the Great BCCI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

he was above average, but was nothing close to excellent infact, one of the most overrated batsman, and I don't blame him, most of his good knocks have came against Aussies, at their prime, so for media outlets it is something to constantly talk about. This is the very reason why he was wrongly considered so vital. But respect for the man!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 18, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

i am just sad to read about the retirement of a cricketer who played the greatest test innings of my life time. 281 in 2001. I salute to Laxman for playing the greatest innings and due to that he will be known as great legend in test cricket. Thanks Laxman for all your great batting skills and display of class.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@Great_Aussie click on send commentary feedback at the bottom of every live match commentary new window will open enter your name, email, location and add your comment and click on send, but commentary team will post only selected comments. Best of luck

Posted by Rumy1 on (August 18, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer needs to be brought in to provide some experience to the top of the order now when VVS is out. Sehwag should come down at No.3. Please note Jaffer is still the best Test batsman not in XI and he is only 33. Having him back in a home series is the best way to get him back. No this step will not be regressive Mr.Gavaskar. You continued until 37 plus. Let him serve Indian cricket for the next four years. Newer lot of Mukund, Rahane, Vijay are nowhwere near Jaffer in terms of his class, temperament, skill, range of shots, etc. And he has two double Test hundreds to his credit. Get WASIM JAFFER back into the TEST team. Would want readers to opine on this one. What say?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

will be remembered for several innings of extreme grace under extreme pressure.

Posted by Madhari on (August 18, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

IMHO, most pussy critic/commentator Manjraker. Feels so judgemental, unintellectual

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

intenational cricket will miss laxman. so as i. best wishes for your life. Laxman you was the one of the Pillar of wall in Indian cricket.

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

what a career this guy had...i have been watching cricket since 1996 World Cup & Laxman made his debut later that year against South Africa....once again a player from my childhood days is gone from international cricket....it is very disappointing but he could have played the last test at his home ground in font of his family & his fans...that would have been an awesome farewell...but it was not to be for this selfless cricketer....two bad series wont make him bad...he was one of the major factors for India doing well in tests since 2000....best wishes to Very Very Special Laxman on his future from a Mumbaikar who wanted Laxman to play at Hyderabad on 23rd of August.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

bravo vvs laxman, he is a great of the game. a true gentleman, and a captain's delight.

Posted by Kishor_shinde on (August 18, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Sir, you are the master.......I feel blessed to witness you action.........You were are and always be my hero......Thanks a lot sir...:)

Posted by axe_hay on (August 18, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

India's new line up for NZ series should be : 1.GAMBHIR 2. SEHWAG 3. KOHLI 4.TENDULKAR 5. RAHANE 6.PUJARA 7.DHONI 8.ASHWIN 9.YADAV 10.ZAHEER 11.OJHA

Posted by SimplySoms on (August 18, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

VVS is well known for his timing, and his timing of retirement is a tit for tat for the selection committee which always played with this magician outside the ground. Because on pitch these comedians cannot stand before his tall stature. You proved once again Laxman that your timing is the best on and off the field.

Posted by naveed_allam on (August 18, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

134 tests ........just 17 centuries

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Good player but was getting a little embarassing in the field.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Surprise to hear laxman announced retirement well before the kiwi series. One of the classy batsman in the modern cricket is no longer gonna play test cricket. Test cricket is already dying because of so many reason. When players like laxman not gonna play test no body is gonna watch test cricket any more. Have a peaceful retirement life Laxman , you r a legend.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

This is very sad news all of a suddeen !! Instaed of him its better if SRT could have been retired.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Salute to you VVS. You made the middle order what it was for the 16 years you played: strong, (nearly)impenetrable, and unselfish. It prompted Brett Lee to once say 'If you can get Dravid out, great. If you can get Sachin out, brilliant. If you can get VVS, its a miracle.' such was their respect for you. In an era of uncertain sportsmanship, you were a gladiator to the cause.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Hats off to you VVS! Perfect timing of your retirement, like your wristy shots. Hope we see more new stars coming up..Those who talk of SRT's retirement, let him take his time, Enjoy him when you can. Sad that we cant see the fab four together anymore!!

Posted by MakrandCh on (August 18, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

I would have liked if both the Indian legends Mr. Rahul Dravid and Mr. VVS Laxman would have announced their retirements onfield. Any ways both are generous and no one can forget their contributions to Indian cricket. Best of luck to VVS for his future.....!

Posted by shreemanta on (August 18, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

An artist is gone..... forget the footwork.... forget how many a time he was beaten in an innings.... only remember his timing, his wrist, he bat was a magic wand... which many a times a magician couldn't have done it better. For him a cricket field was his canvas and his bat was a brush..... If any one work hard with dedication he can become A Tendulkar , A Dravid..... but it's very difficult to bat like VVS as he was a born genius as far as batting is concern... no batsman can or should copy him because there is, was and will be only one VVS Laxman.......... Thanks for making batting an ART and entertaining... VVS.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

long live layxman, the legend of indian cricket. the so called experts and media who were never winners in their playing days, have taken one more head. why these people are quiet on dhoni in test cricket? he is a failure in test matches since last 4 years. dhoni has taken one more scalp after kumble, ganguly, dravid. ganguly retired in 2008 and we found his replacement after 4 years in virat kohli at no. 6, after trying raina, yuvraj, badrinath, etc. dravid has also retired and we are yet to find his proven replacement at no. 3. we salute you for all your contributions to indian cricket. u will be in our memories for ever. pls continue playing domestic cricket and let the so called youngsters of dhoni like rohit enjoy.. look what happened to australia after mcgrath, warne, hayden, gilchrist, langer, martin, all retired together. same thing is going to happen to india. instead of retiring dhoni, we have retired kumble, gangly, dravind and layman now.

Posted by Naksh on (August 18, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Mr SRT every says you are a keen student... when will you learn... Hats off to the 2 of the greatest Indian Cricketers ever RSD and VVS... they have truly kept Nation ahead of self.... I guess the other seniors will learn the same sooner than later...

Posted by Indus_vvsfan on (August 18, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

I hope all of you who were calling for his axing are happy and will zip your mouths now.

VVS You are truly THE champ of Indian cricket along with Sachin and Dravid. Aussies will miss you too. :o)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

The very very special era of Indian cricket cam to and end last year. Today was just an announcement. Goodbye Hero!

Posted by RaamSaran on (August 18, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

V.V.S. Laxman was a wonderful second fiddle to Dravid and Tendulkar. Many of his knocks stand out and have been etched in memory of multitudes. He took some stunning catches at slip and a very composed individual on the field. Nice article on the great man. Kindly correct the following in the article. Para 7 - "He said that while his family had waned him to play..." Am sure they wan(t)ed him to play and not waned.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 18, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Its sad that nobody is really applauding or lauding Laxman's efforts. He was a great batsman, but because of his recent failures in England and Australia, it seems more fans are interested in who is going to replace him. He should have retired after Aus toured India, when India beat them 2-0. He would have went down as a hero then, but retiring after you lost your magic makes people wish you retire and forget about your greatness

Posted by aravabalaji on (August 18, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

For all the glory he brought to India, VVS deserves special send-off. The team management should persuade him to play at least one Test against NZ. My heart goes out for this genial.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Its worst of Laxman to retire after hitting 169 (In good form) in his last first class game and receiving the MOM in the last series played in India. When he is able to play ranji trophy then why can't he play test cricket......

Posted by balajik1968 on (August 18, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

There is something more to this retirement. Maybe someone had hinted that he would not be in the playing XI, which is possibly why VVS took this decision. Anyway and end to an outstanding and underrated player. He was the Manna Dey of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Very sad to see Laxman go . One of the best test match batsmen in the last 10 years and probably the most elegant batsmen ever . Good luck VVS .

Posted by xrocks on (August 18, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Thank u VVS fr all those crafty glances and drives....Test matches that India play will be so dull to watch with the T20 players v have...Will miss Dravid and VVS the most...BTW who will retire first? Sachin or Virat?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Laxman deserved a better sent-off. BCCI completely messed it up. Why did he announced his retirement with just 4 days to go before the start of a test series where he was named in the sqaud? was he worried that he may not be included in the playing XI?

Posted by mukesh2147 on (August 18, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

its just the start of kohli era,stunning kohli era begins

Posted by Mahesh_Lolokpuri on (August 18, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

One of the stylish player that India has produced. The guy with enormous talent, but didn't convert his ability into performances. His record shows the same. It was only after 2008 there was a spark in his performances that seemed to have vanished recently. It was the best decision he took in the interest of Indian Cricket. We have to admit that one guy who was always under the pressure of performance and non selection. It would have been great if he had played to his complete potential. Even the players who had limited ability have improved themselves and made a mark Dravid was a perfect example for that. It was good to see him call it time on his own terms, giving a message to Sachin that his time is also done. Indian Cricket might struggle for some period but I think we have players to replace them. We all forget that Sachin did came as replacement to Sunil Gavaskar, Made his own mark on Cricket. All the best for Laxman....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

With Lax gone that "talented" Rohit Sharma will bore us more. Go Rohit go and make the country ashamed....i mean proud. All the people who have imagined India's rise with these youngsters, now you all will eat your words. Miss you Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman. Only left are Sachin and Shewag for me.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 18, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

VVS and Dravid, being true gentleman, retired from the game when they realized that they were not contributing. But what about Tendulya? When will he see the writing on the wall and hang up his boots? Oh wait, he wants to play until his son is ready to take his spot. It's not for no reason that he is known as the selfish one!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

With Laxman's exit, we have seen the end of touch-artistry in batsmanship. I don't think we'll ever see such kind because of the demands of a batsman in today's T20 cricket culture, where he is required to whack the ball as hard as he can. Glad that I was privileged to have witnessed Laxman's batting, especially the epic 281.

Posted by dhekar01 on (August 18, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Hats off for your decision. VVS - indeeed you have been "Very Very Special" and fans in India and acrodd the world will cherish your legacy. I bet Aussies will breath easy now. I wish you all the best in retirement and urge you to be a "mentor" to youngsters who make fill the void you are leaving behind. For those who are off the field but madly follow the game for fun would like to hear from you from time time to time in whatever role you play to deliver better cricketers of tomorrow.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Its completely absurd to even ask Sachin to retire as there is no one else to take his place. Giving a player chances doesn't constitute to being a stable member in the side as to experience.It was only last year that we won the world cup and sachin was an integral part of the cup scoring more than some 'chance' players. he is contributing through his experience and his presence can demoralise the opposition merely buy a threat of him getting set. Look What Rohit Sharma is doing? besides Virat Kohli there is no one who is a young replacement for the Big 3 anymore.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

We'll always miss a batsman who played for team.

There are some players still playing but just playing for records.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Ganguly gone, Dravid gone so is Laxman now. Many people will shamelessly bash Tendulkar here. Let them do as its their frustration because in absence of all these stalwarts India will further go down. Lets now see how much "talented" Sharmas-Rains-Kohlis take us far. If they manage to take us to even greater heights, I will eat my words. But as my intuition goes, many people who have bashed these greats will eat their words. Another fact is that TEST cricket is almost dead on television now, I will rather watch test cricket till Sachin plays. When Sachin retires, the CLASS will permanently go. And Tests are watched for class and not random hits. Salute you Laxman sir, I still remember Edens 2001 and the Australian tours. Who will forget your 2nd inings efforts, indeed you were an an unsung hero in India's pursuit to no# 1. Your's 99th test was Kumble's last test and your's 100th test was Ganguly's last. Very Very Special Laxman, you made us proud. Best wishes for your future, hail you.

Posted by Sal76 on (August 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Not sure what the facts are however, could it be possible that he was forced to retire without giving him the opportunity to retire in front of his home crowd after playing the Hyderabad Test? Nothing's beneath Srikkanth, so I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. VVS...hats off to you. Well played...and please enjoy your retirement, knowing that your fans will always cherish the memories of so many of your elegant innings. Cheers!!!

Posted by ShashankPawar on (August 18, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

not a good decision by a Great player....

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 18, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Great player often dominated great Aussie bowlers. India need Sachin now in tests to guide inexperienced middle order. Those now asking Sachin to retire know nothing abt cricket

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Anybody may come and go but VVS have a special place in our heart, he is the first name next to Wall which come to our mind when somebody's contribution required in crisis stages but more than the loss due to his retirement the real worry is who will replace a calibrated player like VVS and Wall nobody in the reckoning in the near future, I wish a happy retired life for VVS in cricketing terms we always cherish the masterpiece 281 which he made, good luck and good bye VVS

Posted by Dhanvanth on (August 18, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Laxman's sudden retirement has surely sent down a clear msg to the selectors...with 2 of the 3 reminants of the past era gone in quick succession and sachin nearing retirement, they are really in a state of disdain as far as the future team s concerned...

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 18, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Can somebody tel me how to post comment in a live commentary

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

As Indian cricket amped up the excess and flamboyance in its last few years, Laxman remained a man of another time, given largely to modesty and graciousness. It is what he will be remembered for by his team-mates and the crowd.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (August 18, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

If SRT doesn't learn from this too, then he will become what Harvey Dent said: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain".

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

will he play in the newzeland series??

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

There could come a million Willow Wielding Warriors ..who could site , hustle into a stance and thrash the cricket ball into oblivion , using power and ferocity to its utmost best . Can't blame the mortals , for they need to decide the destiny of the leather in a blink , else the leather could shatter their destiny . Who could ever have the composure of a connoisseur , time till eternity , pause till the nth moment , to decide the destiny and destination of the red cherry . Arrogance of the red cherry had reached its crescendo , where in the delusion led it to believe that the deception of my twirl , delivered outside leg stump through the master spinners of the era , would never ever have a whiff of the willow , leave alone being hit , was it not a rude shock to the leather and a delight to the enthralled audience beholding the perpendicular ricochet of the cricket ball breaching the barriers of planet earth and the mortals dispatched for the leather hunt VVS

Posted by bipulkumar on (August 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

There were some match winning knocks by Laxman. But if he had played well in the first innings throughout his career, India would have won many more matches. He just kept playing career saving knocks by scoring few runs in second innings. His mediocre test average and poor first innings record doesn't make him a great player.

Posted by VJGS on (August 18, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

New line-up (hopefully): 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Tendulkar 4. Kohli 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10. Yadav 11. Chawla/Ojha

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

laxman and dravid u are the best test batsmen of this era,give batting tips to this young indian batting lineup especially when they are touring australia.

Posted by chennam on (August 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Test cricket will be dead now because of this ,Thought of seeing Test cricket at least for couple of more series (AUS & ENG) until laxman plays .What is their to see the Indian test cricket without Laxman ,Rahul I hateSanjay Manjrekar for all this for ever.God Bless Laxman and his family with success for future.Now seeing cricket on television will also be dead now..

Posted by bluestar555 on (August 18, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

India has lost its saviour. Dhoni now show us if you can win matches.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@Rishay Sharma - Are you from Indiana State? In God We Trust!!!

Posted by jay_vkjay on (August 18, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

VVS retires from international cricket,but in every cricket loving indian's mind he won't. In future on many occasions we definitely say "If Laxman was there,then we could have pulled it off...''. He is always a team man,never bothered about individual achievements. He literally batted in every possible middle order positions, according to the need of his team. He never complained,but acted according to the requirements of his team. Laxman is an ideal man every indian fans look forward to be present at, say 'improbable and toughest' situations. Now also he got a wonderful opportunity to get a farewell at his home ground if he plays the first test vs NZ. But, instead he kept in mind the future tours and understood that playing in home conditions will be a cushion for younger players.. Good Bye and Thank You......one and only V.V.S

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

he was one of best test player of india .he was a backbone of test cricket

Posted by georgebhai on (August 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

V V S Laxman was a special cricketer. He played some outstanding knocks both in India and overseas. Many of those innings were played in a winning cause.

However, I believe he has timed his retirement as well as some of his exquisite on drives. He will be missed in the middle order. I wish, he was handled better by the selectors in the early part of his career.

All the best V V S and thanks for your support to blind cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Very very Special batsman .. dats really bad news to World cricket :( true champion..!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

An "Hurt and Disappointed" VVS Calls it a day.... Very sad end from him despite being a classic legend and role model for youngsters.. Would have been great if he played his farewell test at his home ground... Anywayz Hats off to him and we had a feast when he went for a kill many times esp against kangaroos ... many thanks and we wish him a happy and pleasant retried life...

Posted by hiltonrock on (August 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Good bye Laxman...I think he should have been allowed to go out gracefully playing his last game in front of his home crowd...India and all Indians could allow him that concession. We forget very soon the good things he has done for Indian cricket...Putting immense pressure to bow out was unnecessary. Good Luck!!! VVS. You were Awesome!!! - Salute

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Great Cricketer .... we miss u.......

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (August 18, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Some people may not like the decision , but it is a great one indeed. Laxman must have decided earlier to retire after the NZ series. Now comes his greatness , his conscious - he realized that home series against NZ is the right time to groom new players so that they can stand up when England comes. This is selfless decision - Not many would be able to do this.

Great man !

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (August 18, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

To be honest I am bit surprised by his decision of ending his innings abruptly. I thought he would play his last test match against the kiwis and end it on a high note. I feel it came more of a shock rather then a surprise for selectors. How come selectors couldn;t able to figure it out what VVS wanted? He was in the team. I find his decision to retire is an emotive one rather then a rational one. Something must happened in last few days that he decided to quit and forfeit to play the two match series against the kiwis. We will definitely miss him as a player. Its a huge responsibility for a newcomer to fill his shoes. Fab 4 Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar. Only one is left before he too hang his boot. I hope BCCI takes the help of Gang, Drav and Lax and set up a strong Indian test team. There knowledge and experience should be shared with our nex gen test players so that we can again retrieve our number one position and rule the test arena like the Aussies and Windies did.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

It's sad to miss VVS in the team and his timing to retire was unpredictable even here.. It would have been nice to hang up the boots in front on his home crowd next week But he knows what is best for him and his class, temperament will be missed and not sure who will continue to save India from 2nd inning debacles going forward. Wishing a very happy post retirement life to our very very special cricketer...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

we will miss you sir.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

why ppl so jealous of TRS why, yes he is grandpaa right atleast ppl accepted his greatness. sachin, dravid, ganguly, laxman & sehwag it was an era i never forget in my life these all r greatest men indian ever produced. camon each and every player gave others frustration. pls have pride of these ppl they gave us lots of great moments dont crictisize if dont like stop to see or support cricket. again u where the best ever ppl in india who played cricket for india as a indian i salute SRT, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid & Sehwag, JAI HIND..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Another class act and class player retires. Cricket would never be the same without these corner stones.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

All the indian commentators will be very happy now. why don they just look back at their own career record and realize, they cannot even match or reach close to laxmans record.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Enjoyed a lot watching him. REALLY miss

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

innalillahi vainnailaihi raji'oon......he was great...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Laxman was key to Indian batting line up and led stories of comeback.

Posted by vish2020 on (August 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Very Very Special!!! you will be missed is to say the least

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

VVS LAXMAN....I was shocked by your decision of RETIRING from cricket but you will be remembered by all the cricketing nations untill the cricket exists in the world....You are the only batsmen to cause lots of troubles to the Australian cricket team...the innings which you played in EDEN GARDENS will stand out in the history of cricket forever....You are pride of INDIAN CRICKET..Have a peacefull life ahead:):)

Posted by torsha on (August 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Australia will be relieved. Indeed Very Very Special person.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

why are people saying relax Aussies.... he was a total failure in the last series against the Aussies and if he play again in the future he will be again a failure so don't live in the past and say relax Aussies

Posted by NikhilNair on (August 18, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Would have been great if we could see him one last time during the NZ series. But Laxman has contributed more than enough to be remembered for a very long time!

Posted by rairatank on (August 18, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

He was forced to retire coz Nohit Sharma can play his first test.Salute to VVS.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@gerradlk please have some resprct for legends they are not culprits they are heroes whom nation is and will be proudof

Posted by Nish_US on (August 18, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Do n't praise for the sake of it...height of hypocracy

Wizard among muggles A void that can never be filled

Really.......

If he has not anounced his retirement..the same writers.. same column head lines would have read...

Final chance for laxman A step backwards

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

One of the best of his generation....for some reason, I always though of him as a better batsman than Sachin... A class act... Dependable Probably more stylish than Mark Waugh Wish we had someone like him in Pakistan...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

National holiday for australia :-):-) such a great wristy player !!! we miss you !!!

Posted by Nish_US on (August 18, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

How many of you think this is not forced on to him? The decision to deny a farewell test at his home town shows the pain and anger....

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 18, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Laxman can you forgive me, for all the rubbish talk anytime i talked that might had hurt you?. It doesn't mean my alone comments; i mean comments on your ability from critics like me. I have high respect for only few cricketers when i have to choose in modern era. Dravid, Kumble, and you. You three have single handedly won us many matches in Tests. True fighters you people. Now , it's occasion to talk about you. Your dedication, commitment, towards country to play best cricket is laudable and i salute you for that. You are a big crisis man and match winner. Safe slip fielder. But it was until last few series i felt that you had best in you deliver. It is wrong on my part to judge you. But even you were ageing and your scores, reflexes and fielding all was not Laxman's standards which you set for yourself i have been seeing these many years. So felt it's time to move on and give place to other youngster to so he may learn things by world cup. Laxman( Lachanna), Happy retirement life.

Posted by Madhari on (August 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Dear VVS,

It is indeed sad day, That a part of life - seeing laxman bat is sad. I always wished to see you in IPL etc., but unfortunately not.

Thanks for your elegance and charm but Sorry as a cricket fan for that some opportunities were robbed from you due to politics - a world cup opportunity etc.,

Love your game, I bow for your contributions. Love, Madhari

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

A great player!!! The miracle man of Indian cricket. Whenever India were in dire straits, he delivered. Always brought out his best when it mattered most. His class and ability to handle pressure will be missed seriously!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (August 18, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Shawn_Holmes2012 I think u r from Aussie and I know why u r jealous on our legender ha..ha..ha..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Time to go, right decision...I think soon sachin will go...

Posted by Ashish_514 on (August 18, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

What I loved most about Laxman was not his style but his grit in tight situations and ability to play with the lower order. The image of Laxman getting livid with one of the tailenders (think is was ojha) for confusion in running will always be etched on my mind. That was probably the only time you saw him loosing cool, but that gave an insight on what kept going inside his mind during all those pressure situations. However to say that Laxman was overrated, as some people here suggest, is not right. He was considered one of the big 3 with Sachin and Dravid though being less consistent then both of them. Even Sehwag didn't get that priviledge though his average is higher inspite of being an opener and having a high strike rate. I was all because of his match winning abilities and his dominance on Australian bowling both in India and Australia (except the last series). I just want to remove the last series down under from my memory while remembering Laxman.

Posted by scorbos15 on (August 18, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Laxman, I am from Hyderabad - luckily I had the opportunity to meet you near Crawley in UK..You were playing with World XI ...words cannot describe the contribution you have made to Indian cricket..as mentioned in your retirement speech, there is no doubt that you kept Country ahead of your personal needs..unlike others who hang around only for these personal records..India knows what you are..gem of innings..match saving contributions, match winning contributions..further ahead you and Rahul so humble...I always used to think you and dravid are most alike individuals..if Rahul had so much dignity to retire after Australia and England why didnt you think of it..nevertheless you proved me once again, that remained in tact..great decision..am 100% sure it is tough on your part..but you did a great contribution again to Indian Cricket by announcing your retirement...no regrets as you said..all good things come to end :-)please stay in touch with administration of Cricket..pls dont go far!

Posted by lovepork on (August 18, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

V.V.S: you will be always in our mind specially when India plays against Aussies. Will never forget your 287. Have good retired life!

Posted by 158notout on (August 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Don't mind saying as an England fan that VVS has been my favourite Test batsman of the past 15 years. Australian fans couldn't understand why he wasn't valued mor by his own fans after 2001. A great player and wonderful ambassador for the game. VVS you will be sorely missed, especially in the middle of a second innings collapse. India will struggle to replace you. Well Done and good luck for the future!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

great finisher,more reliable in chase.Always loved watching him. Good luck VVS.

Posted by krik8crazy on (August 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

I never felt so sad when an Indian cricketer retired. Laxman is all class - on the cricket ground or off it. Good on him for thinking about the team's interests ahead of his own. Farewell, dearest champ!

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (August 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

End of another legender Iam speachless.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

@landl47 and @meety---Thank you so much for your tribute to this very very class act.I feel proud to be a citizen of the country Laxman represents at the highest level.@landl47 especially since you have acknowledged him amidst the test between SA and ENG which i am sure you would be watching ball by ball.You could have easily downplayed him saying that his record is not great in England but your post here shows what a sensible follower of the game you are .and it should be mentioned by someone that he was forced to bat at No:3 during the last Eng tour which is never his natural slot.He is a batsman who refused to open and went on to become a middle order role model..the reasons for him being pushed up..well all knows but who will speak against the God(in India)..@meety you have posted you are relieved to see him retire..you could have said he didnt seem like scoring a run the last time he played Aus.but you remember a batsman who played brilliantly against MGrath,Lee etc..

Posted by OT12 on (August 18, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Sachin has decided to announce his retirement with Virat Kohli retirement...

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (August 18, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Good time to go they know when the old hand eye combination is going. I wonder if any of the other veterans will follow his lead and retire prior to a home series to ease new players into the side (I doubt it). Watched him when they played England and he was a fair player for sure, good luck in retirement I wish I could have retired at 37 bliss.

Posted by no.1_multicultural_team on (August 18, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

A very good player and what a way to retire.Had he retired after two tests,it would not have been the same. Respect is Indians live for and he has earned a lot of it.He had some magical wristy shots and a pleasure to watch.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

laxman we all miss U..............................

Posted by JustOUT on (August 18, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

All the Best Laxman.. you have been a pillar of Indian middle order. Thanks for your service.. And now we can officially declare, India will be down in the TEST rankings soon. Except Sehwas, Gambhir, Sachin & Kohli(yet to prove alot), nobody is there to play a TEST match. This is the mistake BCCI did same as Aussies. Both did not groom the young players before hand, when a senior player retires. Everyone was thinking India will trash England later this year.. But with this new Indan Test team with young players.. Its very tough to even draw a series against big teams.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

indian youngsters need experience in the team and laxman is retiring at 11th hour...now only tendulkar is there with bag full of class and experience.....youngsters need to learn as much as they can from the little master before he announces his retirement .....thnx laxmna you have served your country as well as cricket very well :)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

indian youngsters need experience in the team and laxman is retiring at 11th hour...now only tendulkar is there with bag full of class and experience.....youngsters need to learn as much as they can from the little master before he announces his retirement .....thnx laxmna you have served your country as well as cricket very well :)

Posted by xylo on (August 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

It would have been a fairytale ending if Dravid and Laxman had decided to call it a day together. Here are two gentlemen of Indian/world cricket that played the game in an overwhelmingly right spirit. Very few people in their mould are left. I am sure spectators in Australia that witnessed the last innings of both batsmen feel bad about not applauding enough on their last effort and instead standing up for a free-loader.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

indian youngsters need experience in the team and laxman is retiring at 11th hour...now only tendulkar is there with bag full of class and experience.....youngsters need to learn as much as they can from the little master before he announces his retirement .....thnx laxmna you have served your country as well as cricket very well :)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

If we overlook the last two Test series he played, VVS contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. Neither was he the darling of the crowd nor was he the same to the selectors. Yet he carried on regardless and did far more than many other who hogged the limelight. In a country to which 'team culture' is alien, he played in his zone of discomfort rather than the comfort zone of #3. Given teh number of times he was dropped and the more number of times the Damocles' Sword was hanging over his head (he was always one off day from cricket to get dropped) VVS managed his sense of insecurity very adroitly and delivered more often than not when the team needed him to. Like Vijay Amritraj in Tennis he believed that you dont have to be nasty to be a winner. Like his second innings performances, let us wish his second innings in life (after cricket) bring him all the god stuff in life.

Posted by vrn59 on (August 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Farewell to VVS Laxman, one of the all-time legends of Indian cricket. A batsman of ultimate grace, style and elegance, a great human being and a true team player! Team India will miss this great man!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Laxman had his career ended in the whitewash humilation at the hands of England. With India's bowling cupboard famously as bare as it is, and with unproven batsmen clinging on to their place, it's going to be a very interestign year: Clearly England and South Africa are head and shoulders above the other lower, average teams. Will a feeble India manage to produce a contest against England this winter? Doesn't look like it. Nicely played Laxman, but you're yet another batsman who've had their career ended by England.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

He is the very very special legend at all time...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Star of Second Innings... awsam player

Posted by ARJa on (August 18, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Beginning of the end of Indian Test team. India need to find someone who can play in all conditions to fill this gap. Not going to be easy, when you play domestic cricket on dead wickets and invest everything in IPL. Real sad day for Indian cricket.

Posted by Thusha_P on (August 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

One of the best test cricket player the world ever seen will be missed by all cricket fans.. No body can replace him.. Truly A match winner.. A stylish Player..Don't know how India are going to manage winning the tests without him... May be winning the tests in abroad will become tough for India without Laxman and Dravid...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Hello Sachin just learn from Laxman ! And give way to youngsters. How long time you occupied the crease of youngsters. We accepts you are master blaster and holds many world records. But you spoiled many youngsters life, and denied the way of youngsters. Hats off Laxman. You are very very special.!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Great player often dominated great Aussie bowlers. India need Sachin now in tests to guide inexperienced middle order

Posted by siddhartha87 on (August 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

the indian "steve waugh" departs... a real match winner..hats off to you sir!

Posted by theswami on (August 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

...... and Srikkanth names VVS Laxman's replacement ..... he is called Rohit Sharma (definitely more desrving than Laxman to play in Tests

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

he should ... but it's also the time for Sir Sachin ... I m a great fan of Sachin but i have to say that...

Posted by V_I_J on (August 18, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

would have loved to see more runs flowing from lax's bat..would have loved to see more stunning catches taken by him in slips His exit leaves a big void in Indian cricket..cant see any player with his cool temperament to replace in Indian cricket..a certain pujara might replace dravid..kohli might replace tendulkar but to play with the tail and still keep getting hundreds every series, every tour, every country and win matches for india is something that is not going to be matched by anyone

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (August 18, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Watching Laxman bat is like watching Federer. Both are ELEGANT and made their profession look effortless. He also had GRIT. He played a few important innings that helped India win a very close Tests and thus the series and thus the number one ranking in the series that preceded the recent lean ones. Laxman was also a cricketer who was respected by the opposition in more ways than one. Thanks for providing excellent entertainment and JOY throughout your career!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Its an end of a era.. lakhman brings a wonderful career to a very subdued end. H would be remembered by everyone in Indian cricket fraternity for some of those wonderful innings that he produced under pressure when the chips were down. yes I do see the Aussies relaxing now as they dont have see this person anymore after Sachin gets out. They may be in for a surprise come test series later this year. Coming back to VVS Lakhsman we would be missing those silken wrists of his until someone comes along to replace him. But thanks a lot for the entertainment Lucky wish you have great future ahead and good luck...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

The five wise men, who was supposed to guide the destiny of Indian cricket for the future through well thought out selection (but, left it irresponsibly to the next five) can learn from this one man, how to keep the nation's needs uppermost. I salute you for your consencious decision. Selfishness of a few big players and callousness of the selectors (not the retiring bunch alone; some of the earlier ones can also share the guilt) are the two prime reasons, why India can not be the tops in all forms of cricket on a sustainable basis.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

This is a shocker! I appeal to all Indian cricket fans and selectors to demand he play in the NZ series. He is deserving of the ritual farewell given all great batsman. This 'Gentleman' cricketer must let everybody see him play for the last time.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

just reading some of the comments will make most people laugh. laxman played some good knocks but he was not extraordinary like de silva, mj or sanga. his stats are ok. he also consistently struggled against rising and short balls by fast bowlers. he will be forgotten soon.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

VVS Laxman - ride off into the sunset with ur head held high. The young ones will continue to aspire to the poise, grace and elegance u brought to cricket. Though I might add, emulation will not be easy. All the best, dear sir!

Posted by Kedarnath on (August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

unsung hero of Indian Cricket...!

Posted by avmd on (August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Was truly a GRACEFUL cricketer. There was a unique grace in his batting and above all he retired GRACEFULLY. Wish you all the happiness, peace and long and healthy life VVS------ from a Pakistani fan of yours.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

DSad but inevitable. He was a craftsman, especially under trying conditions, when he was grace under fire. It was a priviledge to have watched this consumate pro at play. Now those carpers in the Indian press have to turn their ungracious and jaundiced comments eleswhere. VVS deserved better and in the days to come, many of them will rue their shallow crtiques. Well done VERY, VERY SPECIAL. You were.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

I am very very sad. No cricketer, ever gave so much pleasure as many many innings of very very special Laxman

Posted by vertical on (August 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

One of the most extreme wristy player coming out from India.I will miss him in the Indian test team.

Posted by jasonpete on (August 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Sad to see laxman retires.A finest and elegant player who will be truly missed by Indian team .All the best for the future.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (August 18, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

"I think this is the right time to give the youngsters a chance in home conditions ahead of international assignments...." What a vision! What a thought!! If only other senior(s) in the team think(s) like VVS..... Khudos to VVS for timing his retirement to perfection! No doubt! he sure, would have performed better and added one or two centuries or half centuries to his credit. But the man he is, he placed team's interests ahead of his own as always... That's our Very very Special Lakshman! May he guide Hyderabad Ranji team for a season or two and contribute his might to HCA and Indian Cricket in the years to come. We love and admire you VVS! None can ever forget your "NEVER SAY DIE" attitude ever!

Posted by SimplySoms on (August 18, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Hope the cricket's greatest critics (Sunny, Kapil and Sanjay Manjrekar sir) will be very very happy with Laxman's Decision to retire. We miss your magic VVS...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

VVS Retired from Intl Cricket!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

One of the best match winners India test team has ever produced. his value for the team extends beyond his statistics. You could even rate him better than Sachin and Dravid in crisis situations. But, having said that this is the time for him to go after the failures in last two overseas tours. All the best for rest of your life Laxman!!!!

Posted by kevnssuresh on (August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Laxman is one of the great legends though he didn't get enough credit I think because of calmness and also being an Andhra Player I guess. Definitely Team India will miss a player that they can trust during batting crisis especially in second Innings. Any ways hats off to you Laxman, hope you can still help Team India and Domestic to make few stylish, reliable player like you.

Posted by banglafan on (August 18, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Laxman, you have taken the right decision at the right time. Now everybody will remember you fondly for your silky innings and effortless batting.

Posted by kirankumar55 on (August 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

laxman..... one of the greatest batsman in the world..and its very sad he has taken unexpected decision he is always being a very very special sson youngsters will have to learn from seniors.. thank you laxman for your service to indian cricket. we will miss u a lot...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

thnx a lot VVS for the kind of entertainment & classy wrist work.. I can't forget some of the catches you have taken in slip positions & f/w short leg , silly point...

Posted by Trevor_WI on (August 18, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

One of the Greatest batsman in my estimation of all time. India wasted his talents at #6 had he batted at #3 we would have been treated to many more Very Very Special Innings and potentially more test wins for India. Good Luck !! you will be missed.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

we miss u V V S LAXMAN n we salute u for ur service to Indian cricket

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Good Bye to Wristy Shots, Being a thorn in the flesh of Australia, Class, Doggedness and more importantly, Humbleness as Indian Cricket Team's Disaster Management Specialist retires. Very Very Sad to see you go. Wish you a fantastic life ahead VVS. You were a great service to Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

he is the only many to shake australians hatts off vvs laxman we miss u alot.............

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

selfless cricket of Life time The legend by his own accord Probably the only batsmen in the world who has the applicability of seeing India through with the tail end batsmen

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Repect.... That's all I have for this legend!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Will Miss those Wristy Flicks, those Classic On nd Off drives, that very very special cover drive and that gusty spirit to field at silly point and Slips.........Hats off to VVS Laxman thanks for entertaining us......for past 16 years,,,Bid Adieu :)

Posted by Vindaliew on (August 18, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

His retirement, just like Dravid's, is a really selfless decision. If they tried hard enough, they might be able to squeeze another year or so of service, and in Dravid's case, hold onto the 2nd place of all-time run scorers ahead of Ponting. They know, however, that there are too many Indian youngsters who, while they may not be automatic selections, desperately need experience in the middle, and with these old greats there it's going to be difficult to let them all play with only one or two slots open. The old guard might still, in the short term, do better than some of the youngsters, but for the good of their country there needs to be smoother transition, and Dravid and Laxman have proven that their success lies not just in their batting ability, but in their character. Their places in the pantheon of Indian, nay... world cricketing legends is already assured anyway! Happy retirement, VVS, and thank you so much, especially for 2001. You made the world smile.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

very very special inningses will no more available.. Probably the last of its kind.. Salute you sir..!!

Posted by Cricketolympian on (August 18, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

This man is irreplaceable an absolute legend he was like a rock or colossus in the Indian team and was part of the ascendancy of a dynasty of the greatest Indian team to ever play Test cricket. 6 centuries against the greatest modern day Australian team proves that fact. None of the present youngsters of the Indian team will have his skill level, not in my lifetime! By the way I am an Australian. The Kolkata Test match when he scored 281 against us, when India made one of the greatest comebacks in Test history was probably the most amazing innings I have ever seen! A fantastic player with a fabulous solid defensive and offensive technique who could occupy the crease for days. Has left a massive hole. IRREPLACEABLE

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Why does their inner conscience give them a call so early :(

Posted by CowsCorner...WeAreOnTwitter on (August 18, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

SRT to remain in the Test team for 10 years now?

Seriously though, I think it's a good decision from VVS. Rahane, Pujara, Kohli and a few more have all put their hands up and they just need time to make the step up. VVS has cleared the way for these impeccable talents selflessly. Kudos to the great man!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Bye Bye Very Very Special,Still remember your Kolkata Epic.Adios with a heavy heart!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

test cricket wont be the same. we will miss the magician.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Star of Second Innings...

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 18, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Laxman is a fine player and a crisis man.You will be missed by the Indian team.one of the underrated batsman in India eventhough he contributed a lot in winning cause.you are going to be truly missed by cricket fans.All the best for your future.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

a real gem of indian cricket, thanks fr making even test cricket special, on our day u made even tendulkar look shorter, u were the real selfless warrior, u were the one who lifted the indian cricket spirit in 2001 agnst aussies, and frm then we learned to stand tall in the crisis, ur the master of elegant and timing, a real unsung hero of all time, will miss ur class and determination on the field, HATS OFF laxman, u thought the indian cricket the meaning of hope and never back down....i enjoyed watching u all day long... nobody could replace u , lets see if anyone cn hit the same ball thru covers and same ball thru mid-on, nt even tendulkar could do it, such is a class of ur wristy play...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Yet another end to another great batsman of modern times. The Dravid and Laxman end has come. It now remains to be seen who fills those really big shoes. First Ganguly, then Dravid and now laxman all goes because THEY THOUGHT their time has come and to make way for the future cricketers. We must wait and see if any of them actually raise their hands and make a case for posterity like these greats did. Time will tell. But who is telling Tendulkar.

Posted by VICKieeee on (August 18, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

he is a greatttt player!!! tough for india to find a player of his class in 5th position

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 18, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

i see aussies relaxing.laxman was the only indian player who dominated a strong aussie bowling line-up.hats off to laxman for his contribution to indian cricket.u will always live in our hearts.

Posted by LarryD on (August 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

... and Australia heaved a big sigh of relief!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

an era of style and elegance in batting coming to end ....specially wristy shots are not going to seen so often now....

Posted by keecha on (August 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

I am very glad that Laxman announced his retirement even before playing the NZ tests. Otherwise it would have appeared as if he was proving a point. He just did not have to. Stasguru and other cricket gurus will tell you how many matches he won single handed and what percentage of runs the tail contributed when it was batting with him as against any other specialist batsman. Like a mold thriving on rot, Laxman thrived on pressure, salvage, scrap and criticism. I am not sure if I have ever seen anything more elegant than his batting in the whole of cricket. It was not the grace, the poise, the elegance or the silk that made is very very special. Rather, it was his COURAGE. And that is what India will miss until we see some one made of the same material - STEEL

Posted by GerrardLK on (August 18, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Dravid, Laxman all gone. Only one culprit left to retire. Hope the grandpa Sachin will retire soon. Fingers crossed!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

A classic player should be missed ....we will miss you sir

Posted by couchpundit on (August 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

only remaining match winner (in any conditions and not just flat pitch)is gone!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Breathe easy Aussies...Laxman is retiring..

Posted by IrfanTrag on (August 18, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Will miss the crafty Very Very Special Laxman... Never a boring moment when he was batting... Those flicks and those lazy drives... He was from a different league.. Always felt that he should have been part of tho 2003 World Cup team.. That was the one of the worst decisions so called WISE MEN of Indian cricket made.. But hopefully he will help Hyderabad Ranji Team to win the Ranji trophy... Thanx VVS for ur contribution to TEST cricket....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

legacy of grace is fading......oh those silken drive...will miss u.......thanks for giving us so much joy.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Sad to see one of my all time favorite cricketers go

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

TRUELY A CHAMPION PLAYER, stands apart frm the rest, the test cricket looked intresting due to many the magical innings frm u, Hats OFF VVS, a really admire ur selfless contribution to the game and the country, u r the one who lifted the spirit of indian cricket way back in 2001 agnst aussies, frm then we learned to stand tall in crisis...will miss u badly in the middle order ... no replacement to the genius of wrist skills... the most unsung HERO of indian cricket.. even tendulkar will looked shorter on your day..u r simply Magical and really Very Very Special...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

This guy is an example of how statistics cannot tell the true story always. He remained dignified throughout his career despite being given a raw deal so many times. Very very special indeed. :)

Posted by rajesh_sehwag on (August 18, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Words cannot describe his service to Indian cricket.An Icon.....unsung hero....cool and composed always........a genius..........a role model.....a gentleman cricketer.........INDIA salutes you very very special Laxman.All the best for your post retirement life.....A true champ.....

Posted by Arunvilla on (August 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

No more sensational and thrilling victories for india?thank u for all the excitements very very special man...and i cannot witness a player who plays with absolute ease against aussie anymore..thank u legend.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (August 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Laxman has been a very good asset for India. His 281 in Eden Garden is one of the greatest knocks. He has taken the decision at the right time. Now the youngsters will get a chance to play against NZ before the Eng and Aus visit India. Indian team as a whole would realize where they stand now.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Let us all bid adieu to probably the greatest no.6 INDIA has ever produced. A true master of second innings batting. A man with steely temperament and silkin batting touch. Would definitely miss his amazing wrists that can send the off-side half volley through midwicket boundary. Thanks for the entertainment & pure joy of watching u bat laxman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Laxman's decision made more sense than the selection committee's decision. Well played.

Now India needs to tinker with the batting order. Bring Sehwag lower and open with Rehane.

Bowling is till the weakest as indicated by absence of Indian bowlers in the top 10 list. Ashwin is over rated. Time to bring back Bhajji although this sounds desperate.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Love you Sir VVS Laxman..... wish you very very special life and good luck

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

One of the greatest batsman ever played for India

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Great Loss for Indian Test cricket , Aussies will be more happy.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

The real match winner for india.His 73 n.o which he made batting along with tailenders for winning match against australia was one of the best innings by situation i have ever seen.He would have got more centuries(at least 25) had he batted up the order. Any best wishes for one of the most stylish batsman of all time for his post retirement life........

Posted by ahmaraim on (August 18, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

It is very sad news for India, he is very nice and motivated player, he is also pillar of India he furnished the cricket, anyhow we should wish him and should work with any department of Indian cricket like coach, hi VVS my wishes always for you your style is very familiar to the world.

Posted by KiranAllu on (August 18, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Wise and brave decision by Lachi Bhai but I sure will miss watching him and his graceful strokes. If you ask anyone to name a few batsmen who would excel in adverse and dire batting conditions, Laxman would top the list. I was hoping he would play the NZ series and say goodbye, but we have to admire his decision. He wants a youngster to be groomed in his place and he thinks a home series against not so strong opposition would be the best time for a youngster to pile some runs. HATS OFF LACHI BHAI!!

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (August 18, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

I'm a Pak fan and all I have to say is farewell Laxman. You were a true gentleman on the crease and by hanging up your boots to let the youngsters play is surely a wise move forward for the team. Whose left now? Tendulkar? Sehwag? Zaheer Khan? Surely Sehwag and Zaheer will retire at the right time, but what about Tendulkar? Take a leaf out of Inzamam ul-Haq when he retired both in ODI's and Test's. Consider what Inzy said at the match presentation in his Test retirement. That gained respect from all spectators all over the world.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

There could come a million Willow Wielding Warriors ..who could site , hustle into a stance and thrash the cricket ball into oblivion , using power and ferocity to its utmost best . Can't blame the mortals , for they need to decide the destiny of the leather in a blink , else the leather could shatter their destiny . Who could ever have the composure of a connoisseur , time till eternity , pause till the nth moment , to decide the destiny and destination of the red cherry . Arrogance of the red cherry had reached its crescendo , where in the delusion led it to believe that the deception of my twirl , delivered outside leg stump through the master spinners of the era , would never ever have a whiff of the willow , leave alone being hit , was it not a rude shock to the leather and a delight to the enthralled audience beholding the perpendicular ricochet of the cricket ball breaching the barriers of planet earth and the mortals sent on a lingering leather hunt. ONLY VVS

Posted by Cricketolympian on (August 18, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Laxman was a fine player in his day, the Australians and English feared him for sure. An excellent Test player who will be very very hard to replace and an excellent test average too. Wish you all the luck in the future and thanks for the memories.

Posted by Romenevans on (August 18, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

A great team player and a dedicated hard worker. You'll be missed VVS and thanks for giving chances to our young guns. Wish you great luck for your future.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

So now Indian cricket have lost another member of the Fab 4. Hope the one remaining continues to play for some more time...Farewell Laxman..You were India's crisis man...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Very Very Special Laxman we miss you...... You One of the legends in Indian Cricket history....... your 281 in Eden garden, Kolkata 2001

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Hats Off to Very very special!! Awesome service to Indian Cricket. And in the end he played a great shot while announcing his retirement; paving the way for the youngsters to prove themselves. What a player.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

shortly called Legend....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Its a very tough decision by vvs. could have played a year or two easily. Even though we play in home vs newz our batting line which is so strong at home will b missed. Badri must replace vvs and india must play badri and pujara in place of dravid and lax

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

What a champions and team player !!!! We salute you Laxman. We will miss you, not just in India and but around the world. OK people, this is IT. The transition of team India in test cricket has BEGUN !! Now it's up to the next gen Indian players to come through and prove their mettle. Our team needs young blood and the sooner Tendulkar also gracefully retires, the better for team planning. It's been a golden era for Indian batting. But like all good things in life, these retirements must come. It's time for a new era in Indian cricket, it's time for new possibilities. God bless.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

its really frusterating to c how the ex-indian cricketers are deciding when the current indian playrs are gonna retire... they wanted ganguly to retire in '08..wat hpnd .. his no.6 slot s stil nt claimed by any youngster.. dada shud hv continued fr 2 more yrs.. then dravid...and now laxman.. the x-playrs shud hv treated laxman vt some respct... they vl surely understand the value of these playrs soon..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Goodbye VVS and thanks for making Test Cricket special for a generation of Indian fans! Ind Vs Aus will never be the same again.

Posted by Kemcho on (August 18, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

We were fortunate to have seen a master craftsman for India in action for the last decade. But he was past his best in 2011 and should have retired after the England tour. It was sad to see him struggle in Australia against an inexperienced bowling attack.

Posted by profrm on (August 18, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Timing of his retirement is as graceful as his batting. Connoisseurs of cricket will miss a great exponent of aesthetically pleasing batting!

Posted by SandeshSavant on (August 18, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

VVS is a classy guy who has always performed under pressure on the cricket field. VVS, have a wonderful retirement, you have done India proud. The real cricket fans will never forget you, ever!

Posted by profrm on (August 18, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Timing of his retirement is as graceful as his batting. Connoisseurs of cricket will miss a great exponent of aesthetically pleasing batting!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

wristy magic ends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Bilal94 on (August 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

A very underrated batsman.People often forget to appreciate guys like him who unlike the likes of Tendulkar,Pointing etc do not have mountain of runs but their contribution is equally important and in some ways far greater as they the people who you rely on when the big guns fail.

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (August 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Farewell and thank you very much for the wonderful moments of sheer joy that you have provided.

Posted by common9 on (August 18, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Always loved watching him. Good luck VVS.

Posted by CowsCorner...WeAreOnTwitter on (August 18, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

VVS Laxman is an absolutely incredible ambassador for Indian Cricket. His reliability in the middle order was often underrated but what is often forgotten is his being a top quality guy in terms of personality. It is clear to see how much VVS meant to his teammates if you read some of his teammates' comments on twitter.

VVS, you were indeed a very very special chap.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

once again our ver ver special prooved hw spcl he was with his decission....,,,,,by announcing retirement before the 1st test itself.....it once again prooved great people always do great things in great manner and its time to sachin to proove his great ness too....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Good decision by VVS. I had a feeling he should have retired after the WI home series. If he had retired earlier, it could perhaps have extended Dravid's career to enable Dravid to reach 40 test hundreds .....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

He took the right decision before the series, we have to crate a new VVS for the Team India at the middle order.

I am quite surprised, he should play one test match and afterwards he must take the retirements.!

Posted by Hussain59133 on (August 18, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

another member of fab 4 was down. i think laxman should play this home series because many fans all over the world to watch him so this home series will be memorable for all those. we will desparetely miss u vvs definitely u r "Very Very Special" LAXMAN

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Amazing cricketer...he will always be missed..2 of India's all time best middle order batsmen retired in Dravid and Laxman...sad day for Indian cricket!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

wristy magic ends!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

very very special laksman quits cricket, why what a player you are. It was real pleasure watching you in full flow. god bless you and your family.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

" In Laxman We Trust.."

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

he is a legend,will miss him in the game for sure,all the best for future lax

Posted by kabe_ag7 on (August 18, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Laxman's 8781 runs were some of the most precious runs ever scored in terms of match situation and the grace and style with which they were scored. A real match-winner in test cricket for India.

Posted by 777aditya on (August 18, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Laxman and Dravid formed a Ranga and Billa jodi (ultimate baddies for the opposition) or perhaps a Ram and Laxman jodi. Okay, yeh kuch zyada ho gaya - par dono they bade dhansu (maa kassam)! His wrist work was next to only the legendary Gundappas and Azharuddins of yore. The timing on the ball whilst utilizing minimal strength was a sight to sore eyes. One of the few who hooked and pulled with consummate ease. When on top, treated spinners and pacers with despising disdain. To think our generation was fortunate enough to have seen Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, and Sehwag together is a kissa to share with our grandchildren. Move over, make way, and take a bow everyone - Laxman could not have retired at a better time. This dignified move needs to be replicated by some of the 'other senior guys' who seemingly want to hang around forever. Laxman will never retire from the purists' hearts.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

you will always be missed.. one of the finest test player world cricket will ever get .. Enjoy your life VVS and thanks for the VVS memories you gave us..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

One of the most naturally gifted batsmen and a great legend of playing crunch innings. hope we can find another laxman in Pujara. Legend!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Those who played for country i.e. Dravid and Laxman retires and now who r playing only for his record remaining i.e. Sachin Tendulker.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Why this sudden decision?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

He should have retired from international cricket after England series. Now team India has no experienced batsmen in the middle order. Hope youngster will cope up the pressure of test cricket by batting in the middle order. We are really disappointed :-(

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

It really Hurts.................

Posted by AvidCricFan on (August 18, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Some players put their love for the game ahead of what is good for the country and the team. VVS made right decision. He shows what a champion he is.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Well Indian Cricket will miss him for sure. Not only his scores under pressure but most of the time they were scored with the tailender's that what makes him very very special...

Posted by SudharsanVM on (August 18, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

So who will be the replacemet for him in NZ series in the squad. RSharma?Pujara wil be in playin eleven for Dravid. If so, Will Rahane gets into the playing 11? Or Sharma ahead of rahane?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

We Miss you VVS LAXMAN. your on of the greatest we had in our Team

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

VERY VERY SPECIAL SHOW NO MORE.

Posted by Xolile on (August 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Laxman will be remember as an occationally brilliant but mostly average batsman. His Test average home (51.60) and away (42.49) says it all.

Posted by Hraig on (August 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

SAD END TO A CAREER LIKE LAXMAN...... NOW LETS SEE THE DEMANDED PLAYERS OF MEDIA LIKE KOHLI, SHARMA, TIWARI, WHAT CAN THEY DO...... EVERY ONE IS TALKING OF FUTURE OVERSEAS TOURS OF INDIA TO SA, ENG AND AUS, LETS WATCH HERE IN INDIA, ENG AND AUS ARE TOURING INDIA WITHIN SPAN OF 8 MONTHS..... WE WILL HAVE TO DEFEAT THEM AS THE SAME MANNER WE GOT DEFEATED THERE.........................

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

A sad sad day for all Indian Cricket Fans ... Hyderabadi Biryani will never ever be the same ... I raise a glass to VVS Laxman on a Very Very Special Career ...

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

indians will go overboard with high praise now and you will hear terms like; god of cricket, god of sun, sir etc. You will feel as though Bradman is retiring :)

Posted by henchart on (August 18, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

This calls for celebration.Dhoni is saved from the task of hiding VVS in the field.Wonder when the third grandfather and the biggest of them all, would announce his retirement.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Another one gone. That leaves only the Great little man alone as the last legend!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

VVS is one of the few player whom we can pay to watch. A perfect player for tests. India will miss him badly in tours... hope his skills are used well by BCCI. All the best to VVS you entertained us and brought us some glorious test moments Aussies can relax a bit..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Bye bye laxman.. Thanks for Great show..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Good bye VVS, you were a real pleasure to the eye when you got going. You were very very special indeed. Farewell and all the best.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (August 18, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Thanks VVS. Saurav will sleep in peace tonight. He is still regretting having retired from International cricket prematurely at 37.

Posted by bMike on (August 18, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Though I'm not a big Indian fan it's sad to say that this could be the end of Indian test cricket. First Dravid & then Laxman. Tendulkar is still there with no top form. There will be no more walls. Wish u all the best for your future Laxman!! Thanks for great entertainment.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Laxman will be missed for sure , all of a sudden india's test batting resources seem to be depleted ,but in the end right decision made by laxman to end his career on a high note .

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Well done, Laxman!! As usual the timing is a bit lazy as he waited till the last minute to play the ball, but the shot is again as usual perfect!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Bye bye very very special VVS Laxman.............world will remember you as Australian nightmare.....truly...a genuine test cricketer....Second innings master

Sydney 2000, 2004, 2008; Kolkata 2001; Adelaide 2003, Napier 2009… …..Durban…...many more Kolkata 2001: Changed Indian cricket

Posted by WalterHP on (August 18, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Thank you sir for many years of entertainment. Very best of luck to you and your family in the future.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 18, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Hats off to Laxman. I respect his selfless decision. Sad to see him leaving the cricket though. Wish the other "GREAT" in the Indian team makes such decision considering the youngsters in the country!!

Posted by kaneri2611 on (August 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Feeling to cry a lot !!!!! I gonna miss u LAX. U were the most genuine and respect ful cricketer of all time ...Any one who love this divine sport can not forget your 281 at KOLKATA 2001.

Miss u champ...alas We won't be able to see those cricketing shots ever...........:(:(:(

Posted by mihaufo on (August 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

BCCI should have given him a farewell test to play on his home town and pursue him to retire.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

hats off Lax, we will miss you

Posted by fixerupper on (August 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Typical Hyderabadi player. Classy, stylish, and understated. Wish India had more players of his ilk. Thanks for the memories, VVS.

Posted by honeys44 on (August 18, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

good player and equally good person.......wish him best of luck for his life..(from a Pakistani)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

hats off to india's mr. crisis....was a treat to watch you in these 16 years...this shows that laxman,dravid dont want to become a burden on the indian team..they have left the team when they thought they had fallen below their standards in the last year.unlike tendulkar who just keeps on becoming a burden on the indian team...skipping series at his own free will..he should make it clear that if he cant be the part of the 2015 world cup team,he has no business blocking the way of youngsters...such a selfish person

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

One of the important cogs of the Indian team, always in the background, working his magic when the team most needed it. Sad to see him go in this fashion however for people like him last hurrahs and personal glory rank far below the nation's interest. Hat's off to a very very special batsman who has achieved far more than what statistics can ever reveal.

Posted by crindo77 on (August 18, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Thanks for all the memories VVS; thank you for the service to Indian cricket. Time to think about the Test captaincy now. MS Dhoni should take a leaf and step down from Test cricket, at least after the Test series against England. I have a sneaking suspicion SRT and Zaheer will call it quits as well by 2013. Give the captaincy to Gambhir, and see what he can do. I am excited about a new look Test team- change is natural.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

We will miss you sir! All the best for the future!

Posted by landl47 on (August 18, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

A very good player with a great temperament. His ability to rise to the big occasion was invaluable to India in many games. He'll be missed.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

An artist says good-bye to a great career! Australia would be relieved! Today they might declare a national holiday in Australia!! :)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

one of the great servants of indian cricket.a true sportsman

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

He had saved and won many Test matches for India...in the middle order he didn't get the chance to score too many hundreds but his maatch winning fifties under pressure were worth than those hundreds...he's definitely one of India's Greats.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Wow this was unexpected. Thanks for the memories champ!

Posted by vamshi.p on (August 18, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

There goes another legend from indian cricket... it's sad to hear and very tough to digest... but i think it's a good decision to give more chances to the youngstrs... and my request for the indian selectors that choose the player based on his performance...

Posted by PrafulSohal on (August 18, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

its a mystery why he decided against playing the nz series.Any how very sad for indian cricket.... also makes this home series against aus and eng more interesting!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

"ha laxmana". You will feel the pain if you know Ramayan

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Goodbye legend! You were one man who would always draw me towards test cricket. You were always someone whose silken drives would make me wonder how you do it. And you were someone who always gave me an immense zeal, that no matter how strong a challenge life throws, you can always give it back to life. Wonderful player, wonderful human being! I salute you...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Thanks for the memories Laxman... you will be missed....

Posted by GerrardLK on (August 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

RICKY PONTING is equal to Sachin, Dravid & Laxman together. So there is nothing much to tell about Laxman in particular. Thank you for retiring......

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

sad laxman departed...now with dravid and laxman retired, i think its the right time for tendulkar to retire from international cricket..he is been very inconsistent in recent times...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

We will miss you VVS Laxman... You will be remembered as a true legend forever...!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

We would be missing a Great cricketer in the indian line up...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Great Man, great vision ...... he indeed is a Very Very Special Man. Anyone else in his place would have chosen playing against rather weak NZ team to have a century or perhaps some good runs and a on shoulders retirements from the game. instead he gave this chance to young ones to have a chance to prepare themselves at home for better competitions ahead. Salute to great Man

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Sad to see such a great test batsman retiring out of Test Cricket....good luck for the future...

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

i want to pay tribute to a legendary batsman. always played awesomely well against australia and we can have nothing but respect for laxman. when you though of indian test you though of laxman and dravid.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (August 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Dignified exit VVS...It forces the selectors into action.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

itz another sledgehammer 4 indian test crickettin future,nw whoz gonna replace the very very special Laxman??????????????????

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

bye bye legend..........................

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

If he is to retire from Test matches, he could have done so before the team is selected for New Zealand, rather than announcing this just a couple of days from the date of starting of a new test series

Posted by The_other_side on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Ver very special Loss!!! This is so common in India!! People always chose to criticize one player, and one with conscience always meets with abrupt end like this. He should have been told in close doors to continue for one or two series with juniors until the juniors are set. This is going to effect the middle order definitely!!

Posted by Cricket_vs_Football on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Guyzzz.... he was selected in one condition only that he has to accounce his retirement before the play begins ( IND_vs _NZ ). If the retirement is his OWN wish, then wud have done along with Dravid sir. But this all was trapped.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

long live layman, the legend of indian cricket. the so called experts and media who were never winners in their playing days, have taken one more head. why these people are quite on dhoni in test cricket? he is a failure in test matches since last 4 years. dhoni has taken one more scalp after kumble, ganguly, dravid. ganguly retired in 2008 and we found his replacement after 4 years in virat kohli at no. 6, after trying raina, yuvraj, badrinath, etc. dravid has also retired and we are yet to find his replacement at no. 3. we salute you for all your contributions to indian cricket. u will be in our memories for ever. pls continue playing domestic cricket and let the so called youngsters of dhoni like rohit enjoy.. look what happened to australia after mcgrath, warne, hayden, gilchrist, langer, martin, all retired together. same thing is going to happen to india. instead of retiring dhoni, dravind & laxman retired.

Posted by Jordanmacmillan88 on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

when is tendulker retiring? he shud give chance to young player. he is old and slow

Posted by JeewanD on (August 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

If these so called know all cricketers kept their pens to themselves, VVS would have retired after playing the HYD test, which he totally deserved, HYD would have come out and bid him a farewell he so deserved, sad that another cricketer has been forced out by criticism. Great call VVS, takes a lot to retire before a home game, very gracious exit just like your game.

Posted by shaantanu on (August 18, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

G'bye VVS.guess its the right time to call it a day.you will be missed......dont think the Australians would echo the same sentiments though:)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Great player....Just like Rahul Dravid or Javagal Srinath - did not get his due

Posted by yoohoo on (August 18, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Every single Test Victory that India has tasted in the last few years has been because of this MAN - VVS. That is how important he is to the team. You saw what happened when he failed in Eng and Aus. There really was no one else like him.

Posted by AnanthDev on (August 18, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Noooooo ... Man ... I bought tickets for the 1st Test just to watch VVS bat one last time. CLASSS act from VVS. I hope the board and his teammates would convince him to play just one more test. Thanks for the memories VVS ... your deeds will be talked about for a looooooooooong time.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

VVS IS A GREAT LEGEND. THIS IS A BIG LOSS OF CRICKET.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

He and dravid was probably the best test player of india ever imo !!

Posted by hyped on (August 18, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

very sad!!! a true stylish batsman take a bow

so basically that means sehwag must move to middle order to strengthen it the team batting order wise must be gambhir,rahane,pujara,sachin,sehwag,kohli,dhoni,ashwin,zaheer,ojha,ishant

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Its sad that the third pillar of FAB FOUR is retiring. He has rescued India and won few matches on his own. Questions may arise about his fitness and agility but was a safe slip fielder. The game will miss the strength of his wrist and determination. He spoiled Steve Waugh dream and again Ricky Pontings dream. Since India is playing at home for next few series but they will miss him when they travel to Aus / SA / NZ / Eng. Will miss you the RESCUER...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

another stalwart of indian cricket hangs his boots following greats like srinath, kumble, saurav and dravid. we indians salute laxman and all the others for serving the nation. their contribution to the indian team has been invaluable. let us not dwell on laxman's recent performances. he has made the right choice at the right time. we congratulate him on a wonderful career and wish him all the best for his future plans. the very very special innings of 281 is so fresh in my memory as if it was played yesterday. ball by ball, over by over and hour by hour, laxman and dravid ground the aussie spirit to dust. it was indeed a privilege to have been able to watch that batting display by the two legendary batsmen. congratulations again laxman and best of luck.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

another stalwart of indian cricket hangs his boots following greats like srinath, kumble, saurav and dravid. we indians salute laxman and all the others for serving the nation. their contribution to the indian team has been invaluable. let us not dwell on laxman's recent performances. he has made the right choice at the right time. we congratulate him on a wonderful career and wish him all the best for his future plans. the very very special innings of 281 is so fresh in my memory as if it was played yesterday. ball by ball, over by over and hour by hour, laxman and dravid ground the aussie spirit to dust. it was indeed a privilege to have been able to watch that batting display by the two legendary batsmen. congratulations again laxman and best of luck.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

we wud surely miss u VVS.. u wer indeed Very Very Special

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Very Very Special Laxman has made 8700 international runs but the value of those runs is very very very important because he always came to crease in difficult conditions and helped india either to win or to draw test match. Great Player had Glorious career. Legends like sachin, dravid, gavaskar scored more than 10000 runs but VVS 8700 runs are more valuable runs than those.

VVS we love you you have made india be-leave that we can win match from any situation(In calcutta Test) Thank you very much for giving us all those memorable innings

Respect great man who walked on cricket grounds all over the world.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Very Very Special...................Laxman, I wish u very happy future life.......!l

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

he was back bone for indian middle order and he played his role when india need

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

VVS laxman: Salute to the unsung hero of India Cricket, Yet again setting up examples to others by putting country ahead of personal milestones. (SRT are you listening)...!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Laxman mustn't have quit. It is a big loss for Indian Test cricket. Thanks for saving many test matches for India. Indian Cricket team will miss you.

Posted by apurvgupta1 on (August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Great decision, although if he would have played 1 test at his home, that wouldn't have been a problem. Anyways, so the lineup for 1st test should be:

1. V Sehwag 2. G Gambhir 3. Virat Kohli 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Cheteshwar Pujara 6. S Raina 7. Ms Dhoni 8 R Ashwin 9. P Ojha 10. Z Khan 11. U Yadav

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

miss uh GREAT LAXMAN........................... .............

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Thank You Laxman for all that you have done. My latest fav memory of you is the win against Aus ur partnership with Ishant. Not too long back maybe a yr an a half or so. Anyways we all wish you the very best for your future, I feel lucky enough to have watched you represent India over the years. There is only one LAXMAN and there will never be another Very Very Special Person like you.

Posted by Prashjain on (August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Shocked to hear this. I thought Lax will atleast play tests at home and then retire. I know it is a wishful thinking but I would have loved to see him here in Australia again once before he retired. Oh well, all good things must come to an end. I am sad that Lax is gone but I got to see him play 3 wonderful innings at SCG. Long live Lax....

Posted by QuarterMILE on (August 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

VVS- you are a legend..so one of the last few of the gentleman species playing gentleman's game has retired..u inspired a generation with the 281 knock..wish u all the best for a great post-retirement life

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Very Very Special Laxman retires.

For last 16 years we have been watching you very special knocks to save India from critical movements you are very very special.

We miss miss you VVS for you stylish batting.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Now, we will say, There was a Laxman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

An "Hurt and Disappointed" VVS Calls it a day.... Very sad end from him despite being a classic legend and role model for youngsters.. Would have been great if he played his farewell test at his home ground... Anywayz Hats off to him and we had a feast when he went for a kill many times esp against kangaroos ... many thanks and we wish him a happy and pleasant retried life...

Posted by nzcricket174 on (August 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Will always remember that 281. Greatest innings by an Indian ever.

Posted by aruntheselector on (August 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

He could have played his last test in front of his home crowd.Anyway it is time to go.Thanks for some of the most cherishable artistry innings including the epic 281.The fast bowlers were busy playing the hard rock while VVS composed his great symphony.Icing to the cake used to be his partnerships with Dravid.He may not have scored as many runs and 100's as Sachin or the consistency of Dravid.But VVS did a few things that would be remembered for a lifetime.A time comes for everyone to go and the greats are no exeptions.It would be ideal that Sachin announces his exit soon as the new team can play good number of home series before they go out.Moreover Sachin's team is the team that includes VVS,Dravid,Ganguly,Kumble,Srinath.Once again Thankyou Laxman for being the Very Very Special Batsman.

Posted by Jordanmacmillan88 on (August 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

gud decision. tendulker shud also retire and give chance to young players. he is playing for money and personal record. i think dravid is better becuz he retired and gave chance to someone else.

Posted by Dashgar on (August 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Congrats, great career, but seriously Indian cricket. Why was he selected when even he knows he's passed it.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

End of extraordinary career ,take a bow Very Very Special Laxman

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Sad :( Sad for a player like him to leave international cricket like this... He is one of the classy players in India... I love his wristy shots a lot... But his exit was inevitable considering the number of youngsters seeking a place to perform for India... All the best to him for future... He was a match - winner for India indeed... I call him 'THE FOURTH INNINGS SPECIALIST'

Posted by Meety on (August 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Sad but had to happen. Credit to him to retire, he probably followed Dravid's lead to a certain extent. VVS was a class act, as an Ozzy I am paart sad to see him go, part RELIEVED!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

The final good bye as elegant & stylish as the way he played his game. Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman, thanks for the wonderful memories which will be shared with future generations. You were part of the five jewels who formed the greatest batting line up ever to have played the game...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Bye Bye Legend!! Its sad that we can't see those stylish shots and that lazy elegance anymore!! So many wanted VVS out to get in the youngsters. Be careful for what yu wish, hope some one who replaces him can be half as good as him! A Very Very Special player INDEED!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

take a bow vvs..what a cricketer...no one can replace u in the test team. i wish u good luck ...enjoy u r after retirement days with your family.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 18, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

After the bright sunshine, sometime the sun had to set. Some of the worlds most respected sportsmen have always timed their retirement well. Laxman has not done too bad on that score. After all you cannot expect anyone to go on foreever. Also it opens the door for more younsters. After all new stars like Virat Kohli have been kept out of the Test team for too long.

Posted by Selfishkar on (August 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

VVS valiantly defended the last frontier against Waugh's mighty Australians only for Sachin to surrender it later meekly under his captaincy.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

another player exit so sad

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

India will surely miss a great batsman. It'd have been wonderful if he'd have played the upcoming home test in Hyderabad.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

With no Dravid and Laxman India's future performance in Test cricket will be disappointing that's what I believe. Because India never tested new players for future. No player can fit the spot for Laxman and Dravid neither could Kohli.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Hats off to Laxman. I respect his selfless decision. Its sad to see him leaving the cricket. Wish the other "GREAT' calls it a day considering the youngsters in mind!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

why did u do this VVS....u showed move in a higher standards...so saaaaaaad.....

Posted by adson80 on (August 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

very sad but i think it was time for him to retire. he will be missed

Posted by dipzcriclover on (August 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

hmmm.....another legend f cric is gone....so...gd bye...mr.very special.... but i fell bad for the ppl who r thinking abt sachin's retirement....sachin won't retire...coz india badly need him....he knows the time better than u to retire.....so stop day dreamin...:-D

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

very very sad that no laxman in the team now. no one can replace him...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Good decision - Tendulkar should also learn a lesson from him - Laxman, we respect you and you'll be missed in International Cricket. Hope to see you in Commentry box !

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

It was a pleasure watching Laxman play! He is an excellent player and some of his knocks were amazing. He'll be missed!

Posted by VED8888 on (August 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

The magician with bat has retired. Big loss for India. Can Pujara fill the space ?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Such a Sad thing,but it was gonna b sooner rather than latter!!! He'll always b remembered by d us & d Australians as one of d best players of leg side & wristy flicks!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Will miss you Laxman..all the very best for your future..God bless!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Its been really an honor watching you play sir. Your always go to man for India when ever team is in trouble especially in second innings but never been get the hype and hoopla like the some of your other tea mates and it is sad that you always have to fight for your place in the team when others privilege to take their own time. Its been privilege watching in the matches like Kolkata, mohali,durban and many more. Your are indeed Very Very Special. All the best for the future.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

WELL , A GOOD DECISION . BUT I THINK HE SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THE FIRST TEST AGAINST NZ AT HIS HOME GROUND . TRULY A MATCH WINNER . NO BODY HAS PLAYED SO MANY MATCH WINNING INNINGS LIKE LAXMAN .

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Since I read/heard about his retirement I wanted to say/write something about him but seriously I am speechless. VVS Laxman retires today from Cricket. his contributions to test cricket will always be remembered. What a great player he was. A true Legend and Gentleman. My favourite Indian player along wth Dravid.

Posted by IdleSpectator on (August 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

We will always remember VVS for his VERY, VERY SPECIAL knocks....one of the best given his position in the team batting line up. GOOD LUCK VVS and Thank You!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

There ends the great era of indian cricket and Australian Nightmare

Posted by neothematrix on (August 18, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Sad to see him retire, but right step taken. Would have loved to see him retire after first test in front of his home crowd. often said as unsung hero, but i disagree, not for the Hero part but for unsung part, he was unsung , he wouldn't be in Team India for so long. His heroics in 4th innings will always be remembered in our generation.

My best wishes to V.V.S. Laxman - have a great retirement, you have done enough for yourself in this life, salute.

PS. @ all Aussies - you can breath now :D

Posted by Narbavi on (August 18, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

The most underrated indian legend ever in my generation!! Laxman was the architect behind India's greatest test victory ever, Kolkatta 2001, his biggest regret would be that he couldn't play even a single world cup game for india, anyway,thank you vvs, you were indeed Very Very Special.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 18, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

I think its well over time now that another older player Sachin Tendulker retires instead of going for more personal glory. India don't wont to embarrass themselves by letting him play till he's 50 loool!!!!!

Posted by D.Sharma on (August 18, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Two of India's most influential batsmen in tests in recent times have retired in the same year just as they debuted in the same year. Funny how things turn out. It's time for Sachin to be influential in test wins by retiring ASAP.

Posted by vinjoy on (August 18, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

The tentativeness in his batting in last few test matches is reflected in the tentativeness in the timing of his retirement. Either he should have stayed for NZ series, or should have called it a day in Feb, right after Aus series.

Nonetheless, a great cricketer, a fighter, and a joy to watch.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

another legend exits we will miss those very very special match winning knocks

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Great Stylish Batsman after wristy Azar. We miss u Laxman... Really. The Australians will have breath now.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

I have heard Australians have been given a day off to celebrate Laxman's retirement :)

Class player and a treat to watch!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

can;t ask for more playing his last at hyderbad ,his home ground

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

I have heard Australians have been given a day off to celebrate Laxman's retirement :)

Class player and a treat to watch!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

the player who gave so much but received so little! salutes to the stalwart from Hyderabad.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Bye Bye. You will be missed.

Posted by dheerajshetty on (August 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

2 world class players retire back to back, Dravid and Laxman, we still haven't found a permanent replacement for the Ganguly's no 6 position yet, now we 2 more positions , Virat Kohli seems to be the only one of the replacement we have found at Dravids no 3 position, One of the best test match winners for India, you will be remain in the Indian fans heart forever, Wish you luck ahead .

Posted by sumit176 on (August 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

a glorious career comes to an end...that 281 cant be forgotten

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

vvs.....but u could have played for at least a year, o hero of kolkata !!

Posted by kingcobra85 on (August 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Great player ...very much part of golden generation

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

A great man Indeed!! Good that he decided to retire with immediate effect than retiring after 1st test so another guy can get a chance. Will Selectors consider Badrinath atleast now?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Bitter spill to swallow.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

he will remain very very very special cricketer....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

I will always remember Laxman's batting against Australia. The highlights are the 281 he scored in Calcutta and the 170 odd he scored in Sydney. He is one of the most elegant players and I have loved watching him bat when he is in full flow. He was one of the best Indian players of fast and spin bowling. The disappointing aspect for me was that he never worked hard on his fitness. If he had the discipline of Dravid coupled with his god given talent, he would have been as good as Sachin and could have scored a lot of runs in both Test matches, ODI and T20s. Anyway, good luck in your retirement Laxman. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Will miss very very special Laxman in Test......U r legend.......:(

Posted by Farce-Follower on (August 18, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Hyderabadis deserved one final farewell. But it was not to be. A true legend has just retired. All the very best, VVS. Test cricket will never be the same without you. After Dravid, this is too big a loss. India's # 1 and 2 gone.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

sad news,.....very very special exits his lover,......

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle," Brett Lee

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

All good things come to an end. Feel sad. But that's how life is. You are champ VVS

Posted by mohanan on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

A great batsman. Made the likes of Glen MacGrath, Gillespie and Warne look ordinary with his effortless batting during that Kolkatta test.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle," Brett Lee

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Good. Now Kaif or Badri can get a chance

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle," Brett Lee

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Thats an honest decison from an honest, stylish champion.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle," Brett Lee

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Yet another legend exits... I couldn't even imagine the team that plays in the 2nd test against Kiwis... Fab four is just Fab ONE now!!! Nobody can fit in his shoes...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle," Brett Lee

Posted by CricketChat on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

For a batsman known for touch and timing of his strokes, it is actually the timing, but not the announcement that is a bit saddening. He waited to retire after being named in the squad, depriving his replacement a little more time to prepare for the tests. VVS should have known that the writing is on the wall what with his indifferent form in the past 2 years. Being a poor runner between the wickets and fielder doesn't help his cause much. He could have retired right after Australian tour like Dravid gracefully did. May be he wanted to feel and show to the world that he is leaving while still being wanted in the side. All the same, he did play some unforgettable knocks in his career that any batsman would be proud off and wish a happy post retirement career.

Posted by chidrup on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

ohhh.. he could wait for NZ test series...it was better if he take retirement after home test. any ways he is always been special player for tests and specially against Australia.. Good luck for future..w'll miss u in tests !! hope pujara or any other batsman fill your shoes.. :)

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Laxman had been a great boost for Indian cricket so long. But every good thing has an end. This is the right time for him to retire as many youngsters are waiting in their wings to clinch a place in the test side.Could Anyone match him is still a question mark. Youngster will have enough time to settle as most part of the season is going to be in played in India. Laxman should guide the youngsters and help them prosper and I am sure he will do this as he is a great committed and non-controversial cricketer and human being. SALUTE to the Great Man.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Very Very Special Laxman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

17 test centuries in 16 years, under achiever in an era of flat decks.

Posted by Imran-Akram on (August 18, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Sensible Decision and set example for "Others"!!!

Posted by Daveptee on (August 18, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

The most stylish and courageoous batsman ever

Posted by vin77 on (August 18, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Laxman <Man this is one of your greatest fans here,you have truly entertained with your art all these years, i for one believe this was right timing all the best in your future.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Happy retirement, stylish batsman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Farewell VVS Laxman. U Truly vere Very Very Special!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Farewell VVS Laxman. U Truly vere Very Very Special!!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Kudos to laxman... He has bailed india out on many occasions and had to sheperd the tail in a lot of occasions... Its sad that he isnt ending his career on a high. We will never forget the epic innings you had played and most importantly your pleasant and calm personality... All the best for your future...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

does it mean he will not play in the new zealand tests?

Posted by dhekar01 on (August 18, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Hats Off to you for this announcement. VVS - you have been indeed "Very Very Special" and you will always be in the hearts of the fans in India and all over the world. Aussies will now breath easy! Best of luck in your retirement and urge you to "mentor" the youngsters who can one day fill the void you are leaving behind.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

A touch player.. Haven't seen many of his class in my lifetime.. Not shocking to see him follow suit with The Wall, but legend indeed... He could have waited to complete his 10,000th run, cos he is worth it... Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman - Indian Cricket will definitely miss you...

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (August 18, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Very Sad News. He should have played atleast the first Test infornt of his home crowd and allowed all the fans to celebrate his career during those five days from Aug 23rd. We will miss u VVS and you are one of the stylist batsmen ever to grace the game of cricket. Wishing you good luck for your future endeavours. It will take atleast 3 to 4 years to somewhat fill the void created by his retirement. Only regret is the timing of the retirement. It should have been done atleast before the selection committee meeting else atleast play the first test please. We wnat to see your artistry one last time in Hyderabad

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

"One More legend retires". Many many Congratulations on his outstanding achievement.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

And I hope Sachin Tendulkar keeps playing in Test team for at least a couple of years. With Dravid and Laxman gone, Team India's inexperienced batsmen need someone like Tendulkar to set themselves and learn what Batting is all about especially in Aus, SA and Eng. If Tendulkar also retires immediately then Indian batting line-up would be a Joke on fast and Bouncy conditions. We obviously don't want that. Kohli and Pujara need to be groomed under Sachin.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Bye Bye Laxman . Was a pleasure watching all those innings that you played time & again . A class act . Always . Kept the opposition bowlers wondering where to bowl !!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

With immediate effect!!! Laxman: you should not have done this....Why did both Dravid and Laxman do so, they should have played a Farewell Test Match...

Posted by preetamreddy on (August 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Good luck VVS. Test cricket will be less exciting without you, at least for some of us.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

salute for wonderful service to cricket.

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (August 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Hello there -- the photo says VVS will retire after the NZ series, but your article says he will retire with immediate effect. Which one is correct ?....pls fix the error...thx

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Probably the 'sheperd' in the team, acting as a pathfinder to the tail enders and youngsters, his true slot was no 3 where his strokeplay would have driven the opposite bowlers crazy. Ethically one of the best people in the Indian cricket team along with Dravid and Sachin. Would have made many more centuries had his start been better, 1 century in first 25 tests followed by 16 in the next 109. His centuries have all either saved a match or have won a match. No runs have come easy for this affable, easy going batsman with wrists of rubber. The third 'elegant hyderabadi' after Jaisimha and Azharuddin. Australia will now breathe easy that he does not torment them again. Did not again get the recognition or endorsements in line with his run scoring. We will miss you but you should have retired earlier!

Posted by r.senthilkumar on (August 18, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

He is a class player, we will see who can fill in his shoe...personally i thought that he had 1-2 years ahead... we will miss the elegancy.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Not a day sooner than it needed to be, thank god. Two spots open up now, 3 and 6 if Kohli moves to 5. Well done, VVS, you were a selfless, elegant cricketer, always very well behaved on and off the field.

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (August 18, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

he will not play in the nz series?

Posted by cricTorque on (August 18, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Indian media has never been interested in the real issues of the country. To show something 24x7 they create rubbish issues like the legends are unworthy just for a bad series. There will always be 10 people who can take his spot, but who will fill his shoes? If real legends were so easy to find by wouldn't India be on top of the world in all the sports? But the ignoramus cricket is only a number game with zero appreciation of talent. Now we have lost a true legend with few years left. As a true fan, I am sorry Laxman for all those who caused you hurt. Hope you forgive us.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Another legend signs off...

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Very Special bastman, Now this is very tough for any yongester to fill Dravid & laxman Place..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Thank You, VVS Laxman for serving Mother-India for so long. You will always be remembered as Team India's crisis man especially against Australia. We will always cherish your sweet memories. God Bless !

Posted by urprashant on (August 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Alas! The Ultimate Stylist has gone.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

hats off to the best indian batsman after dravid...who made the effort to take India to victory... and often finished the job... ALso the owner of the best innings ever played by an indian... 281 vs australia, kolkata, 2001

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

nice lad in his era vvs laxman wonderful to watch on his day

Posted by ShawnHolmes on (August 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Laxman retires from international cricket; laxman who!! hehe. I will care when someone talented like Ponting retires. Laxman is a footnote in Cricket history.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Thanks VVS for some wonderful moments

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 18, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Best of Luck for future VVS.

Posted by Venkatb on (August 18, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Given a home Test, and an opportunity to redeem himself against visiting England and Australia, Laxman should have stayed for another 6 months. As for making way for youngsters, the concept is becoming irrelevant - youngsters today model their game for the shorter version - they are not capable of playing the longer game. With Dravid also gone, the team lacks an anchor player. Younger players will not play the defensive game - they would want to make quick runs so that their presence can be established, and opponents would see an opportunity to break their defenses. Anyway, the die is cast - Laxman, you did wonderful yeoman service for India - now let us see if Tendulkar takes over your role!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

NOW HIS WRISTS CAN REST ......................................................................................................................................................ANOTHER LEGEND RETIRES..............................................

Posted by thebrownie on (August 18, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Caption says he will retire after the NZ tests, the article says before. Which one is it? Respect Laxman! You will be missed. Tendulkar, are you listening?

Posted by Lilagopal on (August 18, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

First Rahul Dravid and now VVS Laxman the great stalwart of Indian Test Cricket retires. Bye Bye Laxman, you won many matches for India. Salutes to the true legend of Indian Test Cricket.

Posted by b_13 on (August 18, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Thank you for the memories VVS .... Life line for Rohit.... this one.

Posted by drvvs on (August 18, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

the report says he will retire immediately...but the photo caption says he will retire after the NZ tests..!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

is he retiring with immediate effect (as said in the first paragraph) or after the New Zealand test series (as said below the picture posted). Cricinfo, say one news, not two!!!

Posted by PRASK on (August 18, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Vary Sad to hear that, atleast he should have played the up coming two matches.....Our retired greats should not insult someone as respected as Laxman Sir to force him to retire.....Such greats always should retire on the feild...not off the field...Wish You all the happiness in your life After retirement sir...Not sure if INDIA has produced replacements of YOU Nd RD Sir...earliar it was bowling area which was empty now soon it will include Batting too once SRT retires...hope he does not follows the suite too soon..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

An end of an ERA,,,,,,,Aussie here comes yours Christmas gift,,,,,,

Posted by ShawnHolmes on (August 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Meh. VVS was a batsman who consistently struggled against short balls and playing in foreign conditions. He is a poor batsman who should have retired 5 years ago.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

You served India proudly and at the darkest times when the situation called for it you came to the rescue like a beacon of light, your feats i doubt will be matched by any player especially in those conditions n situations. Chin up and Head up no one should or be able to doubt your passion for India.. Very Very Special Laxman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Mr.Manjrekar should be happy now .

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

I think he has made the right call - as impeccable as his inimitable stroke play. He doesn't have anything else to prove by playing against New Zealand. His demeanour should be a lesson to those who were pulling strings from behind the scenes. The whole cricket loving world salutes our Very Very Special Laxman. May his second innings be just as glorious as his first.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

This legend will be missed in the middle order...End of another legend !!!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Great Career. Thanks for Wonderful performances. It is not too late. Does it mean he won't play NZ series?

There are people talking about "no one there to replace him"... He himself long time to start performing consistently. So we need to wait on youngsters for at least 2 years to see results.

Posted by InsideHedge on (August 18, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

It's a pity that he's taken the emotional route. Quite frankly, he should have retired immediately after the Oz tour where he never looked like scoring a run. We can now expect emotional fans to tell us that he's been treated badly when it's anything but. Laxman has played well over a 100 Tests, and that's a testimony to his brilliance and also good treatment by the selectors. Add the long rope he was given in ODIS, it was after he was dropped in ODIs that India went onto win the World T20 and 50 over World Cup. Thanks for everything VVS, but it's time to move on.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

very sad day in indian cricket

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Hasty decision by Dravid and Laxman! :(

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