India news August 20, 2012

'You're the angel we all strive to be'

Murali Kartik
Murali Kartik writes to his Lachhi mama
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Dear Lacchi mama,

Where do I begin to sum up the times we have shared? Let me start with an incident. As you know I have bowled to you many, many times in the nets. But on the eve of the Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka in 2005, you charged and hit an uncharacteristic drive early on in the nets. Even before I could react you were so apologetic. In that lovely Dakhni, which we call Hyderabadi Hindi, you said: "Jaan boojh ke nahin mara. Hona bol ke mara. Practice kar ne ke liye hona bol ke mara (I did not hit you on purpose. But since this is practice, I had to hit you). What an endearing statement. How could anyone not have liked you?

If you do not mind me saying this, I think of myself as lucky to have become a close friend. In this dog-eat-dog-world, you were always comforting to have around. Right from my international debut against South Africa in 2000, you always made time for me. I played against you for the first time at the Pachaiyappas College ground in Chennai in a practice match and incredibly, from that day till today, you have remained the same man.

You have been my best friend in Indian cricket. I was honoured when I was the only cricketer to have been invited to your wedding ceremony in 2004. If you remember, there was a ritual where the priest hands over two wooden artifacts, of a boy and a girl, representing the family that the marriage will create. Traditionally they are given to the groom's sister. You gave it to my wife Shweta, and when your children were born, you came over to our house in Gurgaon to pick them up.

If I think of when we became close pals, one incident does come to mind. It goes back to 2003 and it makes me laugh. I am sure you already know what I am referring to. Prior to the 2003 World Cup, I was picked for the away tour of New Zealand after I had a good home ODI series against West Indies. I did not play in New Zealand, but was surprisingly - okay, I was surprised - dropped from the one-day leg of the tour.

You were the only one who comforted me, saying things like this happen. New Zealand was not a spinner's territory anyway. There was not much I could have done as Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were the senior spinners in the side then. I had been looking forward to the ODI series, especially as the World Cup squad was going to be announced soon.

But when the World Cup squad was announced, shockingly, your name was not to be found in the side. Ironically, both of us found ourselves playing against the other in a Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad and a month later, we were off to the Caribbean as part of the India A tour. When we thought of New Zealand, we would laugh. Needless to say, neither of us were not present mentally on that A-team trip, especially you, considering you had registered four consecutive ducks in the first two matches. You said at the time: "From now on Kartik, I am never going to advise you because the same thing happens to me as well." To be your friend is a much bigger reward from cricket than any other award I will ever get.

I was also lucky to have played under you as captain. Including you, I have played under three very good captains: VB Chandrashekar at India Cements followed by Azzu bhai (Mohammad Azharuddin) at the international level. You were one of the best leaders I have played under. Your style was very much from the Azharuddin school of thought: the bowler is his own captain to a certain extent. For me, that was brilliant because I knew what I was trying to do and if my captain was backing me, what more could I expect? You never tried to impose or intrude on me. You were positive, set attacking fields and made me, the bowler, feel like a champion.

I clearly remember the Mumbai Test against Australia in 2004 when you played a match-winning hand with 69 in the second innings (highest by any batsman on both sides) on one of the trickiest pitches. Despite that you were so generous in complimenting me after I won the Man-of-the-Match award for my seven-wicket haul. On the big plastic cheque that came with the award, you were the first to write: "Absolute matchwinner. Always believe many, many more to come."

But mama we know that the true matchwinner was you. On so many occasions, especially in the second Test against Australia in Adelaide in 2003. It was 45 degrees, but you and Rahul Dravid batted amazingly to grind out a quality opposition in a 303-run stand after India were on the mat at 85 for 4. People will continue to talk about your 281, but I enjoyed your 148, which played such an influential hand in taming the Aussies and help India win a Test abroad. That victory played such a big role in India's transformation in the years to come as we went on to become the No. 1 Test team.

I know you would have thought you were not doing the right thing if you carried on playing. How many people think about Indian cricket and about the fact that a young cricketer needs to break in to the team for him to be groomed? You could have easily added more to your 134 Test caps

Personally I have always been surprised about how you never said anything bad about anyone - your critics, even people who have harmed you. Not many remain silent.

Remember when you decided to divest the icon status at Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of the IPL? I knew you never had any fascination for money; what you were eager for was to make sure Hyderabad had a strong team. You always strived to make an honest attempt to make your team perform. When I suggested the name of a senior player in the Indian domestic circuit, who was ignored earlier during first IPL, you went out of your way to get him into the team.

We saw your your selflessness on Saturday again, when you said goodbye to international cricket. When you came into the Indian team you had played overseas in the first few years. But with India having not performed well abroad in the recent past, it became important for a young batsman to play well at home first and establish himself. I know you would have thought you were not doing the right thing if you carried on playing. How many people think about Indian cricket and about the fact that a young cricketer needs to break in to the team for him to be groomed? You could have easily added more to your 134 Test caps.

I have always believed in the saying the right thing and not the nice thing. You were very soft-spoken and at the same time very idealistic. Your attitude taught me to be the way I am. You always have maintained there are certain things you can't change about destiny. That has helped me to remain inspired, motivated and not get disgruntled about cricket despite being left out of the team so many times.

I really can't believe you will not play international cricket anymore. When I heard about your retirement, I was in tears. You have, and will remain, a calming influence in my life. If Sachin is called the god of cricket, then you, VVS, are the angel we all strive to be.

Yours truly,
Kartik

The author is an India international currently playing in England

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  • POSTED BY Silverbails on | August 24, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Great article, Murali, about an all - time legend of Indian cricket. VVS is a true inspiration to us all, not only on the field, but off the field, too!! As you say, he never seemed to get depressed by the continual shifting sands that the BCCI seemed to enjoy making VVS go thru' to make the Indian Test team, no matter what his form was like domestically, unlike some other so - called Test players of recent years, who wouldn't be able to walk in VVS's shadow, let alone play Test cricket!! I remember watching VVS play a Ranji game once, and he was CLEARLY a class above the rest...brilliant, selfless player...SRT should take note!! All the very best for the future First class cricket that you'll be playing, VVS. Team India will surely miss your undeniable and obvious talents....

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Great article on a legend, both unlucky in different ways to get recongnition

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Murali Karthik is true friend of VVS Laxman and he explained all the things beautifully.VVS Laxman is one of the greatest batsmen in the cricket hisrory ever.His 281 innings in Kolkata wisden greatest in more than 140 years of cricket history.He scored more than 2400 runs against AUSTRALIA that's enough how he is the quality of player.Somany times he proved as FORM IS TEMPOROVERY BUT CLASS IS PERMENANT.Anyway VVS,YOUR A CHAMPION BATSMAN.

  • POSTED BY swaroopjammula on | August 22, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @cbecricket and my dear nobody gives a chance. it should be earned. sachin earned that. he earned that during his 16th year. who gave kohli a chance???? he earned it. and there are number of youngsters who are failing continously(rohit sharma, raina) are the chances given to them not enough???have they proved anything.

  • POSTED BY swaroopjammula on | August 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @cbecricket: grow up dude dont just say something because others are saying. imagine if sachin gives retirement now India will not have any senior player left. a senoir should be present to guide the players and others become seniors. if sachin gives retirement now we would also become like an australian team which lost its supremacy after its players retired at a time. what more does sachin want? then why is he still playing. if he is selfish he would have retired and with the riches he can lead a comfortable life. why do practice and play for India. VVS India sorely misses you...

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | August 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali for apeaking your heart out...VVS you are one of the most respected Indian cricketer...So simple and down to earth hope certain someone reads this and understands the " fact that a young cricketer needs to break in to the team for him to be groomed"

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 21, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    good one Karthik! - After Ojha, we have another worshiper - such glowing attributes from a man who has a scissor sharp tongue - VVS is a indeed a very, very special man, not just a VVS cricketer.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | August 21, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I am only disappointed, that India did not pick a younger player to replace VVS. Obviously that was what VVS wanted, but our selectors seem to think otherwise. Nice article, though even without knowing VVS personally, we are all aware of his nice character.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Fantastic writing from a cricketer who I felt is amongst the more intelligent cricketers and also did not get his right dues from the powers that be, despite being a superb left arm off spin bowler. Shows what a good human being Laxman was, along with Dravid and Kumble as well. All these three played a big hand in India becoming no 1 in tests, though it came at the fag end of their careers.

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | August 21, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Great article about a great man!! Much respect!! Hyderabadi Hindi is def very pleasing for the ear! And no it's not deccani Urdu it's Hyderabadi Hindi :)

  • POSTED BY Silverbails on | August 24, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Great article, Murali, about an all - time legend of Indian cricket. VVS is a true inspiration to us all, not only on the field, but off the field, too!! As you say, he never seemed to get depressed by the continual shifting sands that the BCCI seemed to enjoy making VVS go thru' to make the Indian Test team, no matter what his form was like domestically, unlike some other so - called Test players of recent years, who wouldn't be able to walk in VVS's shadow, let alone play Test cricket!! I remember watching VVS play a Ranji game once, and he was CLEARLY a class above the rest...brilliant, selfless player...SRT should take note!! All the very best for the future First class cricket that you'll be playing, VVS. Team India will surely miss your undeniable and obvious talents....

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Great article on a legend, both unlucky in different ways to get recongnition

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Murali Karthik is true friend of VVS Laxman and he explained all the things beautifully.VVS Laxman is one of the greatest batsmen in the cricket hisrory ever.His 281 innings in Kolkata wisden greatest in more than 140 years of cricket history.He scored more than 2400 runs against AUSTRALIA that's enough how he is the quality of player.Somany times he proved as FORM IS TEMPOROVERY BUT CLASS IS PERMENANT.Anyway VVS,YOUR A CHAMPION BATSMAN.

  • POSTED BY swaroopjammula on | August 22, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @cbecricket and my dear nobody gives a chance. it should be earned. sachin earned that. he earned that during his 16th year. who gave kohli a chance???? he earned it. and there are number of youngsters who are failing continously(rohit sharma, raina) are the chances given to them not enough???have they proved anything.

  • POSTED BY swaroopjammula on | August 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @cbecricket: grow up dude dont just say something because others are saying. imagine if sachin gives retirement now India will not have any senior player left. a senoir should be present to guide the players and others become seniors. if sachin gives retirement now we would also become like an australian team which lost its supremacy after its players retired at a time. what more does sachin want? then why is he still playing. if he is selfish he would have retired and with the riches he can lead a comfortable life. why do practice and play for India. VVS India sorely misses you...

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | August 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali for apeaking your heart out...VVS you are one of the most respected Indian cricketer...So simple and down to earth hope certain someone reads this and understands the " fact that a young cricketer needs to break in to the team for him to be groomed"

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 21, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    good one Karthik! - After Ojha, we have another worshiper - such glowing attributes from a man who has a scissor sharp tongue - VVS is a indeed a very, very special man, not just a VVS cricketer.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | August 21, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I am only disappointed, that India did not pick a younger player to replace VVS. Obviously that was what VVS wanted, but our selectors seem to think otherwise. Nice article, though even without knowing VVS personally, we are all aware of his nice character.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Fantastic writing from a cricketer who I felt is amongst the more intelligent cricketers and also did not get his right dues from the powers that be, despite being a superb left arm off spin bowler. Shows what a good human being Laxman was, along with Dravid and Kumble as well. All these three played a big hand in India becoming no 1 in tests, though it came at the fag end of their careers.

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | August 21, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Great article about a great man!! Much respect!! Hyderabadi Hindi is def very pleasing for the ear! And no it's not deccani Urdu it's Hyderabadi Hindi :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Amazing and brilliant article.Very well written. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 20, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    VVS - Very Very Special Laxman ! The pearl from Hyderabad. We will miss you in team India. One of the MAIN reasons for me to watch test cricket after Rahul Dravid. A real gentleman, well spoken, and constant learner of the game. A simple, friendly soul who always put team first. I am sad. I always hated test cricket and after this retirement I may never go back to it like I used to. But like all good things, even this retirement was imminent. Best of luck for your future endeavour. God bless.

  • POSTED BY renuka440 on | August 20, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    To all of those who consider VVS as very ordinary batsman,I want to say u guys that he might not be an extra-ordinary player but he is a match saver.He can play in difficult conditions when players like sachin,sehwag and dravid fail.Remember the innings of 73* vs australia in mohali in which he won the match along with tail enders from the situation where india is almost to lost the test and also 96 vs south africa in durban 2010 which helped india to won the match by 87 runs in difficult conditions where no one cannot resist the bowling of south africans like steyn and morkel.He is not a good player for many one because he didn't acted in commercial acts like many other cricketers but in my point of view he is a true gentleman who left an offer of 6 crore in ipl for celebrity status in IPL just to give chance for the management to buy more talented players and encourage them.How many star cricketers can do this???

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | August 20, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Thanks for your tribute to the Very Special one, Murali. I am just one among many, who felt your article is heart-touching, and I was literally in tears by the end of the article. It just reflects the kind of person VVS is: a Very Special one. Good luck to both of you!

  • POSTED BY CbeCricket on | August 20, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Good One Murali. VVS and Dravid were selfless and played for the country not for the records. Hope the GOD of Indian cricket realise and let the youngsters have the chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Awesome......lines.....by karthik....

    surely being hyderabadi's....we miss him alot than all others......love u laxman....

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 20, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    We need this kind of "Insider-feelings" which are truthful and unbiased compared to most we see in media's "outsiders-comments". Well written Murali Karthik. Even if selectors have neglected you, at least I hope you write more.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | August 20, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Dear Murali, I always wondered, I repeat, always wondered why the best left arm spinner in the world can't cut into our team of eleven. Your career or the lack of it makes me really sad when I think of Indian Cricket. Bravo Champ! Bravo! Your memories about Very Very Special Lachanna are very touching. Thanks a million for sharing them with us mere mortals. Lachanna's ommission from 2003 world cup was, is and will always be a shocker to me.

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | August 20, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    A very insightful article from a very close associate about a true human being who was selfless to the core, who had the determination of a marathon runner , nerves of steel, who was one of the pillars of a tripod foundation on which the beautiful building of Indian cricket stood for over a decade and half-laxman, dravid, kumble all the three very humble, honest and very patriotic gentlemen who are hard to find these days in the day of cut throat competition, big bucks and glamour,idol worship . Just one correction in your entire write-up, you said it is hyderabadi hindi or dakhni hindi sorry to say it is known as deccani Urdu. Two things i wonder is you have mentioned VBC to be a good captain, I dont think so and he was a mediocre player one in the long list who unfortunately represented tamil nadu and who could not sustain. Second inspite of you being very successful at every levels even in county circuit, you played for India Cements whose honcho is N.Srinivasan but he didnt help U.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    a very touching article murali sir. it was a pleasure reading it. vvs is truly what you had mentioned.

  • POSTED BY cricket-is-passion on | August 20, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    HATS OFF Murali. This is a great farewell note for such a stylish and reliable batsman. And also great commends from fans as well. After I read this article, my eyes were filled with tears. Lax is always a great gentleman in Cricket, I hope his second innings will be as fruitful as he known for in Cricket. An advise for you Murali: You can be a great narrator or a good adviser to the Indian cricket or good commentator. Hope you will get a very good farewell for your bottom of you heart comments. Well side my friend.

  • POSTED BY 158notout on | August 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Brilliant article, well written. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Awesome write. I am into tears after reading this. Rightly said, " If Sachin is called the god of cricket, then you, VVS, are the angel we all strive to be."

  • POSTED BY POISONIVY on | August 20, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SLEEP AGAIN PEACEFULLY IF I DO NOT COMMENT ABOUT THIS BRILLIANT PIECE OF FAREWELL TO THE MOST STYLISH BATSMAN I HAVE EVER WATCHED. JUST TO ADD A LITTLE NOTE IN ADELAIDE 03 INDIA CHASING 230 ARE 170/4, INCAME VVS AND MADE A BRILLIANT 32 OF 34 BALLS, WHICH TOOK THE GAME AWAY FROM AUSSIES. VVS THANX FOR ENTERTAINING US AND ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR SECOND INNINGS :-) WE KNOW UR GOOD AT THAT

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | August 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    average article on an average cricketer

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    @San Sun. Internationals are not the ONLY matches one plays under a particular Captain !

  • POSTED BY cricket-india on | August 20, 2012, 16:11 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 serious-am-i on | August 20, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Nice article Murali. @San Sun: He might have played in the domestic circuit for South Zone or in any other tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Rushikey on | August 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Scoring 50's but not 100's is doesn't means Sachin is out of form! He should play cricket until he is scoring those 50's consistently! Hats of VVS laxman, we will miss you in the middle order dearly!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Karthik you made your "Murali-means the FLUTE" talk for a deserving India's Middle Order Outgoing Player a down to earth Ambassador in scoring runs at crucial times never imagined. Going thru Cricinfo site a few humble gentle words from the left armer Murali Karthik to a NEVER NEW THE PET NAME as LACHHI MAMA for very Very Special Laxman and calling him an ANGEL was amazing, coz Murali Karthik words were from the bottom of your/his heart for this down to earth to earth humble where sure none of the present playing Cricketers New.

  • POSTED BY baba6660 on | August 20, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Very well written Karthik

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    A great article. The best tribute on VVS. I wish Murali Kartik makes a comeback and a gets a farewell he deserves.

  • POSTED BY iHitWicket on | August 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Laxman is and will be fondly remembered as the magical cricketer from India. Always the person who asked for the least and gave back the most he could have. I am surprised that Dravid hasn't yet come out with his tribute for Lax. Nor did many other's like Sourav, Kumble etc. Was not Lax friends with any of them? Other than a small tweet from Sachin .. nothing from other greats? Guys that's just not fair. Or are they writing else where and not on Cricinfo? I all my cricket news is read here on cricinfo. I am kind of feeling that Lax's contributions are plain getting ignored here.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Great write and thanks for sharing some interesting stuff about "Lacchi mamu".

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Good article..Murali! :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Great article..this gem from Kartik reflects on the critical fact that Indian cricket is blessed to have some of the extraordinary individuals such sa Laxman and Dravid even in these days of 24X7 media hype.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | August 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    This is an excellent tribute to VVS. On another note, Murali Karthik has always got a raw deal from selectors...I am not sure why. I thought after Kumble retired, he will get a chance. But he continued to be ignored. The strange thing is he was not even considered as a back-up spinner. He keeps getting wickets in English county cricket..always bowls very economically in IPL...but never gets considered even for T20 Internationals. But lesser spinners keep getting chances.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    When did Karthik play under Azhar ?

    Karthiks second match was Azhars last test match , If i remember well .

    Anyways nice article :) .

  • POSTED BY DMPant on | August 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Great! One of the best piece on VVS.

  • POSTED BY DevSR on | August 20, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    superb article for a legend...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    emotional..heart touching....for all cricket fans....goodbye laxman....& thanks for such a gem kartik..

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Yes Laxman and Dravid two great and unassuming legends of Indian cricket. No wonder they created some wonderful parnership on the field between them which resulted in victory for India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    VVS is a tough act to repeat and like Dravid has been the cornerstone on which Team India rose to numero uno status.........beautifully expressed thoughts Kartik....:-)

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | August 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    When team was collectively not performing the first name that was discussed in the media and in forums to be dropped was Laxman.Many dont know that India remained No 1 for two years because of two persons Laxman and Zak

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | August 20, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    a terrific tribute! the VVS that i am going to remember is the one that compulsively pulled gillespie and kasprovich at kolkata in *that* epic on day 4, and the one that compulsively hooked pollock for a six on a lightning-quick johannesburg pitch on day 1 of T1 in SA [during sehwag's debut test] en route to a short 30-something... on his day, there was no better batsman in world cricket! ask the aussies who got lucky once [VVS was not out when he was given out in the first inning, last man out] in kolkata in 2001 on day 3, and then ran out of luck as VVS calmly posted a century on the same day (106 n.o.?) batting at #3 this time around and then made the entire world-champion AUS team merely fetch balls throughout the day on day 4!!! a nice *unforgettable* serving of humble pie dished out to a rampant but arrogant world champion team by an unassuming humble man who would never again be underestimated...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Seems like LAX was a unifying force in the Indian team. So many tributes from players as well as fans. Good luck and best wishes - I hope your son inherits your cricket skills and then plays for India one day.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    well written ... never knew that both of you were such good friends ..! it is so inspiring to have a friend like lachhhi mama ..!

  • POSTED BY prasanth.kongati on | August 20, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    pretty emotional one...kudos to both karthik and laxman..

  • POSTED BY cricconnossieur on | August 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Karthiki , You had me in tears...thanks for the moving article. You both won another match for us years later against the Aussies on another vicious track.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    hi karthik, really well written by great player(not got his due in indian cricket)about the legend (who was not recognised by indian media/fans and former players)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well written by Murali Karthik to his very own lachu mama...surely vvs is going to be missed by the millions of ppl in India....

  • POSTED BY Kishor_shinde on | August 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Awesome ending........Good 1 Kartik...........:))

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Nice article, full of warmth for VVS! Along with Rahul these two men are the true gentlemen of the sport.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Brilliantly written. It is so clear what a gentleman he was. yes VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN. He will be missed the next time India go to bat (Against New Zealand). True admiration from the left arm spinner. Great article.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Beautiful and poignant murali kartik

  • POSTED BY samvarma on | August 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Well Said Karthik...VVS a true legend ! I salute you !

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    well said karthik..we were aware that he is a humble human being ..but you showed us his greatness as a great human being in a detailed note..they always tried to insult him..they always tried to humiliate him..they always tried to drop him..but he was calm..and he is my role model..salute the legend..give respect..

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    :'(....No more Laxman.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    What a tribute! Loved it.

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | August 20, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Now ... thats a tribute. The likes of Dada could well learn the essence of time and how the focus should be on the guy going out.

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  • POSTED BY vatsap on | August 20, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Now ... thats a tribute. The likes of Dada could well learn the essence of time and how the focus should be on the guy going out.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    What a tribute! Loved it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    :'(....No more Laxman.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    well said karthik..we were aware that he is a humble human being ..but you showed us his greatness as a great human being in a detailed note..they always tried to insult him..they always tried to humiliate him..they always tried to drop him..but he was calm..and he is my role model..salute the legend..give respect..

  • POSTED BY samvarma on | August 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Well Said Karthik...VVS a true legend ! I salute you !

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Beautiful and poignant murali kartik

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Brilliantly written. It is so clear what a gentleman he was. yes VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN. He will be missed the next time India go to bat (Against New Zealand). True admiration from the left arm spinner. Great article.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Nice article, full of warmth for VVS! Along with Rahul these two men are the true gentlemen of the sport.

  • POSTED BY Kishor_shinde on | August 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Awesome ending........Good 1 Kartik...........:))

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well written by Murali Karthik to his very own lachu mama...surely vvs is going to be missed by the millions of ppl in India....