India news August 17, 2012

Laxman likely to announce retirement on Saturday

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VVS Laxman, one of the go-to men of Indian cricket in the last decade and among the most stylish batsmen in recent memory, is likely to bring the curtain down on his international career. He expected to make an announcement in the next 24 hours.

Laxman has told his family and close circle of friends, including his long-time coach, that he was "contemplating" retirement after the two-Test series against New Zealand, which starts in his hometown Hyderabad on August 23.

"He said he was contemplating [it]," one of the Hyderabad Cricket Association officials, who spoke to Laxman, told ESPNcricinfo. Laxman admitted as much in this brief quote to The Hindu earlier today: "A final decision will be taken about the exact details of my plans by this [Friday] evening."

Definitive word was still to come, but it is understood that Laxman was pondering the right moment to exit: whether to retire after the first Test in Hyderabad or to leave it till the end New Zealand series, after the second Test in Bangalore.

The decision may come as a surprise to Laxman fans, because it was only last week the national selectors had picked him for the home series against New Zealand. But according to the official, Laxman had confided that though he was feeling match fit, he was getting affected by the increasing pile of critical remarks against his presence in the side. "He wanted to make sure that no one should feel that youngsters were being deprived of a chance because of him. He said he wanted to go on a high and not hear or read people saying he should go," the official said.

After his former team-mate, captain and friend, Rahul Dravid, retired from international cricket this March, the focus had shifted towards Laxman, who had endured two atrocious summers in different parts of the world - first in England in 2011 followed by another dismal outing in Australia, accumulating a sum of 337 runs in eight Test matches. Though Laxman had scored an unbeaten 176 in Kolkata during the home Test series against West Indies last October, concerns about his future remained strong.

Even as the pressure mounted on him from the outside, with commentators like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Sanjay Manjrekar, to name a few, labeling the selection of Laxman as a backward step, Laxman continued to focus on his game, with lengthy indoor sessions at the NCA in Bangalore after returning from Australia.

Incidentally Laxman made two centuries in a couple of competitive matches he played earlier this month: a 135 for Marredpally Colts Cricket Club in the Hyderabad league cricket in first week of August was followed by a stroke-filled 169 against Karnataka the following week in Mysore, in the Safi Darashah Trophy organised by the Karnataka StateCricket Association. "He was practising really hard and was very positive before the season started," John Manoj, who has coached Laxman from the age of 11 at St John's Cricket Academy in Secunderabad, said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @ rustyryan you are right... he never made any impact being in Indian Team and was accepted as Gavaskar's replacement. He was an absolute cropper like Mr. Rohit Sharma. Empty vessels makes noise and he is a clear example of that.

  • EnglishCricket on August 19, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ovzdatta151 - Thankyou for agreeing after all, it was us English that thrashed the Indian team 4-0 last year and are ranked higher than you in all formats even though Cricket is not our most popular sport plus have a tiny tiny population compared to India. Great respect man! -_-

  • on August 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    End of another pillar of Indian golden batting generation . Now, it is the time of Sachin .

  • Meety on August 18, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    I think Indian fans missed out on what could of been the best ODI openening partner ship ever (VVS & SRT). I think that would be better than any other Indian combo!

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    @EnglishCricket : We ordinary side still too good for your extraordinary team..

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @ Sonya Jones: :).. well don;t worry we will have our last laugh.. as we did in 2011 WC QF..

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176, Sri Lanka will get a thrashing as always?? How did Angelo Mathews feature in the world record 9th wicket stand against Aussies in Australia? Can you answer that? "Thrashing always" means losing all games non stop, which never happened in Sri Lanka's history as a test playing nation. We have Angelo Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Roshan Jayatissa, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera to excel when Mahela and Sanga retire. I believe you are an Aussie but well remember Australia could not win a single ODI in England this year but we managed to win 2 ODIs in England last time we toured there. I will hope and prey Pakistan thrash Australia shortly in UAE!

  • Meety on August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Ragav999 - mate my enduring memory of that innings, (apart from the sheer audacity of it), was a boundary he smeared off McGrath that left Glen shaking his head & more or less saying that it was luck (+ some adjectives). I mentioned McGrath, but it was a class bowling line up he tore apart.

  • EnglishCricket on August 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Great news! first Kumble then Ganguly and then Dravid and now Laxman doesn't get any better than this instead just shows an ordinary team like India is declining and hopefully the big well little one soon :D

  • preetamreddy on August 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    This has really been a constant during his 16 years representing India - people questioning his place in the side. He had an outstanding 56+ average over 4 seasons (40 tests) prior to 2011 West Indies, batting at No. 6 with tail end for company most of the times. He failed in 2 series (Eng and Oz), and everybody wants him axed. But who didn't fail in those series? And for all those people who question his self belief and mental strength, you dont have to look further than all the times he got India victory with his 4th innings heroics. Everybody is entitled to his / her opinion. But I hope whatever decision VVS takes today, I hope it will be his and his decision alone. He stood by his conviction for 16 years and has given us some of the most memorable moments in test cricket - I will never forget Mohali 2010 (I didn't switch off the TV when Harbhajan fell - and what a wonderful day for test cricket it was).

  • on August 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @ rustyryan you are right... he never made any impact being in Indian Team and was accepted as Gavaskar's replacement. He was an absolute cropper like Mr. Rohit Sharma. Empty vessels makes noise and he is a clear example of that.

  • EnglishCricket on August 19, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ovzdatta151 - Thankyou for agreeing after all, it was us English that thrashed the Indian team 4-0 last year and are ranked higher than you in all formats even though Cricket is not our most popular sport plus have a tiny tiny population compared to India. Great respect man! -_-

  • on August 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    End of another pillar of Indian golden batting generation . Now, it is the time of Sachin .

  • Meety on August 18, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    I think Indian fans missed out on what could of been the best ODI openening partner ship ever (VVS & SRT). I think that would be better than any other Indian combo!

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    @EnglishCricket : We ordinary side still too good for your extraordinary team..

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @ Sonya Jones: :).. well don;t worry we will have our last laugh.. as we did in 2011 WC QF..

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176, Sri Lanka will get a thrashing as always?? How did Angelo Mathews feature in the world record 9th wicket stand against Aussies in Australia? Can you answer that? "Thrashing always" means losing all games non stop, which never happened in Sri Lanka's history as a test playing nation. We have Angelo Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Roshan Jayatissa, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera to excel when Mahela and Sanga retire. I believe you are an Aussie but well remember Australia could not win a single ODI in England this year but we managed to win 2 ODIs in England last time we toured there. I will hope and prey Pakistan thrash Australia shortly in UAE!

  • Meety on August 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Ragav999 - mate my enduring memory of that innings, (apart from the sheer audacity of it), was a boundary he smeared off McGrath that left Glen shaking his head & more or less saying that it was luck (+ some adjectives). I mentioned McGrath, but it was a class bowling line up he tore apart.

  • EnglishCricket on August 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Great news! first Kumble then Ganguly and then Dravid and now Laxman doesn't get any better than this instead just shows an ordinary team like India is declining and hopefully the big well little one soon :D

  • preetamreddy on August 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    This has really been a constant during his 16 years representing India - people questioning his place in the side. He had an outstanding 56+ average over 4 seasons (40 tests) prior to 2011 West Indies, batting at No. 6 with tail end for company most of the times. He failed in 2 series (Eng and Oz), and everybody wants him axed. But who didn't fail in those series? And for all those people who question his self belief and mental strength, you dont have to look further than all the times he got India victory with his 4th innings heroics. Everybody is entitled to his / her opinion. But I hope whatever decision VVS takes today, I hope it will be his and his decision alone. He stood by his conviction for 16 years and has given us some of the most memorable moments in test cricket - I will never forget Mohali 2010 (I didn't switch off the TV when Harbhajan fell - and what a wonderful day for test cricket it was).

  • on August 18, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Laxman is Class Act ,a True Gentleman never any controversy .Best of Luck for other endeavors ....Hyderabad Golden era is over....

  • jagatr on August 18, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    If he's going to retire, why's he playing the first test? Drop him NOW and give some youngster a chance to settle in with the team. Letting VVS play the hyderabad test is the worst sort of sentimentality, especially in a 2 test series. Wouldnt it be better for the new guy to get 2 test to settle down? And it'll certainly do the team a power of good to know they dont need to hunt for a replacement after the first test!

  • Last_ride on August 18, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    As a south african fan.I can say all the best Vvs.You are a special player.Everybody talks about his 281 at calcutta. But my best memory of him is his 96 at durban.In a difficult wicket against the worlds best bowling attack.@Sonya jones i can only tell that you have sour grapes about this guy.You are plain jealous about his record against you.Dont worry Saffers to beat Australia this summer....

  • on August 18, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Right time to go, if anything overdue. As a great a servant has he has been for Indian cricket, he is past his best & cannot live off his memories forever

  • on August 18, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    we need u !! bcci is going mad by reassuring the elite batsmen dada- dravid then laxman

    laxman can play for 2 yrs atleast !! atleast let him complete 10,000 runs in test !!

  • on August 18, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    There isn't any youngster in the side who looks promising to replace VVS Laxman at the moment . If laxman retires it will be a huge blow to the Indian middle order which looks brittle with the exit of Rahul Dravid.

  • indianpunter on August 18, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    All good things have to end. Laxman ( and Dravid) delayed it by a bit. He should have gone along with Dravid, rather than wait for this farewell test. Thanks for the memories.. Calcutta 2001 stands out., to state the obvious. Had he been mentally stronger, he would have achieved more ( the statement that " everyone is saying hurtful things about me" tells a lot about his lack of mental fortitude. ) Dot get me wrong, he is an Indian great, but still an underachiever.

  • Naresh28 on August 18, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    ENG AND OZ PEOPLE SHOULD NOT LOOK/ MOCK HIS CURRENT STATS. HE WAS GREAT WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER. ITS LIKE ASKING YOUR FATHERS TO FACE A STEYNS PACE BOWLING RIGHT NOW.GIVE RESPECT OR ELSE GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS BLOG.IDIOTS!!!!! AND ITS NO USE COMPARING YOUNG BELL TO LAXMAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT ERAS.

  • on August 18, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @ovzdatta151. We also displayed how strong we were by hammering your so called God of Cricket side, haha. Our team is going through a transition but we can still wipe the floor with your mediocre team :)

  • Fearless_Abhay on August 18, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Good Cricketer, saved India many times from certain defeats. His average is not the true measure of his ability, as he has batted at No. 6 for most of his careeer, and batted with tailenders on a lot of occasions.

  • Naresh28 on August 18, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    STYLISH, WRISTY, ELEGANT thats how I would describe VVS. A great servant to Indian cricket I feel he has given his best and could help Indian cricket in other ways like coaching batsman. The only reason people called for his replacement was for a youngster to fill his place. Sachin will also follow soon.

  • AVINASH-GODBOLE on August 18, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Test Cricket will be a pauper without Laksh. He reminded people that Test cricket is played in 5 days, a hard fought battle to be won. People will realise his value in future when Dho & Company finish(read...lose) a Test in 2.5 days. Hats off VVS. You have been a total team man and played for the team rather than personal glory. Wish you health and peace... Donno ... if you get an S.O.S. to pad up in future. ----------- From Avinash Godbole

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    When VVS came into the scene nobody ever thought that this guy would become a legend. In every legend's life they come across with a career defining moment. Like in his case knock of 165 against the Aussies in Australia in 1999 was the defining moment in his life. After that he never looked back. His epic innings of 281 at Eden Garden is still consider to be on of the best innings by an Indian in the entire History of Test Cricket. Its true his batting statistics is not highly star rated as compared against all the batting legends. But one cannot ignore the fact that he saved India in many test matches like Michael Bevan did for Australia. He and Dravid were gentlemen of a Cricketer. He never boasted about himself and always respected the opposition. Thatz the reason all his opponents respects him a lot. He showed his aggression with his batting not by using foul words. Sadly we can;t say anymore "There is 'Spider-Man' and in our Indian Team there is 'Lax-Man'... :( V will miss him..

  • on August 18, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @Sandeep Verma: Dude.. Common.. Who will quit with an opportunity to play their last match at home.. We hardly have matches at Hyd.. and when there's one and he's still not too bad, why would he quit before the match..?? Feel happy that he's atleast retiring aftr the match, if you want to see a lot of youngsters in the team, that is..

  • hhillbumper on August 18, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    classy batsman who can perform when needed. That is an unusual statement to be able to make about an Indian batsman

  • Akash_23 on August 18, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Hats off to the great man! And for those who are saying that he should give way to 'fresh blood', you need to realise that our country's youth doesn't seem ready for test cricket at all. The void that was created after Sourav Ganguly's exit hasn't been filled properly in more than 4 years, and we haven't yet played a single test after dravid's retirement. I would have liked Laxman to stay for a few more tests and try to mentor two youngsters in the line up along with SRT. With Sachin close to 40, Sehwag and Gambhir not in good form and Dhoni never being a good test batsman, three new batsmen in the side can be too much to handle. Needless to talk about the inefficient bowling, our test team looks like going for a big crashdown.. We can see a real drop in performance..

  • on August 18, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    VVS Laxman will always remembered for that monumental 281 at Eden Gardens. but his century at SSC Colombo (2010) to seal the win for India, the 90 runs innings at Durban to set the match. will always be a the inning of Laxmans. of all the top order indian batsman. VVS has the highest second inning average. that in itself tells the story.

  • Anwar-Lara on August 18, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Always have plenty of time to play through the on side, spectacular batsman.

  • aravabalaji on August 18, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @Srinivasa Raghavan - your encomium is so fluently poetic - Just like Laxman's batting. He deserves every word. VVS's path to glory had been full of thorns. He was made to play every match as though it would be his last. His combative skills came to the fore when he is cornered. He is an out-of-the world player when he is in full flow. He is such a self-less cricketer. Many would have forgotten that he sacrificed the iconic status that was due to him in the first auction of IPL just for the sake of team's budget to go for Symonds. That DC had dumped this genial is another cut-throad commercial story. Hyderabad cricket will be eagerly awating for this man. Thanks VVS & good wishes for your future endeavours. The game will miss a legend!

  • ovzdatta151 on August 18, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Sonya Jones : U r right your side is the strongest. And your team showed wonderful performance against England recently.

  • on August 18, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    A true Indian Cricket Fan will never want to see VVS Laxman retirement...He will always remain one of the stylish cricketer India has ever produced.....Now with Dravid,and Laxman gone there is a big void in middle order test batting...Now it is time to salute laxman as a cricketer in his last series....

  • Sports4Youth on August 18, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Shaheer Umar :- I fully respect your sentiments about the fab four. I must also admit that when the fab four were in their prime they made the rest of the world look small in front of them. I also agree that no compliment is sufficient to match the deeds of the fab four in the last 15 years. BUT HAVING SAID ALL THAT WE ALSO HAVE TO REALISE THAT NOTING IN THIS WORLD IS PERMANENT. OLD LEAVES MUST WEATHER IN ORDER TO GIVE WAY TO FRESH LEAVES. BLOCKING THE NEW GENERTION FOR TOO LONG IS NOT GOOD FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPEMENT OF A NATIONAL TEAM. GENERALLY AROUND THE WORLD PLAYERS RETIRE BY 35-36. HERE THESE GREAT GUYS HAVE LONG PASSED THEIR PRIME. TAKE AN EXAMPLE. A DEVASTATING PLAYER LIKE VIRAT KOHLI HAS BEEN KEPT OUT OF THE TEST TEAM FOR SO LONG AND THAT TOO AFTER SHOWING SUCH STUPENDOUS FORM IN THE SHORTER VERSION OF THE GAME. I THINK YOU WILL AGREE TO SAY THAT KOHLI WILL BREAK ALL BATING RECORDS AND SET NEW STANDARDS. WHY SHOULD SUCH YOUNSTERS KEEP WAIT ?

  • nair_ottappalam on August 18, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    It would be a fitful farewell to VVS at his homeground. He deserves it very much. I would also suggest to recall Rahul Dravid and request him to bow out with a bang at Bangalore so that we can give him also a fitful send-off.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Posted by Arulanthomas90 on (August 18 2012, 03:34 AM GMT),.The best example of a batsman who plays better in concrete pitches (premedasa satdium)is Mahela jayawardene.Kindly check tendulkar ,dravid away records with your overrated mediocre batsman away record( except Sanga,)you will get the answer.They don't even win outside except the concrete flat pitches in srilanka.Your greats never won single test match in India that too with subcontinent condition.@ sinhaya, I was replying to one ignorant post@ arulanthomas.If you compare population, by this standard Australia did a better job and have many greats in cricket.population is non relevance here.@bmike, when Sanga,mahela and dilshan retire, srilanka will get thrashing as ALWAYS.

  • on August 18, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Than Our Indians, Australians will be focussing more on this day to announce a new test series with our new side to become champs again...

  • NLS1 on August 18, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Udaya1987, it is clear that you do not understand test cricket from your comment about VVS's career average and the conclusion that he is an overrated Indian cricketer. If you care to read the rest of the comments posted here by other fans and read a bit more about this great cricketer in cricinfo archives & other sites, hopefully you will understand that cricket is not merely about averages - VVS was not only a very elegant player to watch but also a match winner par excellence. We may not see another cricketer of his quality anytime soon in Indian cricket.

  • on August 18, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Dear Sanjay Manjerakar, I hope you read this comment, I would like to ask you one question what right do you have to criticise great lengends like SRT, VVS, Rahul dravid etc...What have you done to our nation. People we have to throw him out from the commentry, Your Carrear states what you were and how you stood in the indian team. ODI average 33. at no:3 and talking about dravid sachin VVS.. Dont you have shame to talk. Be an Indain and Salute them.. They made cricket live in india. And please stop talking about such legneds

  • venkatesh018 on August 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Nice decision Lax...good time to say goodbye....

  • on August 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    VVS has been a great player for India. I dont think anyone can question that. But I don't like the way he wants to play one test and then retire. If he wanted to retire he should have done that before the team selection for the series or after this series. He blocked one spot for a youngster anyways in the team as he has been selected to play in the series. What is the point of giving just one test match to a youngster at Bangalore?? This is selfish attitude from VVS.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on August 18, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Please don't humiliate VVS by adding the meaningless "Sir" to his name.

  • cricket-is-best on August 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Australian bowlers made a mockery out of VS, Sachin, Dravid etc...joke of d century by SONYA JONES..u made my day..thanx..neway even ur aussie players wil laugh at this funniest comment..

  • ShawnHolmes on August 18, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I think most cricket fans will be saying VV who!! Dravid was always the better batsman compared to other Indian players. He played well aboard and seemed to handle the Aussie quick's well in the past. VV was a decent batsman but at the end of the day, he will be just another Cricketer, who overstayed his welcome.

  • on August 18, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    We will miss you Sir VVS... Thank you on behalf of all cricket fans for the wonderful moments and wins you have presented us...

  • FoollyFedUp on August 18, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    A legend retires. What a class act, VVS was. We will miss him. Ideal test team after VVS retires : 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Yuvi 6. Rohit / Badri / Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Ojha 10. Zaheer 11. Umesh Yadav

  • on August 18, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    When is SRT retiring may be after 2015WC. What happens to youngsters who are in the QUEUE VVS LAXMAN means Vey Very Special Lasting Adjustable Xtreme Macho Audience Not giving up. Come BCCI it a wake up call for you.There are many young players in U-19 WC nurture their talent & by the time Sehwag & Gambhir Retire you can find these youngsters filling the gap.On paper we have a strong batting line up what about bowling where are we after ZAK who is there.ZAK is 33 now. we need to play in the combination of 6 Batmen including WK & 5 Bowlers( with ONE All Rounder) to win test matches. Yes we need 20 wkts to win a test match. You cannot use part time bowlers to win test matches. We need 5 regular genuine bowlers to take 20 wkts & all the 20 Delivers must be legal except in case of Run Out. Great Decision VVS Keep Smiling always. I want VVS,RSD,SCG & SRT to be in the BCCI Panel.

  • murthyyvr on August 18, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Apart from raising his hand against Pragyan Oja in a crunch moment during the match against Australia which he won for India, probably he is the best example for calling cricket a "gentleman's game" among the contemporary cricketers. Do we ever see such a gentleman on and off the field ever?

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    slowly and steadily indian team is finally going to improve, i love both this guys dravid and laxman they have served well, and they are making right decision to let these youngsters take over. Next move is to replace sehwag with rahane, or move sehwag down the order. in odi he should be completely replaced. he is only good for t20 or test, which are both completly opposites, but i am saying in test fielding is different , and in t20 he can survive only few overs and still be counted as contributing

  • GRVJPR on August 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @Sonya Jone, Ya we all saw how batsmen from eng, SA, etc etc used to play shane warne on rock solid wickets. I am sure they woldn't have taken guard against warne on a turning track in india. VVS was special, doesn't matter you agree or not. SHane warne agrees with me.

  • bMike on August 18, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Indian batsmen like Dhoni, Raina, Sehwag,Kohli are no ones in test level. They are only good for playing limited over matches on flat tracks. But Tendulkar, Dravid , Laxman can be considered as much better batsmen. They have been the back bone of Indian batting for the last decade. Can't wait to see the big humiliation India will have to face soon after their retirements.

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    It will be another major setback after RD's retirement. To be frank we don't have any youngster who can really play a good test cricket except Virat Kohli. All others are never tested in SA,OZ and England conditions. Poojara having a talent but how far he can take the role of RD and it is not very easy. RD and VVS exist within a couple a test will open a big void in the middle order. BCCI doesn't plan it properly the retire of these two seniors. Even we don't have a proper replacement for Ganguly in test cricket. So many people tested in this slot still no one is firmly fixed. Flamboyant players like Raina and all won't be suitable for test matches. May be we need to go back to Kaif and it will clearly indicating how much BCCI taking test matches seriously.

  • udaya1987 on August 18, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Another overrated indian cricketer.17 centuries of 136 test matches with an average arround 45. How he could be rated as a great.

  • kaneri2611 on August 18, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @ Neeta: Its really sad to loose the gems of Indian test cricket one by one. RD, LAX SACH and DADA were the players who actually inject the winning hormones in Indian cricket specially in overseas. I was not even in a stage to imagine Inidan team sans RD and now another shattering news. No doubt Young lads have talent and ability ti follow the legacy of Batting greats of India but it should be step by step. We are still waiting to see the out come of RD's departure. Barring SACH there is no one who actually has the potential to play the longer form.

    After winning the Ashes in 06-07, Not ever aussie left the game and I think same should go with Indiam Team too. As far as your XI is concern, It is good on papers but real execution will come on that 22 yard magical strip...:)

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Elegance Personified …..

    We could always live through the carnal thrill of a willow bludgeoning the leather and the cricket ball landing beyond the ropes , to the frenzy and transient ecstasy of a joyous audience . It is seldom , would we have the opportunity to behold the symphony in motion of a magician whose sheer touch with the wand would unshackle the leather to break the barriers , caress nature's carpet and traverse beyond the boundaries with a lilting linger.....giving a tantalizing hope to the craving fingers of a fielder , for those hopes to be shattered when the ball breaches the rope, to the delight of the audience and a deep craving in them to behold !! what they have just witnessed , how could you ever explain this beauty in motion ...Is this what they call as Least Effort most Effect perfect physics , for lack of a better word in cricketing parlance they call it Timing …!!!!

    Could you ever Tire of witnessing this phenomenon called Very Very Very Special Laxman

  • SimplySoms on August 18, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    VVS your career remains as a very very very special in the history of Indian Cricket. Job Well Done Sir VVS Laxman

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    We bullied Kumble and Dravid into retirement but still don't have replacements. VVS too may follow suit because the ex-players are after his blood. We have failed to groom youngsters to take over from stalwarts since Ganguly retired or was rather pushed into it. Mark my words, soon we will struggle to last 4 days in tests both home and abraod.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 18, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    There is Dravid at one end to anchor and then there is VVS at the other end to prevail. No words can express my sadness or the loss to Indian Cricket with Lachanna's exit. Take a bow Magician! Will watch this series for you. I already made a decision to not to watch test cricket after Dravid and Lachanna retire. My cricket watching days are coming to a close. Sad Lachanna. Really sad! :-(

  • veerakannadiga on August 18, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Is India really prepared for this? First RD, now VVS, I agree that young ones should be given a chance, but pray tell me who are the young ones that are going to perform abroad? You select someone on the basis of his performances on Indian soil,then our team will cut a sorry figure abroad. What I mean to say is there should be proper backup plan to induce new blood(like giving them a couple of county chances) and a proper exit plan for the likes of VVS,SRT,Zaheer,Viru etc.

  • screamingeagle on August 18, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Sehwag/Gambhir/Pujara/Kohli/Raina/Rohit(haha)/Dhoni/etc.

    That is what this team will look like soon. God help us. Thats all I have to say. Of course, esteemed commentators like Manjrekar etc will have plenty to say even then, probably in the lines of why there was no planning on old guard retiring.

  • rsurya on August 18, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    This is nothing but pushing him out of the team, but not by selectors but by some senseless people who talk to pass their time and commentators. Watch the bowling of our under 19 team in worldcup still no genuine fast bowlers or atleast a bowler to threaten the opposition. First seek, find and coach the talent from a large pool and then try replace these legends. And the day a similar news comes for Sehwag, its the end of test cricket for India, And when its sachin then its the end of Test Cricket itself, which is half dead before a few months when Rahul retired.

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Late Vijay Marchant used to say" GO WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHY NOT WHY NOT" MOST OF THE PRESENT GENERATION LIKE TO PROLONG THEIR TENURE EVEN AFTER THE AGE OF 32YRS.VVS IS GREAT NO DOUBT ABOUT HIS CONTRIBUTION. BUT ONE MUST EXIT IN A DIGNIFIED MANNER. IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE THAT UNWARRANTED COMMENTS ARE PASSED ABOUT HIS BLOCKING THE YOUNGSTER, ARE THE YOUNGSTERS PERFORMING, EXCEPT LIKE OF VIRAT KHOLI NON IS SHOWING CONSISTANCY. LOOK AT ROHIT SARMA HOW MUCH CHANCE WAS GIVEN STILL HE HAS NOT IMPROVED. GAMBHIR SAYS HE IS VERY GOOD IN THE NETS , THAT IS ALL HE FIT FOR THAT ONLY. I WISH VVS ALL THE BEST AGAINST THE KIWIS AND LET HIM GO WITH THE GUNS BLAZING.GOOD LUCH AND ALL THE BEST VVS.

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    It's an accepted norm that Indians easily get carried away and put average players on high pedestal. Same thing applies to VS. No doubt, he has played some excellent innings, but he was never consistent and his talent was ok at best. In fact, if he was born in Australia, he wouldn't have made it to the national side. India toured Australia with it's so called great batsman's, but they were completely dominated. Australian bowlers made a mockery out of VS, Sachin, Dravid etc. Actually, India has never won a series in Australia and even drawing a series is considered a success. Anyway, goodbye to VS but as an Australian, I hope better players are selected by the Indians, who can do well next time they tour down under. Australia is still the best side along with SA :)

  • kaneri2611 on August 18, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    On his day he was equal to GOD. Those awesome wristy flicks, whipping on leg side, classy cover drive with a limited footwork and at last the stunning pull shots. I still remember Boycott saying on Tv that "Do not bowl short to Lax, otherwise he will keep sending you on boundary line through out the day. Great ambassador of spirit of Cricket and his 281 on 6th position in all time great test innings reflects his caliber.

    Wishing you luck for your future endeavor LAX...u were a Gem in Indian cricket

  • on August 18, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    looks like all kids out there having a field day trying to malign legends like SRT, VVS by asking them to retire without any plan or basis

  • GRVJPR on August 18, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    "Most underrated batsmen in the history of game". Where Batsmen from Eng, SA, Sl, Pak feared likes of Shane warne, he dominated him. I am not saying this Mr. Shane warne is saying & he is right.

  • cricketpurist on August 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    They say "There is no Laxman without RAM alias Rahul dravid";;i hope this is a rumour please VVS do not react to some commentary box statements. just show the world your wrist stroke is always mightier than a slog.

  • g.narsimha on August 18, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    KIWIROCKER - I KNOW WHY U R ALERGETIC TO SRT, SAHWAAG becouse till their entry to team INDIA u r team used to beat us regularly the senario changed we not only winning every where even dominated in u r place, in an other thread u described SAHWAAGS tripple century at MULTAAN saying worthless as that was on a flat track even though THOSE SCORES WERE AGAINT U R SO CALLED great bowling which consist SHOAB AKHTAR, WASIM ,WAQAR SAQLAIN , that means we should not take any batsman scoring on those pitches seriously than u r so called greats who pilled tons of runs on those pitches CAN ALSO BE TERMED AS FLAT TRACK BULLIES , our greats are having ave- of 50s, 40s in out side ASIA where as if we delete the runs scored in this region by u r greats i dont think any body touching 30s out side , so pl stay away u r in the habit of putting rubbish on our team, players & ran away so many times i dared u to respond to my coments with stats but u were never seen on those threads again.

  • rustyryan on August 18, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Long live Sanjay Manjrekar.. TAts hw you criticize great players and make them retire. Shame on you. Jus coz you played for India you have no rights to tarnish legends. Seriously do a reality check of yourself. What you did to this country as a player. You are the felicitous example for empty vessel makes much noise.

  • Neeta on August 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    A great career coming to an end. I want to ask all you people one thing do we have replacements for these guys currently for whom u r hell bent on retiring from cricket. Mark my words, If SRT also retires around this time then you will see India plummeting to the depths of countries like WI and NZ who don't have many match winning players. These were the set of guys who made India the force they were when we started winning overseas. India can't do without these legends and it is sad for the team that they are retiring within a year of each other. In my opinion now as VVS is retiring this calls for a change in the batting order of the team. Sehwag's reflexes are no longer what they used to be. He will still be good in sub-continent with his methods but not in overseas conditions. Make Rahane open with Gambhir.My team after VVS retires is A.Rahane, G.Gambhir, C.Pujara, S.Tendulkar, V.Kohli, V.Sehwag, M.S.Dhoni, R.Ashwin, Z.Khan, U.Yadav, P.Ojha and for overseas replace Ojha with Dinda.

  • cool2cool on August 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90: VVS has won a test match on his own in SL against SL. How many matches your greats Aravinda de silva, Jayasuriya, MJ and Sanga have won against India in India?

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    So sad to see Laxman Retires He saved Team lot of times in tests but we know the Idiom "Everything has a Beginning has an End" Its hard to replace Laxman Skill, Caliber and Patience Just like his Dear Friend Dravid But I was wondering Why still Sachin continues Laxman Feels that "He wanted to make sure that no one should feel that youngsters were being deprived of a chance because of him" Don't tendulkar Doing this for Years He was Playing his desired tours and making youngsters Lose their Chances and Finally Making them Feel Unsecured If he retires from ODI first then it will help the team to build for 2015 World Cup Because We need Young players to Perform in the OZ and Kiwi Pitches Wish i would hear this news from Tendulkar with in a Year which helps team India to Develop

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Followers of this game do not understand the value of VVS. He like Border Chanderpaul has won matches from lost positions. Not many Indians can boast of this achievement and I believe no one else barring Dravid has batted better in crisis situation. Apart from that, he is a magician with the bat who has lovely wirists and silken grace.Bat in hand VVS is a sight to behold. People who talk about his waning reflexes should also appreciate that even today he is India's best slipper and nobody has any business to hurt this lovely guy. Humble kind and courteous to a fault, the likes of vvs, rahul will never return to Indian cricket.

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    salute to the greatest human in cricket Mr.VVS LAXMAN,this is a saddest day for many of ardent cricket followers like me bcause another legend is going into the sunset,i bet u that none of the indian batsman in form of cricket as big match winner as vvs in test cricket as u can just check out detailed career graph of vvs u can find out the runs he scored and when he scored and where he scored and positing when came to the crease and mostly batting with tailenders and against the best bowling attack of his generation probably best ever bowling attack for eg.mcgrath,lee,gillespie,warne together steyn,morkel,kallis together that too in their own conditions,those who cricticise laxman does not cricket much they have have seen only 11 batsman trying hard to sustain total of 120 balls in t20s let them say whatever they want as one of the greatest cricketing icon steve waugh laxman is a better batsman than bradman n tendulkar we should be very proud of this gentle giant of indian cricket

  • Farce-Follower on August 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Sachin's refusal to retire has caused one more player to call it a day. BCCI should look to save Indian cricket from such a selfish attitude.

  • aarpee2 on August 18, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    We are yet to find a replacement for Saurav who left 4 years ago.Yuvi [35and Raina [15]have played 50 tests between themselves and are yet to seal their places.

    Let us give VVS the respect he so richly deserves for the values he upheld so gracefully and move on.He will remain among my all time favourites. The Mumbhai Club should realise Rohit Sharma has come a cropper and guys like Rahane,Badri and Tiwari should get a look-in.You can see big scores in India ,0verseas tours in 2013 will remain the real challenge for the gennext.

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176, first of all I have all my respect for Laxman though I prefer Sehwag more. You are wrong to say Sri Lanka has only produced 1 or 2 greats. We have produced many greats like Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardana, Thilan Samaraweera, Marvan Atapattu and even Dilshan. Australia's population today is more than Sri Lanka by the way.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 18, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @AlexPalmer40: You better worry about your own pathetic team which is a joke right now. Don't even get me started ! Losing to an average ODI team like England 4-0 away doesn't show me a GOOD team. Only Ponting and Hussey are your final saving grace. Once they leave your boys will even have difficulty beating anyone at home. So why don't you go and take a deep breath and focus on how to improve your team's chances in the future which looks equally bleak.

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Its good that Laxman is quitting and wants to go on a high. But his services to Indian Cricket is something we have to adore. The turning point for Indian Team was the Aussie tour to India and in which Laxman changed the story in Kolkata with a wonderul 281 which remained the highest for any Indian for some good years. He was the first Indian to achieve the feat of 250 mark in Test cricket which many forget. He scored good runs versus then no.1 team Australia. He is fantastic stroke maker and a wonderful player in difficult pitches. He was instrumental for many wins and draws. No one can question his ability to turn a match single handed. If Laxman has to go after the 2 disastrous tour and why not Sachin too. He is afterall 2 years elder to Laxman. If he too quits its a good chance for one more youngster to get a chance to prove and Test team can attain stability. Thanks to Laxman for many innings he played which were entertaining and lovable to watch. Hats off to you Laxman.

  • furkhanhaq on August 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    VVS A Great Player with 134 Tests , 17 Hundreds , 56 Fifties , Avarage 45.97 and a highest test score of 281 aganist a tough side Australia. VVS will be missed and he has taken a right decision to go after playing his last test at his Home Ground. May he score a hundred in his last test. We will miss watching a stylish wristy and very very special player.

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    In light of this S.R.T. can have an extended run!!!

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 18, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Retire? He's not even 40 yet! Indian players don't even think about it until they are 40. He has another 5-10 years left in him I think. He is only 37.

  • shiva89 on August 18, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    and if he is not world class... ask the experts and also ask them how valuable he is for a country like india which is never short of batsmen. classy batsman and scores whenever it matters... underrated though because he lacks excitements and limelight like many others in world cricket today. thanks laxman for the fond memories. filling his boots would be as tough as filling dravid's boots. youngsters be prepared... becoz there is a heavy task for u to deliver.

  • on August 18, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    It is good that senior players should give way for younger players. Why the same yardstick could not be applied to other players? Why can't the so called "pundits of cricket" raise their voices against players hanging in there for decades and still trying to exploit the benfits of Indian cricket. " Pundits", Please raise your voices neutrally. Otherwise some players will wish to play even with their Children and grand children in the same team.

  • aravabalaji on August 18, 2012, 5:10 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.

  • shiva89 on August 18, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    India maintains such high standards in batting that even a legend like sachin is always under scanner. if he is playing continously for india for last 13-14 yrs... i would say that he is world class and better than many greats in world cricket. just becoz he is aged, not a very exciting cricketer (with numerous records, high T20 type bashing ability) and we see very little of him as he plays only tests... we cant say that he is not a very good batsmen. ONE OF THE BEST THAT INDIA HAS PRODUCED. the ultimate match winner for india in tests... what players like sehwag n others were not able to achieve even after several top innings. he comes late in the innings... plays with the tailenders and score runs at n average Strike rate for the benefit of the team. he may not strike big hundreds but scores whenever it matters just like dravid. I MUST SAY THAT HE IS A BETTER MATCH WINNER THAN SACHIN IN TEST AND A BETTER PRESSURE ABSORBER. truly an inspiration for youngsters and treat to watch.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on August 18, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    If I were Laxman, I would have left long back for the treatment he is getting for years. VVS, the world knows your service to the Nation...A true cricket lover will always remember u forever! Thanks for what all u have done for cricket & for India.

    My 2 cents -- After retirement, pls become a coach & open ur own school. Also, pls write your biography. Thanks, kumar

  • Narbavi on August 18, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @AlexPalmer90: another overrated batsman?? lol, mate better stick to AFL, because i am sure you haven't watched what he did to the aussies over the years!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    what about Mohd. Kaif. and some other guys like manoj tiwary, saurabh tiwary, rohit sharma and shekar dewan these are some the guys who can make it big after the exit of mr.vvs. i guys we a lot of good talent in our arsenel let these blokes grow to this occasion...

  • Narbavi on August 18, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90: Ha ha, that is the funniest thing i have ever heard, aravinda sanath and mj are better than laxman? are you kidding me?? yes they are better than him in one day cricket but not at all in test cricket, what a comedian you are to say that your batsmen have done well in all conditions!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Anyway lets wish him all the best. Great cricketer. He did a number on the Aussies a couple of times and fantastic player in overseas conditions

  • on August 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90. You no need to care. U care abt the SL batting. Agreed, Sanga and Desliva are good. But dont bring MJ and Sanath into the list of greats. MJ is just an avergage batsman, in ur words 'medicore'. Check Laxman's oversees stats before u make the comment.

  • HarishVS on August 18, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Further on Laxman's statistics, ppl like Arulanthomas90 or any others like him that speak foul on VVS, should know that cricket is a team game. Having already mentioned that VVS batted @ No.5/6 for most part of his career and hence his conversion rates were helplessly rendered low, it is a child's guess that the same VVS could have had minimum 25 test centuries if he batted higher up. But who in the earth could deny the privilege and class that India had furnished in the last decade Dravid @ No.3 and Sachin @ No.4? One more fact is that at least 50a% of a Laxman or Sachin innings was built around the rock solid Dravid @ No.3. Hence Laxman was the perfect No.5 or 6 for India and perhaps Laxman can be named as the greatest ever batsman of all Eras in that position who made the most match winning or match saving runs for India in any given time or conditions. I conclude here Saluting this legend.

  • TATTUs on August 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Great player to watch. It will be difficult for India to cope with this loss. But we have to hope Kohli and co raise to the challenge.

    On a side note @ ARULANThomas

    You check the records of your so called greats in SA, ENG, AUS and WI. None of them averages above 40. That says it all, doesn't it. And i didnt quite understand you bringing up those mediocre batsmen here in this article.

  • kaneri2611 on August 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Utterly Gutted I am !! Such a brilliant student of game called cricket !! i still remember his early days in International level, when he was tested almost every order in Indian batting line up. Another Indian fellow after RD who was ready to bat on every position for the sake of Team. Dropped in late 90s, fought hard, put mammoth individual scores in domestic cricket, came back, Showed to Aussies that Indian can bang you too in Sydney 1999 with that stroke filled 167 then finally put a stamp on his carrier and wrote an epic in Kolkata 01.

    A player with great class,calm and cool, Unfortunate to be born in the era of SACH and RD. Other wise who knows the stats on Number 3 position would have been different. Great Respect for HIM. He was Indeed Very Very Special Laxman....Hail Lax.

  • on August 18, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Good luck for your future. You make India proud...

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    West Indies Fan--VVS Lashman stopped the Great Steve Waugh 11 to end the Tes run.....nuff respect to VVS-Lachman

  • Stephen_Smith on August 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    VVS should have retired five years ago. He hasn't really done anything significant in recent years. Also, he should have just kept playing the test format, ODI and t20 was not ideal for him.

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    What if he just wanted to come out and say Hi since it's been a long time. This is like forcing him to retire! You can't speculate on these things.

  • 1st_april on August 18, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    i am an Australian Cricket Fan......VVS LAXMAN ROCKS

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    he'z a legend n stupid comments neither matter 2 him or a true cricket fan just proud what he did 2 india........ Always will b missed the best lower-middle batsman india ever had.... Respect vvs laxman,,,,..

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 18, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @mattewjohn. The Indian player names you mentioned are all considered concrete track bullies, it's a known fact. Tendu, VV etc have consistently failed to perform against fast bowlers and in foreign conditions. We don't have a population of 1.2 billion, but the players we have produced are all world class. MJ, Sanga, Silva are match winners who did well against all oppositions. Anywaym who holds the record for getting hammered 0-15 in a row, you guys do. We are proud of our team.

  • othello22 on August 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    I must say, as an Aussie I watched with absolute delight as our team dismantled India last summer, but I couldn't help but feel a bit of sadness for VVS and Rahul Dravid - Two great batsmen suddenly made to look completely clueless. It all just felt somehow unjust, it's a real pity that abject failure will be their final memory of Australia after so many great performances here in the past. Thanks for the memories VVS.

  • GRVJPR on August 18, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @Shred On VVS Average could have been even better if he got a chance to bat at No "3" and not with the tail

  • Selfishkar on August 18, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    VVS defended the last frontier against the mighty Australians only for Sachin to surrender under his captaincy.

  • Ragav999 on August 18, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Meety: I am surprised to find a factual error in your post. Laxman did not cart McGrath in the SCG test on his first tour of Australia.

    He scored 29 runs out of his 167 against McGrath. He dominated Lee, Warne and others.

    Please refer this link http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1999-2000/IND_IN_AUS/SCORECARDS/IND_AUS_T3_02-06JAN2000_PLYR-V-PLYR.html

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90 Considering you're talking about 'different pitches', Sanga may very well be considered a better overseas batsman than VVS. That said, VVS is head and shoulders above MJ, AdS and Sanath considering their overseas averages: VVS has 5014 runs @ 42.49: compare that with Mahela who has 3557 @ 29.64, Jayasuriya has 2857 @ 35.73, Aravinda has 2993 @ 36.06.

  • Reggaecricket on August 18, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    I can't understand some people! A test average of 46, 17 100's 56 50's and someone calls him a mediocre Indian batsman! Yes, at 37, the time is right, but he was certainly NO mediocre batsman!

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90..You ve lost a series at home 4-1 ..and here you are still fretting...huh...

  • Yasassri on August 18, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    He need a break of few months, but selections let him retire by selecting him at wrong time.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 18, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Posted by Arulanthomas90 on (August 17 2012, 23:55 PM GMT), The names you mentioned are all mediocre flat track bullies who performed only in SL,whereas tendulkar,dravid and laxman are called greats.Ask Australian team,they will tell about these players.He will be missed truly in Indian team.Australian population is less than SL,but they produced many great cricketers whereas SL has 1 or 2.

  • rayfanatics on August 18, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    about time VVS. Loved you in your prime but sadly the powers had waned rapidly.

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    W.I FAN----- Great player glad he is getting a great good bye from cricket.....i remember what he did with the Aussies to end their Test Run.....great player respect B.

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90: Hold on a second man, look at the stats before you comment. Laxman has an excellent record in Australia, West Indies, and in general he has done well in all conditions. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Just ask Steve Waugh.

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Arulanthomas90??? Are you serious? Calling VVS mediocre and saying Jayasuriya and Mahela have done well against all comers on all pitches? Jayasuriya was the ultimate flat-track bully. Give him an Indian attack and an Indian pitch and he was the best in the world. Against Oz in Oz, he was pathetic. C'mon, look at the stats. Sanga is indeed good on all tracks, he is truly world-class. Mahela at test cricket has not done well outside SL. But whilst VVS was good, he has gone past his use-by date. The earliest possible retirement is warranted.

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    FROM NOW GIVE FULL CHANCE TO MR.CRICKET OF INDIA SUBRAMANIAM BADRINATH.EVEN MIKEHUSSEY MADE HIS DEBUT AT EARLY 30's.AGE DOESN'T MATTER ONLY TALENT AND DEDICATION MATTERS

  • HarishVS on August 18, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    One of the very best and invaluable batsman at any given time for India! Since he batted at No.6/5 for 80% of his career, his records are moderate. But in team India's perspective has the best and unmatchable records for match winning/ saving runs for India. I would go on to say VVS is the greatest of all Indian batsman of all era in this regard. He was very useful in slips and has taken many many match winning catches, so no regrets that he was not an outfieldsman. End of a great era and will be surely missed. I wish him all the best in his post retirement life!

  • on August 18, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    sadly, its time for him to go. his stats don't reflect his immense value to the Indian team - he saved his best for tough situations against top teams and seemed to get bored without a challenge. a real sign of his greatness for me is that one of the 2 most dominant Test sides ever in the history of the game, the Aussies, feared and respected him as much as if not more than they did Tendulkar. Glenn McGrath admitted not knowing where to bowl to Laxman - coming from a legend of the game, that's praise that eclipses anything any of us have to say. its very clear from the last 2 series that his reflexes are slowing. he did not dominate the bowling or even play a fighting knock - he had no answers. there are plenty of talented youngsters waiting for their chance. time for Laxman to ride off into the sunset with his aura undiminished. like Ponting, Tendulkar is now the experienced core around which a new Team India must be built.

  • QingdaoXI on August 18, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    India from here onward keep in mind dont play all the players in team of same age group, if so such type of problem arises as all legend left teams in period of year or two. Now its turn of Sehwag he should leave gracefully as he cant help India in Foreign conditions and we need to find another opener to partner Gambhir. Dhoni also is not test material, better replace by Saha or kartik, kartik becuase he can play up in the order like proper batsmen. India should make a young captain like Smith was made 10 years ago to lead the team whether it is Pujara or Kohli all should support him and build a new team for future.

  • QingdaoXI on August 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Actually the reason behind Indias drubbing of 0-8 vs poms and aus was not only our batsmen, but this poms and aussies used swinging and seaming pitches which our bowlers failed to utilised if we see clearly the picture main culprit of this tours was Ishant sharma not among wickets and Our spinners not taking any wickets Bhajji failed in first 2 test in Eng, than next 2 test Mishra and Ashwin in Australia. Before there was one great man in our Team on this tour who took atleast 12-15 wickets in series whether they spun or not and it help the team well. Sreesanth is very good test bowler than Ishant, but due to Dhoni he doesnt get his due and also sree's antica, but it was captain duty to handled the player in room and discuss with him not demoralising him in front of media. I hope next selection commitee will drop Ishant and let him play some ranji matches and if possible conty matches for one season, this guy debuted at the age of 19 and havnt grinded in domestic matches.

  • PACERONE on August 18, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    VVS Laxman is one of my favorite batsmen.I do not fall asleep when he is batting.He is the only Indian batsman that has saved India and led them to wins with the tail.Sign of a good batsman.Let him leave when he wants too.

  • Ramnagars on August 18, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Laxman is one of the best and attractive batsmen of this era.People always criticise whenever there is a failure.we should not forget that it was total team failure on those 8 tests (except for Drawid on Eng tour and Kohli for Aus tour).He has performed everywhere.whatever the people say he was the crisis man for India and I love the way he bats.

  • on August 18, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Greatest player according to me. Might not have huge hundreds but scores when the team requires the most. How many matches did he bail india out of defeat or took the team to victory. I can't remember... INDIA will miss him surely!!!

  • QingdaoXI on August 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    @ALL who suspect on Greatness of VVS, should ask Indian Cricket fans and Australia Cricket Fans, they can describe him in more better way. Rayudu is the next stylish batsmen who should replace him in test, dont keep him out just because he played ICL.

  • Nicholas94 on August 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    A great player but it is probably the right decision. HOWEVER, which player could fill the gap? Rohit isn't ready to take his spot and with the retirement of Dravid too, India could be just like Australia; trying to fill the void of past players.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 18, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    I am sad to hear about Laxman's retirement. If you go by numbers and value then Laxman along with Dravid and Gavaskar is the top three batsmen ever. This is a lesson for non performers like Sehwag and Tendulya to follow foot steps of players like Laxman and Dravid. Laxman and Dravid were unsung heros of India for many years. They scored when it mattered. Laxman has won more matches for India than Sehwag and Tnedulya combined. Sadly, Laxman is a man of few words and modesty bit like Dravid and Inzemam Ul Haq and he never got the credit when it was due. Laxman's retirement will live a big hole in Indian batting and it is very worrying to note that Indian selectors are not doing anything. Suresh Raina is a sitting duck against fast bowlers. Rohit Sharma is a clueless over rated batsman. Gambhir is a flat track bulley with Dhoni. People say india's bowling is one of worse in world, but reality is that India's batting is even worse. Its time to drop Tendulya and groom new youngsters!

  • Ronsars on August 18, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    @Arulanthomas90:Ya true but these mediocre batsmen have won many matches in Aus,SA etc and have drew/won overseas series too for India but your "greats" never won a test match in Aus leave alone a series and even against "mediocre" India in India......Speak of "doing well against all teams and on different pitches"....12 overseas victory is all your "greats" can boast of(Excl. Ban & Zim)...Bravo!!!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @ArulThomas90, none of those SL players you mentioned are in the same league as Laxman, who always batted with the lower order and yet has 45+ average in tests and 17 centuries!! Miss VVS the silent accomplisher!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Laxman is one of the greatest batsmen I have ever seen my entire life.He played tremondoud vs tough teams,that is great players ability.He scored more than 2600 runs vs AUS which is No.1 team for 15 years.If you know and play cricket well,definitely you salute the this LEGEND.I salute LAXMAN for his service and great innings.Anyway,LAXMAN your a genious.

  • Jack_Tka on August 18, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Laxman has served Indian cricket very well. But I think the time has come to call it a day. He has taken the correct decision. Everybody has to retire one or the other day. Just because there is not a good replacement doesn't mean the person should keep playing. Let the younger generation start taking up the pressure instead of hiding behind legends. Time has come for that. Ind vs Eng later in the year would be interesting though.

  • TeamSelector on August 18, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    August 22nd 2012 would be the perfect date for him to retire ... the BCCI said that after the Sri Lanka series, Rohit Sharma looked like the most perfect candidate to replace him.

  • kasyapm on August 18, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Was not expecting this. Why now, agreed that he had a couple of bad series, but I feel he has a good 1-2 years in him. We need seniors to guide the young guys. Keeping that aside, I will miss him in the team and the team surely misses India's most reliable warrior (in recent times). Salute to the legend.

  • Ajronald on August 18, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Laxman should stay still the end of England tour to India. We cannot start losing Senior players just like that. Remember Australia ...

  • SnowSnake on August 18, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Good luck, Laxaman. I hope that you leave on high note.

  • stalefresh on August 18, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Exiting playing new zealand in empty stadiums in India where no one cares about test cricket anymore - is such a shame for such a talented batsmen. But yeah - it is time for him and sachin to go. Along with MSD who does not even understand test cricket.

  • on August 18, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Massively overrated player who should have been dropped a couple of years ago. Still, against a poor New Zealand side he'll get to massage his average one last time. No doubt if they were playing someone stronger he would have quit beforehand.

  • on August 18, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    I am shocked to see this news, he still has some years left in him. The young brigades are worth nothing apart from signs of Virat. His innings are class, master piece and lovable to watch. Sir, we would love you to see at least till england series.

    A gentleman of the game, cricket and fans across the world will always remember you for your sacrifices, great innings, sportmanship.

    You are always our VVS - Very Very Special Sir.

  • on August 18, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    He's now doubt a classic player of test cricket, it's really unfortunate that all cream of test cricket is fading away. when we list down the players who performed well against invinsible side of steve waugh, his name would probably be in top 5. All the best VVS !

  • on August 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    SRT is different than VVS. SRT's stats' show that over each of the last 3 major overseas tours (SA, Eng, Aus) he is no worse than the second best batsmen in the aggregate. It's a bit harsh to call for his head when Sehwag, Dhoni and Gambhir's performance are by no measure better.

  • AlexPalmer90 on August 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Another overrated batsman. Good riddance. India needs to find more suitable players who can perform on non-flat wickets, especially against the likes of James, watson, Siddle and co. Otherwise they will keep getting hammered 0-4, when they tour Australia.

  • kmmohan on August 18, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    VVS - A true gentleman and a real contributor!! Wise decision it seems. I sincerely believe S. Badrinath should be given the slot and a few innings to prove his talent. Def he has 4 - 5 years of test cricket with him. All he got is 3 test innings (1 fifiy in that) 6 one day innings and a T 20 (MOM of the match). I feel he deserves more.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 18, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Firstly i should say sorry to Laxman, because i was one of the critics from some months are the series down under to retire. I am Hyderabadi myself and would love Laxman representing from our place. But not now. He may play test cricket for another year, but that will not be useful for Indian cricket and for himself too. All the best Laxman after retirement life. And i can proudly say that i saw two match winning greats Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman batting for India. Other so called greats are no where these two in winnings matches for India in test matches or any format they played.

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 17, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Who cares. He is another mediocre Indian batsman who is nowhere near the greats like Aravinda de silva, Jayasuriya, MJ and Sanga. These players did well against all teams and on different pitches. Despite having a small population Sl still produced world class batsman's :)

  • AvidCricFan on August 17, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    While it will be big gap to fill by the young brigade, VVS was rapidly on the decline. If he announces retirement, it will be a good and timely decision. I wish SRT would do the same rather than making all sorts of statements that show how focused he is on his own benefits than the team or country. However, I would not be surprised if a similar decision from SRT following after one more series.

  • Alexk400 on August 17, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I want Laxman quit before NZ series allow youngster to get a chance. He will achieve nothing playing except taking spot of aspiring youngsters... seriously why old guys in young people's game? If you do not give enough chance for youngsters how in the world he can show he got it. Ofcourse too many chances to "rohit sharma" type talent based selection is bad. I think you always should select players based on production. We need to reward "WORK" not virtual talents... if talent is not converted to production , talent is waste... L siva and kambli both had great talents but they never get as many chance like rohit sharma getting... I am not rohit sharma fan mainly because i do not see him gettings tronger physically... He is over praised by indian team maters for wrong reasons. No idea why.

  • on August 17, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    there goes another legend.

  • on August 17, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @Saud Naeem: I m sure u r one of them who cant bare India creating more world records through Sachin Tendulkar. He is a legend and still miles ahead of the youngsters we have. He is always needed in the squad as the youngsters learn from it. The recent example is Virat Kohli's calm celebrations of his hundreds. There are many more things to learn from this legend and no wonder, since he is around, India is producing quality batting power.

    @Selfishkar: Let India deal with their own talent and if u not happy, stop following our cricket. We have billions of fan around the world and one less would not make any difference.

  • Jay_candid on August 17, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    He should have retired after the aus series with Dravid.. One minus point for laxman is that he is not that agile in the fielding and running between the wickets.. He is good at slips but only at that position.. Yes, he has played so many great knocks for India, agreed.. But after 0-8 losses in away tests, he should have hung his boots.. Not playing ODIs, IPL doesnt help him to stay match fit..

  • on August 17, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    India needs Laxman in the side. He still has couple of years left in him. He has been preserved well since he is playing test matches only. So STOP complaining about giving youngsters a chance. Who is going to replace Laxman, Rohit Sharma ? Good luck ! Rohit needs to get his act together and start getting some scores.

  • pitch_it_up on August 17, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    So we now have back-to-back retirements of two greatest match-winning batsmen (Rahul and now VVS) ever that played for India. Sorry Mr. Gavaskar and Mr. Tendulkar. You can't be in that elite group. A fact remains a fact.

    @Mozenrath Tabaqi: You have not taken any contract for patriotism. So, keep your dumb and stupid thoughts to yourself.

  • Selfishkar on August 17, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Talented Rohit Sharma and stylish Suresh Raina should be able to replace Dravid and Laxman, nothing to worry fpr India fans.

  • pawaramol22 on August 17, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    you can not have test team full of youngsters and top of the table at the same time..

  • on August 17, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Sachin should retire...this is the right time. learn from laxman and dravid...

  • pawaramol22 on August 17, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    @Avidcricketlover - spot on.. i like it

  • kalyanbk on August 17, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    India needs Laxman around so that youngsters like Kohli and Pujara have a couple of years to find their feet after Dravid's retirement. If he wants to go, I think the earliest should be after the England series not after the NZ series.

  • Meety on August 17, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    As an Ozzy, I would fear VVS more than Sachin, (for obvious reasons), he always seemed to save his best for matches against us. I absolutely 100% was enthralled by his ton in a losing cause at the SCG on his first tour to Oz. I remember he carted Glen McGrath whilst wickets tumbled at the other end, it was an innings that at one point could easily have mirrored Bannerman (first ever test century), as it seemed like he would score 80+% of the Indian total. Magic stuff, don't want to talk about the innings with Dravid where he batted for something like a week to turn around a follow on into a win! Champ, should retire after the 1st Test.

  • on August 17, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    On his day, one of the most elegant batsmen to ever wield the willow; & a true sportsman to boot. I know that for most Indians that monumental 281 at Calcutta in 2001 was the innings they'll remember best, but my own personal Laxman highlight came a year earlier at Sydney, when he put one of the best Aussie attacks of all time to the sword during that dazzling run-a-ball 167. Farewell, VVS: you'll be missed far beyond the borders of India.

  • warnerbasher on August 17, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Superb player and elegance personified. His great innings rank among some of the best every played. Admired him for those 4th innings chases when conditions were toughest. A selfless team man and a fine ambassador for India. All the best VVS from Australia and your army of Australian fans.

  • div09 on August 17, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    I think VVS should play the England series then retire.....because he is one of the best batsman when it comes to playing on Indian pitches.!!

  • on August 17, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Time for Sachin to hang his boots as well..........

  • trueIndianFanInUS on August 17, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    @balajeev, not sure it's a right call to ask Tendulakar to retire now, who are the replacements for Dravid, Laxman & Tendulark. India are still struggling to find right ones. Only Kohli & Pajura showed some talent.

  • on August 17, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    dear layman, pls don't retire. we have not yet found the replacement for ganguly, kumble and dravid. if u also retire, sachin will be the only one left. we all know what happened to australia once all greats retired together viz. mcgrath, warne, gilchrist, langer, hayden, martyn etc. we don't want the same thing to happen to indian team. so called IPL starts like rohit are not able to cement their place even after 80 matches. at least right now we are winning in India and losing overseas. Once laxman is also gone, we will stop winning in india as well.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 17, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Salutations to this great man !!! I wish him the very best and look forward to some scintillating 100s against NZ as a swansong. I hope 'GOD' is watching this and learns something about humility and team spirit. In fact this retirement is an year in the making. VVS should have hanged his boots following the disaster in Australia. Anyway, Indians and world cricket will miss another champion of test cricket. Best wishes VVS !!

  • Shan156 on August 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @jango_moh, while I don't agree with some of PunchDrunkPunter's post, it may not be sensible to assume that he/she is an England fan. Also, he did not claim that Bell is a better player than Laxman. All he said was that Bell is more stylish. I believe there is some truth in that statement. While we could argue about who is the more stylish of the two, there is no question that VVS' technique lacks big time - you wouldn't get bowled that many times if it was water tight. I can never forget his bemused face every time he gets bowled. It is also not true that Bell has a long way to go to match VVS' feats. While VVS has not done great against England (the only country against whom he hasn't scored a century), us England fans do respect his achievements. He deserves a place among the pantheon of Indian batting greats like Gavaskar, Sachin, and Dravid.

  • nlambda on August 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Sachin should play on. He is still one of the best batsmen in the team. He was the 2nd highest scorer in both Eng and Aus. Truth is the youngsters are not knocking the doors down: Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina all have question marks against their name in Test cricket.

  • rajiv_cruise on August 17, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Kudos to VVS. It was a pleasure watching you play. Great batsman, wonderful cricketer, great gentleman. You have made the right decision. Its time. I feel sad to read stories of people commenting about your presence in the team. Great you made the right decision. Don't feel guilty as you were not hindering any out of the world talents from playing test cricket for India. We will sorely miss you. Good luck for your future endeavors. Awesome chap.

  • mrmonty on August 17, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Didn't take even two posts for the Sachin bashing to begin.

  • Shan156 on August 17, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Outstanding cricketer and a real gentleman of the game. VVS is indeed very very special. It would be a sad day when he hangs his boots. He has been a great servant of Indian cricket and wish him all the very best in whatever he decides to do in the future. He will be missed.

  • on August 17, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    dnt go man..u still hve it in you..ek baar aur ho jaaye

  • red000 on August 17, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    SACHIN SHOULD GO...IM AN INDIAN(REASONS) : Firstly sachin is goldenboy of indiancricket..In past sachin is only matchwinner in our team if he is out..match is over..we have so much love for this man..But times changed and sachin is now 40 and still wants to play selected odis..is it required??..indian odi setup is quite strong..and if selectors are looking for future this man is distroying odi combination..one series say youngster getting chance..next series this man occupies his place...is he thinking of playing next worldcup????...He must play sometime in tests...but odis he is not required...he must hav retired after india won worldcup...sad to say but this man is selfish and playing for himself...to set records that will not be achievable..in worldcricket

  • ian_ghose on August 17, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Learn Tendulkar, learn....

  • crindo77 on August 17, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Good; its been time to move on for some time now. VVS has served Indian cricket admirably and should leave with his head held high. More than Oz, the England tour of 2011 was a real debacle. I for one remember his nothing irresponsible hoick to deep fine leg in Lord's which really set the tone for the subsequent collapse in the first Test. Not that he was the only or the greatest culprit, but of late his slowness and loss of confidence has been depressing, especially for those of us who know how good he can really be. But he has always preserved his dignity, even in the face of grave provocation, when upstarts like Stuart Broad dared to suggest he used vaseline on his bat. (The fact that VVS had tamed far superior bowlers than the former obviously was lost on Broad). The body has been struggling for some time now, and now it appears the mind is tired as well. Thanks VVS, Kolkata and Sydney will hopefully continue to inspire your successors. Time to move on.

  • balajeev on August 17, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Sad to see VVS go, he has played many many classic innings of which the 281 is immortal.

  • on August 17, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Thank You Laxman for your wonderful memories. One of my favorite players. I think this is the right to call it. Make it big in 2 tests. Love you

  • balajeev on August 17, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    The so called cricket experts call the selection of VVS a backward step. Do they have the courage to call for Tendulkar's retirement ? If VVS retires , it is high time Tendulkar too made way for younger players.

  • red000 on August 17, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Im an indian...sachin should goooooo GR8 MATCHWINNER :1.BEST BATSMEN IN TEST CRICKET OF THIS GENERATION AFTER SACHIN AND DRAVID...WOULD HAV BEEN EVEN BETTER PLAYER IF BATTED UP THE ORDER..( DONT SAY GANGULY IS BETTER PLAN THAN HIM IN TESTS..LAXMAN IS FAR ACCOMPLISHED BATSMAN IN ALL CONDITIONS) 2. GENTELMAN WITH NO CONTROVERSYS .. 3. OUSTANDING MATCHWINNER EVER IN TESTS .

  • ProdigyA on August 17, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    I think VVS should retire after the 1st in Hyd. Its his home town and it would be great to bid bye in front of the home crowd. This will also give an opportunity to test another youngster in the 2nd test. VVS wil always remain Very Very Special.

  • saijayanth89 on August 17, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    There was a trending Facebook Status during one Ind vs Aus test series. " The day VVS Laxman retires, will be regarded as Independence day in Oz".

    This guy has one of the best averages in the 4th innings. He has helped India win/save test matches from virtually impossible situations more often than than any other.

    India is in a spot of bother, he gets going and India wins and if he doesn't score then India loses. That's what happened in 8-0 drubbing. Sadly, the onus fell on his ever supporting shoulders. He's held responsible for it. Anyways, all is a thing of past. Hope he scores a great chunk of score in Hyd before he retires and shut every questioning mouth. All the best Legend !!

  • Naresh28 on August 17, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    STYLISH, WRISTY, ELEGANT thats how I would describe VVS. A great servant to Indian cricket I feel he has given his best and could help Indian cricket in other ways like coaching batsman. The only reason people called for his replacement was for a youngster to fill his place. Sachin will also follow soon.

  • the_blue_android on August 17, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Always played for the team. Hats off for standing up to real challenges and scoring hundreds when the team needed it. Unlike some other guys who just break records after records.If he had played at number 3 or 4, he would easily have had 12K test runs.

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Err.... I hope "former" refers to "teammate" & "captain" and not "friend" ==> (After his former team-mate, captain and friend, Rahul Dravid, retired from international cricket this March)

  • Rahulbose on August 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Laxman will always be missed and always remembered for his legendary knocks. I hope he retires after playing both tests. Leaving the squad in the middle of a series would help nobody.Here's hoping India will again produce a master batsman possessing the Hyderabadi wristwork.

  • JerryV on August 17, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Laxman has been one of the most vexing batsmen of recent times. His batting is a dream to watch in ways that de Villiers can only dream of. But so inconsistent and lately, a walking wicket.

    The timing of the retirement is all wrong. He should have followed Rahul Dravid into retirement months ago so that a second youngster could find his feet against the relatively easy NZ at home.

    However, India have never been good at planning anything, much less following it through.

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Laxman should continue to Engaland Series,or if Laxman retires Yuvraj should replace him for the ENG series..All the best Laxman, the unsung hero of many indian test victories...!

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Without a doubt my favorite Indian batsman, the most stylish out in the middle and the most dependable in crisis. Will be SUCH a loss to cricket to see him retire, I just wish he was as heralded as Tendulkar and Dravid, his average may not be as high but he hit more game-winning and game-saving knocks then both of them!

  • Avidcricketlover on August 17, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    With all this fuss around one or two poor series, it won't be long before Sachin also follows suit. You will have a team which will tremble in their knees against SA and AUS. While ponting is still given a rope ( infact a long one for the last five years), India has forced Ganguly, Dravid and now Laxman to retire. Indirectly it will also make Sachin go away. Then we will have a team of Dhoni, Rohit and Sir Ravindra Jadeja for a test team. Only Kohli deserves to be in the team at the cost of ganguly it was. Pujara is good prospect. But who after the two ?! Who deserves ?! Rohit sharma with 80-odd ODI appearances , totally worthless year after year?! Raina, a brave fighter but still after 100 ODI's bounced out easily by club fast bowler ?!

    My only question to all cynics here who call themselves critics or neutrals, Who are the successors ?! This is only going to make it hollow and take away the competitive nature of the contest. Building a team should be a gradual process.

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    This is indeed sad sad news. Laxman's batting is a treat to watch and he will be missed for sure. For some reason he has never got the credit he deserves. IMO he should have retired next year as there would have been some gap after Dravid's retirement. I like to see VVS on song more than Sachin or Dravid. Poor guy had just 1 stretch of bad form (8 tests). Remember Sachin and Dravid were out of form for years together and the selectors hung on. But VVS has always been he scapegoat. I still remember in 2003 a Aussie spectator had mentioned about VVS batting that his son wanted to witness Laxman's strokes and there was no greater entertainment. Very Very True. Quite unfortunate that the great guy couldnt be part of a single world cup.

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @xylo refer my previous comment. Tendulkar got total 226 runs at MCG + Sydney which is very good . it lacks a hundred , Tendulkar critics are obssessed with that.

  • loke_cricfan on August 17, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    All people worrying about RAHUL AND LAXMAN missing in batting dept, but forgotten, India will deeply miss their services in slip cordon also. These two are the best slip fielders of India. And I request to cricinfo, pls remove the abusiveness using against our own Sachin. He is the legend, we should respect him. In 1990s, people started watching cricket becos of Sachin. I still remember, when Sachin gets out, all the people shut down the tv and carry on their work. He has done lot to Indian Cricket and world cricket. He was instrumental for India winning the world cup in 2011, the highest run getter for India in world cup 2011.

  • Viky_Robin on August 17, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Very Very Special Lax, we will miss you a lot.u have the special art of snatching victory from opponents hands. Your match saving and winning knocks in 4th innings will be in our memories always. For most part of u r carrier u were unsung HERO. ALL THE BEST !!!!!

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Seriously believe that one VVS is better than ten Rohit Sharmas...and if RS is to be VVS replacement then I urge the latter to never retire.

  • SrikanthReddi on August 17, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Lakshman Sir, I have grown up watching your batting. I do remember how dropped in the second test after scoring 167 in Sydney. Had there been a support from board or Vocal support from people, you would have achieved even greater heights either statistically or ODIs. DC team had forgotten the favor done by you (by giving up the icon status) and ill treated you. You have formed the FAB FIVE and delivered results for the team India. We have only Sachin left to watch the test cricket for. Test circket lovers will love you even after 100 years for the pure class and joy of batting. Please don't attribute your retirement decision to the junkies like Manjrekar who did absolutely no good for Indian cricket post retirement. WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY LIFE.

  • MrBrightside92 on August 17, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    As an Eng fan this is great news! No disrespect to Laxman and India have plenty of depth in their batting (especially at home)....but I think India need all the experience they can get...it's not as if there are zero opportunities for young Indian batsmen...Dravid is gone and Rohit has had a dreadful run (just save him for tests...)....I think the pressure is less for the England boys once they lose their No1 status and anoucements like these only bring the teams closer together...hola to Mr Gravitas.

  • on August 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    i think he should retire after home series against england, it seems more suitable for him.

  • HyderabadiFlick on August 17, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    VVS - Finally Australia will be sleeping well. :) Who after you? How after you? It does not matter how many runs you score in each innings. Your each innings is more worthier than all IPL runs put together. The words Elegant, Style, Grace, Modest, Simple, Unselfish are associated with Laxman. We also are sure that the above mentioned words will surely be for one last time in Indian cricket in a package. Have a great life after cricket! - My salute to the Legend! - Jai Hind

  • Raki99 on August 17, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I agree with lot of people here, He could have played againts NZ and Poms before to call off, for the day. Sad But that Rajyasabha members still keeps going. Our society needs to throw away with hero Worship and same rules should apply for everyone. Yes his form has been declining but i was sure he would have come in as handy at home Vs the Poms.

  • SSRajan on August 17, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    @PunchDrunkPunter: Only one innings in Kolkata?? Do you ever watch any test cricket. So Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Chennai, Galle, Durban, Mohali do not occur to you at all.

  • siddhartha87 on August 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    SRT will not quit as Kallis is approahing him alarmingly:p

  • shrish_666 on August 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    dont know whats the problem of some people with srt..with two seniors gone we desperately need his servises for some years...dravid came to form only in wi/eng series n before that he was out of form for long... n at that time srt was at his pinnacle n our best batsman batsman by a distace which he is even now atleast in test..just because he has all the records in the world doesnt make him selfish...it really hurt when someone critisize st on these grounds.. .

  • ElBeeDubya on August 17, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Apart from the last couple of series, Laxman has been an irreplaceably key component who should be credited for shouldering the giant burden of carrying his team through during a few NAIT-BITING Test victories which helped India win a few series and thus achieve NUMBER ONE RANKING. He also has been one of the most BEAUTIFUL batsmen to watch when he is in full flow in addition to being a reliable slip fielder. His commendable off field demeanor makes him a great ROLE MODEL for any youngster. I wish his form didn't drop and he could still play a year or to but, well, it was good while lasted. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

  • santhoo24 on August 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    What upsets me the most is the mere fact that he (VVS) has to prove his worth time and again while some of his 'peers' had luxury of time to recover from lean patch. Anyways, one would realize the worth of something only after it' is lost. I wish VVS a happy post-cricket life ahead (assuming he retires after the NZ series).

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Hoping to see a match winning hundred(first innings) or heroic second innings on his exit. Best of Luck. Going to miss Mr.Very Very Special. There won't be no replacement for your style and temperament.

  • xylo on August 17, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    It is shameful that so-called critics call the selection of Laxman a backward step, but remain silent on the issue of Sachin Tendulkar. When was the last time Sachin performed well in a test match? Congratulations to VVS on a wonderful career. Here is sincerely hoping that the Azhar-VVS classy style of batting to be carried forward by another batsman.

  • i.love.ice.creams on August 17, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    When he's safely out of the ODI squad since ages, and doesn't need to struggle hard to maintain his fitness due to the fewer number of 5-day games played these days, I'd say IT WOULD BE A HASTY MOVE TO ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT. . People have recovered from long droughts of runs in the past and if he perseveres, he may succeed too. . Contrary to Dravid who said Goodbye at 40 (almost), our 'Very Very Special' friend is under 38.

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Those who are asking Tendulkar to retire are India haters. India test cricket will be in doldrums if SRT retires now. SRT got 226 runs in MCG + Sydney tests and failed in the other 2. Much better performance then the other batsman , Only Kohli matched it.

  • Baundele on August 17, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I wonder if Gavaskar and co. have the courage to comment the same about Tendulkar. Laxman will be replaced by the net-Talent Rohit. IMO, age should not be a problem as long as the player is match fit and performing. Younger players have to earn their spot in the team through hard work and performance, not through the older ones' sacrifice.

  • ac_Indian on August 17, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Damn you Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra et al., you are the ones I feel responsible for one of my favorite cricketer's agony and ultimately denying him a chance to prove himself. Forget SA in 2013, we need him badly especially against Eng, Aus right now to win test matches and get the confidence and self belief going.

  • jango_moh on August 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @PunchDrunkPunter... im sure ur an ENG fan, and an ignorant one at that.... any AUS will tell u about his 169 and some other great innings in aus and other places abroad as well as in the subcontinent... in the last decade, he was instrumental in many fightbacks from india... just the fact that u know only about his really good innings shows ur ignorance... and BELLL????, c'mon... that guy hasnt acheived anything compared to laxman... no offence, but ur comments completely ticked me off..... nywys, good decision by laxman, i think its time to go... let the youngsters start taking responsibility....

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    VVS is a class act and specially popular to folks in Calcutta since he has made Eden Gardens his personal play ground. @VVS from a Calcuttan- thanks a lot, sir, for all the great memories you have provided us including the legendary stand with Dravid against Steve Waugh's meanies.

  • cricket444 on August 17, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Time to bring the curtains down on a great career !! What a pleasure watching this lad bat!! out f d top drawer !! very very stylish batsman !! Hope some one equally stylish replaces him .........baton passed from azhar 2 laxman ...laxman 2 ????

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Time for SRT to take a cue on this. Sad to see him go, loved his style of batting. It is unfortunate that we do not have another stylish Hyderabadi in the team.

  • BnH1985Fan on August 17, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    VVSL should have retired about 2-3 years ago. Hope he will not delay the inevitable to a point where he has to be forced out. Only in India can a player rest on past laurels.

  • bumsonseats on August 17, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    a very good batter. saw abit more of him as he played a couple of seasons for lancs i thought like the other seniors he would have carried on for another 2 years. the BCCI i guess would not intervene ST after the england then perhaps its all systems go india new blood all the lessons they will have learned from the IPL will stand them in good stead.

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I just hope he makes a century at Hyderabad and retires after that so that a youngster can play in 2nd test. All the best Laxman.

  • Breaking_Point on August 17, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Hmm. . . . .he's clever and right too! Tendulkar can atleast learn from his fellow man!!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 17, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    With due respect to Laxman - I think he should have stepped down after Aus series. This guy does not have it in him anymore. Its sad that the great career has fallen off the cliff so rapidly and we will never see the laxman who showed brilliance against Aust. All the best for your last series and retire with a high note!

  • perl57 on August 17, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    People will start frating again about Sachin's presence now. Frankly Laxman is irreplaceable even in few years. It will take a lot to replace Viru, laxman, Rahul and Sourav and probably it takes may BE once in a century to replace Sachin. Remains to be seen if Virat, Chet'war, Manoj Tiwary can make the mark up showing more guts. Virat in ODIs has shown how dedicated preparation brings about amazing results. It is upto the newbie's to prove to world why they can replace the greatest ever lineup cricket has been blessed to see. Laxman's retirement will be a huge loss and it is understandly the correct one on his behalf to take this decision.

  • on August 17, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Its about time he retired. He was just a pale shadow of himself in the England and Australia series. With India losing 8 consecutive tests we can't afford a walking middle order wicket on juicy pitches. BTW, no one would think he was depriving chances to youngsters if he had actually performed well in England and Australia. Those remarks came only after his pathetic performances there. The pressure mounted by the commentators was pretty justified.

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    We will miss you.But Rohit Sharma will replace you.

  • PunchDrunkPunter on August 17, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Good player, but nowhere near as stylish as Dravid, Bell or M.Waugh. Vastly overrated based on 1 Test match in 2001!

  • jkmrao on August 17, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Perhaps the most stylish and the most humble batsman of the present era is retiring. He is perhaps the only batsman who has given such a joy to the spectators. In my opinion the best batsman after Viswanath. A great fielder too. May he be blessed with success in his post-cricket life! Goodbye Luck-man! - J K Mohana Rao

  • KTiwari on August 17, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Good decision Laxman. All the best for future endeavours.

  • Nampally on August 17, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    I like Laxman & want him to succeed, being a Centurian myself for Marredpally during my teens in Hyderabad League. VVS has not played after the Australian tour, at high level cricket. It is tough to bring yourselves to Test standard & be fit for a 5 day test match, knowing his past history of back spasms. It is one thing playing in the Nets & totally different one in the Test matches. Physical Fitness & ability to perform at the top level is critical. It is left up to VVS to prove whether he can perform at the high level. He should at least waite till the first test to make such an important announcement. Amongst the new batch of youngsters, Only Kohli & Pujara are of test calibre. The others are "work in progress" + deficient in several areas & appear to fail consistently but hide under the label of "Talent". Can Rohit save India from near defeat situations as VVS did time & again? Not presently - If VVS Can reproduce his old magic, he still is better than so called "Talent".

  • StatisticsRocks on August 17, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I think it is time.

    The next headline will be SRT to announce retirement in 2020

  • Nadeem1976 on August 17, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    This is really sad news. One of the all time great timer of cricket ball is going to retire from test cricket. Why. Why media is trying to destroy test cricket and it's beauty. Test cricket cannot afford two retirements in one year. This is insane and it will destroy test cricket in India. Sad sad day and only because of so called media and commentators.

  • TRAM on August 17, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    He may not be THAT bad in batting. One 50+ score in 8 innings can be expected. (if that is a good batting). What is bad is he cant bowl and he CANT FIELD. If we count the catches that he DOES NOT ATTEMPT at slips, that would mount 4 times his scores. But good luck for his after-cricket life. I would like to hear from him in the publishing/commentary, etc.

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    The end of the Stylish Hyderabadi's era :(

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    An architect behind many Indian victories.....Indian cricket will sorely miss u.... :( All the best for your future...

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    so sad will not see very very speacial Laxman but cant stop cos some has to go one day. He is the most reliable batsman after dravid india ever produced. So many freat innings saved India or won for India. Hats off Laxman for giving us joy and proud. India has to find man for two places now its hard but world will go. all has to move aheard> three loses Ganguli who tought how to fight & win, dravid how to stay on any pitch and laxman how to fight when team is in denger. This is the leasson to be learned new comers early to be great ppl like these great MEN. God bless u. Three cheers for VVS LAXMAN>

  • Paritosh712 on August 17, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    The aesthetic quality Laxman brings in his laid back Hyderabadi style with magic-weaving wrists, is undoubtedly majestic. But He has become a shadow of his former self. I want him to play another of those innings, before he retires. Even if he fails in last series, he would remain a great batsmen for India,

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    he shud stay until england series

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I think an era of Indian cricket is about to end. We will always miss VVS.

  • philipsmgp on August 17, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    The most unlikely and unduely respected hero.He was one man who didnt know how to turn publicity in to money like most of his co-colleagues sachin,rahul and saurav did.But if u go back to hsitory he has played the most crucial and match winning innings in the most difficult situations in test matches.Hats off to u laxman u have been the true and humble servant to cricket.I just pray god u retire with flying colours and just show way to sachin to let other youngsters play.......

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Dravid now VVS. Most complicated to replace these 2 players.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on August 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    the most victimized player of his era. victimized by almost every selectors, and out great captain, dadu ganguly.

  • dheerajshetty on August 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its too soon, We need laxman at least for another year.

  • Sinhaya on August 17, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Laxman your 280 at Kokota in 2001 was the best ever test innings!

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Will be sad to see Laxman quit. Mr. Majestic, Very Very Special. Can Raina or Yuvi fill the void created by Laxman's retirement?

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Solid Player! He made many breathtaking innings enjoyed watching him play. Its sad to see great Indian batsman like Dravid and Laxman go but its all about the next generation. Maybe the Legend SRT could learn from this instead of going after more records i.e 200th Test :)

  • Selfishkar on August 17, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Laxman has played more test winning/saving innings for India than the selfish cricketer who is in Rajya sabha currently.

  • woodhaven on August 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Thanks god, he got some sense. Wish tendulkar learn from him and give chance to yng star

  • RGee on August 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    i wish him good luck. it is the perfect time for him to retire...........is sachin listening?

  • satish619chandar on August 17, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    So, many guys got what they wanted.. I didn't want all the big guys to leave together but it will allow the younger guys to gel together with a permanent spot guaranteed in the team than fight for one or two slots.. Good luck VVS post retirement..

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  • satish619chandar on August 17, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    So, many guys got what they wanted.. I didn't want all the big guys to leave together but it will allow the younger guys to gel together with a permanent spot guaranteed in the team than fight for one or two slots.. Good luck VVS post retirement..

  • RGee on August 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    i wish him good luck. it is the perfect time for him to retire...........is sachin listening?

  • woodhaven on August 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Thanks god, he got some sense. Wish tendulkar learn from him and give chance to yng star

  • Selfishkar on August 17, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Laxman has played more test winning/saving innings for India than the selfish cricketer who is in Rajya sabha currently.

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Solid Player! He made many breathtaking innings enjoyed watching him play. Its sad to see great Indian batsman like Dravid and Laxman go but its all about the next generation. Maybe the Legend SRT could learn from this instead of going after more records i.e 200th Test :)

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Will be sad to see Laxman quit. Mr. Majestic, Very Very Special. Can Raina or Yuvi fill the void created by Laxman's retirement?

  • Sinhaya on August 17, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Laxman your 280 at Kokota in 2001 was the best ever test innings!

  • dheerajshetty on August 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its too soon, We need laxman at least for another year.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on August 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    the most victimized player of his era. victimized by almost every selectors, and out great captain, dadu ganguly.

  • on August 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Dravid now VVS. Most complicated to replace these 2 players.