August 18, 2012

'One of the finest human beings to have played cricket'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Cricketers and those associated with the game pay tribute to VVS Laxman, after he announces his international retirement in Hyderabad

"When i walk out to play in Hyderabad I will feel a deep void. A void that can never be filled. My dear friend, VVS Laxman..."
India team-mate Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter

"The whole team will miss you VVS. One of the best human beings I have ever met in my life. Spent a lot of time with him while batting and fielding and the chat would always be about the team. Personally, I will really miss you Lachu bhai."
India captain MS Dhoni

"The best part about Laxman was his sense of grace on and off the field, both in good times and bad times. I will remember him most for his sense of balance while batting, his ability to keep smiling whatever the situation and the tenacity to keep bouncing back."
Former India captain Rahul Dravid

"That was the brightest day in Laxman's career. That innings had a big impact on Indian cricket. It had given us a huge sense of relief and made us have belief in ourselves that we're not behind... Since then, we never looked back as Indian cricket kept improving."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Laxman's 281 in the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia

"Laxman has had an outstanding career. He is one of the few batsmen who was a great chaser, an art only a few could master."
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar

"Laxman you were amazing [at] cricket everyone knows, but you were surely the best human being I have ever met. God bless you with all the happiness in future."
India team-mate Harbhajan Singh

"VVS is one of the finest human beings to have played cricket. One of the main pillars of the team and a true friend. Words are not enough."
India team-mate Virender Sehwag

"From carrying his innings to carrying himself, VVS has shown immense class. Will miss you Laxman bhai."
India team-mate Suresh Raina

"Laxman bhai has always been an inspiration for all the cricketers. Gonna miss watching him play for India. Wish him all the best for future!"
India batsman Manoj Tiwary

"Laxman. His attitude is infectious. Felt at peace after talking to him. A salute to him for a great career and inspiring many lives."
India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand

"Requires a very special man to turn his back on a grandstand end and accept the moment has come. Rose in my eyes if he could any more."
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle

"Not many batsmen made batting look as easy as VVS Laxman. If a cricketer's greatness is to be measured in terms of his performances against the best opposition of his time, then Laxman stands right at the top; his record against Australia, the world's No. 1 team for the better part of his career, speaks for itself. Indian cricket-lovers, and the game of cricket itself, will miss him for the elegance and grace that he epitomised, on and off the field."
BCCI president N Srinivasan