|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Cricketers and those associated with the game pay tribute to VVS Laxman, after he announces his international retirement in Hyderabad
August 18, 2012
The Insider : Laxman the revolutionary
News : Laxman retires from international cricket
News : Laxman's retirement speech
News : A very, very special career
Audio/Video: 'An emotional and surprising decision' | 'Right time for me to move on' - Laxman | VVS Laxman retirement speech
Players/Officials: VVS Laxman
Gallery: Magic in his wrists
"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
Congrats to VVS Laxman on an amazing career.— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) August 18, 2012
"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
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
New Zealand allrounder James Franklin remembers all his stats, and likes to take his five-year-old to watch football and rugby
The Cricket Monthly: Do cricketers know what they did last summer (and before)? We put Michael Clarke to the test
Shaun Pollock talks to Alison Mitchell about career highs and lows
Numbers Game: Over the last four years, Rangana Herath has become Sri Lanka's strike bowler
Russell Jackson: He makes buckets of runs but cannot hold his place in the Test side. What needs to work for him going forward?
A gutting loss to England, after leading the series 1-0, has thrown up some glaring inadequacies in the Indian team but there is little being said or done in terms of improvement
After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways
For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset
Sri Lanka's marks out of 10 following their 2-0 series win against Pakistan
Former players react to India's humiliating 1-3 series defeat in England
Why does the man who is possibly England's greatest fast bowler occasionally turn into Mr Hyde on the field?
With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests