Indian middle-order batsmen V.V.S. Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. While announcing his retirement, Laxman said that he feels it is the right time to announce his retirement and give chance to youngsters to play for India.
“I think it’s the right time to give the opportunity to youngsters.” says Laxman
In a career which has seen plenty of ups and downs, numbers don’t do justice to Laxman’s achievements. He has just 17 centuries to his name in spite of having played 134 Tests. The Hyderabadi also scored 6 centuries in ODIs. From all the great innings of his career, his 281 against the Aussies in Kolkata that helped India win a match from a hopeless situation has to be one of the best innings played by an Indian cricketer in Tests.
Laxman could be one of those players who were born in a wrong era. In a team which had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, it was extremely difficult to make an impact. But Laxman has lived through challenges all throughout his career. He not only proved his individual brilliance but would be remembered as one of the most stylish batsmen to have played the game. He gained the respect from the Aussies for whom he was the tormentor in chief.
Laxman scored six Test centuries against the Aussies and four out of his six ODI tons have also come against the Kangaroos. His back foot punches and ability to charge down, drive a ball inside out pitched outside leg-stump through covers for a boundary is something which is inimitable.
The cricketing fraternity will miss Laxman, his silken shots and it is yet to be seen who can fill his shoes as a disaster management expert. Batting with tail-enders in the fourth innings is no cakewalk. But the man of Laxman’s calibre often found himself in such situations and slowly, steadily he saved, won several matches for India. Throughout his career, it was a treat to watch him bat. And as many cricket fans might agree, the right-hander’s retirement is the end of a ‘Very Very Special’ era.