Indian batsman VVS Laxman announced on Saturday that he would be retiring from international cricket with immediate effect.
“It’s been 16 years since I have made my international debut for India and I think it is the right time to move on,” said Laxman after announcing his retirement in Hyderabad.
“I would like to give youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves,” said Laxman. “I am grateful to almighty for blessing me to live my dream of playing cricket”
Laxman was also picked for the forthcoming India-New Zealand two-Test series but the stylish Hyderabadi stunned the cricket fraternity by calling it quits with immediate effect.
Through his career, Laxman went on to live up to his nickname – ‘Very Very Special’ – as he became part of the famous batting quartet also comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid which ruled Indian cricket for more than a decade.
Laxman has played 134 Tests, amassing 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97 and hitting 17 hundreds. His highest score was 281 against Australia. He has held 135 Test catches.