VVS Laxman has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
"I have decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect," Laxman said at a press conference on Saturday.
In an outstanding career, he played 134 Tests for India – the third most of all time – and made 86 ODI appearances.
He scored 8781 Test runs – fourth on India’s all-time list – and made 2338 ODI runs, although he will always be best remembered for his epic innings of 281 against Australia at Kolkata in 2001 which helped his team overcome a 274-run deficit to win the match.
The BCCI President, Mr N Srinivasan, said: “Not many batsmen made batting look as easy as VVS Laxman. He was an exceptional cricketer, who excelled in pressure situations. The classic innings that he essayed in crisis situations shaped the history of Indian cricket, none more so than the 281 against Australia at Kolkata in March 2001.
“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. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to wish VVS Laxman all the best for the future.”