strongNew Delhi/strong: The Indian cricket fraternity paid glowing tributes to VVS Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, describing the stylish batsman as an exceptional cricketer who excelled in pressure situations.
Laxman's teammates such as Sachin Tendulkar said they will miss him in the dressing room and said the void left by him will never be fulfilled. Former captains such as Sourav Ganguly and Dilip Vengsarkar also hailed the stylish batsman for his outstanding career.
When I walk out to play in Hyderabad, I will feel a deep void. A void that can never be fulfilled. My dear friend, VVS Laxman... Tendulkar tweeted.
Dilip Vengsarkar said that Laxman is a cricketer who emerges once in a generation. Laxman has had an outstanding career. He is one of the few batsman who was a great chaser, an art only a few could master, Vengsarkar stated.
Ganguly, who has shared the Indian dressing room with Laxman for more than decade recollected the epic knock of 281 at the Eden Gardens.
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 ourself that we're not behind... Since then, we never looked back as Indian cricket kept improving.
He was terrific... a God-gifted player. When I first saw him, his style seemed to me like that of Mohammad Azharuddin but he went on to prove himself to be better.
Ganguly further said Laxman was very different in the dressing room, much unlike what he seemed while being on the field.
Recalling India's 2007 Test vs South Africa in Cape Town, Ganguly said they had to change the batting order and he had to come at 4 as Laxman was taking shower.
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