Laxman's teammates pay tributes via Twitter
India's cricketing fraternity hailed middle-order batsman VVS Laxman as he drew the curtains over his brilliant career on Saturday after having been picked for the home Test series against New Zealand starting next week.
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “When I walk out to play in Hyderabad I will feel a deep void. A void that can never be fulfilled.
“One of the best players Indian cricket has seen and I have played with will no longer be with me. It has been an absolute pleasure to share some of my greatest cricketing moments with a true legend of the game and a thorough gentleman. VVS, the team and I will miss you.
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I will forever cherish the 16 years we have played together.” Yuvraj Singh, who is to receive the Arjuna Award, tweeted minutes after Laxman announced his retirement: “Honoured to get the arjuna award! But. Really sad VVS has retired! I was hoping he would play end of the year ! Nicest human being ever. Someone with a heart of gold.
“An absolute team man and mattered the most when India needed him Great in my books a legend who played for India. And a very special friend! Dear very very special you will be missed!”
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted: “Laxman u were amazing cricketer everyone knows but u were surely the best human being I have ever met. God bless you with all the happiness in future. Lax we are going to miss you.
You are a legend. Sending love and wishes all the way from Essex. Wish I was part of your last test. Gonna miss you vvs. god bless.” Australian batsman Michael Clarke tweeted: “Congrats to VVS Laxman on an amazing career.”
Explosive batsman Virender Sehwag tweeted: “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.”