Reports have emerged that Indian batsman VVS Laxman is contemplating retiring from international cricket at the end of the 2-match Test series against New Zealand.
English daily ‘The Hindu’ has quote Laxman saying that a final decision will be taken about the exact details of my plans by this evening.”
Visibly hurt by the comments that by continuing to play for India he is overcrowding the chances of youngsters, a letdown Laxman is now contemplating retirement from cricket and is predictable to make a formal statement either tomorrow or the day after.
Laxman’s place in the Test side has been under constant conjecture since India’s 8 consecutive away Test losses last year. He was though named in the 15-member squad for India’s 2 Tests against visitors New Zealand starting August 23rd. It was believed that post Rahul Dravid’s retirement; the side still needed a senior member like Laxman. The 1st Test will be played in Laxman's place of birth - Hyderabad.
Laxman’s performances in both England and Australia were far from the standard he had set for himself in the past. The Hyderabad had a torrid run Down Under, totaling just 155 runs across 8 innings at an average of less than 20. His health and running between the wickets have also often come under scrutiny.
37-year old Laxman, who made his Test debut against South Africa at Ahmadabad in November 1996, has played 134 Tests for India, scoring 8781 runs at an average of 45.97, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties.