Apparently incommunicado when V.V.S. Laxman tried contacting him before announcing his retirement, the Indian cricket team captain, M.S. Dhoni, paid rich tributes to the veteran batsman, saying that his absence would be felt by the entire team.
“The whole team will miss u VVS. One of the best human beings I have ever met in my life. Spent a lot of time with him while batting and fielding and the chat would always be about the team.
“Will miss him whenever the team cuts cake, personally I will really miss u LACHU BHAI,” Dhoni tweeted.
Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the stylish right-hander with not just cricketers, but athletes from other sports lauding him.
“Thank you for all the memories V.V.S. Cricket world will mourn, Aussie cricket will celebrate,” tweeted tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi.
“India will miss V.V.S. Laxman, rock-solid batsman, a great ambassador for cricket & above all, one of the best human beings I have met,” added Olympic silver-medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore. —