Laxman excelled in pressure situations: BCCI


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the cricketing fraternity paid glowing tributes to V.V.S. Laxman, who retired from international cricket on Saturday.

BCCI president N. Srinivasan: He was an exceptional cricketer, who excelled in pressure situations. 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.

National selection panel chief Krishnamachari Srikkanth: A great cricketer and a gentleman. Came up with some great knocks for India including that 281 in Kolkota. Somehow he never quite got the kind of recognition he deserved. After a long time, India will now enter a Test without giants, Laxman and Rahul Dravid.

Sachin Tendulkar: When I walk out to play in Hyderabad I will feel a deep void. A void that never can be filled. My dear friend Laxman, 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 him).

Javagal Srinath: I think one of the best careers has come to an end. Laxman was a simple man who could play brilliant cricket. Many people referred to him as ‘Very Very Special’, but I would say he was ‘Very Very Simple’. His knock – 281 – against Australia changed the dimension of the game. It also took India onto a different dimension. Ideally it would have been better if he had finished at Hyderabad.

Venkatesh Prasad: One abiding memory of Laxman is his knock in Sydney (167), I was there and I saw he stood alone there. If that was huge, something special followed in 2001 in Kolkata when he played that knock of 281. Well, there is a time for everyone to go and I am sure he would have arrived at this decision after a hard thought. But it will be very difficult for anyone to fill in those shoes.

Nari Contractor: A few of his innings have been real gems. To have come up with such innings in times of crisis was special. He has served Indian cricket very well.

Bapu Nadkarni: He is one of the true champions of Indian batting.

Chandu Borde: He is one of the finest batsmen India has produced, one of the greats of the game, soft spoken and a very good team man.

Sourav Ganguly: Even (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, (Gautam) Gambhir, Ishant (Sharma) failed in Australia. It’s a complete case of treating unequally. Age cannot be a factor. Ishant could take only five wickets from four Test matches. If Laxman is singled out, then why not others?

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