Laxman's 'innings' only for the game

Mumbai: The urge to "give something back" to the game is driving V.V.S. Laxman to continue playing for Hyderabad despite having retired from international cricket.

"I just want to give something back to cricket and to Hyderabad... From 2000 or thereabouts I hardly played in the Ranji Trophy, because of my India commitments...

"Now that my India innings is over and I don't have international commitments, I can play first-class cricket for my Association, which gave me the platform to display my talent," Laxman told The Telegraph at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, incidentally his first one-on-one with anybody from the media after retiring three months ago, Laxman added: "For now, I intend playing this season only."

Asked if he regretted having left international cricket, the 38-year-old emphatically said "no."

Laxman got a hundred in his last innings, versus Madhya Pradesh, but suffered a back problem. He is, therefore, doubtful for the next match (against Mumbai).

His scores have been: 23, 67 (versus Punjab); 120 against Madhya Pradesh.

If available, Laxman will continue to captain, otherwise Ravi Teja is going to lead Hyderabad.