Reports have emerged that Indian batsman VVS Laxman is contemplating retiring from international cricket at the end of the two-match Test series against New Zealand.
English daily ‘The Hindu’ has quoted Laxman saying that “A final decision will be taken about the exact details of my plans by this evening.”
The report further states -
Visibly hurt by the comments that by continuing to play for India he is blocking the chances of youngsters, a disappointed Laxman is now contemplating retirement from cricket and is expected to make a formal announcement either tomorrow or the day after.
Laxman’s place in the Test side has been under constant speculation since India’s eight consecutive away Test losses last year. He was however named in the 15-member squad for India’s two 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 first Test will be played in Laxman's hometown - Hyderabad.
Laxman’s performances in both England and Australia were far from the standards he had set for himself in the past. The Hyderabadi had a torrid run Down Under, totaling just 155 runs across eight innings at an average of less than 20. His fitness and running between the wickets have also often come under scrutiny.
37-year old Laxman, who made his Test debut against South Africa at Ahmedabad in November 1996, has played 134 Tests for India, scoring 8781 runs at an average of 45.97, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties.