VVS Laxman has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, ending a 16-year career that will be remembered for several innings of extreme grace under extreme pressure.
Laxman, 37, had been included in India's squad for the home series against New Zealand starting next week but said he took the decision over the past few days.
He announced his decision at an emotional press conference in his hometown Hyderabad, which he will represent in the Ranji Trophy this coming season.
Laxman said and I quote. "I would like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, "I have always kept my country's success and need ahead of my personal aspirations I think this is the right time to give the youngsters a chance in home conditions ahead of international assignments coming up next year." Unqote.