Five months after the retirement of Rahul Sharad Dravid, Indian cricket bled again as yet another glorious chapter drew to a close. On 18th August 2012, an ultra-emotional Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman, listening to his 'inner voice' decided to hang up his wonderfully worn shoes in a simple press-conference at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium in Hyderabad just 3 days ahead of the 2 match home Test series against New Zealand. It was a gentle kiss good-bye wrapped up in dignity, for that was what Laxman stood for.
For the past couple of days rumors were rife that VVS would exit after the first Test in front of his home crowd at Hyderabad. Why not? This faithful servant of the game had every right to demand a 'farewell Test'. Yet, Laxman rejected the offer to put the team's cause before personal aspirations and chose to make way for youngsters to get acclimatized to the rigors of international cricket ahead of the tough international assignments. So Romantic and Laxman-esque! It would be an understatement to say cricket will never be the same without the Hyderabadi ace.