Bangalore: VVS Laxman bid farewell to international cricket in an emotional press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday (August 18). He began by reading out a written statement, and in the course of doing so almost broke down on more than one occasion. The full text of Laxman's statement:
Firstly I'd like to thank you all for coming here at just short notice. I really appreciate it. I'd like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. It's been 16 years since I made my international debut for India and I feel it's the right time for me to move on. I've always kept the country's success and need ahead of my personal aspirations and hence while I'd have love to have been contributing to the team's success especially against England and Australia later in the season I think it's the right time to give the opportunity to a youngster in home conditions before obviously the tough overseas tours next year. As a youngster representing India was a dream for me and I'm very grateful to the almighty for blessing me to live my dream. I think very few in our country actually get that opportunity and I feel I'm blessed to have got this opportunity.
I've always felt that through cricket I've got an opportunity to serve the country and therefore took a lot of pride in wearing the India cap. I was fortunate to play in an era where the Indian cricket team played some of its best cricket not only at home but also overseas. I feel that I was very lucky that during this fabulous journey I had a lot of people who encouraged me and without them this journey wouldn't have been so memorable.