Hyderabad: VVS Laxman's decision to retire with immediate effect didn't just surprise the cricketing fraternity but also shocked his better half Sailaja, who was left wondering how the veteran would do without his "first wife".
"I was taken aback (when Laxman first conveyed his decision) because his aim was to beat Australia and England in India. So,we were expecting him to play till Australia series. It was quite a surprise," a teary-eyed Sailaja said at the press conference in which Laxman decided call it quits from international cricket yesterday.
"But, he listened to his inner consciousness. That's what matters more," she added.