Hyderabad: Barely six months after announcing his retirement from international cricket, VVS Laxman has slipped into his new media role with great élan. Laxman has always been at ease speaking in public, his naturally disarming manner and a quick smile serving as huge assets.
His television debut as commentator during the Chennai Test was generally well received, and Laxman showed how much more confident and comfortable he is talking about himself and the game he served with great distinction for so long, at a feel-good evening of anecdotes and laughs on Friday (March 1).
The occasion was the launch of 'Talking Cricket', a compilation of 22 long-form interviews published by ESPNcricinfo, and Laxman was at his eloquent best, prodded along by Harsha Bhogle and Sambit Bal, as he totally charmed an audience that also included Sanjay Manjrekar. Laxman spoke of the importance of ensuring that youngsters of today keep their focus and equanimity, given the various distractions available now compared to when he was starting out. "It's not just about distractions. It’s the amount of options available to you," he pointed out. "When I chose not to become a doctor and chose cricket as my career path, there was nothing in my life except cricket.