[caption id="attachment_765961" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/VVS-Laxman.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-765961" alt="VVS Laxman" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/VVS-Laxman.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> VVS Laxman (IANS Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>He played several match-winning knocks during his illustrious career, including the famous 281-run innings at Eden Gardens but former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> batting stalwart <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vvs-laxman/">VVS Laxman</a> has rated his 167 against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> at Sydney as his career-defining moment. <p></p> <p></p>Laxman handpicked his maiden century against Australia at Sydney in 2000 as the best of the lot out of his 17 Test tons. "281 is definitely a very memorable knock and a match for me, that Kolkata Test match and the series itself. But, 167 gave me the confidence that I can perform at the highest level," he told reporters during the release of his his autobiography '281 and Beyond' on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>"Because the situation we were in, and the conditions, it was quite challenging condition and also one of the best bowling line ups in world cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"To go out and get my first Test 100. That was very important for me to realise that I had the potential to perform even at the highest level. So, I think that 100 gave me the confidence that I can take on the best in various conditions and various situations. That turned around my career if I may say," Laxman added. <p></p> <p></p>Asked about his decision to retire in the middle of a Test match in his home town of Hyderabad, Laxman said: "But then, retirement or any decision you take, you have to be comfortable with that decision. I felt deep down that it was right time for me to quit the game and move on. <p></p> <p></p>"So, I don't at all regret while lot of fans still feel very disappointed and disheartened that they did not see me bat for one last time in Hyderabad."