VVS Laxman was a genuine match-winner: Kris Srikkanth

VVS Laxman announced retirement from international cricket with “immediate effect” on Saturday Getty Images

Mumbai: Aug 19, 2012

Former India captain Kris Srikkanth and current chairman of selectors hailed just-retired cricketer VVS Laxman as a “genuine match winner”.

Srikkanth was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as saying, “Laxman was a genuine match winner and easily the most elegant of this generation. I always thought that he did not get his due from critics.

“What made him special was his humble attitude. To have such a long career without getting involved even in a minor controversy is a tribute to Laxman s professionalism.”

Srikkanth had earlier expressed shock over VVS Laxman s retirement decision from international cricket on Saturday.

Former Indian captain said he was expecting the Hyderabadi batsman to play the upcoming Test series.

Srikkanth said, “It is a quite shocking retirement. He has made his decision. This is his personal decision and we should respect his personal decision.

“We were hoping that he would play in New Zealand series. He is going with inner voice we will have to respect his voice.”

Srikkanth paid rich tributes to Laxman and Rahul Dravid who announced retirement in March earlier this year.

He was quoted by Zee News as saying, “It s a great coincidence that Rahul Dravid and Laxman retired around the same time. They are not going to play in New Zealand series. They have done so many inhuman and superhuman jobs.”

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