We are all taken aback at VVS Laxman’s decision

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Local hero VVS Laxman’s retirement just ahead of the Test series against New Zealand beginning in Hyderabad on Thursday has lessened the general interest level among common people.

The Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Uppal wore a desolate look with little interest seen among the locals as Team India practised in the morning followed by the visitors’ session in the afternoon.

If the Hyderabad Cricket Association officials had earlier sounded unhappy for not being able to see Laxman one last time, the curator Y L Chandrashekhar too became emotional.

“We are all taken aback at his decision… He prepared so hard, slammed two centuries recently one being at the Gymkhana ground the wicket of which I had prepared… But we all are sad that he would not be playing here. He would have loved to play on this strip,” Chandrashekhar told PTI.