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Experienced Indian batsman VVS Laxman has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, bringing down the curtain on his career at the age of 37.
Laxman, a stylish and understated right-hand batsman, made his debut for India in a Test against South Africa in 1996, going on to play 134 Tests and 86 One-Day Internationals.
He is best remembered for an innings of 281 against Australia in Kolkata in 2001, which enabled India to win a Test match after following on. The match has passed into cricketing legend as the 'miracle of Kolkata' and until Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple-century, remained the highest score by an Indian batsman.
He scored 16 other centuries, scoring 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97 and taking 135 catches. Batting alongside contemporaries Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, he helped India reach the number one spot in the Test rankings.
"It's been 16 years since I made my international debut for India. And now I feel is the right time to move on, " Laxman said.
"I have served my country through cricket. I think its the right time to give the opportunity to youngsters."
He scored 2,338 runs in his ODI career, scoring six centuries and appearing in the 2004 Asia Cup final and the Champions Trophy later that year.
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