VVS Laxman is likely to retire during the New Zealand series, sources have told NDTV.
According to reports, he is likely to announce retirement during the 1st test itself. Incidentally, the first test is to be played at Hyderabad and it will thus be the perfect swansong for the Very Very Special middle-order batsman. This will be just his second test in front of his home crowd.
Since the England tour, VVS Laxman has not performed up to the expected levels. His highest score of 176 came against a touring and struggling West Indies side. In his last 18 test matches he has totaled 1086 runs with an average of 36.20.
In the English debacle, Laxman's top-score was 56 while in Australia he just managed a highest of 66 amongst a string of low scores.
The 37-year-old started his career in 1996 against South Africa and has amassed a total of 134 Tests scoring 8781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties. In 86 one-day internationals for India he has got 2338 runs with six centuries.
Earlier this year, teammate and good friend Rahul Dravid too retired from test cricket after the twin debacles. With Laxman lining up now, Indian team is set to have a completely new look in future matches.