V. V. S. Laxman
"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it’s a miracle.” – Brett Lee repeats the words of wisdom of his former captain, Steve Waugh (27 Sep 2004).
"His (Laxman's) innings were truly wonderful and I hope it is just the first of many such knocks from Laxman," Sunil Gavaskar after Laxman's magnificent 281.
"The Indians were fragile in the first Test. They were also fragile at the Eden. It was mainly the effort of one player (Laxman) who played a long innings and saved the game," Australian coach John Buchanan said after the fourth day's play (March 14) at Eden Gardens in 2001.
"I hope his back's pretty sore for next week as well and he can't play." - Ricky Ponting pays a back-handed compliment to Australia's nemesis, VVS Laxman (5 October 2010)
"He has been a legend of the game. He has served Indian cricket for a long, long time. There should not be anyone [else] who should be deciding about his retirement. It should be him. Whenever he wants to take it, he should take it. Rather than criticising just one person, you should be criticising all seven batsmen who have failed as a unit. The entire team is behind him [Laxman], and I have always believed you should not criticise only one or two people. If you are to criticise, criticise all seven batsmen who have not performed well and let the team down." - Gautam Gambhir defends VVS Laxman after the Perth Test in January 2012.
"VVS was really remarkable in this match. He helped the team overcome a batting collapse. Laxman remained at the crease, hit boundaries, rotated the strike and kept the scoreboard moving all the time. For me, it was a very special innings by Laxman." - India captain MS Dhoni after Laxman led India to a memorable one-wicket victory against Australia at Mohali in October 2010.
"When he walks in, whether you are batting in the middle or sitting in the pavilion and a wicket has fallen, he brings calm to the whole dressing room. I, personally, get a feeling of calm and solidity, not because Laxman will always score but because you know that he will never let you down in terms of effort: you know that he is there and he will pull his weight. There is no higher compliment. You know he has the requisite quality, and that he can read situations well. He has turned up in every circumstance: bad pitches, good pitches, when setting a total or after the opposition has piled up a big score." - Rahul Dravid in a column after Laxman had played his 100th Test.
"When I walk out to play in Hyderabad, I will feel a deep void. A void that can never be fulfilled. My dear friend, VVS Laxman..." Tendulkar