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).
"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