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    In pics: VVS Laxman calls it a day

    • Laxman made his Test debut against South Africa on November 20, 1996. (Getty Images)

    • In 134 Tests, Laxman scored 8781 runs at an average of 45.97, including 17 hundreds and 56 half-centuries. (Getty Images)

    • Laxman's first two Test tons came against Australia in 2001 and 2003. (Getty Images)

    • Laxman was one of the saffest slip fielders, taking 135 catches - some of them were just spectacular - in 134 Tests. (Getty Images)

    • VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid record breaking partnership at Eden Gardens always be remembered. (Getty Images)

    • Among all the centuries Laxman scored, the 281-run knock he played in the Kolkata Test in 2001 against Australia was arguably his best. (Getty Images)

    • Laxman's record against Australia was spectacular. He scored 2434 runs in 29 Tests against the Aussies. (Getty Images)

    • Laxman will always be remembered for his very very special innings. (Getty Images)

    • His ability of sending the military medium pace was commendable. (Getty Images)

    • Laxman played 86 ODIs and scored 3283 runs at an average of 30.76, making six centuries and 10 half-centuries.(Getty Images)

    • He always found Sachin Tendulkar and other team-mates by his side whenever he sought any advice. (Getty Images)

    • The Hyderabadi batsman played his last ODI against South Africa at Centurion in 2006. (Getty Images)

    • The classical Indian batsman announced his retirement on August 18, 2012, bringing the curtains down on a 16-year prolific career (Getty Images)