Indian batsman VVS Laxman has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The 37-year-old, who has scored 8,781 runs in 134 Test matches, said that playing for his country has been a great source of pride for him during his career.
However, he now feels that the time is right to step aside and let the youngsters take the mantle.
"It's been 16 years since I have made my international debut for India and I think it is the right time to move on," said Laxman. "As a youngster it was dream to represent India and it took lot of pride to wear India cap.
"I would like to give youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves. I am grateful to almighty for blessing me to live my dream of playing cricket.
"I have always felt that I have got the opportunity to serve my country and have played the best cricket not only in India but overseas as well."
Laxman made his debut against South Africa in 1996.