Bangalore, Aug 21: Despite speculations doing rounds, as people suspect selectors' role in the stylish batsman's decision, VVS Laxman reveals that he followed his inner voice, which said it's time to move on.
Given his age into consideration, Laxman could have easily played for another year or until the end of 2012, as he was just 38. Moreover, since he was fit, age was not playing on his mind.
According to Rahul Dravid, Laxman was in touch with him and was contemplating on retirement, but said he was little surprised over the timing, as he was picked for the Test series against New Zealand, but never ruled out that it was not on Laxman's mind.
"We had spoken a few times after I had retired but I must admit that I was a little surprised at the timing (of the decision to quit), in the sense that he had been selected for the Tests against New Zealand," Dravid told TOI on his return from London.
Since he had to play a long season, which involved a lot of Test matches against New Zealand, England and Australia, fitness and the demands of playing international cricket had to be taken into consideration.
Moreover, Laxman also experienced an internal battle, as his inner voice asked him if he wanted to continue, as Laxman reveals that it happened to him a few days before he actually announced his retirement.
"As far as fitness goes, I worked quite hard for the last 3 and a half months," said Laxman.
"This happened to me four or five days back when an internal battle started. The inner voice asked me if I wanted to play for my own self or in the better interest of the country," he said.
"Other greats who have retired in their careers told me that when such a thing happens, you should know that the right time has come. That happened 4-5 days ago," Laxman added.
Laxman also said that his parents had insisted him to go with the inner voice, as they always respected his conscience, and said that prompted him to take this decision in life.