Bangalore, Sep 2: It was apt that GR Viswanath presented a memento to VVS Laxman at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday as Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) honoured the Hyderabadi.
Viswanath, who was a delight to watch during his India days, handed over a souvenir on behalf of KSCA and embraced Laxman amidst cheers from a near-full stadium during the tea interval of the third day of the second Test between India and New Zealand. Both Viswanath and Laxman were masters at batting.
"It was my honour to play for the country. I would also like to thank Anil (Kumble) and the members of KSCA for felicitating me over here," said Laxman.
Also at the same time, KSCA chose to honour one of its favourite sons, Sunil Joshi. The left-arm spinner too had retired from first class cricket, this year.
Laxman had announced his decision to quit international cricket before the start of the India-New Zealand Test series at his home ground in Hyderabad.
A brief but memorable function on the ground was attended and watched by Laxman's former team-mates. Former India captain Anil Kumble is now the President of the KSCA and made a brief speech in his capacity, talking about the honour to the two cricketers.
Laxman's close friend Rahul Dravid was also in attendance. Laxman was accompanied by his wife, Sailaja and children, Sarvajith and Achinthya.
Joshi too was with his family, wife Ravneet and son Aryan. Joshi was handed a memento and Karnataka cap by Kumble.
Speaking after the felicitation, Laxman said he was looking forward to represent Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy this season.
Joshi said it was a "great feeling" to be honoured at his home ground in front of the fans.
"It is a great feeling to receive this honour in front of your fans at your home ground. And also in front of your fellow cricketers and former team-mates. I would like to thank India and New Zealand cricketers, KSCA, all players and media for this wonderful event," Joshi said.