Kolkata, Oct 19: Former India batsman, VVS Laxman attributed his success at Eden Gardens, Kolkata to Goddess Kali and also revealed that the city is very close to his heart as he considers it to be his second home during his visit on Thursday.
VVS Laxman's epic 281, has been the highlight of his career, which was achieved at the venue, and the stylish left-hander maintains that it wouldn't have been possible without Goddess Kali's blessings.
Laxman, who was in the city to ianugurate Durga Puja, said that the city was always close to his heart and would consider it as his second home.
"Whenever I come to Kolkata I make it a point to visit the Kalighat temple. The goddess has always blessed me and my success in the city has been certainly because of her blessings," said the stylish batsman.
"Kolkata is my second home. I may have been born in Hyderabad but the Eden Gardens has given life to my professional career. It always has been special for me. The Eden and the city have always been special for me because of the enthusiastic fans," said Laxman, who retired from international cricket earlier this year.
Laxman, who has scored 1,217 runs at the Eden Gardens with an average of 110.63 which is the third highest average amongst players who scored 1,000 runs at a particular venue.
While Mohammad Azharuddin, another Hyderabadi has also scored 5 centuries at Eden Gardens, at an average of 107.50, Laxman leads the list as Eden Gardens has been truly special for the stylish right-hander.
Talking about the people of Kolkata, Laxman said he was very excited about visiting the city as Bengalis are very fond of him, and also revealed that he can fairly understand Bengali.
"I have always got love and adulation from Bengalis not only within the country but outside as well. And contrary to popular belief, I understand a fair bit of Bengali. I used to enjoy listening when Sourav (Ganguly) used to talk to Bengali journalists," he said.