Laxman, who was at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) awards ceremony on Sunday (June 16) where they honoured 7 cricketers, felt there was talent in the city and players had the sense of pride of representing Hyderabad.
"I don't believe that there is no talent. All that is needed is commitment and the sense of pride of representing Hyderabad. I was deeply hurt when a legend made an adverse comment on the standard of Hyderabad cricket," Laxman was quoted as saying by "The Hindu".
Though Laxman did not name Gavaskar, it is understood to be the former India captain's comment that has "hurt" the affable Hyderabadi.
"I always remember 1987, the season in which Hyderabad won the Ranji Trophy and not how many Tests or ODIs the city has hosted," Laxman added.
"You have the infrastructure and the support on many fronts which were not there when I started my career. The onus is on you to rise to the occasion and repose the trust the selectors had shown on you," Laxman said.