Even a day after his announcement, speculation was rife on what triggered VVS Laxman's sudden decision to retire.
Without getting into the merits and demerits, the timing has raised questions. Why now? Like always, Laxman kept his emotions in check and chose his words carefully, but there is no arguing that he was pushed into taking the call.
Different theories did the rounds - the role of the selectors, captain MS Dhoni or criticism from former players.
The most explosive was the Dhoni angle. Laxman's statement during the press conference that he was not able to contact his skipper fanned the fire.
Laxman's family, however, dismissed the speculation that he was unhappy with Dhoni's role. "It was a spontaneous reaction to a question, his tone was of jest - that Dhoni, you all know how difficult is to contact? He shares a wonderful relationship with Dhoni.
He always speaks highly of him and Dhoni gives him a lot of respect," said uncle Baba Krishna Mohan, who had accompanied Laxman to the media conference on Saturday.
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