Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene on Monday paid tribute to Indian veteran VVS Laxman, who recently retired from international cricket, saying that the game will be poorer without one of the finest players of this generation.

“Laxman was one of the finest players of our times and world cricket will miss him. He has contributed a lot to the game and to his country’s success,” Jayawardene said.

“I don’t know under what circumstances he retired but every international cricketer will have to take a call finally and he must have thought it was time for him to go. Rahul (Dravid) surprised people when he decided to quit. VVS must also have some plan for his future.

“But you cannot take away his achievements as a cricketer. As a person also he is a fantastic guy,” added the Wayamba United skipper.