A controversy had erupted last year when Dhoni was not among the invitees during a dinner function at Laxman's residence. "The one week after I announced the retirement was very tough. Suddenly, a dinner invite to a few friends in the team became national news. It was bound to happen, as people didn't anticipate that (retirement ahead of the home Test). It's part and parcel of the game.
'Always friends'"I am friends with Dhoni. He's an amazing person and one of the best captains. He is the best person to lead India at the moment," said Laxman
The Hyderabadi also reiterated that the timing of his retirement was perfect. "I retired because I felt it was the right time," said Laxman. During the first Test against Australia at Chennai, Laxman had again created a controversy when he had criticised Dhoni's handling of Harbhajan Singh.