Aussies defied spirit of cricket: Laxman



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    VVS Laxman has referenced the death of Phillip Hughes in a scathing and ill-informed critique of Australia’s conduct, saying the visitors defied the spirit of cricket in Ranchi.

    Star Sports analyst Laxman, who scored 8,781 runs in a decorated Test career, condemned the visitors for “mocking” India skipper Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury on day three of the third Test.

    Laxman was addressing two issues that transpired in Saturday’s post-lunch session.

    Glenn Maxwell grabbed his shoulder after diving to stop a boundary in the same fashion that resulted in Kohli’s injury on day one.

    Footage then emerged of Steve Smith seemingly grabbing his shoulder after holding the catch to dismiss Kohli, however it was an illusion.

    Another angle of the replay showed Smith clearly had the ball in hand. The hand on his shoulder was that of a teammate celebrating the key wicket.

    “Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, what example is he setting to his team? That’s very disappointing. You can sledge … it’s fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain,” Laxman said at tea on Saturday.

    “I’ve never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well.

    “Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured.

    “Whether he gets hit on the helmet or is injured, there is a concern.

    “You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there. This is defying the spirit of the game.”

    Kohli batted without restriction on Saturday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declared earlier in the match there were “no serious concerns” about his setback.

    Aakash Chopra, who played 10 Tests for India, was also critical of the Australians during the segment.

    “It’s not OK to mock him,” Chopra said.

    “Yes there is a certain amount of animosity or rivalry, and it’s been flared up quite a bit between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

    “But you must need to know where to draw the line.”

    Chopra added Kohli deserved “some amount of blame” for the rising tensions. Kohli walked out to the players’ balcony to sarcastically applaud a failed review from Smith during the morning session.

    “These are things that can be avoided. The idea should be to douse the fire, rather than just adding fuel to the fire. This is adding fuel,” Chopra said.

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    • March 19th 2017 @ 4:37am
      Nanda said | March 19th 2017 @ 4:37am | ! Report

      VVS is a great. But he just has to understand the way these tests have been played, hard , really hard. Kohli has hardly been silent in these tests. He is a big boy and must be prepared to take what he dishes out. Ideally to mock an injured player is not great. But we are not in ideal times and Kohli has hardly been the epitome of virtue. Storm in a tea cup. Move on.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 11:48am
        Lincoln Lense said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        Laxman owes Smith a massive public apology for falsely accusing him of mocking Kohli’s injury. To bring up Hughes’ death is nothing but a cheap swipe at the team and should be condemned.
        The Indians have to realise it will take a long time to shake their reputation as being the world’s Janitors yet living in the dirtiest nation on earth.
        A convict is low but a convict’s toilet cleaner or taxi driver is another step down

        • March 19th 2017 @ 1:13pm
          Stuart said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

          The numpty Laxman won’t apologise, it would be beneath a cricketing “God” of India to be seen to admit he was wrong.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 11:46pm
          deanB said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:46pm | ! Report

          Convict scum, toilet cleaners, whats the difference Linkin? We all strive to get ahead, rise above our station.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 5:11am
      SonOfLordy said | March 19th 2017 @ 5:11am | ! Report

      I agree.

      Again we saw the Australian media/fans react hysterically to Kohli sarcastically clapping the Australians decision to use DRS (all the way from the dressing room), but everyone shrugged off Maxwell mocking an injured opposition player.

      It’s no different to getting hit in the helmet and then theatrically falling to the ground to mimic a player that went off the ground with concussion.

      Kohli is only giving the Aussies as good as India has received from them over the years.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 7:43am
        Fight fair. said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:43am | ! Report

        So, grabbing shoulder bad look for the game, throat slitting gesture good? Yep Indra plays in the spirit of the game!

        • March 19th 2017 @ 4:36pm
          SonOfLordy said | March 19th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

          Just a bit of old fashioned mental disintegration.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 7:27pm
            Basil said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

            Yes yes we get it… anti Aussie regardless of the situation. Well done.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 7:05am
      JoM said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      I trust both will apologise to Smith when the coverage starts today, along with some former Indian players who did the same thing on Twitter. Maxwell and Kohli get on very well off the field and if Kohli had a serious injury I doubt he would have done it. There was plenty of TV coverage on the 2nd day of Kohli lifting his right arm above his head and on the 3rd day of him waving his arms around, so it isn’t a serious injury and can’t be used as an excuse. Graeme Smith came out to bat with a broken hand, Michael Clarke batted over a day with a broken shoulder. That would be pain.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 7:57am
      qwetzen said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      As I’ve posted elsewhere

      So let’s not have any more hypocrisy from India please.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 4:41pm
        John Erichsen said | March 19th 2017 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

        Thank you. I immediately thought of this incident also. Hey VVS. When in Rome…

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:03am
      Basil said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:03am | ! Report

      This is sickening now. This holier-than-thou hypocrisy from the Indians is mind blowing. There egos prevent them from seeing anything they do as wrong. Kohli mocking the Aussies from the balcony is ok?

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:13am
      Fadida said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      India haven’t played within the “spirit of the game” since the Gavaskar- Chetan Chauhan incident 30+ years ago