Former Indian batsman, Aakash Chopra revealed an amusing incident which took place at the 2007 Cape Town Test between India and South Africa. A unique situation came ahead as Indian openers Wasim Jaffar and Virender Sehwag’s wickets fell off early. Sachin Tendulkar who was to come next had retired hurt for some time the previous day during South Africa’s innings and had to wait an equivalent amount of time to return to bat.
It caused a delay in the game and led to South Africa captain Graeme Smith appealing to the umpire, who consoled him as it wasn’t deliberate. He was stopped on entering the field because he still had a few minutes left to cover up for the time he went out in the last session.
Aakash Chopra reveals the chaos caused in the dressing room because VVS Laxman was bathing
Indian commentator and former player Aakash Chopra told like before worshipping people take a bath, VVS Laxman’s batting is worship for him and he takes bath before every session. So, during the second innings of India vs South Africa in 2007 Laxman went to shower and after early wickets of Wasim Jaffar and Virendra Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar stopped from entering the field and VVS Laxman in the bath caused chaos in the dressing room.
“It is said that work is worship and for cricketers work is playing, so that becomes our worship. If not for anyone else, for VVS Laxman cricket was no less than worship. And before any prayer, taking a bath is essential,” Aakash Chopra said.
“So VVS picked up his towel and went into the dressing room shower. We were playing South Africa in the picturesque ground of Cape Town. The situation in the Indian dressing room had turned bad with Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer already back in the pavilion,” Aakash Chopra said in the latest video uploaded in his Facebook page.
“Sachin Tendulkar, who was ready for his batting, picked up his bat and went into the field. But the fourth umpire told Sachin that he could not bat at the time because Sachin had been out of the ground on the third day for some time based on which he could have batted only after another 5 mins.
VVS Bhai, your batting came and went as well without you going onto the pitch
Chopra revealed with all the chaos, Sourav Ganguly was the only middle-order batsman left and he wasn’t ready to enter the field. All the players gathered to help Ganguly get ready and he was finally sent on the pitch.
“Now with VVS taking bath, Dada was the only person left to go the middle. Sourav Ganguly, who was not ready at all for his batting. So someone was giving Dada his shirt, someone his trouser and another person getting his bat. And two players were making him wear his pads,” told Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra mentioned Sourav Ganguly not liking such slacking and maybe would have scolded Laxman later to which he also added no one can scold the highly respected VVS Laxman.
“In between all this hurry, finally Dada was made to enter the field. And Laxman was coming out smiling from the shower. VVS bhai, your batting came and went as well without you going onto the pitch.
“Something like that might have happened for the first time in cricketing history. VVS Laxman might have definitely got a scolding later because Sourav does not like such things at all. But then no one can scold VVS, that is also an interesting thing,” Chopra signed off.