Australia vs India 2018: Sledging is a misunderstood word - VVS Laxman

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Australia vs India 2018: Sledging is a Very Misunderstood Word – VVS Laxman 

Australia vs India 2018: Sledging is a Very Misunderstood Word – VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman says Kohli is an example for exciting cricketers. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Perhaps, the contemporary generation has failed to understand the difference between sledging and abusing. Gone are those days when sledging used to be the beautiful aspect of the game. Players of either team use their words to perfection to distract the batsman or a bowler to gain the psychological advantage. However, of late, it wasn’t the case. Meanwhile, the former Test specialist VVS Laxman spoke on the same.

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Sledging doesn’t mean talking about personal issues – VVS Laxman

Recently, VVS Laxman launched his autobiography named ”281 and beyond”. During the event, he spoke to Times of India, where he cited about the terms like sledging, aggression and chances for team India in Australia.

“It doesn’t mean you abuse someone or you start talking about personal issues. The term sledging is about how you distract the batsman, or the bowler too. And there are various ways to do that. I felt the best sledgers I’ve come across were Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. Zaheer was so smart, he would talk about the things which may irritate the batsmen. Something as simple as ‘you are struggling now. I know that I’ve got you.’ It’s just about creating that iota of doubt in the batsman’s mind,” VVS said.

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VVS Laxman (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

“Aggression has to be very natural. Some players show off their aggression, some are internally aggressive. If you are trying to be someone who you are not, then you will struggle. Ultimately when you are playing at the highest level, you have to be mentally tough and mentally tough or having killer instinct doesn’t mean you show off your emotions,” he added.

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Indians have the potential to beat Australia in Australia – VVS Laxman

The former batsman also felt team India has the required potential to push for a victory against Australia in Australia. He opines it wouldn’t have been mattered if Steven Smith or David Warner present in the opposition ranks.

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“I believe this tour gives the current Indian team the opportunity, not just because David Warner and Steve Smith are not there. I just feel there is enough potential in this team to beat Australia in Australia,” he inferred.

All in all, the launch was completed in a pretty nice way with many stalwarts appearing at the event. Laxman has revealed many interesting aspects that happened during his journey to become India’s Very Very Special Player.

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