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VVS Laxman Reveals The Best Sledgers He Came Across
By CricShots - Nov 23, 2018 12:47 pm
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Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman recently revealed the revealed that the best sledgers he came across during his playing career were his India teammates, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan. Speaking during the launch of his autobiography ’281 and Beyond’, VVS shed light on his idea of sledging which he reckons shouldn’t be about making personal attacks on an opponent but rather it should only be focused on distraction.

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VVS Laxman

As quoted in Times of India, Laxman said, “The term sledging is about how you distract the batsman, or the bowler too. And there are various ways to do that. It doesn’t mean you abuse someone or you start talking about personal issues. 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.”

The current Indian side is led by Virat Kohli, who is known to express his emotions quite often on the field. His aggressive attitude and body language have often made the headlines and he has time and again reemphasized that his team believes in giving it back.

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Talking about the importance of aggression, VVS said, “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. It’s about doing well in tough conditions. Whoever does that, will be mentally tough.”

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Harbhajan and Symonds during ICC World T20

In his illustrious career, Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs for India. He enjoyed immense success against India playing several memorable knocks against them.

Laxman had decided in advance he would end his international career after India’s 2011-12 tour of Australia. He explained, “That 2011 series, I wanted to retire after beating Australia in Australia. I had decided that in 2009-10 itself. I felt we had a lot of experience, we had the firepower in our bowling. Australia also had a good, experienced side but we definitely didn’t play up to our potential and didn’t fulfill our own expectations.”