Laxman hits back at Vaughan over Vaseline controversy

VVS Laxman also denied that England bowler Stuart Broad checked his bat Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Birmingham: Aug 9, 2011

Indian batsman VVS Laxman has hit back at former England skipper Michael Vaughan for accusing him of applying Vaseline on his bat in the second Test at Nottingham.

Vaughan alleged that Laxman had put Vaseline to avoid the Hot Spot technology catching small nicks on the social networking platform Twitter. Laxman was given not out off James Anderson by the third umpire in the first innings while he was batting on 27.

“It was ridiculous. First of all, I had never heard that batsmen could apply Vaseline. I have heard bowlers using it (Vaseline) to shape the ball. I was quite surprised to hear that I used Vaseline on the bat. It is surprising that people can make a joke out of all this,” Laxman was quoted by MiD Day.

“Has Vaseline on the outside edge saved the day for Laxman?” tweeted former England captain.

Later on, Stuart Broad claimed that he checked Laxman s bat to see if Vaseline or any liquid was applied on the bat, but didn t find anything. Laxman said he was surprised hearing what Broad told to the media.

“No, Broad did not check my bat. I don’t know why he made such a comment. I am surprised that people are making stories out of everything,” Laxman said.

Former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly also slammed Vaughan for kicking up the ‘Vaseline controversy’ unnecessarily, terming the comments by the ex-England skipper as “ridiculous” and aimed at a psychological game against the visitors.

“It’s ridiculous to suggest for someone who has played international cricket. To say so about Indian players and more so about VVS Laxman is absurd,” Ganguly said in an angry reaction.

“There has been sharp reaction within the commentator’s box with Sunil Gavaskar suggesting Laxman would be within his right to haul Vaughan to the court. I have a feeling this issue could linger,” said Ganguly.

Vaughan later tried to play down the controversy by suggesting that his tweets were written in jest but showed no signs of backing off, giving out sarcastic comments on the talk of taking him to court.

Responding to the talk of he being taken to court, Vaughan tweeted, “I think their has been a slight over-reaction to Vaseline gate. Taken to court? Sense of humour required for many I think.”

“It’s an attempt to put the Indian team down. Indian cricket has gone up, they are the world’s best Test side, they are the world champions, we have the IPL where players are well looked after. It doesn’t go down well with everyone. It’s easy to make claims. It would not look right, if suppose somebody said that England won the Ashes in 2005 because there was something wrong with the reverse swing England’s pacemen managed,” Ganguly expressed.