Infotainment Factory: Langer 'has got it all wrong': Laxman

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Langer 'has got it all wrong': Laxman


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Indian cricket legend VVS Laxman has questioned Justin Langer’s reaction to Virat Kohli’s celebrations, where the Australian coach said his players would be considered the “worst blokes in the world” if they celebrated with the same passion.

Speaking to ESPN CricInfo, Laxman said the newly appointed Australian coach needs to change his perspective.

“I feel they’ve got it wrong, the Australian team, the Australian coach.

“When you’re playing for your country you have to play with pride, you have to play with passion.

“You’re not trying to impress the spectators or trying to be the good boys. You have to play in a hard manner.

“Yes Virat celebrates in that manner but what Justin Langer should be talking about is going out and playing aggressive cricket. It’s not about your celebrations, it’s about showing your intent, your positivity in the way you bat, in the way you field, in the way you take wickets.”

Laxman also took aim at how Australian cricket is going out of its way to clean up its image on the internationally and domestically, saying they’re going about it the wrong way.

“They’ve got it wrong. Yes, what happened in Cape Town was not right … but that was ball tampering,” Laxman said.

“Virat didn’t sledge, nor did he use abusive language. That’s the way he celebrates.

“If I was Justin Langer I would be telling the team to forget about celebrations and what the opposition team is trying to do, focus on being the best Australian cricketer you can be.

“You can’t please people, I don’t know why they’re trying to change their image. The only way you can change your image is by winning Test matches and winning Test series and that’s what the Australian public is waiting for from this team.”

Laxman’s viewpoint is similar to former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who recently said Australia needed to worry more about being respected than being liked or else the team wouldn’t win “s***”.

Indian cricket legend VVS Laxman has questioned Justin Langer’s reaction to Virat Kohli’s celebrations, where the Australian coach said his players would be considered the “worst blokes in the world” if they celebrated with the same passion.

Speaking to ESPN CricInfo, Laxman said the newly appointed Australian coach needs to change his perspective.

“I feel they’ve got it wrong, the Australian team, the Australian coach.

“When you’re playing for your country you have to play with pride, you have to play with passion.

“You’re not trying to impress the spectators or trying to be the good boys. You have to play in a hard manner.

“Yes Virat celebrates in that manner but what Justin Langer should be talking about is going out and playing aggressive cricket. It’s not about your celebrations, it’s about showing your intent, your positivity in the way you bat, in the way you field, in the way you take wickets.”

Laxman also took aim at how Australian cricket is going out of its way to clean up its image on the internationally and domestically, saying they’re going about it the wrong way.

“They’ve got it wrong. Yes, what happened in Cape Town was not right … but that was ball tampering,” Laxman said.

“Virat didn’t sledge, nor did he use abusive language. That’s the way he celebrates.

“If I was Justin Langer I would be telling the team to forget about celebrations and what the opposition team is trying to do, focus on being the best Australian cricketer you can be.

“You can’t please people, I don’t know why they’re trying to change their image. The only way you can change your image is by winning Test matches and winning Test series and that’s what the Australian public is waiting for from this team.”

Laxman’s viewpoint is similar to former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who recently said Australia needed to worry more about being respected than being liked or else the team wouldn’t win “s***”.

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