Bangalore, Sep 5: Australian cricketers, who were masters at unsettling the opposition batsmen through sledging, surprisingly did not attack India's recently retired VVS Laxman when he was at the crease. This revelation was made by the former batsman himself as he said: "I have not been sledged by the Australians."
It was a known fact that Laxman tormented the Australian bowlers. Whenever he was at the batting crease, the bowlers and fielders from Down Under could never relax.
His 281 in 2001 against Steve Waugh's men in Kolkata is part of cricket history. Apart from that memorable knock at the Eden Gardens, Laxman was a specialist in scoring runs against the Aussies.
In an interview with BCCI website, Laxman spoke about his record against the Australians and said he was never distracted by them with sledging.
"Honestly, they never sledged me too much. In international cricket the opposition are smart enough to know which batsmen will be affected by sledging and which won't. They realised it soon enough that their ploy of distracting me wasn't going to work. A lot of people would be surprised to hear this, but for most part of my career, I've not been sledged by the Australians," said Laxman in the interview published on Tuesday.
When asked about how he always came out with the best against them, he replied: "It was never easy, but I always enjoyed playing against them because they were one team who challenged you the most as a batsman. The other teams went defensive at times, but the Australians always bowled at you to get you out. I liked it when the bowlers were aggressive towards me and came out all attacking. I'm very happy with the record I have against them, especially given that for most part of my career they were the No.1 team in the world. Not only me but our whole team loved the challenge that Australia posed. And we were the only team to stand up to their might time and again when they ruled world cricket."
Australians will be happy that the genial Hyderabadi is retired. But Indian cricket will certainly miss him.