Australian media has started a war of words against Indian batting great VVS Laxman after he took Phillip Hughes's name during a conversation regarding Glenn Maxwell mocks Virat Kohli.
Indian skipper injured himself on the opening day of the Test match when he dived to save a boundary at mid-on but ended up falling awkwardly on his right shoulder which led him to leave the field in pain.
Kohli didn’t come back on the field after this incident and Rahane led India in his absence. Kohli came in the field only for batting at his usual position but didn’t trouble Australian bowlers as he got out on 6 and stretched his misery in this series even further.
During India’s first innings, Maxwell made the same effort like Kohli and then mocked him while keeping one hand on his shoulder. Later in the day, when Kohli got out to Pat Cummins, a photo got viral on social media, which was showing Steve Smith put a hand over his shoulder as well. However, Cricket Australia confirmed that it was Peter Handscomb’s hand over Smith’s shoulder.
Meanwhile, VVS Laxman expressed his displeasure over everyone who mocked Kohli’s injury in the field.
He said on day three to Star Sports while doing a live talk “Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, what example is he setting to his team? That’s very disappointing. You can sledge ... it’s fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain. I’ve never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well.”
“Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured. Whether he gets hit on the helmet or is injured, there is a concern. You play the game the hard way but the spirit of the game should be there. This is defying the spirit of the game,” Laxman further added.
Australian media then criticized Laxman following his comments. They opined Laxman's comment to be harsh whereas Laxman was speaking about just maintaining the spirit of the game by both teams
The Daily Telegraph described this comment as an “ill-informed attack on Smith’s leadership” and for “unfortunately bringing up the Hughes family name into a non-issue”.
Few others also described it as “depressingly ill-advised” and feel Laxman had “waded into murky waters”.
Real Sport 101.com came up with a criticising headline on Laxman's comments which read as " “VVS Laxman disgracefully references Phillip Hughes during attack on Australia”