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VVS Laxman: Don't get carried away with aggression

PUNE: VVS Laxman on Thursday said displaying aggression on the field was not a new concept for the Indian cricket team but the players should 'not get carried away' with their emotions and end up missing Test matches.

Seamer Ishant Sharma was banned for one Test following his mid-pitch altercation with Dhammika Prasad during the recent tour of Sri Lanka, a decision that will see him miss the first Test against South Africa in the upcoming home series.


The Indian team has always played aggressive cricket against the top teams like Australia, it's important to display aggression and emotion.

-the former India batsman said here.


If you take the case of Ishant Sharma, it's good for a fast bowler to have the killer instinct, as long as you keep the emotions in check. But one should not get carried away with emotions and aggression, so that you don't sit out of Test matches.

Contrary to popular opinion Laxman didn't believe interest in Test cricket was waning. "I still feel there is a lot of interest in Test cricket. Whenever there is a good series, as when India plays Australia or South Africa, people come to (the stadium) watch," he said.

"Even when India tours Australia, England or South Africa, crowds come to the stadium. Test cricket is a different ball game, it's a test of all aspects. There will always be interest."

Laxman was in favour of hosting day-night Tests but was 'sceptical' of the efficiency of the pink ball. "We have to look at various ways to make Test cricket more interesting and day-night cricket has helped draw more crowds to the stadiums," he said. "But I am a bit sceptical of the pink ball."

Source : TOI

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