India’s star batsman VVS Laxman is accused by Michael Vaughan of using Vaseline on his bat to avoid detection by the Hot Spot technology.
On the second day of the second test, VVS Laxman, on 27, jabbed at a swinging delivery and missed it; the bowler, James Anderson, and the slip cordon claimed for a catch. Umpire Asad Rauf had negative the appeal. England were not convinced and they sought a review. Third umpire Billy Bowden watched a few replays, enlisting the Hot Spot technology too, but just couldn’t detect the edge. Laxman survived .
But commentators on Sky Sports, mostly former England players, were also certain that he was out; indeed, the ‘snicko’ that the broadcaster was using, flashed the tremor indicating that the ball had hit the bat.
Michael Vaughan tweeted: “Has Vaseline on the outside edge saved the day for Laxman?” Almost all the newspapers, with late deadlines raked it up, alleging that something was amiss.
The Indian team management is said to be taking up the issue with ICC.