VVS Laxman believes Bengal will be a transformed side in the upcoming season and perform well. “It is just about realising their true potential. We are working on the technical aspect. I am sure that they will have a successful season,” Indian batting great Laxman said. He is batting consultant in Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) ambitious ‘Vision 2020’ programme.
Bengal had a tumultuous last season that began with an alleged infighting, stepping down from captaincy of Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who’s now a minister of state sports, while skipper Manoj Tiwary’s spat with his Delhi counterpart Gautam Gambhir made national headlines.
“The basic advice for them is to understand their strengths. Everyone has got a unique talent and they have their own of playing style. The good thing is there’s no shortage of match practice. The introduction of three-day Super League is also good. The more matches they play, the better understanding they would have of the game,” Laxman told.
The former middle-order batsman believes Bengal batsmen need to work on mental toughness to make themselves a “complete players”. “I don’t think they choked. They did really well in the Ranji Trophy. If you see, they lost a high-scoring match last season. Yes, they did not bat well in the first innings but they still went on and played with a positive frame of mind, and were looking to chase. I think there’s a lot of improvement from the mental point of view as well. It’s an ongoing process. Once they do that they would become a complete player. The process has already started. It’s not only about the technique but the mental aspect of the game is also very important. We have been addressing both,” Laxman added.
The second phase of the camp will begin before the start of Ranji season, Laxman informed reporters. “It was a successful camp, and great to see all the players who attended last year as well. There’s a lot of potential in Bengal and youngsters are showing signs of improvement. The next camp will be before the season and then we can focus on the planning aspect. It was more about the technical aspect that we’re focussing on,” he said.