IPL 2017: I Am Really Happy With The Way Kane Williamson Batted, Says VVS Laxman
Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman has heaped lavish praise on Kane Williamson for his brilliant performance against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday (April 19).
With Delhi Daredevils’ pace attack boasting the likes of Zaheer Khan, Chris Morris and Pat Cummins, the defending champions took the risk of playing with a bowler short, replacing Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi with Kane Williamson and the decision turned out to be a masterstroke. Playing his first game this season, the New Zealand skipper came to bat in the very second over after David Warner’s dismissal and played brilliant innings of 89 en-route to a 136-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan to propel his team to a massive total of 191 for 4. His knock was studded with 6 fours and 5 well-timed maximums. In reply, Delhi Daredevils fell short by 15 runs.
Speaking in the post-match conference, Laxman said: “Delhi had a really good pace bowling attack and we thought that his inclusion would provide stability and solidity to our batting line-up. I am really happy with the way Kane batted. For someone who was playing in his first match of the tournament – the way he played, he was really proactive and positive. His methods of improvisation and the way he put pressure on the bowlers was brilliant to see.”
The former India batsman also sounded confident on the squad depth.
“We (SRH) have a talented pool of players and it’s unfortunate that only eleven of them can play in a match”, Laxman said. “We have a lot of players who are yet to get an opportunity, we got some new recruits in the auctions this season which helped us plug some of the holes from the last year. We can now play different combinations based on the conditions as well as the ground size. We will have a look at the Pune wicket before deciding upon the best possible combination.”
He also had a word of praise for opening batsman Dhawan who scored 70 off 50 balls. The discarded India opener was getting the starts but Laxman feels that the first half-century of the tournament will boost his confidence.
“Shikhar has been amongst the runs right through the tournament and it was heartening to watch him bat today. I am very happy for him. We do not want to rely on just one batsman (Warner) to get all the runs for us. It was just about converting his starts into something bigger and this innings should go a long way in boosting his confidence,” Laxman added.
Laxman further defended Rashid Khan for his indifferent performance against the capital based outfit. The Afghanistan leg-spinner, who took 9 wickets in the first five matches, went wicketless against Delhi and conceded 32 runs in his fours overs.
“If you see the way the opposition is playing, they are trying to not give him a wicket”, Laxman said. “I think he has already created an impact, he’s the X-factor in the team, we told the same after the auction as well. He bowls the tough overs for us which is always difficult, particularly for a leg-spinner. He has already created an impact and I believe he will continue to do well for us as the tournament progresses.”
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