IPL 2018: Not about scoring runs or taking wickets, it’s about winning matches – VVS Laxman
Just hours ahead of the kick off of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the think tank of various franchises opened up about their upcoming challenges in the tournament through press conferences. During Sunrisers Hyderabad’s briefing, mentor VVS Laxman, stated the positives in their lineup. He eventually boasted about the depth in the batting order.
Laxman cited out that in the past two editions of the league, the team struggled with the middle-order line-up. He added it has been rectified by bringing in personnel for the specific job.
“We have talked about the 4-5 top class batsmen in the squad but there is a lot of depth in the batting department. And this was a conscious effort going into the auctions,” VVS Laxman quoted during the interaction.
“Over the last two-three years, we were not happy that our middle order did not play to their expectation,” revealed the former Hyderabad-based cricketer.
After the start provided by the likes of Warner, Dhawan and even Williamson occasionally, SRH has had the tendency to taper off in the end.
This time around, both Laxman and head coach Tom Moody looked to rectify the issue by bringing in KKR’s batting lineup. The players include Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib al Hasan.
“It was something that we focussed on, targetting players who can not only do well as a batsman up the order but also players who can do well in the middle-order as well as finish off games,” Laxman continued.
“Therefore, there is a lot of depth, not only when it comes to international stars but also the uncapped Indian batsmen,” says Laxman.
On whether Manish Pandey is a good addition to the squad., Laxman lavished praised on the former.
“Absolutely, that’s why we paid such a huge sum of money for Manish Pandey (Chuckles). He’s an exceptional talent and a match-winner,” suggested the wristy batsmen.
“Both, me and Tom Moody, made a conscious effort to pick players who have an impact role. It’s not about scoring runs or taking wickets, but it’s about winning matches,” concluded VVS Laxman.
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