IPL 2019: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha’s Return to Sunrisers Hyderabad Excite VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman, who serves as the mentor for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), is pleased with the return of David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha. The batting great has lauded Saha for his work ethic.
Saha is returning following his almost career-ending injury. Last year, Saha has undergone surgery on his right shoulder at Manchester in the United Kingdom (UK).
IPL 2019: David Warner is keen to perform –
The introduction of Warner will strengthen the core of the Hyderabad side. Interestingly, the Sunrisers won their only title which came under the leadership of Warner in 2016.
“I am sure he is looking forward to contribute to Sunrisers. He has been a premier batsman for us,” Laxman told Sportstar.
The 44-year-old Laxman maintained Warner is in good stead. He added it was sad what has had unfolded during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2018.
“Warner is looking positive. It was unfortunate what happened in Cape Town last year,” Laxman added.
Laxman maintained it’s the temperament that holds the significance in the set-up. He added the 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Saha has been steadfast in his approach.
The Test specialist is happy on Saha’s return to bring variety to the fold.
“There is a character in Saha and in Sunrisers we encourage characters because you want players who are committed to the team and Saha is one of the most committed players I have seen. It’s great to have him back,” Laxman said on Saha.
IPL 2019: VVS Laxman on Wriddhiman Saha’s fitness:
Veteran Laxman cited the way Saha has shown promise in the recently-held Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, is quite beneficial for the SRH camp.
“He worked hard on his fitness and in the practice matches, he was in good rhythm. He had good performances in Mushtaq Ali Trophy along with Shreevats Goswami,” Laxman further added.
IPL 2019: VVS Laxman on Saha’s injury –
Furthermore, Laxman reminisced how Saha has donned the gloves against his state-side in the previous edition. Back then, Saha suffered from a broken finger.
The Bengal-based cricketer featured in the Qualifier 2 before winning the game by 14 runs.
“Last year, I was really impressed with the way Saha played with a broken finger when he kept in the (playoff) match against KKR here,” Laxman said.
In the meantime, Saha has focused on his fitness before hitting the ground up and running. Well, in overall 115 games spread over 11 IPL seasons, he has accumulated 1,679 runs with the help of a solitary ton and six fifties.
He has claimed 56 catches and affected 18 stumps.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their opener at the Eden Gardens on March 24.
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