Despite the poor form of Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL-9, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentors VVS Laxman considers the debutante side as a formidable unit and said his team will have to put their best foot forward when they meet with them in their IPL match on tomorrow
“It goes without saying that Dhoni will be looking forward to using Ashwin against Warner and Shikhar. I believe that Pune has got a very formidable batting line up. A lot of people talk about Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf Du Plessis is being similar. They are all extraordinary T20 players. We cannot at all be complacent or we cannot at all underestimate the batting strength of Pune. We are very mindful,” Laxman said .
The former Test batsman, however, exuded confidence that SRH can take on any opposition if it sticks to their plans and executes them well.
“I believe that if we concentrate on our plans and try to execute our plans, then we can do well against any opposition. It’s more about concentrating and playing to our strength while strategizing for each and every opposition batsman or bowler,” he said.
After losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two matches, the Hyderabad side has registered three wins in a row and Laxman said they would like to continue the momentum on Tuesday.
“SRH has got great depth in its batting with openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan and other batsmen, including Eoin Morgan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha and Deepak Hooda rising the bar,” Laxman said.
“In the last two years, we were told we did not have enough fire power in the middle order. Now, if you see, Naman Ojha in the last match had come at number seven, Moises (Henriques) at number six and Deepak Hooda at number five and Morgan at four,” he added.