One of the finest cricketers and currently the mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – VVS Laxman revealed that getting the momentum in the early stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be important. The 13th edition of IPL will kick start in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19.
However, playing in front of empty stands and staying at the bio-bubble will be the biggest challenge for the SRH players and the support staff, believes Laxman.
“It is our job to peak gradually as cricket is all about form and being 100 per cent for the challenge of playing in the matches in a totally different atmosphere,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to deviate from the prescribed safety protocol of the bio-bubble.”
“The key to success, as always, will be to get the winning start and sustain the momentum. For, once you start winning the early games, things can only keep improving for you. Similarly, it is equally significant to see that we don’t have a dismal start for that will see the team lose a few more games,” he added.
However, VVS Laxman further added that the players are excited and confident about the cash-rich league as he thinks the USP of the Sunrisers is the way all the Indians and the overseas players get along so well which certainly helps everyone to do well.
“However, consistency will be the most important element for the success of any team. And, like always in any IPL, each franchise is capable of pulling off special performances. So, it is imperative for us to back our strengths and execute all the plans on the field,” he told.
Meanwhile, the team will be led by their regular captain David Warner who is one of the vital cogs of the team, amassing 692 runs and earned the Orange Cap for the highest run-getter for the third time as well. Notably, they won the title in 2016.
“Yes, Warner is a great leader and a terrific batsman. And we also appreciate the way Kane (Williamson) responded to the team’s needs and aspirations last season. This is the beauty of the Sunrisers as it has quality leaders on whom we can always bank on,” VVS Laxman concluded. “One area which needs improvement is the performance of uncapped players. I am sure once they get the chance they will just go out, enjoy and give their best.”