VVS Laxman, the former India great and the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, has come out and stated before his team plays the second qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders tonight, that his team has immense self-belief and the ability to come through as the winners.
In his column for Times of India, VVS has written about his team's narrow loss in the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings and also how his team is up for the big match tonight.
He wrote, “It didn’t help that we lost our captain and most consistent batsman of the tournament, Kane Williamson, as well as Shakib Al Hasan to catches down the leg-side. As a team, when two key batsmen get out in such fashion, it is easy to start feeling that the rub of the green isn’t going your way, but our campaign has been characterized by a positive approach and attitude,”
“Yusuf Pathan first, and then Carlos Brathwaite in grand fashion, showcased those virtues though, at the break, we felt that 139 was about 20-25 runs too few. We have great confidence in our bowling, and like the consummate professional that he is, Bhuvi once again led the way. Fully recovered from the mid-season injury, he got the ball to swing. Our only chance was to take wickets, and after Bhuvi provided the breakthrough, the rest chipped in to dent Chennai’s chase,”
He reiterated and pointed out, “Chennai’s batting has been like our bowling. Where we have found means to defend low totals, they have unearthed different batting heroes, and this time, it was the turn of the experienced Faf du Plessis to put his hand up. Chennai has tended to take the game deep and refused to blink in adversity, trusting themselves to get the job done. Faf symbolized that and played a brilliant knock under the circumstances,”
Sunrisers Hyderabad has now lost four games on the bounce, after a terrific start to their season. VVS Laxman understands the momentum shifts in a tournament like the Indian Premier League can play a huge part but is optimistic his team will again start winning and go all the way.
He wrote, “I know we have now lost four games in a row, but in a knockout situation, that doesn’t mean anything. We start Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders with a clean slate, knowing that it will be a huge challenge but we are also excited at the prospect,”