Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor VVS Laxman praises of Kane Williamson brilliant performance in the first match of the tournament. Laxman also feels that leg-spinner Rashid Khan is already playing on the minds of the batsmen.
The team Sunrisers Hyderabad had joined Kolkata Knight Riders on the top list of the Indian Premier League by a 15-run win over Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday night.
SRH next game will face against Rising Pune Supergiant at Pune on Saturday and might make it three wins in a row.
Talking about the decision that includes Williamson in team Squad match against Delhi Daredevils, mentor VVS Laxman said “We thought that DD have a very good pace attack. We thought that Williamson at No. 3 will give us that solidity and he proved us right. It was about negating the fast bowling of DD and also putting pressure on them.”
“I thought that was a positive move and Williamson is an outstanding batsman, his record speaks for itself. It is unfortunate that he does not feature regularly in the playing XI: in any of the other franchise, he’d probably get a chance. We admire Williamson’s simplicity and also he is a great team man.”
“Even though he doesn’t get to play as many matches as he would love to play or deserves to play, but he always helps the team, youngsters. He always maintains that intensity in the training sessions. He is a terrific role model and we are really happy and fortunate to have him in our squad,” he added.
Even though Rashid did not pick-up the wickets against DDs, Laxman still trusts him that he is a threat. “If you see the way the opposition batsmen are playing him — yes, the last over went for some runs due to some brilliant shots by Shreyas Iyer — but having said that, the way the opposition are playing is to ensure that they do not give wicket to Rashid.
“So, Rashid Khan is already playing in the minds of all the batsmen in the tournament. Whenever you look not to be aggressive against a certain bowler, you are already apprehensive about what the bowler is trying to do,” Laxman added.
“I feel he has already created an impact and we believed right from the time we took him in the auction that he has got that X-Factor. He has picked the wickets and he is bowling some tough overs. For a leg-spinner to bowl in the end, it shows the amount of confidence we have got in him.”
Laxman was impressed by the ability of both newcomers Siddharth Kaul and Mohammad Siraj. Laxman said “Impressed with the way Mohamad Siraj and Siddharth Kaul bowled. Especially Siddharth in the last over to bowl those Yorkers consistently was fantastic to see.”
“Also Siraj – for someone who is playing their first game in the IPL, the way he exhibited confidence and maturity when he came back for his second spell and then his third spell was really good to see. I really feel that we are playing well as a unit and we would like to continue this momentum,” he added.