Laxman: IPL helps in many ways

"The IPL helps the youngsters a lot in evolving themselves as cricketers and also adds to the revenue of the country," he said.

Replying to a query whether the IPL matches should be shifted out of the cities which fall under the drought-hit areas, V.V.S. Laxman felt that both the subjects are important in their own way.   -  Bhagya Prakash K

Former India batting great and mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad, V.V.S. Laxman, says that the cricketing fraternity feels for the plight of the farmers in the drought-hit areas and hoped efforts would be made to find the root-cause of the problem other than poor Monsoon.

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“I do believe that the concerned Governments are definitely aware of this and taking necessary remedial measures to ease their problems,” he said.

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Replying to a query whether the IPL matches should be shifted out of the cities which fall under the drought-hit areas, Laxman felt that both the subjects are important in their own way.

“The IPL helps the youngsters a lot in evolving themselves as cricketers and also adds to the revenue of the country,” he said.

“In fact, during the recent All Stars matches (conceptualised by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar), we did discuss about the farmers’ plight and are planning to do something substantial to mitigate their woes,” Laxman revealed.

“I don’t think shifting of the matches is the solution for drought conditions prevail across India because of bad monsoon,” he felt. “I think we should not keep looking only at the negatives of the IPL,” he remarked.

On Sunrisers Hyderabad

Referring on the prospects of the Sunrisers in the coming IPL, Laxman reminded that the mantra for success for his team would be the great atmosphere in the dressing room and also the willingness to play to the potential.

“We have a great side with lot of depth in batting and bowling. It is great to have two World Cup T20 captains Eoin Morgan (England) and Kane Williamson (New Zealand). The captain David Warner himself is a street smart cricketer who knows what the team needs,” he remarked.

Reflecting on Ashish Nehra, Laxman says he is a strike bowler both in the power-play and in the death overs.

“Well, to get the best out of Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) and Ashish (Nehra) is something the team would love to look for. They are match-winners on their day. Importantly, they are great team players,” he said to a query.

“Yuvraj Singh will be joining us very quickly. Nehra is a great edition and has had an inspirational comeback in the recent T20 World Cup,” he reminded.

“Yes, the presence of left-arm fast bowlers in Trent Boult, Ashish Nehra and Barinder Sran was because of the record the left-armers have in any format of the game. But it is not that someone like Bhuvi (Bhuvaneshwar Kumar) or Mithun (Abhimanyu) will not be in the scheme of things. We are going to strike the right mix in the bowling attack for we have good quality spinners too in the side,” he explained.

“We have batsmen very capable in the line-up led by Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Eoin Morgan, Williamson,” he said to another query.

“The target is to win the IPL this time around. Not in the mood to see a repetition of losing crucial matches like in the last IPL when in the final stages we lost our way,” he signed off.