IPL 2020: VVS Laxman unfazed by Sunrisers’ middle order woes

Sunrisers Hyderabad have often been questioned about the strength of their lower middle order. VVS Laxman addressed these issues during interaction with media before match against CSK.

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Sunrisers’ players celebrate the fall of a wicket

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) notched up their first win of the Indian Premier League 2020 after beating Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs. It was a vintage SRH performance that helped them pull through. Put in to bat, SRH scored 162 runs thanks to good knocks from the overseas trio of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. In the second innings, the SRH bowlers choked the DC batsmen with accurate bowling. Rashid Khan emerged as the Man of the Match for his three wickets.

One question that has perpetually plagued the Sunrisers Hyderabad is with regard to their lower-middle order. SRH have had to rely on inexperienced Indian batters to do the job for them at the death which hasn’t paid off as well as they would have likes. SRH mentor VVS Laxman addressed this problem in an interaction with the media ahead of their match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Have a lot of confidence in the youngsters – Laxman

VVS Laxman

Talking about the SRH middle order, VVS Laxman said, “I know there’s too much talk about the middle order. But to be fair, none of the middle-order batsmen got an opportunity in the last two games (against Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders). That’s a talking point as far as the Sunrisers’ franchise is concerned, but deep down, we all have a lot of confidence in the youngsters we have taken.”

“Every franchise will have youngsters in their batting line up; it is just about allowing the youngsters to settle down in the side,” he added.

“As I said, at the moment we’ve got three youngsters who are playing in the middle order: Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad – and they are quality players. With the addition of Kane Williamson, who’s recovered from his injury [and is] batting at No. 4 – we saw what he did in the previous game – I believe that we’ve got a strong batting line up and we know their potential and that they can win matches,” he further said.

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