Life has turned a full circle for VVS Laxman. From being the mainstay of the Indian batting and winning many matches with the willow, the elegant Hyderabadi batsman has donned a new role.
He will make his debut as mentor (ambassador) for the new franchise Sunrisers when the Hyderabad team play their first match against Pune Warriors at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.
“It's not very different. Even when I was playing I always used to share my experiences with the younger players. And always it’s been great. They always were receptive to what I was sharing with them. So I think it's not something new. Only the term mentor is a new one. Saying that it’s a great opportunity for me to be associated with a good franchise. It’s really important that IPL remains in Hyderabad. In November-December there was lot of uncertainty. But it's great that Sun Group bought the Deccan Chargers team and the Sunrisers has come here. We're hoping that we do well and live up to the expectations of the cricket crazy Hyderabad crowd," said Laxman .
His role would be mentoring youngsters along with Srikkanth. “I think me and Chika sir have been given this role of mentoring youngsters and the team and also supporting Tom Moody . We're very lucky to have a very good support staff. Tom Moody is experienced. You've got one of the best exponent of reverse swing in Waqar Younis as a bowling coach.”
Laxman feels that the pace of the game is quick. “It’s ultimately 20 overs and there's not enough time. Adaptability is the key to T20 cricket because every 2-3 balls the game can change. So understanding that and assessing the kind of situation and changing your game plan will be very crucial.”
The stylish batsman also complimented Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who are continuing to play in the IPL.