first_img“In the last two years, we were told we did not have “In the last two years, we were told we did not have enough fire power in the middle order. Now, if you see, Naman Ojha in the last match had come at number seven, Moises (Henriques) at number six and Deepak Hooda at number five and Morgan at four,” Laxman said. “So, I think we got enough depth in our batting. Bowlers like Bipul (Sharma) and Karn (Sharma) can also bat and so does Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So, I think we are very pleased. “But, in T20 format, its also important that your top 3 batsmen perform and invariably, when that happens, you are always in a comfortable position to pile up a big total or chase a big total. So, the importance of the top three is very crucial,” Laxman said. He also complimented the way SRH bowlers, including Bhunveshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran have performed in the recent matches. “We are very pleased with the way our bowlers have performed. Especially, if you see the last two games against formidable batting line ups, our bowlers did really well. Not to single out anyone, as a bowling group, I thought, to defend both the teams below 150 was exceptional on good batting wickets. Thats something which we want to continue,” he said. Laxman said seasoned players Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, who are recovering from injuries, would be invaluable when they join the team after being declared fit. “To answer when Nehra and Yuvraj comes, both of them are match winners and experienced players. We are fortunate to have both of them. We will try to use their experience. “I am sure both of them are raring to go. But, we have to wait on their fitness. Once, both of them are fit, they will be invaluable to win the matches. Its important to have match winners. We do not want to rely on one or two individuals to win us matches. the more the number, the better for us.” Replying to a query, Laxman said Hyderabads key player Kane Williamson is now fit. The 41-year-old from Hyderabad said captain David Warner does have a big say in team selection and that the playing XI is picked as per teams requirements. “But, I think me, Tom (Moody), Murali (Muralidharan), along with David, we sit down and select the XI and we choose the XI depending on the opposition we are playing and depending on the condition we are going to confront,” he said. “But, having said that, I think we want to be as consistent as possible with our selection. I have experienced in the past, if you chop and change with one or two bad performances, it will create a feeling of insecurity within the group which we dont want. “Over the years, we have been very consistent in giving opportunities to each and every individual. Warner definitely has a big say in picking up the XI,” he said. PTI SJR ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img

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