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Sunrisers Hyderabad won’t make the mistake of taking MS Dhoni lightly: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has scored just 61 runs from five outings in the Indian Premier League so far but defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad are in no mood to take the former India captain lightly when they clash with Rising Pune Supergiant at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. (Dhawan-Rohit ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today)WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017 “Dhoni is an exceptional talent. He’s a match winner and we will not take him lightly. Even a thought will never come in my mind to take Dhoni lightly,” former India batsman VVS Laxman, now a mentor with the Hyderabad team, told India Today in an exclusive chat before their seventh game of the tournament.While Pune, with just two wins from five games, are at the seventh spot in the points table, Hyderabad have made another impressive start to the season, winning four of the six games they’ve played in so far.”Yes, it’s been a very good start for the Sunrisers. Definitely, winning the championship last year has given the confidence that we can beat any side, at any situation and in any condition. Also, the new recruits in the team gave us the luxury to pick various combination as far as the playing XI is concerned.”It is great to see that we are not depending on one or two players to win us the game, the different players who are coming and playing for us and grabbing the opportunity. Someone like Williamson, who unfortunately didn’t get a chance to play the first five games, played a phenomenal innings in the last match,” says Laxman.advertisement”It is great to see young Rashid Khan to come and perform and grab this opportunity. Also, Indian domestic bowlers in the form of Mohammad Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have impressed in the limited opportunities they got. So, it’s not only the experienced players who are doing well for the Sunrisers franchise but it is also the uncapped Indian players, the youngsters, who are delivering. We just want to continue the momentum,” he added.The Indian batting legend says he would rather focus on his team’s strength instead of thinking too much about the opposition’s weaknesses.”We just want to focus on what we want to achieve and that is something which has been our strength. We always have a strategy and a gameplan for the opposition batsman or the team. All we want to focus is on executing that plan and strategy to perfection. I believe that if we play to our potential, we can beat any side from any situation.”The likes of youngsters Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Nitish Rana and many others grabbing the spotlight in the initial stages of the tenth edition has put a big smile on the face of the Very Very Special India legend.”I have always said this that IPL is very beneficial for the uncapped Indian players. Every day for two months, these players rub shoulders with the best in the business. They are part of a dressing room which has not only India players but also the best international players. The kind of exposure and experience they get during the IPL is invaluable.”They can see how an international player prepares, what kind of mindset he has in a pressure situation and how do they work on their fitness. I am sure the international players are also sharing their experiences with the youngsters which allows them to blossom into a good cricketer.”The transition period between being a domestic player and an international cricketer is thus reduced. The other good thing is that when you perform against the best in the world, your confidence level really goes high. Once they do well in the IPL, it is important for them to continue the good show in the domestic cricket,” Laxman concluded.last_img read more