The former Indian batsman and Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman recently opened up on the second phase of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He believes that the teams that will be able to regain “momentum” will rediscover “the winning formula”.
VVS Laxman states the COVID-19 break has helped teams to regain momentum
It is not unknown that the T20 format of cricket needs a lot of momentum and VVS Laxman in his column for The Times of India on Sunday, has stated that the teams that had made a strong start to their campaigns “must quickly rediscover the winning formula.”
Laxman believes that the break due to the COVID-19 will help the franchises to recuperate for the remainder of the season. He added: “For teams like us (Sunrisers Hyderabad) who are in the bottom half of the table, the break has provided the opportunity to regroup and return with our mental batteries recharged and our determination renewed.”
A total of 31 matches, including the knockouts, are still left to be played in the season. While Delhi Capitals currently lead the table with 12 points, Sunrisers are at the bottom at No. 8 with just one win in seven matches.
The 14th edition of the tournament came to a halt after few COVID cases were recorded in bio-bubble. Now Laxman reckoned it’s relatively easier to keep the bio-bubbles free from the cases when the need to travel by air in between matches is not required.
VVS Laxman said: “Like many, I am of the belief that air travel during the Indian leg of the IPL had a role to play in the positive cases within various franchises that, along with the sadly destructive second wave of the pandemic in our country, necessitated the tournament to be temporarily halted (in May).”
Laxman said that the second phase of the IPL couldn’t have come at a better time for the Indian team that has been playing Test matches over the past 3-4 months. The IPL, he reckoned, provides the Indian players the competitive stage to get back into the shape for the upcoming T20 World Cup.