Vijay Shankar is ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of Sunrisers Hyderabad, reveals VVS Laxman

first_imgVVS Laxman opened up on David Warner’s return to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, saying that he was sure that the Australian opener would do well.The SRH mentor, while talking about how Warner kept in touch with the Hyderabad team, revealed that Vijay Shankar is the ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of the side.When Laxman was asked if Warner had been in touch with him during his one-year ban after the fallout from the ball-tampering scandal, he said that the Sunrisers have a Whatsapp group.”Not only in touch with me, but we have a Whatsapp group where we wishing each other on important days, share a lot of jokes,” VVS Laxman said.”We have a lot of characters in the team, Vijay is a ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of the team. He as a very good sense of humour – dry sense of humour,” Laxman added.Laxman was full of praise for Warner, as he noted the positive qualities the Australian bring to the table for SRH.”Everyone respects David a lot in the group. We know what an excellent performer has been, not only the runs he has scored on the ground. His contribution as captain, he was a successful winning captain in 2016. The way he helped a lot of youngsters by helping them with their game, about their mindset, how to prepare for big occasions,” Laxman said.Laxman also recalled the Sunrisers Hyderabad team’s reaction after David Warner was charged with bringing disrepute to the game of cricket with his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.advertisement”Everyone was disappointed that he had to miss out last year, because of what happened in Cape Town. Everyone was in touch, right from the owners, to the coaching staff, to the mentors and to the players. Everyone was eagerly waiting for him to come and join the group and be a part of the Sunrisers family. We are not surprised at all that he started to perform form the first match and started to play the way he did. Even in the first practise match and the second practise match, he was looking in great touch. Someone like him who is a fighter and mentally tough, looking for this opportunity to perform,” [email protected]’s known for not ‘WARN’ing the opponents and he’s doing exactly that this time around as well! #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 2, 2019Having seen Warner from up close and been with him in the process of making his way back to cricket, Laxman lauded the Australian’s mettle and resolve. Laxman said the three implicated in the ball-tampering scandal – David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft – showed character. He also went onto add that Warner would be a real asset for Australia in the 2019 ICC World Cup.”It boils down to your work ethics and also the mindset. We talk a lot about the mindset and the preparation and that is more to do with skilful practise where you focusing on your batting or your technique. It is also a mental preparation because it is tough for all three of them, as to how they can still be possible with whatever has happened and suddenly they are not allowed to play for one year. I think we were positive and prepared so that we can get better,” Laxman said.”No surprise as he has always been a hard-working player works a lot on his fitness and because of that the rhythm that possibly could have been missing, didn’t go anywhere. He is very happy with the way he is hitting the cricket ball and more impotently that you can see in the body language and see in the eyes that he is determined to win each and every match and determined to do well. When you miss something for a period of 12 months, you will be eagerly waiting to go out to do well whenever you get an opportunity. Australia will be lucky to have him in the World Cup because he will be looking forward to contributing and winning the World Cup for Australia,” Laxman added.Also Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerAlso Read | David Warner on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s warm welcome: Meant the world to melast_img

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