David Warner’s leadership skills are unmatched: Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman

first_img Press Trust of India HyderabadMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 21:00 IST VVS Laxman said David Warner has joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2019 with a positive mindset. (SRH Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVVS Laxman said David Warner’s leadership kills are “unmatched”Laxman said he felt the kind of punishment Warner got for ball-tampering incident was not rightLaxman further said Warner will be “determined to do the best”Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is delighted to have David Warner back in the mix as his “unmatched leadership skills” is a big plus for the franchise.While Kane Williamson will once again be leading the side, Warner’s inputs and influence on the team members makes him an important part of the leadership group.Warner along with Steve Smith are returning from their year-long ban for their involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa.”There is a big difference, because he [Warner] is a world class player. For us as a franchise we are so proud of what he has achieved for Sunrisers. He is not only a premier match-winner but his leadership skills are also unmatched,” Laxman waxed eloquent about Warner during a media conference.”The kind of role he played in the development of lot of youngsters in the franchise. He is setting example with his work ethics and the kind of preparation he does before every match,” Laxman told reporters at an event here.SRH head coach Tom Moody feels that the prolonged absence will not have an impact on his performance.”David Warner’s frame of mind I think is positive one. Certainly, through my communication with David has all been a positive one. When you are a world class player and you got an unquenchable thirst to succeed. When game of cricket is taken from you and once it is handed back, you need to do lot of catching up and David will be determined to do the best,” Moody said.advertisementOn Warner, who was awarded 12-month ball tampering suspension, Laxman said “Personally for me, it was very unfortunate what happened at Cape Town. I feel that the kind of punishment which he got was not right.”On Kane Williamson, who will once again lead Sunrisers, Moody said:”We all know that Kane Williamson is not only an outstanding player in all formats of the game but he is also a highly respected international leader.””He stepped up last year and did a wonderful performance not only as a captain, but as a top order player. We have no question in his ability with the bat. He is a wonderful player. We got a side that boasts of lot of leadership and that’s the strength of any squad that is going to be successful. It is not just dependent on one leader alone.Laxman is hopeful that new additions like New Zealander Martin Guptill and Englishman Jonny Bairstow strengthens the squad along with India regular Vijay Shankar, former U-19 World Cupper Abhishek Sharma and India A left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the mix.SRH bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan said SRH has got very good bowling attack headed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and this year with addition of Nadeem and Abhishek, the spin attack will be little bit strengthened.”And then also we got ‘the’ bowler–Rashid Khan. We got the bowlers who can take wickets. I think this year will be better than last year because we got balance between spin and fast bowlers. Last year we struggled a bit in spin bowling but this year the balance is right,” Muralitharan added.Also Read | Harbhajan Singh’s cooking session with Stephen FlemingAlso Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow VVS LaxmanFollow Muttiah MuralitharanFollow IPL 2019 David Warner’s leadership skills are unmatched: Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS LaxmanIPL 2019: VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor, said that David Warner is a match-winner and a great leader and appeciated his role in the development of youngsters at the franchise.advertisementlast_img read more

UN agency welcomes 14 billion French pledge to fight AIDS

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that his nation will provide the funds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at a General Assembly meeting in New York on progress made in realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2015, as well as achieving universal access to treatment for the disease, are among the eight MDGs.“At a time of difficult fiscal space, France has put the interests of people living with HIV first,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), urging all other countries to follow France’s lead.During a meeting with the UNAIDS chief yesterday, Mr. Sarkozy praised the agency’s approach to place the response to the pandemic as part of the broader health and development agenda.More than 7,400 people are infected and 5,500 die from AIDS-related illnesses every day, and HIV remains the leading cause of death among reproductive-age women worldwide, according to the UN.There are also nearly 10 million people living with HIV who urgently need treatment today.UNAIDS data shows that new infections have declined by more than 25 per cent in the 22 countries most affected by the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of all people living with HIV.“AIDS is a smart investment that is producing results for people holistically,” Mr. Sidibé said, stressing that “this is a time for scaling up, not scaling down.” 21 September 2010France has pledged $1.4 billion to United Nations-backed efforts to combat HIV, in a move hailed by the world body’s agency coordinating the global AIDS response. read more