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

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OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) fights back tears after the Buckeyes 24-21 loss to Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team has sustained losses to unranked opponents in previous years, the 24-21 loss on Saturday to the Penn State Nittany Lions is a tough one to take for fans. For players like freshman starting guard Michael Jordan and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa, the defeat is their first in their collegiate careers, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Going through a tough loss early in a career can be a motivation for improving upon the mistakes. Presenting a young team against Virginia Tech in 2014, OSU suffered a potentially season-ruining loss to the Hokies.After starting the year 1-1, the Buckeyes responded with 13-straight wins by an average margin of victory of just over 26 points. A youthful team responded to adversity with open arms, allowing themselves to grow from the loss to a team deemed subpar to OSU.OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that the loss is not season ending, and needs to be a lesson for the young members of the team.“Move forward,” he said. “Let it hurt for awhile.”The feeling of losing is new to more than one of the team members, but slip ups from the unit were expected. The fact the Buckeyes are still within the top 10, and have the chance to still make the playoffs with a team full of young players serves as a beacon of hope. Both veterans and underclassmen were visibly upset as they left the field. Sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince was fighting back tears while walking off, along with redshirt senior center Pat Elflein, who spoke to the media with a heavy voice. A fifth-year player, Elflein has been through all five of Meyer’s loses while at OSU. Even though the loss stings, he said it is something the young members of the team need to experience and use to keep playoff hopes alive.“Something you don’t want to feel, but you got to remember that feeling,” Elflein said. “That’s what has got to power you through, that feeling right there. You never want to feel that again.”Unlike the team’s only loss of 2015, the Buckeyes dropped their first game of the year at the midway point. With time still left on the clock, OSU can easily regroup and get back on the right path.The youth of the team might have caused OSU problems, but can also help the team down the road. The team understood there would be growing pains, and there would be times the young players would need to step up when faced with a challenge. Against Oklahoma, most fans felt the team had it’s largest moment of growth. In retrospect, the loss to Penn State should serve as a coming of age moment for the Buckeyes.Redshirt junior guard Billy Price, who played against Penn State in 2014 in Beaver Stadium, said he understood the feelings the young players were going through. However, he said the youth of the team is not the problem.“We are young, we are young. There are a lot of young guys in there. They’re playing well,” Price said. “They have to play for us and they have to execute. If we don’t execute that’s where we have issues like this.”Rather than singling out the poor play of specific players, Price said the loss was on the team as a whole, and its inability to execute the gameplan to perfection. He, like other Buckeyes, said this is a growing moment.Like in 2014, the team will be attempting to regroup from a loss at the hands of a non-ranked opponent. But, the loss was expected in some regards, due to the young nature of the team. Just like two years ago when the team went on a rampage after losing, OSU will have to prove the legitimacy of the team by winning games in convincing fashion. And, just like the national championship season, young players and new starters will have to give it their all.And giving it all was a sentiment redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett expressed explicitly on Monday. “We’re gonna find out what we’re made of,” he said. “I think that’s how you really see people. Anybody can be doing fine when we’re winning games, but when your back is against the wall, things are going against us, that shows your true character and true colors.” read more