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VVS harps on winning start

VVS Laxman

Calcutta: VVS Laxman believes that momentum is very important in the T20 format and the sooner you can latch on to a winning momentum in a tournament, the better it is.

Laxman, who is in the city for the Cricket Association of Bengal's Vision 2020 camp, was speaking about the upcoming edition of the IPL.

Laxman, of course, has been a mentor with the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.

"You see, the Sunrisers have got a very good team. We are very happy with the players we have got. But you know the IPL is such a tournament where all the franchises have got good teams. One good performance with the bat or the ball can change the result. So it is important to start on a winning note, because momentum is very important in the T20 format. We at Sunrisers are looking forward to get that momentum early in the tournament," Laxman said.

Sweating it out with the players at the JU Salt Lake campus ground, Laxman sounded very happy with how the camp has progressed so far.

"I am very happy with the progress of the players. This is the first time we are having the camp in March. We usually meet in June. But we felt this is the time that the players are free and so it is important to assess what are the things they have done well and where do they need improvements," Laxman explained.

"I'm very happy with the progress of the batsmen... Some new guys have joined the camp from the U-19 level..."

He added: "The whole idea of Vision 2020 is to see more players from Bengal play for India. While that is a question that only the future can answer, it is important to see how many players from Bengal are actually knocking on the doors of the Indian team. Like Abhimanyu Easwaran....

"Abhimanyu has set an example. He was working so hard at practice last season that we almost had to remind him that he needs a break. That is understandable...," the 43-year-old said.

Bengal haven't had a great season, but Laxman feels that being patient with the players is important. "It is important to have patience with the players. That is what Sourav (Ganguly) and the CAB are trying to do..."

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