NZ VS IND: VVS Laxman wants to see India play an aggressive style of white-ball cricket in New Zealand, but he also wants to see the young batting lineup display enough game sense and situational awareness.

“In T20 cricket, it’s important to be aggressive and we have the guys who can express themselves. So that’s the message from the captain and myself: be aggressive, but also focus on conditions and situations, and use that experience. Yes, our regular top order of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli isn’t here, but the players who have been selected have played a lot of international cricket, especially T20 cricket.”

Laxman said on the eve of the opening T20I in Wellington

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NZ VS IND: “Lot Of Cricket”: VVS Laxman

After losing to Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinal, Laxman replaced the rested Rahul Dravid. And discussed the future necessity of white-ball cricket specialists.

“There’s a lot of cricket being played, there’s no doubt about that, India is very fortunate to have so many players to choose from. As team management and selection committee member, you must be mindful of when to give breaks to certain players. Breaks are important not only physically rejuvenate but also mentally. India is lucky to have a pool of players to choose from that kind of bench. I think that will be the case going forward, especially in white-ball cricket, you require specialist players.”

Laxman said, touching upon India selecting a young squad for the tour

Having previously collaborated with Hardik Pandya on the tour of Ireland earlier this year. Laxman also provided a resounding endorsement of his leadership abilities. Before that, Hardik guided the underrated Gujarat Titans to an IPL championship in their first season. At the time, Hardik won praise from various sources for his mature leadership, choice, and decision-making under pressure.

NZ VS IND: Hardik Pandya’s Captaincy

Looking ahead to the following 20-over World Cup in 2024, there is an increasing consensus among Indian cricketing circles that he should have the T20I captaincy.

“He’s a fabulous leader. We’ve seen what he has done at Gujarat in the IPL. I have spent time with him during the Ireland series. That’s very important when you’re playing at the highest level because there will be situations where you will be under pressure. But also, his presence in the dressing room and his work ethics are exemplary. He is a players’ captain; he is very approachable. All players confide in him, which I like about him as captain.”

Laxman said
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