Former Indian National Cricket Team cricketer VVS Laxman said that it is vital for coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli to ensure that every cricketer feels wanted and is in the right frame of mind. However, it especially required when a player experiences failure or the team is under some pressure.
Laxman’s views on the management team
Meanwhile, Kohli’s side is aiming to become the first Indian team to win a Test series in Australia. India lost in the Perth Test by 146 runs after a spectacular win in the opening game at Adelaide. Moreover, Laxman believes that it is the responsibility of the team management to boost confidence in each player.
“The role of the leadership group and the team management is very crucial. Because when the chips are down, and one is going through a low phase, it becomes mandatory that the leadership group ensures there is team bonding and keep motivating and ensuring that every player is in the right mental space,” VVS Laxman said to The Indian Express on Thursday.
VVS Laxman shared his feelings after the exclusion from 2003 WC
The Hyderabadi legend said that his spirit was crushed when 2003 was World Cup squad was announced. However, it happened during a series between India and New Zealand, and Laxman didn’t find his name in it.
“The lowest and toughest period (for me) was the 2003 World Cup exclusion. I was in New Zealand and not part of the Indian World Cup team. I had requested the team management to send me back to India because Dinesh Mongia, who replaced me in the World Cup squad, was part of the New Zealand tour also after the team was announced.” Laxman added.
Furthermore, the 44-year-old also reminded that team management and support system are the critical components for a National Team. He also added they should provide adequate support and regain the player’s confidence so that they can deliver goods when required.
“So, I think the role of the support system is very important whenever you are experiencing the lows. Because I have seen a lot of cricketers when they experience the lows and they don’t have the support system, their life can be miserable.” VVS Laxman concluded.
The third Test of the four-match Test series between Australia and India will commence from December 26.