“Twenty20 cricket rides so much on momentum, particularly in event play. Those who made a robust begin to their campaigns should rapidly rediscover the successful method,” wrote Laxman in his column for The Times of India on Sunday. “For teams like us (Sunrisers Hyderabad) who are in the bottom half of the table, the break has provided the opportunity to regroup and return with our mental batteries recharged and our determination renewed.”
A complete of 31 matches, together with the knockouts, are left to be performed in the season. While Delhi Capitals at present lead the desk with 12 factors, Sunrisers are all-time low at No. 8 with only one win in seven matches.
“I sincerely pray the remainder of the IPL stays incident-free, and the teams are able to put on a show for the audience, several of whom will be physically present,” stated the previous Test stalwart.
Laxman reckoned it is comparatively simpler to maintain the bio-bubbles incident-free when the necessity to journey by air in between matches isn’t required.
“It’s my opinion that the sanctity of bio-bubbles can again be maintained impeccably. One of the prime reasons behind my conviction is that Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are within driving distance of each other,” he wrote.
“Like many, I am of the belief that air travel during the Indian leg of the IPL had a role to play in the positive cases within various franchises that, along with the sadly destructive second wave of the pandemic in our country, necessitated the tournament to be temporarily halted (in May).”
The T20 World Cup will be performed on the identical three venues in the Emirates proper after the IPL concludes on October 15.
“With the T20 World Cup to be played at these three venues in less than a month’s time, it will be interesting to see what kind of surfaces are on offer,” stated Laxman.
“I understand the predicament of the curators; while they will want to ensure that the pitches aren’t worn and tired by the time of the World Cup, they wouldn’t like to compromise on the immediate task at hand, which is to provide quality surfaces for the IPL. I don’t envy them.”
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Laxman felt the second section of the IPL could not have come at a greater time for the Indian group that has been in Test mode over the previous 3-4 months. The IPL, he reckoned, supplies the Indian gamers the aggressive stage to get again into the groove for the World Cup in the shortest format.
“After nearly four months of long-format cricket, they (Indian players) have between six and eight matches to rediscover their 20-over mojo before the World Cup. It’s also to their benefit that they will get to play in the same conditions that will confront them during the mega event. That might be true for players from other countries as well,” Laxman concluded.
The league resumes with the match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.