Laxman bats for under-fire Dravid

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Backing under-fire Banglore Royal Challengers skipper Rahul Dravid, Deccan Chargers captain V V S Laxman today said his India team-mate is a very tough character and he will bounce back.

''For sure, Rahul is a good captain,'' Laxman, who led the Deccan Chargers till a wrist injury ruled him out of the rest of this IPL season, told Cricinfo.

''Even if you see the games Rahul's team have lost, some of them were very close. If they had won those, no questions would have been raised about his captaincy. I am sure he will bounce back because I know he is a very tough character. He has been in this situation before in the Indian team, and I have no doubt that he will overcome this one, too.''

''Everyone has been trying their best and people have to realise that no cricketer ever plays to lose. So encouragement from the owners is very important when you are not doing well,'' he added.

However, Laxman asserted that due to heavy investment made by the team owners they had every right to ask questions about the performance.

''The owners can ask why things are not happening. But here, I can only speak for my team and say our owners have been very supportive. They have understood that we have lost some games.

It was very important for us that even during the tough periods, they came, spoke to us and encouraged us,'' he said.

Laxman's team, Deccan Chargers had also performed poorly despite some hard hitting batsmen like Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi and Scott Styris are their in the side.

Deccan Chargers are just ahead of Bangalore in the point table with two wins from nine matches. Both have garnered four points, with the Chargers having a better run rate than the Challengers.

''I can tell you that we have some great cricketers and the bonding has been amazing. But for me, one possible factor that led to this situation was that we had only one player performing in every match. We would ideally have wanted two or three guys to click and perform on the same day,'' Laxman stated.


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