Chasing a modest 151-run goal, SRH might handle solely 137 in 19.4 overs as their batsmen struggled to attain runs within the center overs on Saturday.
“That’s (taking singles and twos) a very important skill especially on these kind of wickets because it is not easy to hit through the line. You can’t rely on just boundaries and sixes,” Laxman mentioned on the put up-match press convention.
“It’s very important to keep the dot-ball percentage low, and the only way you can do it is by manipulating the field by rotating the strike. That is one aspect of the game which is very important on these kind of wickets. “Unfortunately we weren’t in a position to try this particularly when Rahul Chahar was bowling and even when different quick bowlers have been bowling within the center overs.”
Laxman said as the ball got old in the second half of the innings, playing aggressive was challenging. He also stressed the importance of using the powerplay restrictions.
“The ball was just stopping on the wicket and it is two-paced. And additionally the spinners are extracting flip together with bounce. That is one of the points we undoubtedly mentioned.
“If you see the way Jonny Bairstow and David Warner capitalised on the powerplay, that will be very important going forward especially when you are playing on slow tracks like what we are seeing in Chennai.
“To use the brand new ball, to make use of the Powerplay restriction (is key), so that you simply put the opposite batsmen who’re coming in later below much less strain,” he said.
Laxman also spoke about the importance of one set batsman playing deep into the innings.
“It is fairly tough for a newcomer to get used to the floor straightaway particularly when the asking fee is climbing up. The first 10 overs, the best way you present your optimistic and aggressive intent, will assist the second half of the innings,” he added.
Asked if struggling Manish Pandey could be demoted in the batting order, Laxman did not give a direct answer.
“We have been versatile with our batting order. Even in the present day we made modifications, we had Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma, two left-hand batters, to counter the Mumbai spinners.
“We have got some days before the next game, and we will definitely go back to the drawing board to work out the strategy to get a win under our belt and we will look at what the best combination and batting order is.”
He mentioned left-arm pacer T Natarajan needed to miss out as a result of of a niggle.
“Unfortunately, Natarajan had a niggle in his left knee and that’s why he was ruled out and that’s why we went with Khaleel Ahmed. We are going to assess the condition of Natarajan.
“I used to be very impressed with the best way Khaleel bowled. In his first sport of the season, he assessed the situations rather well and used loads of his variations together with extracting loads of tempo and bounce off the floor. So loads of positives [to take] for SRH from the best way Khaleel Ahmed bowled,” Laxman signed off.