By BV Swagath
VVS Laxman, who announced his retirement from International Cricket ahead of the New Zealand Test Series, has been named as the Captain of the Hyderabad Team for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. The presence of the 37-year-old Laxman will be a huge boost to the otherwise vulnerable Hyderabad batting line-up. Hyderabad was placed in the plate league last season and pulled off some good performances.
Hyderabad is currently in Group A and its opening match is against Punjab at Mohali from the 2nd of next month. The 15-man squad announced is for this opening game only. It will be interesting to see if VVS Laxman could go onto play the entire season for Hyderabad and it’s quite possible as he doesn’t have any other cricketing commitments. DB Ravi Teja has been named as Laxman’s deputy.
The Coach of Hyderabad is former India and Karnataka left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi while the fielding Coach is former India and Hyderabad player Noel David.
Hyderabad Squad: VVS Laxman (Captain),DB Ravi Teja (Vice-Captain), Akshath Reddy, Hanuma Vihari, Arjun Yadav, Syed Ahmed Quadri, Bavanaka Sandeep, Ibrahim Khaleel (Wicket Keeper), Pragyan Ojha, Ashish Reddy, Mohammed Khader, Anwar Ahmed, PKK Naidu, Abhinav Kumar (Wicket Keeper) and Vishal Sharma