Chennai:Deccan Chargers Hyderabad captain VVS Laxman insisted that his team was determined to win against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 match on Tuesday.
"We have lost a few very close matches after being in winning situations. Super Kings have lost two games no doubt, but we have lost five. So, that makes us even more determined than them to win on Tuesday," Laxman told reporters in a pre-match press conference.
On leading a side in the IPL, Laxman said "It is a great experience to lead players from different countries. They are all professionals and I do not need to tell them individually because they know their responsibilities".
Laxman denied that the loss of Andrew Symonds who left for Australia to join his national team had affected his side's batting.
"There are other big-hitters in the team like Adam Gilchrist and Scott Styris, besides Shahid Afridi. So, in that respect, I am quite happy with the combination that we have," he said.
Laxman said the batting slots were flexible would depend on the situation on a given day.
"I am doing well opening the innings, but if the situation requires, then we will certainly change the order. Perhaps, even Afridi will open the innings if necessary. It all depends on the situation on a given day," he said.
For Chargers, Rohit Sharma has been the main stay while Australian Adam Gilchrist appears to have hit a bad patch after an unbeaten century plus score.
Herschelle Gibbs in his two matches has scored just 12 runs. Laxman said he was hoping to win since his team would not be under pressure and a victory would be a bonus to them.
"We do hope that our batsmen would enjoy playing on Chennai pitch and are able to post a sizeable total. We are counting on a decent performance here tomorrow to be able to win the match," he said.
However, Laxman's captaincy has not been impressive with criticism pointing out that his team lacked in the art of strategizing.