In focus Young players of Sunrisers are ready to face the Indian Premier League challenge

For a change, Hyderabadis might well be in the focus for the new franchisee Sunrisers in the 2013 Indian Premier League edition.

What with injuries to star batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and South African Jean-Paul Duminy, it might just be an ideal opportunity for the local talent like Ravi Teja, Akshath Reddy, G.H. Vihari and Ashish Reddy to blossom.

For Dwaraka Bhamidipati Ravi Teja, every edition of the Indian Premier League will be a different challenge. And, interestingly, this 25-year-old dashing Hyderabad opener was a member of the Deccan Chargers winning squad in 2009.

“It was a disappointing season last time around. The fielding was not up to the mark. But we are going to look for an improved display,” says the flamboyant batsman.

“Every IPL presents a new challenge. Teams, strategies and your own approach have to change and the key to the success of the team is the collective effort even in this T-20 format,” feels Ravi Teja.

“I had the privilege of playing both under Adam Gilchrist and Kumar Sangakkara. Both are exceptional leaders, always making you comfortable and motivating, says Ravi Teja.

Referring to the chances of Sunrisers, the soft-spoken Ravi Teja insists that in a T-20 game anything can happen. “You can have good and bad days too. But, we have players who are capable of changing the course of the game. All we look for is consistency in all departments of the game to make a huge impact this time around,” he says.

For his part, 22-year-old Prodduturi Akshath Reddy, leading run-getter in Ranji Trophy last season, believes that basics remain the same in any format. Known for his attacking batting even in a four-day format, Akshath, who led Hyderabad last season, points out that the standard of the game is very high.

For someone who played in the last IPL for Chargers, Akshath is not new to the excitement. “It is a great challenge for anyone. This time around the support-staff is bigger. Talking to someone like the great V.V.S. Laxman, and Tom Moody should help a lot,” he says.

V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

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