Despite SRH’s underwhelming campaign, batting legend and head coach Lara conveyed the team’s determination to end the season on a high note.
“We are here to rock the party for Mumbai; we want to win, and it will be great at least to finish that way. But it will take a lot of effort and professionalism to put a team together to move forward. But to have the right attitude and make sure that everyone going in the right direction is very important,” Lara stressed. She recognized the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and fostering unity within the team as they strive to improve in the future.
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Lara shared her insights and reflections on the team’s performance during a press conference before their last league game against MI and also gave her thoughts on SRH’s recent struggles and the challenges they faced.
“It’s not too challenging. You’ll have a team that wins the IPL, a team that runs at the bottom and a team in between. But it’s a process you have to take, and SRH for the last few years have fallen short of expectations” Lara said. She acknowledged the disappointment with SRH’s performance in recent seasons, acknowledging the need for improvement.
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Recognizing her role, Lara humbly remarked: “I don’t think my name would have miraculously led to success, a job has to be done professionally, big name or no big name. As I said, (it’s my) first time in this location, it has been a wonderful learning experience for me and something I will take away moving forward.” Lara emphasized that success doesn’t depend solely on the reputation of individuals, but rather on the collective efforts of the entire team.
Lara expressed her support to the captain of SRH, Aiden Markramand recognized the challenges that come with assuming leadership responsibilities. “I think Aiden has done an amazing job and we will do some sort of review and reflection to see how we can fix things to improve next year. But it will always be difficult to get into an environment and try to ride. If I can speak for myself, I will learn definitely from this experience,” said Lara. She highlighted the learning curve both he and Markram faced as newcomers to their respective roles.
Lara also stressed the need for a major season overhaul and a collective effort to bounce back stronger. While acknowledging the challenges faced by SRH, she remains optimistic about the team’s potential and the valuable lessons learned along the way.
(With inputs from PTI)