Hyderabad: The stylish VVS Laxman, the captain of the Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League, on Monday said the presence of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds in the side was a "big asset" because of his match-winning abilities.
Laxman said he did not envisage any crowd problems for the lanky all-rounder who had not only accused Harbhajan Singh of racially abusing him but had been involved in a series of on-field altercations with the Indian players during the ongoing tour of Australia.
"He is a match-winner for us and obviously, if he does well for the team, the crowd will love him," Laxman said.
"When you are playing high-quality cricket, when there is high intense cricket, I am sure there will be a few words exchanged and that is because of the heat of the moment," Laxman explained.
The Hyderabad team bid a whopping Rs 5.6 crore for procuring the services of Symonds and Laxman reckoned it was worth it considering the Australian's talent.
"I have known Symonds since under-19 days. He is a very good friend of mine and he is a thorough professional. I am sure everyone knows that he is a match-winner for any side, whether he plays for Australia or a World XI," he said.
"It is a great asset to have Symonds in our team and I am sure he will play some match-winning knocks like the way he has done over the years," he added.