VVS Laxman Hopes Sachin will do well in South Africa

Laxman said India, the defending champions and world number one ODI side, are going in the right direction ahead of the World Cup 2015.

"The manner in which we beat England in England (in the Champions Trophy last month) was really commendable. The youngsters should also be credited for the performance. It's a side that's going in the right direction ahead of the World Cup 2015," he said.

Talking about India's triumph in the recently-concluded Tri-Nation Series in the West Indies, Laxman said: "He once again stayed composed yet on the top of his game. I really appreciate the way he's instilling confidence among the young players. The credit goes to Dhoni and his team.

Laxman also hoped that Sachin Tendulkar would do well in South Africa which is seen as the senior most India batsman's swansong series.

Recalling India's last (2010-11) tour to South Africa where Tendulkar notched two hundreds in Centurion and Cape Town, Laxman said: "I'm sure he would go there with a fine memory of his two hundreds."

"I'm sure he would have a fantastic series this time around as well," said the stylish Hyderabadi batsman, who was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2011.

hydWishing India all the best for the South Africa tour, Laxman said: "India would go there with the confidence of beating Australia 4-0. But an overseas win give you the real confidence and it teaches you a lot. I'm sure they would do well."

Laxman further hailed the Board's initiative for a India A tour in South Africa next month ahead of the November-January series.

"It's a great initiative as it would help the youngsters get some vital experience ahead of the real series," he said.