April 30, 2012


Sehwag lives up to his word


By Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

After Delhi Daredevils' 20-run defeat against Pune Warriors, Virender Sehwag hinted that he wanted to bat at least till the 15th over in the upcoming games. Sehwag had scored 57 in the loss but in the three subsequent matches, he demonstrated rare consistency to score half-centuries in each of the games. In the return game against Warriors, Sehwag batted through till the 16th over scoring an unbeaten 87 and led Daredevils to a comfortable win. In the next game against Mumbai Indians, which Daredevils won by 37 runs, Sehwag scored 73 and put on 135 for the opening wicket with Mahela Jayawardene. On this occasion as well, Sehwag was dismissed after batting till the 15th over. Against Royals, when Daredevils won by one run, he scored another half-century (63) and in the process, became only the fourth player to score four consecutive half-centuries in Twenty20 matches (domestic Twenty20 games). Brendon McCullum remains the only batsman to achieve the feat in international Twenty20 matches.

Virender Sehwag's record in each IPL season
Season Matches Runs Average SR 100/50
2011 11 424 38.54 176.66 1/2
2008 14 406 33.83 184.54 0/3
2012 9 372 46.50 158.97 0/4
2010 14 356 25.42 163.30 0/3
2009 11 198 19.80 143.47 0/1

In IPL 2012 Sehwag has scored more half-centuries than in any of the previous IPL seasons. He is now level with Shaun Marsh and Jacques Kallis on the list of batsmen with the most fifty-plus scores in the IPL. His run aggregate in this season (372) is only behind his corresponding numbers in 2008 and 2011. However, he has the highest average (46.50) in 2012. Sehwag has scored the most runs (313) against Chargers and Mumbai Indians (280). His scoring rate is highest against Kings XI (12.73) and Chargers (11.30). In the previous season, Sehwag rarely had much support from the rest of the batsmen but in this season, with Kevin Pietersen and Jayawardene contributing regularly, Daredevils have been the most consistent side in the first half of the tournament.

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Posted by mayank on (May 1, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

I dont think why BCCI is not favouring Sehwag keeping him out of the team. He is not only best record holder of india level with Sachin but also a non political person who doesnt think about personal achievments. Plz dont make politics in indian cricket, making csk to International team, it hurts crores of people who love cricket. Hatts off to Sehwag who is keepin quit against bad politics.

Posted by durga on (May 1, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

You are right niteesh.. He plays IPL season well and misses out the World 20-20 championship right after this event. The same thing happened last 2 times.

Posted by Afeef Abdul kareem on (May 1, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

He is an outstanding batsman. Daredevils can lift the trophy if their skipper continues this form.

Posted by Nitin on (May 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

I think another name for danger s virender sehwag.... I seems to be very happy to watch sehwag bating.. really sehwag is very dangerous hitter.... to say in one word means viru is a one man army...

Posted by Ganesh on (May 1, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Wish he had shown a similar resolution during India's rout in Engalnd and down Under.....

Posted by shah on (May 1, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

this is just a matter of time, after some time he will be the same sehwag who hits 1 or 2 boundaries then becomes out....

Posted by Vikash on (May 1, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Sehwag will return to d Indian team for sure after this IPL. n he will show his potential :) he is been d best opening n dashing batsman ever in my prospective.

Posted by Vineet on (May 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Man who can change d course of game on his own ....so i wish he cud do it regularly wid each game

Posted by gulrez on (May 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

when he will start playing for india in this manner, he is not a true cricketer and he shows full commitment for ipl team.

Posted by Shan on (May 1, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

See what money can do. I wish he shows 50% of this dedication while playing for India.

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