Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Delhi April 10, 2011

Knew Malinga would be tough to handle - Sehwag

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The Delhi Daredevils batsmen crumbled against Lasith Malinga's fiery yorkers and clever variations in pace, something their captain Virender Sehwag had tried to prevent. His plan during the Delhi innings was to take the bulk of the strike against Malinga, a ploy that failed despite him playing out a maiden over against him. Sehwag was run out, and Malinga cashed in to finish with a five-for to bowl Delhi out for 95.

"This is the first time in the last ten years that I've played a maiden over," Sehwag said after the game. "I knew the other batsmen would not be able to pick Malinga. I thought I'd bat against him and let the rest take on the other bowlers."

Delhi have several new players in their squad, with Sehwag among the few who's stayed with the franchise following the auction. "I think I'm the only player in the team who's played the last three IPLs for Delhi, and there are ten debutants with me. So it will take time for us to gel and perform as a team."

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar, who made an unbeaten 46 in the chase, admitted the pitch was one of the more difficult surfaces to bat on. "I thought 135-140 was going to be a fighting total because the ball was keeping low," he said. "Adjusting to the pace of the pitch was going to be extremely important."

Apart from Malinga, whose performance he described as "spectacular", Tendulkar also praised Rohit Sharma, who looked good during his unbeaten 27. "He is a terrific and gifted player, and on a difficult track he played some brilliant shots. This season we'll have to wait and watch what he is capable of."

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  • Hindh on April 12, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @kuruwita Yes Malinga has won the battle but Indian team won the overall war ... Before the WC every tom , dick and harry was talking that india wud be out of WC by semi finals because of home pressure , but the capability of the Indian team was amazing...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @hindh88, @karthikfromchennai, I am talking about Sehwarg. He is gone against Good bowlers. Dhoni realised the situation and came out ahead of Raina, and Yuvraj to protect them from Malinga. But in WC final and In this match Malinga won the battle between Malinga & Sehwrag.

  • NALINWIJ on April 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    What a legend is Malinga who gets 5 wickets and bowls a maiden to SHEWAG in a t20 match when you have only 4 overs. If you pick IPL or WORLD T20 all time XI Malinga should be selected.

  • Hindh on April 11, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @kuruwita sehwag was out 1st ball or 2nd ball in final . it doest matter now. What matters is that India won the World cup 2011 thats it.......

  • karthikfromchennai on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    @Kuruwita, yes we too saw the WC final where sehwag was out for a duck...but did u also see Dhoni lifting the worldcup in the end? chill out....I understand your frustration that SL lost the cup...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Both Malinga & Sehwrag got exceptional skills. It is nice to see the battle between these two, an exceptional bowler Vs an exceptional Batsman. I think Malinga won the battle because Sehwrag could not score a single though Malinga did not take the wicket. I think Sehwrag has the memory of WC final.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @cricPassion2009, Yes a top batsman against crappy bowlers. He is gone for duck in the 2nd ball in WC final. That is why he said he did not want to score against Malinga.

  • lahiru_ran on April 11, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    malinga is the best bowler i have seen......... no one there to beat him.. ha ha

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @crystosis, Yes we saw it in WC final Sehwag was gone for 2nd ball duck.

  • Philip_Gnana on April 11, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Come on guys give Sewag a break. He is a tremendous batsmen and he has walked his talk over and over again when it comes to taking bowlers apart. He has recognised Malinga's capability and has given him the credit. Sehwag, Jayasuriya, Gale, Gilly all fall within the same league, but Sehwag has been more consistent that the rest. Malinga was truly awesome and this only confirms why Mumbai had retained him and he has paid back the confidence placed in him. SRT is a legend. He knows how to handle his team. It is good that he gave equal praise to Rohit Sharma for his performance on a dodgy wicket. Well done Mumbai. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Hindh on April 12, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @kuruwita Yes Malinga has won the battle but Indian team won the overall war ... Before the WC every tom , dick and harry was talking that india wud be out of WC by semi finals because of home pressure , but the capability of the Indian team was amazing...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @hindh88, @karthikfromchennai, I am talking about Sehwarg. He is gone against Good bowlers. Dhoni realised the situation and came out ahead of Raina, and Yuvraj to protect them from Malinga. But in WC final and In this match Malinga won the battle between Malinga & Sehwrag.

  • NALINWIJ on April 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    What a legend is Malinga who gets 5 wickets and bowls a maiden to SHEWAG in a t20 match when you have only 4 overs. If you pick IPL or WORLD T20 all time XI Malinga should be selected.

  • Hindh on April 11, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @kuruwita sehwag was out 1st ball or 2nd ball in final . it doest matter now. What matters is that India won the World cup 2011 thats it.......

  • karthikfromchennai on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    @Kuruwita, yes we too saw the WC final where sehwag was out for a duck...but did u also see Dhoni lifting the worldcup in the end? chill out....I understand your frustration that SL lost the cup...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Both Malinga & Sehwrag got exceptional skills. It is nice to see the battle between these two, an exceptional bowler Vs an exceptional Batsman. I think Malinga won the battle because Sehwrag could not score a single though Malinga did not take the wicket. I think Sehwrag has the memory of WC final.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @cricPassion2009, Yes a top batsman against crappy bowlers. He is gone for duck in the 2nd ball in WC final. That is why he said he did not want to score against Malinga.

  • lahiru_ran on April 11, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    malinga is the best bowler i have seen......... no one there to beat him.. ha ha

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @crystosis, Yes we saw it in WC final Sehwag was gone for 2nd ball duck.

  • Philip_Gnana on April 11, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Come on guys give Sewag a break. He is a tremendous batsmen and he has walked his talk over and over again when it comes to taking bowlers apart. He has recognised Malinga's capability and has given him the credit. Sehwag, Jayasuriya, Gale, Gilly all fall within the same league, but Sehwag has been more consistent that the rest. Malinga was truly awesome and this only confirms why Mumbai had retained him and he has paid back the confidence placed in him. SRT is a legend. He knows how to handle his team. It is good that he gave equal praise to Rohit Sharma for his performance on a dodgy wicket. Well done Mumbai. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on April 11, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    thats malinga's day. not able to stop even for Sehwag.

  • Horn.OK.Please on April 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Chill people..It's a figure of speech. Next time when Ravi Shastri says 'Dhoni has not won the toss in a million years', don;t come back with statistics that say Dhoni is only 29 years old and so Shastri is lying..

  • on April 11, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    ooow what an idea shewag g Keep it on, kee it on, u can fly some day( if there is no malinga)

  • Nothingness on April 11, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    V Sehwag's ego is sky high, but his talent is minimal. He is a batsman with a very good eye who slogs stylishly in favorable batting conditions. The following links to his career analysis on bouncy or seaming/ swinging pitches tells the story.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35263.html?agemax1=40;ageval1=age;class=2;continent=4;filter=advanced;orderby=default;spanmin1=01+Apr+2001;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35263.html?agemax1=40;ageval1=age;class=2;continent=1;continent=4;filter=advanced;orderby=default;spanmin1=01+Apr+2001;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

    If he thinks so highly of himself, I wonder why he couldn't have hit 6 boundaries in that Malinga over, rather than disrupting his self believed 10 year long record of not playing a maiden :P He should have been honest and said that Malinga was too good for him on the day

  • on April 11, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @cricket_all_the_way good analysis... I was thinking on similar lines that I have seen him play a maiden before... infact, against Asif, he played 2 in a row! first and third of the innings... bad memory :)

  • on April 11, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    For those who consider Sehwag over-rated .. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64081.html

  • cricket_all_the_way on April 11, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Sehwag has played maiden overs before. Here are those instances:

    ODI - Asif to Sehwag - 1st over of the match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/244511.html

    Powell to Sehwag -2nd over of the match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/215286.html

    Credits to Sledger & W63L65. There're other instances in tests (much more recent) where sehwag played a maiden (against Steyn). So one should not fly high and say things like " I haven't played a maiden in last 10 years"..

  • on April 11, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Dz is not Shewag's talent.If it is;he could play some boundries in Malinga's over...bt he couldn't..Superb bowling by Malinga..!

  • freakyboyz007 on April 11, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Shewag is correct its a new team, need to give time, may be when they meet again, malinga will be beater hard.. for sure. definitely he will be killed by CSK batsmen

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @the_blue_android ..... Sehwag might not be able to score 12-16 runs against a good bowling attack but nobody can be as devastating as sehwag against a wayward bowling attack...His comment in the post match presentation may sound egoistic to some but he hasn't said anything wrong...I havent seen sehwag play a maiden over..Respect sehwag"s strength not his weekness ... Criticizing is easier than cricket..remember this..

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    @ U r right Micheal Jones.@the_blue_android presenter asked whether the maiden is intentional

  • on April 11, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    MI needs another wicket taking bowler......Otherwise, same would happen, what happened to SL during WC-Final

  • on April 11, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @ Michael Jones : Wonder 5 years is really recent... and @Bytheway...if you look at the scorecard, you would understand why sehwag said so...other than the maiden sehwag played, malinga has 2 wickets in 1, 3 over and 1 in his 4th, it was not the talent he was referring it was the class of malinga he was afraid of...

  • vparisa on April 11, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    May be we are all misunderstanding about what he said.. when he said he played a maiden over.. he would have meant, he did it purposefully in order to avoid risks and see of Malinga.. Many bowlers have bowled him maidens.. but this one he played it..

  • shaileshacharya123 on April 11, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    MALINGA,simply the best and supeb

  • Bytheway on April 10, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    "I knew the other batsmen would not be able to pick Malinga. I thought I'd bat against him and let the rest take on the other bowlers." The captain has no confidence in his team! This, and other remarks that Sehwag has made over time, indicate that he has a pretty big ego. If Sachin is his idol, he still has a lot to learn, in terms of humility and consistency with the bat.

  • on April 10, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Sehwag's memory is at fault here - in fact he played out a maiden in an ODI as recently as five years ago: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/238190.html

  • cricPassion2009 on April 10, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @the_blue_android

    Sehwag has played blistering knocks all over the world. Not just subcontinental ones. He's regarded as one of the top batsmen in the world.

  • cricPassion2009 on April 10, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Malinga is a gem. This comment about 'first maiden over he played in 10 years' from Sehwag is an ultimate compliment. Go Malinga go. And he's playing with best batsman of all time Tendulkar. This team looks lethal.

  • crystosis on April 10, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Malinga is good but Sehwag is no chump either..Look at his track record against Malinga or SL in general.

  • NP_NY on April 10, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Some of those balls he bowled were absolutely unplayable! He's blessed with that slingshot action which helps him produce those inswinging yorkers very consistently.

  • the_blue_android on April 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    "This is the first time in the last ten years that I've played a maiden over," Sehwag - Will be interested in finding out if he said this by himself or the presenter asked him. IF he said this by himself, someone needs to ask him to control his ego because he seems to rate himself too highly. He is a flat track bully against bad bowling attacks. That's all he is capable of. When he faces good bowlers, he can never score more than 12-16 runs...

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Malinga not only exposed the standards of IPL, but also the over-rated batsmen. You know who I'm talking about.

  • gooey_kablooie on April 10, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Superb performance by Malinga. Cricket-playing nations should encourage IPL. Its the stage where unheard but talented players get a chance to show their capabilities. IPL has been succesfull at that. Best examples are Watto, Rusty Theron, Ryan Harris, Shaun Marsh... They get a chance to play with seniors and can play freely as there isn't much pressure. Without IPL the world will never know of players like Davy Jacobs, for example, who have got immense talent but have never got a chance to perform on world stages. This league is evolving and in few years time might become a complete product. Till then lets support it.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Is there any other bowler in T20 cricket than Maligna.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    @Kaven Gull , Afridi & Malinda ..in order The best T20 ODI bowlers.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Malinga is the Best!! In any format of the game!! Good Luck Malinga!

  • on April 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Absolutely, without doubts Malinga is the best T20 bowler. MI looking in good shape. I was wondering why Sathish was chosen ahead of Suman. Oh well. CSK, KKR, PWI and RCB are other very good looking sides.

  • akasavani on April 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    IPL......Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!!!

  • maddy20 on April 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Delhi batsmen were running like blind men! What else can anyone else expect? If they had scored another 30 runs, Mumbai would have had a serious fight on their hands!

  • kums1985 on April 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    This is a great start for MI,they should keep up this momentum in the coming games as well, they should play without fear and should send keiron pollard up the order at 4

  • on April 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    The best T20 bowler, UNDOUBTEDLY

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  • on April 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    The best T20 bowler, UNDOUBTEDLY

  • kums1985 on April 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    This is a great start for MI,they should keep up this momentum in the coming games as well, they should play without fear and should send keiron pollard up the order at 4

  • maddy20 on April 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Delhi batsmen were running like blind men! What else can anyone else expect? If they had scored another 30 runs, Mumbai would have had a serious fight on their hands!

  • akasavani on April 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    IPL......Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!!!

  • on April 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Absolutely, without doubts Malinga is the best T20 bowler. MI looking in good shape. I was wondering why Sathish was chosen ahead of Suman. Oh well. CSK, KKR, PWI and RCB are other very good looking sides.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Malinga is the Best!! In any format of the game!! Good Luck Malinga!

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    @Kaven Gull , Afridi & Malinda ..in order The best T20 ODI bowlers.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Is there any other bowler in T20 cricket than Maligna.

  • gooey_kablooie on April 10, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Superb performance by Malinga. Cricket-playing nations should encourage IPL. Its the stage where unheard but talented players get a chance to show their capabilities. IPL has been succesfull at that. Best examples are Watto, Rusty Theron, Ryan Harris, Shaun Marsh... They get a chance to play with seniors and can play freely as there isn't much pressure. Without IPL the world will never know of players like Davy Jacobs, for example, who have got immense talent but have never got a chance to perform on world stages. This league is evolving and in few years time might become a complete product. Till then lets support it.

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Malinga not only exposed the standards of IPL, but also the over-rated batsmen. You know who I'm talking about.