IPL 2013 March 30, 2013

Captaincy has never affected my game - Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag, dropped recently from India's Test side, has said his decision to give up the Delhi Daredevils captaincy will have no effect on his batting in the upcoming IPL season. Mahela Jayawardene was named Daredevils captain after Sehwag told the franchise he wanted to focus on his batting ahead of the Champions League 2012.

"I don't think it matters whether I am captaining the side or not," Sehwag told PTI, when asked if Jayawardene taking over would lessen the burden on him. "Captaincy has never affected my game. I have never ever felt the pressure on my batting while leading the side. I have never felt any pressure as captain. My approach to batting has always remained the same.

"I have always maintained that captaincy and performance are two separate issues altogether. If you talk about pressures of captaincy, then I had scored five consecutive half-centuries [a Twenty20 record] during the last edition of the IPL and the highest number of runs for Delhi Daredevils."

Sehwag admitted that Daredevils would feel the absence of England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is out of this IPL with a knee injury. "KP is a big occasion player and he will certainly be missed but we have other players who can put their hands up and be counted. We have 10 quality foreign players and whoever replaces him in the XI will get an opportunity to make a name for himself on the big stage. If they can grab their chance and prove their worth, we can win the trophy."

Daredevils meet Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural match of this season in Kolkata on April 3.

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  • POSTED BY JKMIKE on | April 4, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Well viruu is Viruuuu Every 1 miss him either The Indian Team Or Delhi daredevil Without him looks incomplete Yes he has not done great job since very long but you have to give him pace to be back With big hamming.................

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Viru is an batting icon. no once can replace him in Team.

  • POSTED BY Mohd123 on | April 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ram4crictheory, i mean to say natural game with responsibility, if the no. of chances given to shewag was given to any other youngster, he would have cemented his position long before, being a audience i dont mind if we lose 5-10 matches with youngsters rather than losing with all experienced players, it is not able to digest, i am fan of Shewag also, but for granted you can not block the way for other talented person.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    my delhi team sehwag ,davidwarner ,mahelajawardena, Unmukt Chand , Irfan Pathan johan botha,namanojha,ashishnehra,morkel,umeshyadav,yogeshnagar

  • POSTED BY hawk707 on | April 1, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Good chance(can be the last) for sehwag to prove himself that he still has the substance for highest level.. all the best master blaster...

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    why not Delhi give one year contract to Ravi Bopara or Josh Hazlewood in place of injured players

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    we are waiting to c sehwag batting ....

  • POSTED BY ramli on | March 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    His batting was always better than his captaincy ... not anymore as both are poor

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Everybody knows that Viru hasn't been performing for long now..... and every inning just pushes him away from the Indian side........ but I'm a die hard Viru fan... and won't back down till Viru is trying...... cheering his every effort.....

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | March 31, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Whether he is in temperory form slump or finally age has caught up with him, causing his hand eye coordination suffer we don't know. Performance in IPL may reveal the truth.

  • POSTED BY JKMIKE on | April 4, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Well viruu is Viruuuu Every 1 miss him either The Indian Team Or Delhi daredevil Without him looks incomplete Yes he has not done great job since very long but you have to give him pace to be back With big hamming.................

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Viru is an batting icon. no once can replace him in Team.

  • POSTED BY Mohd123 on | April 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ram4crictheory, i mean to say natural game with responsibility, if the no. of chances given to shewag was given to any other youngster, he would have cemented his position long before, being a audience i dont mind if we lose 5-10 matches with youngsters rather than losing with all experienced players, it is not able to digest, i am fan of Shewag also, but for granted you can not block the way for other talented person.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    my delhi team sehwag ,davidwarner ,mahelajawardena, Unmukt Chand , Irfan Pathan johan botha,namanojha,ashishnehra,morkel,umeshyadav,yogeshnagar

  • POSTED BY hawk707 on | April 1, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Good chance(can be the last) for sehwag to prove himself that he still has the substance for highest level.. all the best master blaster...

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    why not Delhi give one year contract to Ravi Bopara or Josh Hazlewood in place of injured players

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    we are waiting to c sehwag batting ....

  • POSTED BY ramli on | March 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    His batting was always better than his captaincy ... not anymore as both are poor

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Everybody knows that Viru hasn't been performing for long now..... and every inning just pushes him away from the Indian side........ but I'm a die hard Viru fan... and won't back down till Viru is trying...... cheering his every effort.....

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | March 31, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Whether he is in temperory form slump or finally age has caught up with him, causing his hand eye coordination suffer we don't know. Performance in IPL may reveal the truth.

  • POSTED BY ram4crictheory on | March 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @Mohd123 have u ever heard any batsman saying he didn't play his natural game still u r finding fault with Sehwag saying that. This shows u r anguish on the player @sheikasif, with one gud innings from Dhawan u r portraying him as a good opener and after 2-3 failures u will start searching for other opener as u r now doing for Sehwag. go on. @getsetgopk I can understand u r joy of Junaid picking up Sehwag this time cheaply, as Sehwag was very brutal on pakistan all these years.

    Almost all the negative comments about Sehwag here are assumed to be from Pak supporters, this shows how badly Pakistan was effected by him.

    Grow up guys irrespective of supporting u r teams try and respect other teams/players

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 31, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    when someone plays big and talks big, people enjoy. when someone just plays big and talks little, people respect and enjoy. when somebody talks big and play little, people laugh. hope people will not just laugh at Viru. all the best.

  • POSTED BY Mohd123 on | March 31, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Sehwag always doesnt like to accept any issues against him, when he was playing for India even if fails to score runs, his simple anser is I played my natural game, he should know that he is playing for country not college tourney, how he can say that i play my natural game, i respect people accept their deficiency and should play responsibly, not to say just playing natural game, if he play natural game then he should score in all the matches, its big joke.

  • POSTED BY Sheikasif on | March 31, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Thats what he is good for now. Only playing in Indian domestic. He has been a thorn to MS Dhoni so is good riddence for Indian cricket. India has found good openers in Murali and Dhawan. Time to let arrogant Shewag and Ghambiar rest in peace.....

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | March 31, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @getsetgopk junaid khan has got him only one time in recent ind vs pak. may be recently u can say he dont have outside asia score until 2011 check his record in eng,sa,aus,nz ur pakistan players only dream for them. plz name one opener from pakistan who comes near to him? plz dont say hafeez hee hee

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 31, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Junaid Khan recently showed him how good his 'hand eye coordination' is, not a single clue against the moving ball, a typical flat track bully thats not even good on flat tracks anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Really Viru...JUst rock on!! We all are just waiting for 3rd april when we will park ourselves before the Television sets and just enjoy that blazing square cut behind point....!! All the best Viru, Just Do what you have been doing for the last 12 years!! :) Virender sehwag, trolling bowlers since his debut!! #Iloveviru ;}

  • POSTED BY balajiam on | March 31, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    sehwag will reveal good performance in ipl. hope it'll make good strategy about him and our cricket board.

  • POSTED BY pzsrivastava on | March 31, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Well Well! The grapes are sour, as Sehwag says, that it does not affect his capacity. It is true that he is one of the best destructive openers in world cricket, but how can one rest on the past laurels? Can we let him keep playing that he might hit a 200 ball triple century in the next test. He needs to prove that he is capable at the domestic level. Greg Chappell is correct when he says, a gifted player like sehwag, does not put any effort to improve his talent, and then harbours aspiration to become the captain. The hand eye coordination has brought him so far, he needs to work further to make sure he can get back to the Indian team

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    HE IS GOD. India is a country where we worship many gods. Putting in the perspective of cricket. Yes, I think he will be a mark in Indian cricket, whether he stays or not.

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | March 30, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    @Mohammed Nayeemuddin: I agree with you 100% about Viru. He is a genius and India's greatest batsman ever and also our biggest matchwinner among batsmen. Kumble was our biggest matchwinner as a bowler. Good luck Viru - hit some form now. We NEED you in SA in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    i hope Viru makes a big difference in this IPL. I never used to like Test Matches. After seeing him opening matches, I started enjoying Test Matches. When he is at the crease, it is like extra injury minutes they add in football game. At least he breaks few more records for himself and the indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 30, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Sehwag was one of the best openers India ever had. There were technically sound openers like Merchant, Gavaskar as well as swashbuckling ones like Srikant, Sidhu. But Sehwag was an original one who had his own improvised technique of batting neither orthodox not uncultured - but based on excellent Hand-eye coordination. He was one of the first batsmen who could put this success into practice & score heavily. At his best, Sehwag was a nightmare of any pace bowler or spinner. He just took them to cleaners & demanded utter submission. Whether playing in Tests or ODI's, his style was the same & his S/R amongst the best. There was no better entertaining cricketer to the crowd than Sehwag any where in the world. Indian Fans & crowd should be proud to have seen such a genius in action for India for over a decade. Whether he is Captain or just a player, Sehwag is an inimitable master & Governor general of the crease! Good Luck & a happy future.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | March 30, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    It was thrilling to watch Viru and KP bat together during the last IPL--"domonating batting" at its best. The bowlers just didn't have any relief. If KP is off the strike, it was Viru from the other end. Both of them just kept blasting the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Anybody remembers Ganguly's reaction (with his hair standing out!) when he got KP out in one of the games? It's too bad KP is missing out this season.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    He will do well in this format and these conditions, its the only conditions he can do well, so I am sure he will do his best to show his worth.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Sehwag is extremely unpredictable and his batting is based on rhythm to a large extent rather than atleast to some the basics. He is no doubt a delight to watch till he stays. He really never developed as a complete batsman. Never try to commit a criminal offense/sin by comparing Sehwag to the GOD of the world cricket.

  • POSTED BY cricankul on | March 30, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    sehwag has a good opportunity to prove his worth.He should utilise his skills in a better way .

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    this is what is called running from your responsibility...i know what shehwag is trying to do here...he knows with captaincy if his team doesnt do well,then all blame will be on him,and his entry back to INDIAN team will be closed...instead he chose the lighter path,where he can just bat...and whatever happens to his team,he still has a chance to make a comeback....what a selfish choice...

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Sehwag is the greatest batsman India has ever produced and if he last for another five years, he will break all the batting records held by Sachin Tendulkar. Even Brian Lara's records like 400 runs individual highest score is at threat from Sehwag. Sehwag is one of the very rare and unique players like Vivian Richards, Adam Gilchrist, and Sanath Jaysurya. Indian team management is too harsh to drop a player of the caliber of Sehwag when he fails for a few games. Sehwag may be relishing his temporary exclusion from the Indian team as he gets a rare break from cricket, and anyway he will comeback and smash all those records held by Sachin Tendulkar that come from longevity in the game, and he will establish his own records like a number of triple hundreds, and Lara's 400 individual score. The only other Indian batsman who is as exceptionally talented as Sehwag is Yuvraj Singh, but Yuvraj is a failure in test cricket. Dhoni is another Indian batsman who is capable of extraordinary deeds.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 30, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Sehwag should say goodbye to test cricket. Also convince his mentor Sachin Paaji and his pal Bhajji to announce their test retirements. All of them can play IPL for another 10 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Sehwag needs to stay as long as possible so that DD get a good score on board. Last time DD played well till they experimented at wrong stage.

  • POSTED BY fahim1999 on | March 30, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    hopes shewag gets orange cap and selected for sa tour

  • POSTED BY ksarma on | March 30, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Sehwag is a great batsman on highway like pitches in india. But it will be tough for him to succeed this year as he is not hitting the ball as he used to.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    You are dasher,we all know you don't need to prove anything :)

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | March 30, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    as we all grow older our eyes and reaction all tire. and contacts dont help. for some it comes earlier than most. i feel the end of sehwag and his hitting will decline and will maybe only see it now in t20 and he looks a poor soul in test cricket. but he always great to watch, and as we say in the uk. he was one they would empty the bars when he came out to bat.

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  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | March 30, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    as we all grow older our eyes and reaction all tire. and contacts dont help. for some it comes earlier than most. i feel the end of sehwag and his hitting will decline and will maybe only see it now in t20 and he looks a poor soul in test cricket. but he always great to watch, and as we say in the uk. he was one they would empty the bars when he came out to bat.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    You are dasher,we all know you don't need to prove anything :)

  • POSTED BY ksarma on | March 30, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Sehwag is a great batsman on highway like pitches in india. But it will be tough for him to succeed this year as he is not hitting the ball as he used to.

  • POSTED BY fahim1999 on | March 30, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    hopes shewag gets orange cap and selected for sa tour

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Sehwag needs to stay as long as possible so that DD get a good score on board. Last time DD played well till they experimented at wrong stage.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 30, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Sehwag should say goodbye to test cricket. Also convince his mentor Sachin Paaji and his pal Bhajji to announce their test retirements. All of them can play IPL for another 10 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Sehwag is the greatest batsman India has ever produced and if he last for another five years, he will break all the batting records held by Sachin Tendulkar. Even Brian Lara's records like 400 runs individual highest score is at threat from Sehwag. Sehwag is one of the very rare and unique players like Vivian Richards, Adam Gilchrist, and Sanath Jaysurya. Indian team management is too harsh to drop a player of the caliber of Sehwag when he fails for a few games. Sehwag may be relishing his temporary exclusion from the Indian team as he gets a rare break from cricket, and anyway he will comeback and smash all those records held by Sachin Tendulkar that come from longevity in the game, and he will establish his own records like a number of triple hundreds, and Lara's 400 individual score. The only other Indian batsman who is as exceptionally talented as Sehwag is Yuvraj Singh, but Yuvraj is a failure in test cricket. Dhoni is another Indian batsman who is capable of extraordinary deeds.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    this is what is called running from your responsibility...i know what shehwag is trying to do here...he knows with captaincy if his team doesnt do well,then all blame will be on him,and his entry back to INDIAN team will be closed...instead he chose the lighter path,where he can just bat...and whatever happens to his team,he still has a chance to make a comeback....what a selfish choice...

  • POSTED BY cricankul on | March 30, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    sehwag has a good opportunity to prove his worth.He should utilise his skills in a better way .

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Sehwag is extremely unpredictable and his batting is based on rhythm to a large extent rather than atleast to some the basics. He is no doubt a delight to watch till he stays. He really never developed as a complete batsman. Never try to commit a criminal offense/sin by comparing Sehwag to the GOD of the world cricket.