IPL 2013 March 30, 2013

Captaincy has never affected my game - Sehwag

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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.................

  • dummy4fb on April 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb on April 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb on March 31, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    we are waiting to c sehwag batting ....

  • ramli on March 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.....

  • 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.

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