Mumbai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Openers swap does trick for Daredevils

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 22, 2013

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Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene added 151 for the first wicket, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 21, 2013
Mahela Jayawardene: "[Virender Sehwag's batting] allowed me to play freely and I could control the innings" © BCCI

Delhi Daredevils finally have their first points of IPL 2013, after cruising to a nine-wicket win against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. While it was quite a poor showing by Mumbai's new-ball bowlers, credit would have to go to Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene for captialising on the chances offered them and allowing Daredevils to close out the chase of 162 with three overs to spare.

Daredevils rejigged their batting line-up, reuniting Sehwag and Jayawardene at the top, and the pair went on to become only the third combination in the IPL to put together a second century opening partnership - they added 151 at almost 10 an over. Speaking after the match, Jayawardene said Daredevils' injury issues had prompted him to bat in the middle order at the start of the tournament. "Losing Kevin [Pietersen] and Jesse [Ryder] prompted me to go down the order as we needed some solidity in the middle. But since our batting unit did not click, it was a call that I had to take," he said. "I spoke to David [Warner] about it and told him that I wanted him to play the role that Kevin played last year."

Sehwag's style suited him, Jayawardene said: "We complemented each other very well. As it is, Viru took a lot of pressure off me and my job was to give him more strike. His batting also allowed me to play freely and I could control the innings. We kept talking to each other, that we should not get carried away with good start."

After scores of 12, 25 and 17, and time out due to a recurrence of back trouble, Sehwag finally clicked, slamming 95 off 57 and batting through the innings. "I have seen how passionate Viru was about performing well. There is a lot of fire in his belly," Jayawardene said. "He was also coming off injury, the back spasms. So you've got to give him a bit of time [to get back into touch]."

Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting was disappointed in the lines his bowlers delivered at the start. While Jasprit Bumrah bowled a lot outside off, Munaf Patel kept straying onto leg stump with fine leg up. "I think we could have stopped Sehwag getting off to the kind of start he got off to. With Sehwag, what's important is to tuck him up at the start," Ponting said. "Today, we gave him too many scoring options early on and let him get away. All the line and lengths that we spoke about, we weren't able to execute."

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Posted by RuwanFer on (April 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks "Sir Viv can be a moral boost to the team but Mahela cetainly doesn't need the assistance of Sir Viv or Sir Bradman or anybody else coz Mahela is a legend himself." Yes, if the no. of matches played consider as the main qualification Mahela is a legend lol, but if the quality of performance and consistency is the main factor (which should be the case) he's no way near a legend to compare with those two batsmen you mentioned.

Mahela is quality batsmen who when in full flow is a treat to watch.. myself enjoy watching his batting over most other batsmen. I'm both Mahela and more importantly Sri Lankan fan. But let's be clear, Mahela is only a Sri Lankan legend.

Posted by Naresh28 on (April 23, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Although Shewag has failed the Indian team recently, a fit/firing Shewag should be welcome in the Iindian team. He is a proven match winner. The only senior for a middle order slot.We know Sachin was great and is now on the decline...but for SA tour India should consider Shewag.

Posted by jhovee on (April 23, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

@ noushadsk: Even If DD has license to lose 2 matches and win 7/9, CSK and RCB just need 3/9... 9 wins make sure play off spot, but you need good NRR with 8 wins. I too support DD and they are my 3rd favourites.. All te best!

Posted by Tasha7 on (April 23, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

No doubt this was a brilliant knock from Sehwag when his team was downtrodden with six consecutive losses and his form was dismal.... Hopefully, he'll continue on a more prolific note carrying on with this confidence. However, that said, his place in the Indian Team is still in question. It will take a lot more match-winning performances to regain his place...especially with the upcoming youngsters rising up to the challenge.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Last night was awesome, To see Viru make it look easy, taking it to Mumbai Indians bowler live in IPL T-20 was simply put Great! Game atmosphere was just like any NFL Game in USA. Virender Sehwag is truly the most dangerous batsman in the world. Just like Drew Brees quarterbacking the Saints of New Orleans!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Funny how a few days ago everyone was bashing sewhag and his ability to stay in the game, now with one good knock everyone is singing his prayers, u aren't a true fan if u jump ship so easily!!!

Posted by kc69 on (April 22, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Well when it comes to Viru he is always a matchwinner and a delight to watch but the problem with him is he doesn't adapt to situations.He is effective but he needs to learn to play according to the situation and conditions.Todays innings proved that he has the capacity but he needs to show some consistancy.Great knock but i still don't see him back in team India as of now.As they say "If you cannot change,you will get changed".

Posted by Rahulbose on (April 22, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Sehwag is like Viv Richards. No one today remembers the last few years of Viv's career that were not so great. what people remember is the swagger, the anecdotes, the primal aggression and the memorable knocks. A decade from now that is what people will remember of Sehwag.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Brilliant work Mahela and hope DD keep improving. I am sure Sir Viv's presence had a major impact on DD yesterday.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

What Any Body Says... Shewag Is Great once Again He Proved That he is Great Player...Hats Off.... To him... This one Match Equal to 5 ipl Cup Won

Posted by Ruban_Varathan on (April 22, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Even though #DD faced more loses...but according to me and people who knows a lot about Mahela would say that he is the best captain in world cricket at present.... He is the master of cruel thinking at crucial situations.....he may not have won many Icc tournaments for #SL but if he had the resources as like dhoni had he would have won all the titles........He is a born leader indeed!!

Posted by sony_sr on (April 22, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

I hope selectors will not consider this form and get viru back into indian team. Irrespective of the form of players like viru, sachin, zaheer, harbhajan they should not be considered for indian team selection again. We have to move on and that needs selecting next generation players.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Sehwag was dropped (a dolly) the very first ball (by Bumrah) he faced from Munaf Patel. Had he been taken, he might very well have been dropped for the next match. But, to his credit, Sehwag rode his luck. Well played, Sir Viru (a lot of Indian players are being knighted online these days).

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

@ Flash007: Moreover when it comes to six hitting, Sehwag can only dream about to match Gayle. Not only Sehwag, but also all the players participating or not participating can only dream about that.

Gayle used to hit 3 sixes per innings (146 sixes in 49 innings). Second highest six hitter Raina hit only 2/3 the amount of sixes(96) hit by Gayle, yet had to play almost twice the innings Gayle played (83). His six hitting average is only 1.16 On the other hand Sehwag's average is same as Raina (1.17) You can see that Gayle is shining separately from the pile of other players, when it comes to entertainment. That's GAYLE!!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@ Flash007 You failed to understand one important thing here. It's common aspect for a blind fan, anyway. No one cares about strike rate, unless he is consistent enough. For example, Afridi's ODI strike rate is better than any big names in the field. Does that means he is an absolute legend?

Why everyone praise Gayle in T20 is, not only because of his strike rate, not only because of his brute force, but also because of his consistency.

Here is the fact(IPL), eat it.. Gayle 49 innings - 2061 runs - 51.52 average - 158.7 Strike rate - 146 sixes Sehwag 70 innings - 2028 runs - 31.20 average - 165.4 Strike rate - 82 sixes.

Gayle 3 100s - 14 50s (50+ score per 2.88 innings) Sehwag 1 100s - 15 50s (50+ score per 4.75 innings) Only other man come neck and neck with Gayle in this stat is S.Marsh (50+ score per 3.92 innings)

For god's sake, don't compare Sehwag with Gayle. It's like Apples and Oranges. :p

Posted by DD_f0rever on (April 22, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks - The problem with DD has been too many openers/ 1-Down batsmen since IPL-season 1. Let me recall few names. Gauti, Viru, Dilshan, Warner, Mahela, KP, Chand, Dhawan, Naman Ojha etc.. Problem is Warner has always opened whatever format he plays for all his county teams, as well as national. And has very good record. And Mahela is a versatile player who can change his game according to situation. So he might have thought till yesterday tht letting Warner open should be the best option, and he himself may come in at 1-down. It didn't work this season unlike previous seasons where Warner and Sehwag's was hottest opening pair. Then came Sir Viv whose advice worked. You don't knw Hindi but Viru gave him credit during an interview to bring the much needed change to the team. It might not work always though. Lets see !

Posted by Nampally on (April 22, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

It was great to see Sehwag showing his old form again with a smashing 95*. When he is playing his normal game, no bowler can intimidate Sehwag. He is in control of the game & dictates terms to the bowlers. He was unlucky not to be able to complete his century. Sehwag & Jaywardene are the 2 top players for their own countries for the past decade. If these 2 keep up their form & are consistent, DD can still make the playoff with a string of wins in the remaining games. MI on the other hand has a star studded team but they lack the killer instinct. I doubt very much whether they would make the playoff. Their bowling is average & batting inconsistent. They are more like NY Yankees the American baseball team, but lack the Yankees winning qualities. Just spending lot of money sometimes does not pay. Homegrown talent is just as important because T20 is a team sport where teams like Sun Risers can still compete- make up thru' their team work what is missing in Big names!

Posted by Paddy789 on (April 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

This Knock will still not help Viru to be considered in the Indian line up. Sad...

Posted by v2krules on (April 22, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

So many people here so quick to rule MI out of the running. The game would have been different if Dinesh Karthik was not out in that unfortunate way. If he had stayed for 4 or 5 more overs. despite Sehwag's Blitz and Mahela's classy innings DD would have still remained winless.

Posted by Flash007 on (April 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

For all the big hitting hype other stars like Gayle have, ppl forget tht Virender Sehwag has the highest strike rate in IPL history wit a career SR of 165!!!

Couple tht wit SR's more than 80 & 100 in Tests & ODI's respectively, wat we hav is an absolute legend.

Respect Sir Virender Sehwag!!!

Indian cricket might not need u, but we do & thanks to IPL we hope to see you for a few more seasons.

Posted by Sunman81 on (April 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

The start is the most important aspect of T20 games... MI are losing it here... scoring 24 in the 1st 6 overs with such a strong batting line-up was definitely the game changer for MI... Ponting seems to have played it safe by pushing himself down the order when his side was losing some quick wickets... It is very uncharacteristic from the most successful ODI captain.... Perhaps this suggest some lack of confidence on his part... May be he can just do a Sanga next match...

Posted by noushadsk on (April 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

The tournament not reached even the halfway stage. No one can say that RCB and CSK In. DD almost reached the knockout stage. Because every match looks a must win for them (still they have the licence to loose 2 more matches). Once DD reached its 4th gear like vs MI, not even sir VIV can stop them. Good luck DD.

Posted by sportofpain on (April 22, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Viru is just a very classy player. He should be back in India colors for the SA tour. Class always counts, form is temporary. I have said this before and will say it again - Viru is India's best batsman EVER!

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 22, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

@Sparsh_The_Player ; Are you kidding me ? Mahela has opened for SL countless times. And He has a great record as an opener in T20 as well as ODI's. In fact, All the SL fans including me mentioned that Mahela should open the innings a fews weeks ago coz we know about our legend. It wasn't something Sir Viv did an an experiment. lol Its a proven fact that Mahela is good at opening the innings in the shorter format. Sir Viv can be a moral boost to the team but Mahela cetainly doesn't need the assistance of Sir Viv or Sir Bradman or anybody else coz Mahela is a legend himself. Capice ?????

Posted by DD_f0rever on (April 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Did anybody read what Viru said after Match Winning Knock ?

He gave credit to Sir Vivian Richards who gave DD some tips about bluffing lol!. Sir Richards presence made the difference.

Viru said, In fact it was Sir Viv's decision to try out something new that's why Mahela came in to open with Viru.

Well played Viru.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (April 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Hopefully the Indian bowlers learn the concept of discipline from the likes of Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and other foreign players and will improve with every match. I'm not a MI supporter, just a cricket fan - would like to see great skills on show from every player, not long hops or madly mistimed pull shots.

Posted by venbas on (April 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

It was the most atrocious bowling display by Mumbai Indian bowlers. Bowling to the exact opposite length of the field settings, long hops and juicy full tosses...these type of silly mistakes will be frowed up even in a high school league match. To just think that the main culprits are ex-Internationals like Munaf is too much. IPL has unfortunately become a model of mediocrity with the ocassional odd brilliance of few players.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

If some one can asked to finish carrier to any bowler itz only viru bhai who can do in world cricket . he showed everyone what he can do single handly .

Posted by jhovee on (April 22, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

RCB and CSK are sure of playoff's. The fight between others for next 2. It may be RR/KKR/SR . MI gone!

Posted by SIAP on (April 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Sehwag, might be a good player. I love to watch Sehwags play. But the draw back with him is his consistantcy. Now people will talk about his strikerate etc...remember he failed in couple of matches but blasted in one innings. Obviously his strike rate / avg increases. But consistancy? I suspect that in the next few innings, he will not score much.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 22, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Great captaincy + wonderful knock from legendary Mahela Jayawardene. His shot selection showed what a classy player he is. A treat to watch. Proud of ya !!!

Posted by venkatesantk on (April 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Yesterday MI bowler are bowled poorly even one ball also they were not struggled, the funny thing is all are saying out of forum two bat man's came to the forum at a time. Pointing is one of the best captain no doubt about this .....

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 22, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

When Sehwag scores big, it can end in only one way, which is victory to his team. Mumbai didn't lose because Sachin scored slowly, their bowlers bowled badly. They lost because Sehwag scored period. Thats the kind of impact he has not just in IPL but anywhere.

Posted by Haleos on (April 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Need Viru back in team ASAP. He is much much better than Vijayi. Vijayi may have done well in HOME Tests but he can not match Viru in ODIs. Viru has proven himself over a decade.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

All the oldies playing this !PL are floudering except the former Wall of India. Be it, Gilly, Punter, Azhar, Botha, Dilshan, Sanga or kallis. Tendy has scored some runs but not at the pace required in a T-20 match. Only Mahela and now Viru (lets us hope it was not a storm in a tea cup) have done weel. Should not the organisers put a cap on age of players who should be allowed to play. I suggest 38 to be the breaking point. Young players are not learning nay thing from these so called legends beacuse of their repeated failures.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

MI does not have a place for both Tendulkar and Ponting. They need one of these to hold up one end giving the big hitters the freedom to play aggressively. Once one of them is in good form, they should drop the other. An on-fire Sehwag can take the match away from the opposition and yesterday was exactly that...

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Definitely viru is a greater attacking player in our team. Nobody in the present team is as good as viru. Keep it up veeru. g. Natarajan

Posted by sweetspot on (April 22, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

He also has a lot of food and prosperity in his belly - not that we don't enjoy that too. Showing fire once in a while on belters is not going to get him any more than a few kudos from all of us who have been watching him over the years and have enjoyed his great innings. Mumbai were listless in this game. It felt like they didn't even want to win. Glad to see Munaf getting hammered by Viru in the war of the lazy warriors! This sort of innings is nothing new for Viru. I remember that lone hand century he played against Kochi on a treacherous track. That was unbelievable.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

MI need to get rid of old players, now matter what kind of legends they are.

Posted by SHWill on (April 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

What a funny headline "'Sehwag has a lot of fire in his belly".....

Whats the point if the fire lights every few years. Sehwag does not have a proper technique and can only go so far with his exceptional hand-eye coordination. Since he isn't getting any younger and with his lack of discipline, this knock is just another exception (than a rule) which will silence his detractors for a few games before you see him ambling back after a few of boundaries (if he manages to stay that long).

We have enjoyed his batting (while it lasted) and have shared his despair for a very long time now. Its time for Sehwag to bid adieu and let youngsters mettle it out for its them who will be carrying the hopes of a billion people for the next few years.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Even though from Delhi, Im least concerned of how the Daredevils are playing. But focus is still on Sehwag- does he still have it in him to be India's top order batsman again. I think we all would love to see him back with a bang. All the success India has had during the last 3-4 years, its largely coz of the great opening combination in Sehwag+Gambhir, which we never had earlier. It gave a platform to guys like Dravid,Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman to perform without much pressure (not trying to tak anything away from these greats!!). Even though DHavan and Vijay look a good combination too, but noone can beat a combination of Gambhir and Sehwag. All the best both of you! We all love you, and cant wait to see you back together for India!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

If Sehwag play with there potential, than no body can able to execute in the world at any place to stop scoring him .... :)

Posted by Fan1969 on (April 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Ponting is a poor T20 captain. He takes T20 plans too seriously. He must step down as he is not even batting well.

Too many planners, mentors and coaches is also MI problem. The atmosphere becomes too serious with too many meetings not allowing players mental freedom.

Ponting pls learn from Dravid.

Captain/coach/mentor plans work in Tests not in 20 overs when a single Batsman like Gayle, Sehwag, Kohli, Dhoni, AB De just take the match away in a FEW balls.

Dravid has the right attitude. He knows in T20 you will lose some moments as they are tough to control. He was graceful when Pune won with Uthappa and Finch getting 50 in 4 overs. Similarly Gayle decided to play slowly and he acknowledged that he could not do anything.

MI will lose moments because they plan according to paper strength but do not allow for great individual performances. Jay and Viru were too good on the day, dropping Viru catch helped...

RR will definitely throw one of the 4- KKR, MI, RCB, CSK out. Hope not MI

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

sehwag is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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