Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Dare Devils

Sehwag Hits Nonchalantly

Sehwag Hits Nonchalantly

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Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Dare Devils

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Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Dare Devils

Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Dare Devils

Sehwag Hits Nonchalantly

When Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set a target of 113 to Mumbai Indians in its opening match, people laughed at it. But yesterday, the CSK set a target of 111 to Delhi Daredevils in the IPL match at New Delhi. Virender Sehwag should have been giggling at this. Delhi Daredevils nonchalantly reached the target in 13.2 overs. They would have achieved it in less than ten overs had Sehwag continued. But he was out for 33, holing out a catch to Murali Vijay on the boundary line while trying to hit a six. Sehwag scored these runs in 21 balls with three fours and one six. By the time Sehwag left, the damage was already done and CSK could never recover.

Sehwag Should Not Be Selected For India

It was not that a batsman of the calibre of Virender Sehwag was required to hit this small target. The other lesser mortals in the Delhi Daredevils team could have accomplished it. But probably Sehwag wanted to play some fun with Dhoni with whom he had picked up misunderstanding during the Australian tour. Sehwag wants to come back to the team again. I do not know what will be his fate but my opinion is that Sehwag should not be selected to the Indian team unless he gives a public apology for his statements against the Indian captain Dhoni. Otherwise it will encourage indiscipline in the Indian team. Whatever be the difference of opinion with the captain, every player should respect the authority of the captain and give his full cooperation.

Pathetic Show by CSK

CSK put up 110 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. No batsman scored beyond 20 runs. The top scorer was Suresh Raina with 17. Incidentally Raina was the top scorer in the opening match also against Mumbai Indians. CSK collapsed not because of the penetrative bowling of Delhi Daredevils, but because of their own ineptness.

Dhoni’s Poor Form Continues

After the departure of Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen continued his good work. Pietersen scored an unbeaten 43 runs off 26 balls with three fours and two sixes. Mahela Jayawardene lent him good support. One worrying aspect for CSK is the continuing poor form of its captain M S Dhoni. One may say that during last year’s World Cup cricket tournament also Dhoni was in poor form initially but struck form at the right stage during the final against Sri Lanka. But there is a difference. During last year’s World Cup, even though Dhoni was in poor form in the initial stages, he was winning the matches as a captain. India, in fact, won all its matches except against South Africa. But now Dhoni is not winning the matches. He has two losses and only one win so far.

Three Run Outs

The emphatic eight wicket win will give Delhi Daredevils the confidence it required. Delhi Daredevils had never defeated CSK in its home ground in the IPL. CSK approached the game in a casual manner. Murali Vijay was run out off the first ball of the match. Suresh Raina was run out. Badrinath initially called for the run but later changed his mind and ran out his well settled partner. Had Raina continued, CSK would have salvaged some prestige by putting up a respectable score. But Badrinath himself was run out later. It appeared as though CSK players woke up from their beds after sleep and came to the ground straight. They never appeared to be serious in defending their title. But then, cricket is a game of uncertainties. What is in store in the next game, nobody knows!

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