We have not seen such a firebrand innings in this season. Virender Sehwag has paved the way for the victory of Kings XI Punjab through his firebrand batting. He scored a wonderful century in the crucial match against Chennai Super Kings and has given a befitted reply to his critics who had almost written him off.
For the record, I may mention that this explosive batsman is 35 years of age. Today’s splendid performance is due to the fact that he has maintained his fitness well. In the IPL 2014, he happens to be the first Indian to have scored a ton. Lendl Simmons is the only player who had scored a century this season. Even in this match, the run rate was not very effective in the beginning, but then Sehwag gave a piece of advice to Vohra and both of them just started attacking batting.
Sehwag was seen so determined that he had smashed the ball around the park as per his wish and whim. Be it R Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja or Mohit Sharma – no one was able to contain Sehwag on his fiery trail. He was so fearsome that commentators were saying that bowlers are feeling relieved if only 8 to 10 runs are conceded in an over! No variation in line and length or speed proved to be effective. His confidence level was so high that he got quite a few long sixes without even moving his legs. Ultimately, in an attempt to score quickly, he got caught by Du Plessis off Nehra. But by then he had put on a superb score of 122 runs. This also happens to be the highest individual score of this season. Simmons had scored 100 runs in 61 balls whereas Sehwag took just 50 balls to achieve the feat.
The best part of this marvellous innings of Virender Sehwag is that this happened to be one of the most important matches for both the teams. Most of the fans of Sehwag do feel that he might not be able to make a comeback in the national squad but perhaps today’s stunning performance has re-established the faith of the public. Millions out there admire his unabated, bold and fearless kind of batting.
Youngsters such as Manan Vohra can learn a lot from Sehwag. He has also shown that technique and classical batting is not needed to be successful. Hats off to this legend.