Virender Sehwag, former Indian opener was of the opinion that Mumbai Indian’s Krunal Pandya’s blistering assault on Sun Risers Hyderabad pacer Siddarth Kaul may make the latter lose his place in the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) playing XI for the upcoming matches of IPL 2020.
He made this observation while reviewing the Mumbai Indians‘ win against the Hyderabad-based franchise in a video shared on his Facebook page.
Virender Sehwag : Rohit Sharma Took Right Decision To Bat First
Virender Sehwag mentioned that both the teams seemed to be trying to give away their chances initially after Rohit Sharma made the correct decision of opting to bat first.
“Rohit Sharma won the toss and took the right decision to bat first in the blistering heat. But after that, the players from both teams began treating each other like a newly dating couple, giving gifts to one another,” Virender Sehwag added.
Virender Sehwag elaborated that while opener skipper Rohit Sharma and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav gave away their wickets to loose deliveries, Manish Pandey had helped the Mumbai Indians’ cause by dropping another opener wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
“First Rohit and Surya got out to horrible balls, so Pandey returned the favour by dropping De Kock’s catch. De Kock made the most of this gift and started preparing Mumbai’s rocket launcher,” Virender Sehwag added.
The South African opener went on to lay a strong foundation for the MI innings by scoring 67 off only 39 deliveries.
Virender Sehwag Praises Kieron Pollard And Hardik And Krunal Pandya For Taking Mumbai Indians To Cross 200 Run Mark
Virender Sehwag showered praise on all-rounder Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers for taking the Mumbai Indians’ score beyond the 200-run mark.
“Then the scientist Pollard, Kung Fu Pandya and his brother Krunal successfully launched the rocket and took the score past 200.”
The 41-year-old even opined that the hammering Siddarth Kaul received from Krunal Pandya’s willow might have made the former realize why he had not been picked by SRH so far in the IPL. He added that Siddharth Kaul’s participation in the upcoming matches of the tournament has been put in jeopardy after conceding 64 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
“Krunal reminded Siddarth Kaul why he was on the bench and may not play going forward.”
Virender Sehwag observed that the SunRisers Hyderabad required openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to fire with the bat to overhaul the massive score put up by the Mumbai Indians.
“This score was impossible without the fight put up by The Rock Warner and Undertaker Bairstow.”
He pointed out that the Mumbai Indians bowlers rose to the occasion, and was particularly effusive in his praise for Trent Boult. The Kiwi left-arm picked up the important wickets of opener Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson.
“But yesterday belonged to Mumbai’s pace bowlers. Special credit goes to Boult. He dismissed the 2 biggies Bairstow and Williamson.”
Virender Sehwag mentioned that pacer James Pattinson of Mumbai Indians finished the match as a contest by scalping the wicket of SRH skipper David Warner, who was fighting a lone battle for SRH by scoring 60 runs.
“How long would Warner have fought alone? He was fed humble pie by Pattinson and the match was over then itself.”
Virender Sehwag signed off by stating that Manish Pandey, unlike Quinton de Kock, could not make the best use of the let-off given to him and could not score more than 30.
“One important point, like De Kock, fortune smiled on Pandey too. He was in good form too, but was still unable to capitalise,” he concluded.
Manish Pandey was dropped by MI’s Hardik Pandya at deep point, with the ball even going for a boundary. But the Karnataka batsman could add only 10 more runs to his tally after this lucky escape, as he gave an easy catch to all-rounder Kieron Pollard at long-off of pacer James Pattinson’s bowling.