Over these past two days, Virender Sehwag has grabbed the limelight like only he can. With his blistering 95 on Sunday to crush Mumbai Indians, Sehwag has at least ensured he won't be sold off on any website meant for depreciated items as has been written on social network sites.
Jokes apart, his performance has taken the attention off almost everything in the Daredevils camp, including skipper Mahela Jayawardene's return to the top of the batting order with a scorching half-century.
In the last couple of years, Jayawardene has been opening for Sri Lanka in Twenty20 cricket with success. He's averaged over 45 and even scored a ton in 20 of the 46 T20Is he's opened for his country. Last year, he did well at the top with Daredevils too.
However, he has said a lack of firepower down the order in the absence of Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder meant he had to push himself down to provide stability to the innings. The ploy failed and the team management decided the skipper should open.
His opposite number for Tuesday's game against Kings XI, Adam Gilchrist, on the contrary, has been opening regularly but without success. Coach Darren Lehmann was asked whether Gilchrist's failures were putting extra pressure on the team. This was after Gilchrist had confessed he is under scrutiny following Sunday's failure against Pune.
Lehmann pointed to Gilly's utility value. "He brings a lot, both on and off the field. Besides, his wicket-keeping has been good."
Gilchrist though may want to take a leaf out of Ricky Ponting's book. The Mumbai skipper had failed at the top and against Delhi, he demoted himself so low down the order he didn't get to bat. Ponting deserves a place as he brings a lot to the table, with captaincy and fielding, not just with the bat.Perhaps, the thought process in KXIP is similar, only that KXIP would hope Virender Sehwag doesn't click again.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.