I knew we would win- Sehwag
Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag never felt that a target of
176 was impossible to achieve even when three batsmen were back in the
hut within first six overs.
Sehwag whose Herculean 119 off only 56 balls saw Daredevils beat
Deccan Chargers by four wickets in an IPL match here on Thursday.
"I was always telling my boys that if a set batsman can bat for 15-16
overs, any target is achievable for players like myself, Sachin
Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist," a visibly happy Sehwag said at the
post-match presentation ceremony.
Even when Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma snared three wickets in their
opening spell, Sehwag wasn't really perturbed.
"Steyn and Ishant are both world-class bowlers. I was telling myself
that if I can just manage to see off their first spell, I will be in a
position to attack their fifth bowler which is the weaklink. Also I knew
that I would be able to handle Amit Mishra as I have practised a lot
against him at the nets," Sehwag explained. During his partnership of 61
for the fourth wicket with Travis Birt, Sehwag told his junior partner
to give him bulk of the strike. Interstingly, Birt had only scored four
in the 61-run partnership.
He had earlier scored 94 in a match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in
Uppal and was keen to get a century this time.
"I didn't want to miss out on a century this time," said the proud
recipient of the Orange Cap as he now leads the pack with 422 runs.
Although his team has to win all the matches from here on in order to
qualify for the semi-finals, Sehwag insists that they will play
"fearless cricket" as they have "nothing to lose."
He praised the Uppal strip terming it as a sporting track where it
had something for both batsmen as well as the bowlers.
The rival captain Kumar Sangakkara rued about the missed chances
which cost them the game. Sehwag was dropped twice in the deep by Ankit
Sharma and Dwarka Ravi Teja.
"Well, I reckon you have to take catches in order to win matches,"
was a terse answer from the skipper. ESPN