Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was taken aback by the partnership of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers against Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and keeper-batsman AB De Villiers both found it hard to get going on a sluggish track. Virender Sehwag underlined that they were going at the same pace throughout.
Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers stitched a partnership of 82 between them, which was the bedrock of the Royal Challengers’ innings. However, the half-century came at a run rate of 7.5 as the slowness of the deck did not allow the iconic duo to hit the big shots. Kohli, who top-scored with 50, was instrumental in the team putting up 145 in 20 overs. In the end, it was not enough as the Super Kings chased it down with eight wickets to spare.
According to Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers joined hands in the 7th over and till the 18th, it seemed in a coma. The 41-year old revealed that even after his powernap, they continued at the same pace. With De Villiers falling in the 18th over, the Super Kings were able to limit the opposition to 145 and chase it down comfortably.
“But what’s this? AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli batted together from the 7th over onwards. However till the 18th over their partnership seemed to be in coma. I even took a powernap in between. When I woke up they were still batting at the same pace. They hadn’t started to go for the big shots. And then de Villiers got out in the 18th over and the CSK bowlers were able to restrict RCB to 145/6,” Virender Sehwag told in his Youtube video titled ‘Viru ki Baithak’.
“Picking Santner was a smart decision” : Virender Sehwag
The 104-Test veteran observed that MS Dhoni was entirely in the captaincy mode on Sunday, making excellent decisions on the field. Sehwag highlighted that opting for Mitchell Santner was a smart move apart from using Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran entirely in the death overs.
“We got to see MS Dhoni back in his ‘full captaincy mode’ on Sunday. He seemed like the Dhoni of the past, making fantastic decisions on the field. He made good bowling changes, and picking Santner was a smart decision. He used Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran fully in the death overs,” he added.