David Warner scored 57 runs off 55 balls and struggled for timing and placement as SRH could post a par total of 171 on a batting-friendly pitch in Delhi. Virender Sehwag pointed out that the pitch was an absolute road as Manish Pandey batted with a strike rate of 132, and then Kane Williamson smashed 26 runs off just 10 balls.
Virender Sehwag reckons the SRH skipper should have batted with more freedom and needed to take more risk in his shots knowing that Williamson and Kedar Jadhav can hit the ball well.
“Had the game been played in Chennai, it would have been a great partnership, at a scoring rate of 8 runs per over. But it was Delhi and not Chepauk. 171 has to be a low total because it was a perfect batting track. Kane Williamson had no problems in getting runs which means the wicket was good,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“The thought process of David Warner was extremely poor. You cannot expect a slow innings from him. The approach wasn’t up to the mark.
“He should have batted without any hesitation. The wicket was good and the ball was coming to the bat. If Manish Pandey can score a half-century off 36 balls and Warner gets a run-a-ball fifty. More runs could have been scored.
“Warner could have taken a chance if he was set after playing 30-40 balls. He knew that the likes of Williamson, Jadhav and Shankar would come next and they can hit big shots. So, he could have played an attacking game,” he added.
If Williamson had been the captain, he could have something different: Virender Sehwag
Warner seemed helpless in the defence of their total as well as the CSK openers, Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, cut down the chase with a 129-run opening stand in 13 overs, and the rest of the batters completed it.
Virender Sehwag joins the people calling for making Kane Williamson the captain of SRH after the side suffered its 5th defeat in 6 games this season under Warner. He feels that the New Zealand skipper could have done something different and that SRH may not have been languishing at the bottom of the table.
“Well, I don’t rate him highly as a skipper. But he used to do a few good things earlier which he couldn’t against CSK. If Williamson had been the captain, we could have seen him doing something different. Because he knows the fact if you don’t go for wickets, you won’t win the game,” the 42-year-old former opener stated.