In his recent Instagram post, former India opener, Virender Sehwag encapsulates the plight of the batters and teams tasked to chase down targets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in the ongoing IPL 2021.
So far 5 matches have been played at the Chepauk, 4 of which have been won by the team batting first – which is an anomaly from the modern T20 games as chasing has been found comfortable due to dew. While the only other result which went in favour of the team batting second was due to a freakish batsman in AB de Villiers, who played a blinder against Mumbai Indians in the season opener.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has lost all of their 3 matches while chasing – two of which they lost from a position of strength against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma’s bowlers made a comeback in all three of their matches, winning their last 2 games against KKR, who needed 31 off 31, and SRH, who failed to score the remaining 84 runs off 76 balls.
Virender Sehwag in his Instagram post used an image of the infamous “Chacha” named Harinder from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, a chaat seller who became a sensation on social media after his video of a street brawl became viral. He along with other people who were involved in the fight were arrested by the police, and their image inside the police station also became meme material.
Here is Virender Sehwag’s Instagram post:
It’s getting tougher to play the big shots in the second innings: VVS Laxman
The Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor, VVS Laxman, reasons out why batting gets much difficult in the second half of the innings in Chennai compared to the first half. He reckons since the ball softens, and with the Chennai pitch offering turn and bounce for the bowlers, it is extremely challenging to execute the slog shots in the death overs.
“The ball gets old in the second half of the innings, it’s getting tougher to play your natural game, to play the big shots because the ball is just stopping on the wicket; it’s also two-paced and the spinners are extracting turn along with bounce,” VVS Laxman said in the press conference.
“That’s one of the aspect which we definitely discussed, and if you see the way Jonny Bairstow and David Warner capitalized on the powerplay, that will be very important going forward, especially when you are playing on slow tracks like Chennai.
“To use the new ball, to use the powerplay restrictions so that you put the batsman coming in later under less pressure,” he added.