Mumbai Indians play the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday. Oops! They’re playing Virender Sehwag rather.
The Nawab of Najafgarh is a one-man demolition army, the likes of whom cricket has seldom seen. Leading a team that few had little hopes from before the tournament, and that has lived up to those kind of ‘expectations’, Sehwag has been the ‘superpower’ that can crush any rival in no time, single-handedly. Like Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, Viru, at the moment, looks like a ‘superhero’ who can take on the mightiest and yet emerge triumphant, all on the strength of his magical powers.
The Devils have thus far won just four games out of 10 in the competition so far this time, and Viru has had a big, almost lonesome hand, to play in three of those wins. With 422 runs against his name, Viru holds the Orange Cap. Still, the smashing opener believes he hasn’t been consistent, and must do more!
The Mumbai Indians camp would definitely be worried about what Sehwag did on Thursday night. It is never a good thought to run into a batsman who has just played an innings like that. Sachin Tendulkar, though, would be relieved by the fact that he has, in his arsenal, a missile that may just hit the desired target.
Unleashing toe-crushers at rocket speed, Malinga has bagged 22 sticks to continue being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. Having seen the blonde-haired slinger create havoc with five for 13 with his team, the last time the two sides met back home at the Kotla, Sehwag himself knows how critical it is to negotiate the Sri Lankan fast bowler’s overs without trying to indulge in bravado. MI have two other Team India bowlers in Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel to stop Viru, but the support cast of Dhawal Kulkarni, Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds could be cannon fodder in case the ‘first line of attack’ falters.
MI have plenty of firepower in the batting to ensure them a good score every time they bat. Sachin Tendulkar can still play a Sehwag-like knock any day, and Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma are in princely touch, with Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard threatening to explode any moment. Ironically, two Mumbai men – Ajit Agarkar and Avishkar Salvi – will be part of the Daredevils’ pace bowling unit led by Morne Morkel, and which includes all-rounders Irfan Pathan and James Hopes.