Virender Sehwag was in high spirits after his team snatched an unlikely win against Team Hyderabad on Wednesday. It was extremely relaxing
for him to close in towards a semifinal berth and that was evident in what he said.
According to Sehwag, IPL is probably more demanding than international cricket and a win like this helps the team to relax quite a bit. “I feel the pressure in IPL is more than international cricket,” the dashing batsman said without mincing any words.
“After a loss in the IPL, there are bound to be meetings with the franchisee owners where you have to explain where you went wrong. That is not at all easy,” he explained what an international player in the IPL has to go through.
“It’s better we win more, so that we don’t have to face these meetings,” the Team Delhi skipper added. Sehwag hasn’t played quite a few games due to an injury and that has helped him take a few days off. “I had been to the Sun City, relaxed a bit, and of course, bought some diamonds,” he said sounding relaxed after the nerve-wracking match against Team Hyderabad.
According to Sehwag, what is helping Team Delhi win despite the tremendous pressure is their balance. “It’s all about the balance. If you see, it’s not just one person who is performing. There have been many players who have won man-of-the-match awards for us and that’s why we’re still on top,” Sehwag added.
The 30-year-old however made it clear that the race for the semis was still wide open. “All the teams have talented players and the table is pretty wide open. We’re not taking anything for granted as yet,” Sehwag said.
For Team Hyderabad though, it was a crushing defeat and their coach Darren Lehmann was clearly struggling to come to terms with it. “It’s an unfortunate loss. And it’s unpardonable to lose seven wickets for 12 runs,” a hurt Lehmann said.