It must be a strange feeling for the man who blazed his way to A world record ODI score here less than 2 years ago to return to the venue with the fight for survival highest in his mind. Sehwag had smashed 219 in December 2011 against West Indies, and walked away with a swagger, and his status as the enforcer enhanced.
Some stars, but not shining
Wednesday evening, Virender Sehwag strolled into the stadium with the Delhi squad for the Challenger Trophy under the shadow of his one-time protege, Kohli, with his eye purely on regaining his place in the India squad.
Virat was actually warming the bench during that double ton. After watching that Viru show, he describes it with a smile as "highlights”. It is a huge moment. I have always seen him play, accepted him. He is a big player. I have played under him. It is an honor and privilege to lead him, said Kohli, who has led India, but never Sehwag even for Delhi. The 2 discussed matters for a while at the Holkar stadium during practice, although Virender Sehwag kept largely to himself, not mixing much with other players. Virender Sehwag said, "His help is priceless".
Virender Sehwag who had been absent from Delhi's preparatory camp, even missing the one-off practice match against Services, flew in on Tuesday evening along with the team. Barring irregular hits at the nets, Virender Sehwag has not played a lot of cricket of late. That rustiness is likely to be tested. Rains have ensured some dampness on the pitch which promises seam movement.
Virat Kohli is hoping that he gets to see another Sehwag magic show. Almost everybody agreed that 270-280 will be a challenging total on this track, unless Virender Sehwag plays one of his knocks when still 300 will tough to defend.
It has been learn that Virender Sehwag had shown interest in captaining Delhi but the state selectors, especially the panel chairman, Chetan Chauhan, went with Virat. "The decision to appoint Virat makes sense. He is captaining India, otherwise it would have been a step back," said Madan Lal.