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Onus on Virender Sehwag to put Delhi back on rails

cricket Updated: Mar 21, 2010 02:10 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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The city is hotting up. But the news will hardly excite IPL officials or the Deccan Chargers since we are talking about the rising mercury and not cricket fever.

The arrival of Virender Sehwag for Sunday’s game between the Chargers and Delhi Daredevils has generated some interest here but it’s difficult to predict whether the swashbuckling opener will be able to pull crowds to the stadium.

On top of it, an afternoon start is hardly an incentive since 60 per cent of the stands are without a roof due to the ongoing renovation work for the 2011 World Cup.

But there should be no let down in the intensity on the field with the Daredevils keen to reverse the losing run. The last edition’s semi-finalists began with a bang but an injury to captain Gautam Gambhir and indifferent form of their foreign recruits has pegged them back.

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings also exploited the lack of depth in their bowling and the team management is waiting for Ashish Nehra to return.

The Chargers don’t have a problem in the results’ column but the defending champions have been found wanting when it comes to building on a strong start, and sooner or later it is going to hurt them.

The blazing start by captain Adam Gilchrist and quick wickets from Chaminda Vaas helped them win their last two games, but Irfan Pathan’s clean hitting on Friday showed that if a batsman takes the attack to their bowlers, they can wilt under pressure.