He's got that boom, boom power and has everyone copying his swagger. Who else can it be but our own Delhi's laadla Nawab Virender Sehwag? On Sunday, Sehwag had everyone swaying, whistling and screaming for more. Not just that. He made the much talked-about 'slow and low' Ferozeshah Kotla wicket look like a silly excuse.
The hour and few minutes Sehwag was on the field had every ingredient to spoil Wayamba's dinner plans. Thanks to Sehwag, and later Dinesh Karthik, there was a run-feast at the Kotla as Delhi Daredevils revived their chances in the Champions League with an imposing 50-run win over the Wayamba Elevens.
The Delhi bowlers bowled with vengeance. Starting from pacers Dirk Nannes and Ashish Nehra to leggie Amit Mishra, the Sri Lankan outfit was made to look completely out of place. They were given little room to execute their shots and were losing wickets at regular intervals.
And then the evergreen and peerless Glenn McGrath proved that age is just a number. Two effective deliveries in the eighth over sent Kausal Lokuarachi (4 off 5) and skipper Jehan Mubarak (0 off 1) packing. McGrath finished with 4-0-20-2.
Even the experience of Mahela Jayawardene (53 off 40) and Farveez Maharoof (3 off 12) didn't come of any use.
Nannes proved his worth for Delhi as he finished with four wickets to his credit.
Sehwag's blitzkrieg (66 off 42) — including 10 mouth-watering boundaries and one superb six — was perfect to get the night off to a perfect start and revive Delhi Daredevils chances to advance in the tournament.
Add to that the late surge from Kartik, who made 61 off 41, which included three massive sixes off Ajantha Mendis, and Delhi finished on 170 for 5.
What a treat it was.
Sehwag walked on to the field with Tillakaratne Dilshan instead of his regular partner Gautam Gambhir. A slow start by Sehwag suddenly turned into a whirlwind one.
By the end of the fourth over, pacer Isuru Udana was getting nightmares in the field, when a boisterous Sehwag slammed three boundaries in four balls.
Sehwag began playing his shots with ridiculous ease and Wayamba had to bring in a change.
Bringing an end to everyone's wait, he hit his first six at long on in the 11th over off off-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi.
Soon, he reached his half-century when in the 12th over he hit Udana for yet another four. But an awesome innings had an anti-climatic end when Sehwag responded to a call for a non-existent single and was short.
But Sehwag's return to the pavilion failed to give the Wayamba boys a blessing. Dinesh Karthik (61 off 41) got into Viru mode and took the attack to the Sri Lankans.
For Delhi, the party is still not over!
Delhi Daredevils: Dilshan c Mubarak b Welegedara 10, Sehwag run out 66, Gambhir lbw b Mendis 3 , Karthik st de Zoysa b Mendis 61, Shah b Welegedara 18, Tiwary n. o 3, Bhatia n.o 5
Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 4
Total (5 wkts; 20 overs) 170
Fall of wkts: : 1-27, 2-45, 3-112, 4-156, 5-164.
Bowling: Welegedara 4-1-24-2, Udana 4-0-38-0, Maharoof 4-0-34-0, Mendis 4-0-35-2, Lokuarachchi 3-0-31-0, Mubarak 1-0-7-0.
Wayamba Elevens: Kulatunga c Shah b Mishra 10, Udawatte b Nannes 2, Vandort b Nannes 9, Jayawardene c Dilshan b Nannes 53, Mubarak b McGrath 0, Lokuarachchi b McGrath 4, Maharoof c Dilshan b Nannes 3, de Zoysa not out 21, Udana n. o 11;
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (7 wkts; 20 overs) 120
Fall of wkts: 1-4, 2-18, 3-31, 4-31, 5-36, 6-52, 7-105.
Bowling: Nehra 4-0-23-0, Nannes 4-0-24-4, McGrath 3.6-0-20-2, Mishra 4-1-18-1, Dilshan 2-0-19-0, Bhatia 2-0-13-0