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Virender Sehwag leads life the way he played: Kings XI Punjab’s David Miller

Kings XI Punjab star batsman David Miller says Virender Sehwag’s way of life allows everyone to be positive and not think about past failures.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 07, 2017 11:50 IST
Abhishek Paul
Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman after their felicitation at the opening ceremony of 10th edition of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Sehwag is Kings XI Punjab team mentor.
Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman after their felicitation at the opening ceremony of 10th edition of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Sehwag is Kings XI Punjab team mentor.(PTI)

Virender Sehwag was the first Indian to play all three formats of cricket in the same belligerent fashion. The former India opener retired in 2015 and has been entertaining off the field too but now he has a serious task at hand. (IPL full coverage)

As director of cricket operations for Kings XI Punjab, Virender Sehwag has the challenge of turning the fortunes of a team that is yet to win an IPL title. (Full schedule)

South African star and former Kings XI Punjab captain David Miller, however, says the enormity of the task has not forced Virender Sehwag put undue pressure on the players.

Miller, whose 38-ball 100 in the 2013 edition is still the third fastest century in IPL, spoke to HT ahead of their opening match against Rising Pune Supergiant on Saturday about Sehwag and their plans.

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You have seen IPL grow over the years. How do you think it has changed?

It has got lot more exciting from the time it started. It has been a great journey for this league. It has regularly featured top players and is bound to grow.

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Kings XI Punjab had a poor season in 2016. How do you look at the team’s chances this time?

As a cricketer one always needs to learn from the mistake. We had a bad 2016 and lost most of the matches but this is a new season. Personally for me the last seven to eight months have been great. I am looking forward to this season. There is not much change in the way I play but hopefully the results will be better.

The core group of KXIP has stayed same for the last couple of changes, but the captaincy has changed hands several times. Will it be a problem for the other players?

Yes, last season saw me and Vijay as captain and this time it is Glenn Maxwell. Personally, I would be lot more free without the captaincy. We will always give our opinion to Maxwell. He is a senior cricketer and would lead the team well. He is a wonderful a wonderful person to work with. We have some exciting T20 players and hopefully our combination would work.

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Virender Sehwag has said he wants KXIP to play fearless brand of cricket. What is your gameplan?

He has told us to enjoy the game and look past last season’s failure. We have been interacting a lot. There is a lot of positive vibe when he is around.

Is Sehwag strict in his role?

He is never strict. He leads his life like the way he played. Whatever he thinks he puts it on the table in a straightforward way. That’s the biggest thing to learn from him. Win or lose, one should always keep his spirits high.

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Yuvraj Singh gave the IPL 2017 a sizzling start against RCB. Do you think international teams should be concerned about it, ahead of ICC Champions Trophy?

The IPL 2017 has just begun and the Champions Trophy is still a few months away. May be we can talk about Yuvraj later. For now, my focus is on Saturday’s match against Pune.