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We didn't miss McGrath: Sehwag
PTI
Centurion, May 23, 2009
First Published: 12:40 IST(23/5/2009)
Last Updated: 12:43 IST(23/5/2009)

A legend he might be but Glenn McGrath was not missed by Delhi Daredevils as the Australian pace great was not in form, insists skipper Virender Sehwag.

"I don't think we missed McGrath because he hasn't played in the last one year. He was not in that kind of form the way he bowled last year. (Dirk) Nannes was fantastic right through the tournament," Sehwag said after the crushing six-wicket loss to Deccan Chargers in the semifinal.

Asked whether McGrath's experience would have come in handy when Adam Gilchrist went berserk last night to take the game away from Delhi, Sehwag said no bowler could have stopped the rampaging Aussie.

"I think he batted extremely well. I don't think anyone could have stopped him. It was Gilchrist's day," he said.

However, his opposite number Gilchrist said he was surprised by Delhi's decision of not playing McGrath.

"I am very surprised that Glenn McGrath didn't get a chance to bowl in the tournament. But you can't be too critical. They had set the benchmark during the entire tournament. They were the team who were at the top and the other teams were chasing them. Their overseas players have served them really well.

"I was surprised that McGrath didn't get an opportunity but that does not means that they needed him to play today. Considering the fact that Dirk Nannes and other overseas players have done well, it is hard to leave out international guys out of the playing XI," Gilchrist said.


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