Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag directs the field during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match against Rajashtan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. AFP/Sajjad Hussain
Twenty20 cricket may be the game’s most unpredictable format and his all-out aggression fraught with risks, but Virender Sehwag’s imperious form in IPL 5 has made light of them.
The Delhi Daredevils skipper has put his franchise firmly on top of the points heap with five consecutive fifties, a record in the shortest format of cricket.
The Daredevils are closing in on a playoff berth just past the halfway mark in the lucrative league – a sea change to last year’s bottom-of-the-table finish.
The 33-year-old ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ saw his first fifty end in defeat against Pune on April 21, but his next four pulled off victories.
IPL 5 has been Sehwag’s personal triumph as well. A shoulder injury in last year’s tournament and delayed surgery saw his role curtailed in the disastrous England Test series.
Poor form in Australia and controversy over a rotational policy for openers in the ODI tri-series left fans wondering what had gone wrong.
Sehwag, the master of unorthodox shots, has credited his splendid IPL 5 run to playing with a straight bat. In each of his fifties, he has batted past the 12th over. It’s then no surprise that his team has been a picture of consistency.