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Virender Sehwag pokes fun at VVS Laxman during rain-marred IPL 2017 playoff

Virender Sehwag made light of the situation when the VVS Laxman-mentored Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders was halted due to rain. SRH ultimately lost the match

ipl 2017 Updated: May 18, 2017 16:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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VVS Laxman is the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad while Virender Sehwag is Kings XI Punjab’s director of cricket operations in Indian Premier League (IPL) (BCCI)

Virender Sehwag is well known for his humorous side, especially on social media. The retired India opener is a hit with everything that he posts on Twitter, often making funny quips and harmless jokes at the expense of his former teammates.

VVS Laxman — the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team — was the latest victim of his barbs.

While Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders fans where biting their nails over the delay of the 2017 Indian Premier League Eliminator played between the sides, Sehwag made light of the situation.

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Sehwag tweeted that Laxman was probably praying for more rains so the Kolkata Knight Riders innings would be cancelled. He uploaded images of Laxman attending religious ceremonies and partaking in rituals from past times as part of his jokes.

Rains interrupted the Eliminator in Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Heavy drizzles began in the last over of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings which caused a delay in the start of the KKR innings.

Had the match been abandoned at that stage, Sunrisers Hyderabad would have progressed by virtue of washout, which is why Sehwag joked that Laxman was praying for more rain.

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The SRH innings hadn’t been too impressive as they only managed 128 runs for seven wickets in their 20 overs.

The rain eventually subsided and the match was resumed at 12:58am on Thursday with Kolkata Knight Riders given a revised target of 48 runs to be achieved in six overs. Gautam Gambhir’s side successfully chased down the target in 5.2 overs, eliminating defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad from IPL 2017.

Kolkata Knight Riders will now face Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2 match on Friday. The winner of that match will meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 IPL final on Sunday.

First Published: May 18, 2017 15:49 IST