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‘I am not able to understand this’ – Virender Sehwag slams Virat Kohli for not sending AB de Villiers to bat at No. 4 vs KXIP

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AB de Villiers got here down the order and scored simply two runs.

Virender Sehwag. (Photograph by MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Pictures)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been up towards the picket spooners Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a reverse conflict on October 15 (Thursday) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Profitable the toss, the RCB skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first. Although the opening pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch failed to remain on the sector for a protracted interval, they managed to present an honest begin to their workforce with 62 runs inside 6 overs.

After Murugan Ashwin bowled out Finch, the viewers was wanting to see the exploits of Mr. 360 of cricket, AB de Villiers on the pitch of Sharjah. In RCB’s earlier outing towards KKR in the identical venue, AB had performed a sensational knock of 73 off 33 runs which had resulted within the workforce profitable its fifth match within the IPL 2020 marketing campaign.

Opposite to everybody’s expectations, left-handed all-rounder, Washington Sundar walked out to help Kohli. Sundar struggled to get the massive photographs out and he finally bought out for a 14-ball 13. There was no signal of AB de Villiers nonetheless as Shivam Dube got here in at No. 5. The left-hander hit two large sixes however he perished for 23 off 19 balls.

Lastly, when De Villiers got here to bat at No. 6, RCB was reeling on the rating of 127 for four in 16 overs. AB did not make an impression as he was dismissed for two off 5 balls within the 18th over. Two balls later, Virat Kohli additionally walked again as effectively, lacking his fifty by two runs.

This resulted in RCB struggling to achieve a rating of 150 too within the 20-overs sport. Nevertheless, Chris Morris’ 8-ball 25 and Udana’s 5-ball 10 helped the Males in Purple and Gold to achieve an honest rating of 171. However this was not sufficient because the exploits of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle together with a quickfire innings by Mayank Agarwal helped Punjab in profitable the sport by Eight wickets.

Washington Sundar hasn’t proved his batting exploits: Virender Sehwag

Many felt that the explanation for RCB dropping the sport was the demotion of AB de Villiers within the batting-order. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag holds the identical view as he isn’t capable of comprehend Virat Kohli’s clarification for sending AB de Villiers to bat after the likes of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube. Notably, within the post-match presentation, Kolhi had stated that the workforce wished to attempt a left-right mixture for additional matches.

Baffled by this shuffling in RCB’s batting line-up, Virender Sehwag informed Cricbuzz, “AB de Villiers is somebody who had hit 73 from 33 balls within the earlier sport at this identical floor. If you happen to had given him extra balls, there are possibilities he might need scored extra runs.”

“If you happen to’re saying, right-left mixture, then when Devdutt Padikkal bought out, Virat Kohli got here in. Then you definitely didn’t take into consideration the right-left mixture? Why didn’t you ship Washington Sundar at No.3? I’m not capable of perceive this,” he added.

He additionally questioned the batting skills of Washington Sundar saying that Sundar can’t be trusted for batting at Quantity four as he’s but to show himself within the Indian Premier League.

“In attempting to get a left-right mixture going, RCB haven’t despatched one in every of their greatest batsmen out. I’m not capable of perceive this. Who was that left-hander? Washington Sundar? He is perhaps an excellent participant however he hasn’t proved his batting exploits. He has proven his six-hitting skills like a Chris Gayle or a Yuvraj Singh,” Sehwag concluded.

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