Sunrisers Hyderabad players have proved that the team is not required to be given a walk over.
Recently former India captain Virender Sehwag was critical and fired shots at the batting line-up of Hyderabad, saying that the team has underperformed this season IPL 2020. He even suggested that they should not have even tried to compete at Sharjah against Mumbai Indians and given a walkover to them.
On Thursday, both openers-captain David Warner and Jonny Bairstow piled up over 150 runs for the first wicket against Kings XI Punjab and may be Sehwag forgot that matches can not only be won with the batsmen.
Rashid Khan (three wickets for 12 runs in 4 overs) and other young bowlers were not required to put their full quota of 20 overs before bundling out the opponents.
Cricket statisticians may find it hard to pinpoint the instances when any team is given walk over for its poor show.
Stuck his neck out
“Sehwag has played a lot of international cricket and knows what he’s talking about. However, he has stuck his neck out and made these comments,” former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, speaking exclusively, said.
“SRH played brilliantly on Thursday. Funny game this cricket is,” he said.
Stabbing in the back
Former First Class cricketer and ex-conservationist Saad Bin Jung believes that Sehwag should apologize for his comments.
“Demeaning a team literally means demeaning its players and any cricketer worth his salt would never do that. It’s like stabbing your fraternity in the back. The same fraternity that made you who you are. This phenomena of I have played more cricket than you therefore I am empowered to demean you has crept in only after big money came into the players hands making many quite unbearable. New money does that I suppose,” he says.
“I have always believed that one should separate respecting a players’ ability from respecting him as a human. That is why I always meet former players who are lovely human beings and stay away from the megalomaniac as they bring nothing to the table but an evening wasted on them telling you how great they are.”
He adds, “Jimmy Amaranth is an incredible human being. Even if you took his cricket away you would love him for the man he is. It’s time Indian fans started loving their cricketer for the human that he is and not simply for the runs he has scored. Sehwag I am sure will mellow with age and realize his mistake. Then I am sure he will apologize when he realizes he has hurt his fellow players.”