Baffled by the shuffling in RCB’s batting line-up against KXIP on Thursday, Former India batsman Virender Sehwag criticized Virat Kohli's decision for not sending AB de Villiers to bat at no. 4.
KXIP won the game in the final ball after Nicholas Pooran struck the match-winning boundary from Yuzvendra Chahal. Batting first, RCB were struggling to reach a target of 150.
However, Chris Morris’ 8-ball 25 and Udana’s 5-ball 10 helped the Virat Kohli's men to reach a decent score of 171. However, KXIP top-three batsmen — KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Chris Gayle — inspired an 8-wicket win in Sharjah.
Many believed AB de Villiers demotion in the pecking order let to RCB's defeat against KXIP, who've won just two games so far, both against the former.
While speaking to Cricbuzz, Virender Sehwag said that he isn’t able to comprehend Virat Kohli’s explanation for sending AB de Villiers to bat after the likes of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.
Kohli, during the post-match presentation, had said that the team wanted to try a left-right combination for further matches.
“AB (De Villiers) is someone who had hit 73 from 33 balls in the previous game at the same ground. If you had given him more balls, there are chances that he might have scored more runs.”
“If you are saying, right-left combination, then when Devdutt Padikkal got out, Virat came in. Then you didn’t think about the right-left combination? Why didn’t you send Washington Sundar at No.3? I just don't get it,” he added.
Sehwag also questioned the batting abilities of Washington Sudar, who according to the former is yet to prove his worth as a batsman in IPL.
“In trying to get a left-right combination going, RCB didn’t send one of their best batsmen out. I am not able to understand this. Who was the left-hander? Washington Sundar? He might be a good player but he hasn’t proved his batting exploits. He has shown his six-hitting abilities like a (Chris) Gayle or a Yuvraj (Singh),” Sehwag added.