Virender Sehwag Advises Against Advising Tailenders
What he said (via Times Of India):
“Whatever you tell No. 10 or No. 11, they always do what they want to do.”
Virender Sehwag is one relieved skipper.
Batting minnows, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav, knocked off the required 11 runs to secure victory in the first ODI against West Indies at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Prior to the ODI series, the third Test match between the two sides ended in a thrilling draw with the scores tied. Then too, it was left to the tailenders to complete the job.
I was sitting in the same place and not moving! It’s good to win another nail-biter. Whatever you tell No. 10 or No. 11, they always do what they want to do. I just told them to play till the end and whatever happens is fine. Rohit and Jadeja batted really well in that partnership and we should have won it easily from there, but still good to end up winning. We hope to learn from our batting mistakes in the coming games.
Darren Sammy was the disappointed captain—again.
Everytime you lose it is quite disappointing. We just didn’t have the last spark to take us past the finish line. The opening bowlers did well to give us a start and we fought all the way to the end, but it wasn’t enough. We could have done things differently, we even bowled 23 extras, but I would like to commend the boys. They fought with never-say-die spirit and it is going to stick.
What he really meant:
“When tailenders bat, they do what they want to and don’t want to, too.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Isn’t cricket a game of glorious uncertainties? So what if I’m missing fingernails?”