Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Virender Sehwag who had performed in patches in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, played a blitzkrieg knock in the virtual semi-final on Friday against the most successful team in the history of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings.
It seemed as if, the discarded Indian opener had saved his best for the final stages of the tournament. The `Nawab of Najafgarh` showed glimpses of his former self during a 122-run innings for which he used a mere 58 balls, and smacked twelve boundaries and eight sixes.
His carnage came at a crucial juncture in the tournament which took his team to its maiden IPL final. Though while chasing the mammoth total of 226 runs, Suresh Raina`s blinder of 25-ball 87 took the breath away from the George Bailey-led side but once he got run-out, KXIP tightened the noose and eventually won the match comprehensively by 24 runs.
Coming back to the star of Friday, Viru, who is known for his several blistering knocks throughout his career, melted hearts of his fans when he revealed that his son had been teased in school following his failures with the bat. “The other day my wife called up and my son took the phone and said: `Papa why are you getting out? My friends at school tease me that your papa is not scoring runs.' And I replied: `Hold on beta`” It seemed, the conversation pinched Sehwag to the core and unfortunately for MS Dhoni-led side, the carnage came against their side and that too in such a stage of the tournament.
Sehwag`s flawless knock will give him much needed confidence before the final and also might help him in reshaping his international career.