On Sunday, 14th May, Kings Xi Punjab director of cricket operations Virender Sehwag was unimpressed by the foreign player’s performance in the Indian Premier League match against Rising Pune Supergiants.
Kings XI Punjab turns to 32 for 5 in the Powerplay, with all four of Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, captain Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan having fallen. The team were mainly bowled out for their lowest total in the Indian Premier League 73 and were knocked out of the tournament.
The 38-year-old Kings XI Punjab director Sehwag said at the post-match press conference, “I’m very disappointed. I can say that none of the foreign players took responsibility and at least played 12 to 15 overs. Their role was at least one of the top four should bat for 12 to 15 overs, but none of the batsmen took the responsibility.”
Sehwag added, “I think they were complaining that the wicket was a bit slow when you play international cricket so much, you should get used to playing on difficult or good wickets. There are very rare occasions when you get a good wicket to bat on but whatever wicket you get, you have to play at least 20 overs for your side. But Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Guptill and Morgan [were all disappointing].”
Sehwag said about the Guptill smashed on the up drive to short cover, “Guptill’s role was to cash in during the Powerplay and [the other opener] Wriddhiman Saha’s was to just bat around with him.”
“So I don’t mind him getting out on the first or second ball as long as he knows what he’s doing. There’s no point blaming him; I should rather blame the other batsmen. Even Marsh, his role was to play till 10-12 overs, but the way he got out was disappointing and then Maxwell and Morgan, these are the experienced players…”
“I mean the players who got out had been informing the next batsman that it’s a slow wicket and even then if you throw away wickets, it means that you’re not up for the game.”