Virender Sehwag is returning back to his batting duties according to Kings XI Punjab. Sehwag will open for KXIP in their opening IPL match which is against Delhi Daredevils on 8th April at Mohali. It will be a treat for the fans to watch him open the innings.
KXIP’s regular opener, Aaron Finch, who is getting married around that time will join the team after the first match.
Finch, picked by Kings XI Punjab at the auction, has scheduled his wedding with partner Amy Griffiths for April 7.
“I saw the fixture this morning – there’s no chance I’ll be missing my wedding,” Finch told reporters in Auckland back then.
The decision was taken at the team preparatory camp in Mohali after a long deliberation by captain Ravichandran Ashwin, coach Brad Hodge, Director of Cricket Operations Virender Sehwag himself and the team management.
“Initially it was just for giving the young boys some bowling practice. But I was seeing the ball really well and was able to play my strokes comfortably,” Sehwag told KXIP.in.
“So when the question of who will open in the first match in Finch’s absence came up and Brad jokingly said my name I really started thinking about it.
“There were a number of names thrown up but somehow the team combination wasn’t coming together,” Hodge explained.
“But watching Sehwag bat in the nets gave me the idea of trying him in the opening match. We discussed this during the camp and he was more than happy to take the field once again.” he concluded.
Sehwag in recent matches at Ice Cricket scored 62 off 31 in the first match and 46 off 22 balls in the second match.
KXIP shared the news by tweeting on twitter but many fans took it as the April fool jokes.
Here’s the tweet:
You're in for a real treat. @virendersehwag will take the field in Vivo @IPL once again, replacing @AaronFinch5 for the season opener. It's deja vu all over again 😍#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIP #VIVOIPL https://t.co/0fKHF24Tuv
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2018