Former India opener and present Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) mentor Virender Sehwag, on Friday, mentioned that he would need a bowler to becomethe nationwide crew captain after Virat Kohli.
Sehwag made this level whereas responding to a query throughout a press convention forward of KXIP’s opening IPL match towards Delhi Daredevils (DD), right here, on Sunday.
Requested what he expects of Ravichandran Ashwin’s captaincy of KXIP this season, Sehwag mentioned, “I’ve performed with him and I do know the sort of mindset he has. He’s the fitting option to be captain of Punjab crew.”
“I’m an excellent fan of a bowling captain. I watched Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram as captains. In India typically you don’t give captaincy to bowlers, however hopefully after Virat (Kohli) some bowler will turn out to be the captain (of nationwide crew),” he added.
Speaking in regards to the KXIP crew, Sehwag mentioned, “We’ve the most effective crew, if I examine final ten years. The crew is a balanced one with right combination of Indian and international gamers.”
“We’ve a set of gamers who imagine in dealing in sixes and bounds, they don’t imagine in singles,” Sehwag joked as Chris Gayle was seated subsequent to him.
Requested if it’s a problem as a mentor to deal with the junior and senior gamers, Sehwag mentioned that for him he treats all gamers at par — be it Gayle or youngest home member Mayank Dagar.
“I make it possible for everyone is comfy and that they get their very own area, and do no matter they wish to do, which later helps them in giving their 100 per cent. Off the sector we’re very cool, we make it possible for our colleagues snigger and crack jokes,” mentioned Sehwag, whose designation is Director-Cricket Operations.
Key batsman Okay.L. Rahul mentioned that he was not IPL as a platform to show himself in a bid to cement his place within the nationwide crew. The 25-year-old Rahul, who was purchased for ₹11 crore by KXIP, mentioned that his focus was to make it possible for his crew reaches the play-off stage first after which goes on to win the event.
“I take IPL as IPL and never a event the place I’ve to showcase or show something to anyone. It’s a new crew for me and I wish to contribute and make it possible for our crew reaches the play-offs within the event. Hopefully, I may help Kings XI win the event, that’s my focus,” he mentioned.
“With the sort of competitors there may be round, I don’t suppose anyone within the Indian crew is a positive shot. It’s all the time going to be troublesome, however that’s the problem you wish to enhance your self as a person and as a sportsman on a regular basis.” The crew has many new faces together with skipper Ashwin, Gayle, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and some others.
“It is a new crew, we promise to entertain and we promise to herald a brand new model of cricket. We’ll go on the market and expresses ourselves and play aggressive cricket, that’s what has been harassed about. All people desires us to win and we are going to put our greatest foot ahead,” mentioned Rahul.
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Requested about extra duty of protecting wickets, he mentioned, “It’ll be a bit laborious on the physique as I don’t hold repeatedly via the 12 months, however as a participant you wish to be challenged on daily basis. I’ve already been engaged on my wicket protecting.”
“It’s a crew sport and no matter position your crew desires you to take, it’s a must to be prepared,” he mentioned. Additionally, current on the press convention had been KXIP head coach Brad Hodge, CEO Satish Menon and a few of the crew sponsors.
Gayle mentioned that he was wanting ahead to a whole lot of entertaining cricket. “It’s a good squad and a great all spherical crew,” he mentioned. Requested if he was harm at being picked on the final second within the Gamers’ Public sale, Gayle jokingly mentioned, “Properly, I hope to harm the bowlers.”
“It isn’t going to be about Chris Gayle, it will be about crew effort. Everybody has a job to play,” Gayle added on a severe notice.