Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 November 2014
News updated at 11:24 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Far from madding crowd, Viru-Gauti begin their '2nd innings'

Gurgaon, March 18, 2013 (PTI)
PTI Image

They have walked in together at the start of the innings on innumerable occasions but on Monday, at a nondescript ground called Teri Oval, long time opening partners Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir began the second and inarguably the toughest innings of their cricket careers.

While Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India were inching towards a 3-0 series win over Australia, Gambhir and Sehwag, clad in their yellow Delhi jerseys, were getting ready to chase down a 161-run victory target against Punjab with not even 100 people in attendance.

This was a battle not to chase down a stiff target but to save their international careers which have been affected by 'Cyclone Dhawan' and 'Operation Vijay'.
Nearly five years of stupendous success, one could have hardly imagined that both will be in their cricketing gears but around 450 kms away from Mohali where they would have ideally liked to be.


So how was their performance on the day? On paper, certainly impressive as they added 76 runs in a little more than eight overs with Sehwag cracking 36 off 26 balls, including five boundaries, and Gambhir anchoring the chase with a 54-ball 68.
Looks like good preparation for IPL but there's more to that.

Beyond the numbers, their performance certainly wasn't something to write home about. Sehwag started by lifting seamer Sandeep Sharma over mid-on for a boundary but the next couple of fours were streaky shots.

Sehwag was playing without those spectacles but the manner of his run-out will again put questionmarks on his casual approach.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Black Friday Shopping Begins On Thanksgiving Evening

Black Friday Shopping Begins On Thanksgiving Evening

Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of a Hello Kitty amusement park in Anji

Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of a Hello Kitty amusement park in Anji

Regina Vandysheva reacts after winning the 2014 Miss Kazakhstan national beauty

Regina Vandysheva reacts after winning the 2014 Miss Kazakhstan national beauty

Pakistani theatre artists in India  to participate in 'Saanjh: 11th Amritsar-Lahore Peace Festival

Pakistani theatre artists in India to participate in 'Saanjh: 11th Amritsar-Lahore Peace Festival

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi being felicitated by Chairman of Bajaj Auto Rahul Bajaj

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi being felicitated by Chairman of Bajaj Auto Rahul Bajaj

Rahul Gandhi meeting supporters at his election rally in Jamshedpur

Rahul Gandhi meeting supporters at his election rally in Jamshedpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523