Delhi batters should improve their shot selection if they want to become a champion team: Virender Sehwag

Delhi had almost botched up the 137-run chase against CSK only for Hetmyer to take them over the line.

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Delhi Capitals (DC) might have sealed their place in the top two with a close win over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but Virender Sehwag is not happy with their batters. The match went down to the final over as the Capitals lost wickets at regular intervals and had almost botched up the 137-run chase. But Shimron Hetmyer rode his luck and smacked a few crucial boundaries to take his team over the line.

Sehwag pointed out at the poor shots played by the Delhi batters in the chase and felt they should’ve chased down the low total comfortably. He singled out Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant specifically stating that the duo unnecessarily went for big shots when there was no need and ended up putting their team in trouble.

Pant top-edged awild slog off Ravindra Jadeja on 15 while Dhawan was caught in the covers when only 38 runs were needed to win. Sehwag also said that the other batters got out due to their own fault and there was nothing special in the deliveries.

“I am afraid of the shot-selection from Delhi’s batters. If you look at Shikhar Dhawan, he was batting well but he was caught at covers while playing a shot over that fielder. Rishabh Pant threw his wicket while trying to go for a six. Even the other batters who were dismissed, they didn’t get out to unplayable deliveries.

“They got out after playing poor shots. In a low scoring game, it is important that your shot selection is good to have control on the game,” Sehwag said while speaking to Cricbuzz after the match.

DC batters have to work on their shot selection

Virender Sehwag urged the Delhi Capitals coaching staff to work on the batter’s shot selection. He also went on to state that if DC want to become IPL champions, they should chase such low-scoring targets comfortably and not complicate things.

“It was good that Dhawan scored 39 runs and stitched crucial partnerships. If he had got out early, then the target would’ve felt like a mountain of runs for Delhi. Delhi coaching staff has to improve their batters’ shot selection. Delhi’s batters disappointed for me in this game. If they have to become a champion team, they have to win these matches comfortably and not make it tight,” the former India opener further added.