The former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said that you cannot slow down your innings to get your fifty. If you did it you will get a tight slap from cricket. He said this pointing to Shubman Gill who slowed down a lit bit to score his half-century.
Virender Sehwag said that
“He scored 67 off 49 balls but when did he reach his fifty? He reached his fifty off, maybe 41-42 balls, so in 7-8 balls he has scored 17 more runs. The acceleration came there after he had reached his fifty. If even that had not happened then GT would have been chasing maybe 17 instead of 7 in the last over,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Virender Sehwag further added that
“You can’t think let me score a fifty and we will anyway win the match. This is cricket. The moment you think about your own performance (instead of the team), you will get a tight slap from cricket. You can’t think like that. If he had showed the same intent and played at close to a strike rate of 200 when he was nearing fifty then he could have reached his milestone a lot earlier and save more deliveries for his team,” Sehwag added.
Hardik Pandya said it became hard to score runs after the ball become older.
“It got slower with the old ball. So we needed to get off to a good start in the powerplay. We lost a bit of momentum when Hardik bhai got out. It wasn’t a big score but it was important to rotate the strike and not have dot balls,” he said.