Exclusive: Michael Clarke echoes Virender Sehwag’s views on Kings XI Punjab’s foreign players

first_imgAlthough an incomparable genius, given the frequency of his dismissals to expensive strokes, Virender Sehwag had his share of run-ins with the coaching staff during his playing days.Now finding himself on the other side of the fence as Director of Cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and getting to experience the frustrations of a coach, Sehwag chose not to mince his words.Sehwag’s public criticism of his overseas batting cast for not taking enough responsibility however, finds favour from unexpected quarters in former Australian skipper Michael Clarke.”I don’t mind Viru being tough. He had that attitude as a player and I don’t mind him getting tough as a coach. His team was talented and failed to make the playoffs. The overseas players had to take responsibility and lead by example. The conditions were different to what they got last in Mumbai where it was flat. They played? expecting? the same pitch. There was a bit of rain and they didn’t have the commitment that’s required,” Clarke told India Today.Kings XI, in a virtual knockout match against Rising Pune Supergiant, were reduced to 32/5 inside the powerplay with all its overseas batsmen Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan and captain Glenn Maxwell back in the pavilion. Pune walked all over Punjab from that position having them dismissed for 73.”The top four had to take responsibility. You cant afford to lose more than two wickets. Unfortunately they continued to play the same way on a different pitch. In a big game when the pressure is on, taking the money that they do, you expect overseas players to stand up. Generally it takes the entire squad to win games but in t20 you can have a brilliant individual performance to win games as well,” he added.advertisementSehwag who despite being one of India’s most feared batsmen ever continued to test patience of his coaches with his batting style would be happy to find support in Clarke’s views.last_img read more