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Far from crowd Gauti, Viru begin their second innings

Trying to steal a quick single, Sehwag didn’t bother to either ground his bat or enter the crease as Punjab glovesman Chandan Madan whipped off the bails in a flash.

Gambhir, was scratchy from the beginning. Even medium pacer Siddharth Kaul was able to hurry the left-hander into his shots with short-pitched stuff as he was never in control of his pulls. On two occasions, the ‘butter fingered’ Punjab fielders dropped dollies.

In fact on the second occasion, Gambhir’s slog off Rahul Sharma’s delivery was dropped by long-on fielder but the batsman didn’t even go for a single. The only time he looked in his elements was when he smacked two sixes over deep mid-wicket.

Great players will tell how difficult it is to motivate oneself in the confines of domestic cricket having ‘been there and done that’ at the international level.

Gambhir and Sehwag at times did look out of place while fielding. As the other Delhi boys were wearing DDCA caps, Gambhir was seen in a Red Bull cap (he’s a brand ambassador) and Sehwag in a red baseball cap.

It will be one hell of a battle to get back to the national team as an opening pair. One can only hope that Viru-Gauti duo has what it takes to prove Sunil Gavaskar wrong.
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