IPL 7: Virender Sehwag keeps his promise to son with century
Virender Sehwag kept the promise he made to his son when he blasted his way to a terrific 58-ball 122 which powered Kings XI Punjab to a mammoth 226 for six in the second IPL Qualifier at the Wankhede on Friday.
Moments after hitting only the second century of IPL 7, Sehwag revealed that he had told his son he would score runs in the remaining matches while talking to him a few days back.
"Other day my wife called up and my son (Aryaveer) took the phone and said 'Papa why are you getting out? My friends in school tease me that Your papa is not scoring runs'. I told him beta (son) there are matches and I will score don't worry," Sehwag said.
Virender Sehwag of the Kings XI Punjab celebrates after reaching the three-figure mark during the IPL 7 Qualifier 2 match against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Friday
Sehwag, who had scored a hundred in the 2011 edition for Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers, entertained the Wankhede crowd with eight sixes and 12 fours.
No one was spared by the bespectacled Sehwag who looked unstoppable and completed his ton with a single in the 16th over off only 50 balls, the fastest hundred by any batsman in this IPL season.
Mumbai Indians' Lendl Simmons had scored the first century of this season when he scored an unbeaten 100, against Kings XI Punjab.
One of the seniormost players in the team, Sehwag said he was not able to concentrate on his batting as he had to guide youngsters.
"I told them that you play the way you like and let me focus on my game. I need to win atleast one game for KXIP," he said.
Sehwag has been struggling with his form for quite some time and last played for India during the India vs Australia match at Hyderabad in March last year.
Despite making useful contribution for Kings XI Punjab this season, Sehwag was not getting big runs in the IPL this season.
The Delhi batsman, who turns 36 later this year, didn't find a place in a second-string Indian side to tour Bangladesh.