New Delhi: The encounter between Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils was more like a four-point clash at the Uppal Stadium, and Delhi's only answer to the in-form, blowing hot Deccan bowling was the Nawab of Najafgarh.
Virender Sehwag played an innings which will go a long way in deciding Delhi's fate in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. But matters of such magnitude and burden are zipped up by the destructive right-hander, to where they belong, in his kitbag.
The minute Sehwag ventured onto the crease after watching the IPL-2 champions rack up an imposing total of 175, his face did not have another expression other than that of focus, unerring focus.
While his Delhi teammates regularly kept surrendering to the inch-perfect Deccan pace battery, Sehwag knew he had to wait for his time. You could see that Viru wanted to live to fight another day rather than die trying.
He did his best to take as much strike as possible, always willing to take that risky single, itching to face the Deccan attack.
It was just one of those says where he knew that his instinct would back his intent, where he had this gut feeling that he could not do anything wrong, and so it happened.
After playing out the speed merchants Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma who gave the opener chin music on a loop, he knew he had to come out unscathed and launch a counter-offensive.
And a counter-offensive he did launch!
Daniel Christian was the first to face the scorned captain's wrath, being hit for boundaries like there was no tomorrow. And Amit Mishra, what do you say about him. Sehwag could have almost been removed for destroying the pitch when he couldn't stop drooling the minute he saw the white kookaburra in the Delhi leggie's hand.
And he signalled his intent stepping out and smacking him for a six with the first ball he bowled. What followed was a hailstorm of the ball flying to all parts of the ground!
This truly was Sehwag's answer to all the innings earlier played in the IPL-4. Yes, the Sehwag ton was the 16th indivudual century in the IPL, but it might just figure in the top three.
In fact, the Deccan Chargers were so in love with this display that they did not want to send back the Delhi skipper, granting him two reprieves and many a misfield.
Delhi are languishing in the wrong half of the table at seventh position, and the captain has turned into Delhi's only hope to take them to the right half of it. And with the rest of the batting order coming unstuck Sehwag's virtuoso effort proved one thing right, that sometimes cricket is not about eleven players, but one who can play like the eleven.