Sehwag is 'instinctive leader', says Jayawardene

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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 13:24 [IST]
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Jayawardene praises Virender Sehwag

New Delhi, May 3: Delhi Daredevils opener Mahela Jayawardene praised skipper Virender Sehwag and described him as an "instinctive leader" after leading Delhi to a brilliant start in the ongoing IPL 5.

"Viru has done a splendid job. During the course of the tournament, I have seen him take incredible decisions on the spur of the moment and they have really paid off. He is an instinctive leader. In T20 cricket, you need to make quick decisions and for that you need to have a clear mind," Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, said during an interview on Wednesday.

According to Jayawardene, captaincy is not difficult until and unless one has done his homework properly.

"Leading a side might look complex but once you have done your homework, it's not that difficult a job. If you are not prepared well enough, then your on-field options become lesser and you will have trouble".

"At Daredevils, we have had some very good team meetings where we have analysed the strengths and weaknesses of other sides along with our support staff. KP has also big role so has Morne (Morkel) and Nadeem," the 34-year-old said.

When asked about opening the innings with Virender Sehwag, Jayawardene said he truly enjoys his batting upfront.

"When you have Dilshan or Sehwag opening the batting, they like to control the proceedings. They are players who can even hit the good balls for boundaries and my job at the other end is to rotate strike and enjoy their batting. When Viru is in full flow, all you do is to crack a few jokes in between the overs and may be analyse the opposition team's bowling options," Jayawardene said.


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