IPL 2020: Virender Sehwag says some batsmen on team “view CSK as a government job”

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KKR vs CSK: Kedar Jadhav struggled to get going and ended up unbeaten with 7 of 12 balls.© BCCI / IPL


Former India opener Virender Sehwag has delved into Chennai Super Kings’ faltering IPL 2020 campaign and said some batsmen on the team view the franchise as a “government job” in which pay is guaranteed regardless of performance. In the chase of 168, veteran opener Shane Watson hit his second consecutive fifty to give CSK a perfect start on Wednesday, but the team choked at the back of the innings and was limited to 157 for five for his fourth loss in five games to suffer.

“It should have been chased. But Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja’s point balls didn’t help,” Sehwag told ‘Cricbuzz’.

And, in my opinion, some of the Chennai Super Kings batsmen consider CSK to be a government job, whether you perform or not, they know they will get their paycheck anyway, “he added.

CSK added just 14 runs of 11-14 overs, a period in which they lost both Watson and Ambati Rayudu in form. Kedar Jadhav, who ahead of West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, worked on seven of the twelve balls when KKR won the game by 10 runs.

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This isn’t the first time batsmen have abandoned the team. Last week, the MS Dhoni-led squad had lost a hard-fought match to SunRisers Hyderabad by seven points following a collapse of the highest order.

The three-time champion has four losses from six games and is in sixth place in the IPL points table of eight teams. They will take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

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