West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has warned Australia could be reduced to bystanders on Boxing Day and beyond if Indian dasher Virender Sehwag clicks in Melbourne.
However, Caribbean crusader Pollard says Australia has its very own, new age version of Sehwag in explosive Test opener David Warner. Pollard smashed his maiden one-day ton (119) from 110 balls against India at Chennai on Sunday but this paled in comparison with Sehwag’s record 219 from 149 balls at Indore last Thursday.
Pollard said Sehwag has the “scary” ability to hijack a match in one session with Michael Clarke’s men powerless to stop the explosive opener if he ignites.
“I haven’t seen anything like it before,” said Adelaide Strikers recruit Pollard. ”He is a great, great batsman and words can’t describe how magnificent his knock was that day.
“What a 50th game it was for me on the field watching Sehwag demolish our bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was entertaining as well being there looking back at it.”
India are stocked with premium batting including perennial Border-Gavaskar performers VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and incomparable Sachin Tendulkar. Get through Sehwag and there’s a cavalcade of talent remaining for Australia’s young attack.
“Each and every one is formidable but unique,” said Pollard, who conceded 1/65 amidst Sehwag’s fireworks at Indore. “Sehwag is a quality batsman, Australia will have their own battles with these guys, have to find out what to do to get them out.”
Pollard, 24, is an original T20 trailblazer who made his name with Trinidad and Tobago in the 2009 Champions League before becoming the Indian Premier League’s highest priced commodity with Mumbai Indians.