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Virender Sehwag gave up captaincy of the Delhi Daredevils after last season. Mahela Jayawardene is set to lead the team this year © PTI

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Mar 30, 2013

He has relinquished the Delhi Daredevils captaincy after last season but Virender Sehwag feels that his decision will have no bearing on his approach as he again shoulders the burden of being the batting mainstay of the franchise in the sixth edition of IPL.

“I don’t think it matters whether I am captaining the side or not. Captaincy has never affected my game. I have never ever felt the pressure on my batting while leading the side,” Sehwag told PTI in an interview here today.

“I have never felt any pressure as captain, my approach to batting has always remained the same”, he said when asked whether Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene donning the mantle of captain will lessen the burden on him.

For Sehwag, captaincy and performance are two separate entities which should not be mixed with each other.

“I have always maintained that captaincy and performance are two separate issues altogether. If you talk about pressures of captaincy, then I had scored five consecutive half centuries during the last edition of IPL and the highest number of runs for Delhi Daredevils,” he said.