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Rohit reminds Ian Chappell of Aravinda de Silva

Sun, Mar 22, 2015, 05:06 PM
Sydney, March 22, 2015: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell on Sunday said that Indian Rohit Sharma’s match-winning innings of 137 against Bangladesh in the cricket World Cup quarter-final reminded him of Sri Lankan batting great Aravinda de Silva.

“Throughout his excellent innings, I was reminded of the discipline displayed by Aravinda de Silva in the 1996 World Cup final,” Chappell wrote in a column for espncricinfo.

“Aravinda scored a century of class and determination to help his team win the trophy, and although he denied himself any expansive shots, he still scored at a run rate near 90."

"It was one of the great innings of self-restraint played by a batsman who could be extravagant, bordering on reckless at times,” he said of the Indian right-hander.

The 71-year-old praised opening batsman Rohit for playing a disciplined innings and not hitting a careless uppish shot during his stay at the crease that so often brings one of his promising innings to a premature halt.

“Rohit was every bit disciplined, and mostly denied himself the signature lofted shots into the stands or the careless uppish shot through the infield that so often bring one of his promising innings to a premature halt,” Ian said.

Ian, who had played 75 Tests and 16 one-day-internationals (ODI) for Australia, also came up in appreciation for Suresh Raina for playing a supportive role at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“As much as Rohit was the star and Suresh Raina was good who played a strong supporting role,” he said.
Agency: IANS

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