Not right to compare Rohit Sharma to ‘demolisher’ Virender Sehwag: Robin Uthappa

first_imgNot right to compare Rohit Sharma to ‘demolisher’ Virender Sehwag: Robin UthappaRohit Sharma completed his fourth Test hundred and his first as an opener on Wednesday, punishing the South Africa bowlers with an array of eye-catching strokes. India made the gamble to promote Rohit to the top of the batting order after consistent failures from the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan in Tests over the last 24 months.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 18:09 IST Rohit Sharma slammed 176 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRobin Uthapa feels Rohit Sharma dominates the scene right now in white-ball cricketUthapa also said that it will be unfair to compare Rohit Sharma to Virender SehwagUthappa saw Rohit make his T20 debut during the inaugural 2007 World T20The call to open the batting came at the right time for Rohit Sharma, feels veteran batsman Robin Uthappa. Uthappa saw Rohit make his T20 debut during the inaugural 2007 World T20 which M.S. Dhoni’s men won and Uthappa feels Rohit should now look to replicate the show on foreign soil.”He has always done well in India and abroad. In white-ball cricket, he dominates the scene right now. He is arguably one of the best batsmen in the world,” Uthappa told IANS on the sidelines of Kolkata Knight Riders’ Plant A 6 Campaign.”Given that situation, he must be going through a huge surge in confidence. He has reached a point in his career where he understands his batting really well and he knows what works for him and how to approach him.”I think he has figured out opening the batting and this opportunity came at the right moment for Rohit to capitalise on it. So it’s not a surprise that he is successful,” said the 33-year old who was a key member of India’s 2007 World T20 winning team.KKR batsman Uthappa scored 6 as Rohit made his T20 debut against England in the World T20, a game best remembered for Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes as India won by 18 runs. Rohit had also made his ODI debut in 2007 and did not look back from there on to become one of the best batsmen in white-ball cricket.While Rohit slammed 176 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam, fellow opener Mayank Agarwal hit his first double hundred (215) in Test cricket.advertisementSpeaking on Mayank, who Uthappa has seen from his formative years while playing for Karnataka, he said: “It augurs extremely well for him that he has got a double hundred. It’s nice in a way to get his first 100 in India.”He is a much-improved batsman. I remember we were contemplating dropping him from the Karnataka game and when R. Vinay Kumar gave him a push, he scored a triple hundred and he did not look back from there.”He will only get better with more opportunities. This will do his confidence a lot of good,” said Uthappa who is a former Karnataka skipper but joined Kerala this year as a professional guest player and has been entrusted to lead the side in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.Asked about Rohit being compared to destructive former India opener Virender Sehwag, Uthappa said: “It’s not right to compare. He has his own style of batting. They are both aggressive that’s the common thread. Viru pa was more a demolisher of the ball while Rohit caresses it. The way they go about dealing with bowlers is vastly different but the aggressive nature in the common factor.”KKR and Meer Foundation extended the efforts to plant 209 saplings. Till last year, it was only the number of sixes hit at Eden Gardens to the number of saplings planted. To maximize the efforts, this year, KKR made it wickets + sixes which came to 209.The first batch of those 209 saplings were planted on Thursday at the Heritage School by Juhi Chawla Mehta, Uthappa and pacers Sandeep Warrier and Prasidh Krishna.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Jadeja rock South Africa after Mayank Agarwal 215Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Nextlast_img read more

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Scorpions sting Jaguars

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJaguars race to 10-wicket victoryMarch 21, 2017In “Sports”WICB/PCL 4-day…Jaguars face Volcanoes today at BeausejourFebruary 26, 2016In “latest news”Super50: Guyana Jaguars seal semi-final spotFebruary 17, 2018In “Sports”,– Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) – Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) read more

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