World Cup 2015: When Rohit Sharma’s 137 reminded Ian Chappell of Aravinda de Silva

With his match-winning innings of 137 against Bangladesh, Indian opener Rohit Sharma added another fan to his list, in the name of former Australia skipper Ian Chappell.

As per the former Australian great, Rohit’s calm and composed knock in the cricket World Cup quarter-final reminded him of Sri Lankan batting legend 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. He also heaped praise on Indian bowling attack which took 70 wickets in seven consecutive World Cup games to silence critics after a disastrous Test and ODI Tri-Series Down Under.

“Six weeks ago you wouldn’t have dreamed the Indians would claim all 70 wickets in their first seven World Cup matches.” “Nevertheless, that’s exactly what the bowlers have achieved, and it’s a credit to their persistence and resilience that they have been able to click into gear when it has really mattered,” he said.

Indian’s sparkling fielding effort in the mega event has also impressed the legend. “The final component in India’s World Cup resurgence has been the fielding. It was athletic and safe, with the occasional brilliant intercept at the MCG.”
“It helps if all the chances created are accepted, and this also helps to build the confidence of the bowlers,” Ian concluded.


Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi bow out as Pakistan lose to Australia by six wickets in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final

Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi bowed out of One-Day International (ODI) cricket with their dreams unfulfilled on Friday as Pakistan crashed out in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015quarter-finals against Australia in Adelaide. Both the senior players had announced they would retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup with skipper Misbah continuing to play Tests while Afridi will feature in Twenty20 cricket.
Misbah, 40, failed to get a one-day hundred in his entire career of 162 one-day internationals. His final run tally was 5,122 runs — the most runs by any player in one-dayers without a hundred. The captain managed 34 in Pakistan’s sub-par total of 213 all out against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
The co-hosts overhauled the target in 33.5 overs for a comprehensive six-wicket victory, earning a place in next Thursday’s semi-final against defending champions India in Sydney.
Afridi, famous for his 37-ball hundred in only his second one-day international made against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996, fell five wickets short of the 400-mark. Afridi, 35, who scored 8,064 runs in his 398 one-day internationals, could have been the only all-rounder with over 8,000 one-day runs and 400 wickets.


10 facts about India-Zimbabwe World Cup match in Auckland

The way India are playing at ICC World Cup 2015, they should comfortably defeat Zimbabwe in their final league match on Saturday (March 14, 6.30 AM IST). However, the African side cannot be taken lightly.

India have won every single game so far at World Cup, making it 5 in a row with a new record for the team in the tournament’s history.

Now, MS Dhoni and his men will be aiming to head into the knockouts with an all-win record. The setting for final league game against Zimbabwe is Auckland’s Eden Park. It will be a day/night encounter.

Here are 10 facts about the match
1. The two sides have met 8 times in World Cups. India hold 7-1 advantage. None of the current players have faced each other in a World Cup. The two teams have not faced off in this quadrennial tournament since 2003
2. India and Zimbabwe first met at a World Cup in 1983, on 11 June. India won that game
3. Current coach of India, Duncan Fletcher was the captain of Zimbabwe side when the teams played in 1983
4. Kapil Dev’s famous 175 in 1983 edition is the highest individual score between the sides in World Cup. For Zimbabwe, it is Kevin Curran with 73. Another centurion for India was Vinod Kambli in 1996
5. No Zimbabwe player has hit a World Cup century against India
6. Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath with 6 wickets each are the leading wicket-takers for India. Peter Rawson with 7 scalps is on top for the opposition
7. Kapil has most runs – 228 (4 innings) while for Zimbabwe it is Andy Flower with 161 (4 innings)
8. Most WC matches – 5 (Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Kris Srikkanth, Iain Butchart, Dave Houghton, Andy Pycroft, John Traicos)
9. Highest score for India – 266/8 in 1983. Zimbabwe 252/9 in 1999 10. Overall in ODIs, India and Zimbabwe have met 57 times with the former winning 44 and losing
10. Two matches were tied and one no result