April 21, 2010

Two veterans and two young guns

From two spin partners who are now IPL adversaries to two long-time openers who’ll be pitted against each other
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From two spin partners who are now IPL adversaries to two long-time openers who’ll be pitted against each other. Neither Matthew Hayden nor Adam Gilchrist have had a tournament to remember so far, but all that can change in four days as IPL 2010 reaches its climax. And while they may not have clicked so far, both are such destructive match-winners that you can write them off only at your own peril.

The most disappointing aspect of the performances of these two is the number of balls they’ve lasted per dismissal: Hayden has averaged 17 deliveries per dismissal, and Gilchrist has lasted 11.5. These are terrible numbers, and I’m hoping both last at least 30 deliveries in the semi-final, unlike the two big guns in the Mumbai-Bangalore semis – Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis both played exactly nine balls.

Gilchrist and Hayden in IPL 2010
Batsman Innings Runs Average Run rate 4s/ 6s Balls per dismissal
Matthew Hayden 14 321 22.92 8.04 34/ 15 17.1
Adam Gilchrist 14 270 19.28 10.06 29/ 15 11.5

The other head-to-head I’m looking forward to is the one between two young players who’ve been seen as the future of Indian middle-order batting for a while now. Both Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma haven’t always justified everything that’s been said or written about them, but both have been stars of the IPL. Raina has the better stats – he has scored more runs, at a better average and a slightly better strike rate, but Rohit has had the edge in the middle overs. (Raina’s way ahead in the Powerplays, with 147 runs in 93 balls to Rohit’s 14 in 27.) Both have been key fielders as well for their teams. I can’t wait to see how their personal battle pans out on Thursday. If I have to choose a winner, I’ll go with Raina.

Raina and Rohit in IPL 2010
Batsman Innings Runs Average Run rate 4s/ 6s Balls per dismissal
Suresh Raina 14 461 46.10 8.51 42/ 19 32.5
Rohit Sharma 14 402 33.50 8.23 36/ 14 24.42
Raina and Rohit in the middle overs (6.1 to 14)
Batsman Runs Dismissals Average Run rate
Suresh Raina 227 7 32.42 7.78
Rohit Sharma 225 5 45.00 8.38
Raina and Rohit in the last six overs
Batsman Runs Dismissals Average Run rate
Suresh Raina 87 1 87.00 9.15
Rohit Sharma 163 7 23.28 9.31

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Sravan Kumar.N on April 21, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    A story describing 'Ganguly'.

    Ganguly is just isnt a name, young players read him as a character when they try impersonating him,like acting like ganguly,setting the same field as he sets,they try being like him.He is not just a leader , he is a Gladiator who sends his critics a message to cut their tounges.He is a Warrior who takes the challenge when his bowlers are help confident-less.He victimizes himself for the loss of match as he fears that his team-mates may lose even that less confidence they have.He is a ruler,the stratergist,the pressure-taker.He is the lord krishna leaing 10 arjunas.Today the personality he had just became better that all captains were forced to feel a grudge against him.He can control a person suffering from 7 deadly sins,a team is nothing for him.He is the Prince with unlimited armour.He leadership is so strong even if all 11 captains play in one team,they cant out beat him.I swear i will never see such CAPTAIN WARRIOR".DADGIRI is a power with no limits

  • Bhupinder Garg on April 29, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    So the curtain falls on another wonderful edition of a tournament that has brought new dimensions to the game of cricket. Mongoose bats has been overshadowed by harder hitting power willows and cricket takes a backseat. Off-field battles and auctions take a centerstage. As cricketing half of IPL-3 bows out into oblivion let’s ponder over what stood out in this year’s extravaganza.

    One of the stated goals of IPL was to provide international exposure to rookie Indian players right At home.And if you look at bonds such as Kevin Peterson and Virat Kohli, you’ll realize how well it has materialized. Seeing Muralidharan celebrate after CSK qualified for the semis makes you wonder whether SriLanka has just won the World Cup. That’s the sort of friendships that’ve built up in the IPL teams. Teams have gelled well and SWOT analysis is much more in place now. Yusuf Pathan & Adam Gilchrist would painfully, but surely vouch for that.

  • relashish on April 28, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    I agree that based on current form and in limited over formate raina is slightly ahead of rohit. But then India needs both of them one at 3 and the other at 6. But has far as who the better player is concerned it depends on the formate of the game you are talking about. In T20 both are sort of equal with one being a very good finisher and the other being a very good slogger in the powerplays. In ODIs raina is far ahead of rohit presently, this is because rohit somehow lacks the middle gear in his batting. He can be either very aggressive or very defence but that middle play of just taking the singles and rotating the strike is presently absent in him. But then imagine a situation when a brett lee or a dale steyn is steaming in on a fast perth or wanderers pitch with 4 slips and 2 gullies behing. How many balls of such hostile bowling and conditions do you think raina would be able to survive. Would he last even an over? I doubt so. This is where Rohit sharma is a clear winner.

  • faisal on April 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Finally a player has emerged who can be placed in the same class as mark waugh,hooper, azharuddin. Yes, I am talking about rohit sharma.The lazy look,silky touch,elegence all speak for cricketing beauty.Does it really matter if he not perform all through? Even a little 15 of him is much more pleasent to watch than raina's power packed 40 something.Cricket is not all about winning,scoring runs, it is also about asthetics. He who not admire this shouldn't call himself a cricket lover.

  • Roy on April 22, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Ample chances have been wasted by Rohit. Raina steps up and takes ownership and he is a good finisher. I didn't even dream of this nightmare that Rohit will be preferred over Robin Utthapa. Look at Robin's IPL season this time around, he deserved a chance anyday ahead of most in the lot.

  • Dave on April 22, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Raina fails all the time in crucial matches; he played one of the worst innings in his life today. Rohit is a better player; he plays good cricket under pressure. Bad luck to all you Raina followers... It's all over for CSK. They proved that they suck in crucial matches.

  • CANDY on April 22, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    How many match has rohit won to india,Raina has done it many times .........this will tell u who is best.........rohit=flop ,Raina=victory

  • avinash on April 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    what is the use of technique & temperament if it cant win u matches.is performing in IPL the only thing?rohit sharma has disappointed whenever he had the chance to play 4 INDIA.it's not that he hasn't be given chances but he spilled those oppurtunities,whereas raina has done very well to be a regular in INDIAN team. raina is one of the classy left handers which we have now,more importantly he delivers whenever INDIA needs him in ODI's.should 20-20 franchise cricket be d criteria to analyse the talent or a 50 over international cricket match? raina holds an edge over rohit in fielding too.

  • Phani on April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    am DC fan..but still I vote to Raina than Sharma. Raina most consistent and aggressive player than sharma

  • ashok on April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    what else are there don't worry we need only very good hitters t20 that's what i think raina is too good than rohit.

  • Sravan Kumar.N on April 21, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    A story describing 'Ganguly'.

    Ganguly is just isnt a name, young players read him as a character when they try impersonating him,like acting like ganguly,setting the same field as he sets,they try being like him.He is not just a leader , he is a Gladiator who sends his critics a message to cut their tounges.He is a Warrior who takes the challenge when his bowlers are help confident-less.He victimizes himself for the loss of match as he fears that his team-mates may lose even that less confidence they have.He is a ruler,the stratergist,the pressure-taker.He is the lord krishna leaing 10 arjunas.Today the personality he had just became better that all captains were forced to feel a grudge against him.He can control a person suffering from 7 deadly sins,a team is nothing for him.He is the Prince with unlimited armour.He leadership is so strong even if all 11 captains play in one team,they cant out beat him.I swear i will never see such CAPTAIN WARRIOR".DADGIRI is a power with no limits

  • Bhupinder Garg on April 29, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    So the curtain falls on another wonderful edition of a tournament that has brought new dimensions to the game of cricket. Mongoose bats has been overshadowed by harder hitting power willows and cricket takes a backseat. Off-field battles and auctions take a centerstage. As cricketing half of IPL-3 bows out into oblivion let’s ponder over what stood out in this year’s extravaganza.

    One of the stated goals of IPL was to provide international exposure to rookie Indian players right At home.And if you look at bonds such as Kevin Peterson and Virat Kohli, you’ll realize how well it has materialized. Seeing Muralidharan celebrate after CSK qualified for the semis makes you wonder whether SriLanka has just won the World Cup. That’s the sort of friendships that’ve built up in the IPL teams. Teams have gelled well and SWOT analysis is much more in place now. Yusuf Pathan & Adam Gilchrist would painfully, but surely vouch for that.

  • relashish on April 28, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    I agree that based on current form and in limited over formate raina is slightly ahead of rohit. But then India needs both of them one at 3 and the other at 6. But has far as who the better player is concerned it depends on the formate of the game you are talking about. In T20 both are sort of equal with one being a very good finisher and the other being a very good slogger in the powerplays. In ODIs raina is far ahead of rohit presently, this is because rohit somehow lacks the middle gear in his batting. He can be either very aggressive or very defence but that middle play of just taking the singles and rotating the strike is presently absent in him. But then imagine a situation when a brett lee or a dale steyn is steaming in on a fast perth or wanderers pitch with 4 slips and 2 gullies behing. How many balls of such hostile bowling and conditions do you think raina would be able to survive. Would he last even an over? I doubt so. This is where Rohit sharma is a clear winner.

  • faisal on April 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Finally a player has emerged who can be placed in the same class as mark waugh,hooper, azharuddin. Yes, I am talking about rohit sharma.The lazy look,silky touch,elegence all speak for cricketing beauty.Does it really matter if he not perform all through? Even a little 15 of him is much more pleasent to watch than raina's power packed 40 something.Cricket is not all about winning,scoring runs, it is also about asthetics. He who not admire this shouldn't call himself a cricket lover.

  • Roy on April 22, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Ample chances have been wasted by Rohit. Raina steps up and takes ownership and he is a good finisher. I didn't even dream of this nightmare that Rohit will be preferred over Robin Utthapa. Look at Robin's IPL season this time around, he deserved a chance anyday ahead of most in the lot.

  • Dave on April 22, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Raina fails all the time in crucial matches; he played one of the worst innings in his life today. Rohit is a better player; he plays good cricket under pressure. Bad luck to all you Raina followers... It's all over for CSK. They proved that they suck in crucial matches.

  • CANDY on April 22, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    How many match has rohit won to india,Raina has done it many times .........this will tell u who is best.........rohit=flop ,Raina=victory

  • avinash on April 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    what is the use of technique & temperament if it cant win u matches.is performing in IPL the only thing?rohit sharma has disappointed whenever he had the chance to play 4 INDIA.it's not that he hasn't be given chances but he spilled those oppurtunities,whereas raina has done very well to be a regular in INDIAN team. raina is one of the classy left handers which we have now,more importantly he delivers whenever INDIA needs him in ODI's.should 20-20 franchise cricket be d criteria to analyse the talent or a 50 over international cricket match? raina holds an edge over rohit in fielding too.

  • Phani on April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    am DC fan..but still I vote to Raina than Sharma. Raina most consistent and aggressive player than sharma

  • ashok on April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    what else are there don't worry we need only very good hitters t20 that's what i think raina is too good than rohit.

  • Santhosh on April 22, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Rohit is best IPL's.. Since we are considering only IPL here, i go for Rohit..

  • Hanmant on April 22, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Both are very tallented players but IPL is screwing there careers. They must concentrate on test cricket rather than IPL for future. IPL is giving lot of money but test cricket will give them technique, temprament and real experience which will count.

  • Safeer on April 22, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Rohit is a good player. His eye-hand coordination is excelent.

  • Amit on April 22, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Rohit is a Match winner. He can play innings with such class and finesse and does perform when it matters the most, though he still has to mature to the kinds of Dravid and sachin.

    There is no doubt that Rohit has potential to be the next big wig for India. He is also a wonderful fielder, probably the best India has at present and can lso be used as a wonderful bowler. He has been a great asset to Deccan Chargers and had played crucial roles in their success in all 3 tournaments.

    he is the player to watch. Rohit has class that is way apart, though Raina is good and plays hard, he somehow can never measure upto Rohit for sure.

  • Anil Pattnaik on April 22, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I feel Rohit Sharma is more talented and delightful batsman comapared to Suresh Raina..but there is one and most important thing that is missing in Rohit Sharma is the Consistency..He still has to prove himself in the international arena where as Suresh Raina has enough justice to his talent.

  • gabriel on April 22, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    both of them are class players. And i hope when they together for world cup.They will come good and cover up for absence. may the best team win IPL , but India win the world cup with a Great line up, all matters is for them to click

  • Abhijeet on April 22, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Raina is way better a performer and a team man while Rohit Sharma is the most overrated player of young indian players and a sad attempt keep Mumbai representation in indian team in the wake of sachin closing in to his retirement. The whole fetish with "class" and "elegance" has kept india becoming the no.1 team for so long. We already have had a long line of so called classy and technical players cum match-fixers and losers. Its time we move on to the little criteria called "performance" to see who is better player.

  • Sriram on April 22, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Rather than pitting Raina and Rohit against, it woul dbe nice to see both these youngsters side by side in WT20, the only question is whether Dhoni will pick Rohit or Yusuf or Jadeja as the other 10 are fixed.

  • zakirparvez on April 22, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    much are expected from these players based on their performance of ipl.in the last t20 world cup these players had a nightmare facing short pitch stuff.hitting 100's on dead pitches doesnt really matter.dhoni have tried everyone like rohit,raina,himself,jadeja at no 3.but he is stil to promote yusuf at higher positions.

  • zakir on April 22, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    neither raina nor rohit rises to the occasions.they have the talent but when it comes to he finals and semi finals when pressure is more they throw away.i dont think rohit is great finisher than yusuf.yusuf won a t20 game for india against srilanka wen 59 runs were needed in 20 balls.

  • Thomas on April 22, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I think that Raina has more edge over Rohit. Both are good players. I agree that Rohit is technically sound but at the International level, barring the CB series in Australia, Rohit has failed time and again whereas, Raina has sustained and he has won matches for India as well as CSK. Raina has evolved as a player and is much more responsible than RS.

  • Srini on April 22, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Right handed Lara?? who ??....Pls stop comparin' this guy with any legends...Rohit doesn't deserve to be compared....Raina is far far better than Rohit in terms temperament, technique,fielding, bowling , running btw wicktets.......etc.

  • narayanan on April 22, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Rohit does well for DC, but I dont remember him performing at the international level at all. Infact Rohit and Dinesh Karthik were the ones I hated before Dinesh Karthik performed well in the WI series. Raina on the other hand has performed very well at the intl level. I agree with the temperament part with Raina and issues with facing the short ball. But then whats the use of temperament if one cant perform.

  • Ravi on April 22, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Neither Raina nor Rohit should be compared with the lights of Sachin and Dravid. They are yet to proove themselves in the longer version of the game. T20 cricket cannot be judge for Batsmen calibre. According to me T20 is fast and Fun. Both Rohit and Raina are good T20 players given the variety of shots and timely innovations they possess in bags. According to me , the team that bowls well will win today.

  • Kishore on April 22, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is not the One for the future. He is a plain ordinary player who doesnt have any kind of consistency and maturity in his batting. The most important aspect that you need to have in you while playing for your country is to be ready to do anything for your country ... which is long missing in Rohit Sharma. He has been given his opportunity in as many as 40+ matches for India and has struggled to make a mark what so ever... he averages 25 ... and strikes AT 72. Now for ODIs the avg and strike rates shall be inversely propotional ... rohit fails in both .. avg and strike rate ... and plus i have never seen a motivation in Rohit ... he seems to be sleeping on the field or looking at girls on the boundary. But when it comes to DC its a different case all together. This Proves that Rohit Sharma plays for money.

    And Siva -What politics has dhoni done ?? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • daya on April 22, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's skill as a finisher is over rated. In the Nagpur match against Rajasthan which Deccan lost, RS could not get 6 runs in the last over!!! Moreover even though DC were 7 wickets down and RP Singh was at the other end, RS took a single of the first ball of 20th over. DC eventually lost the match by 2 runs. Symmo or Suman are any day better finishes for DC. But then people have short memories.

  • Harish on April 22, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    If Rohit lacks one thing then that will be the enthusiasm with which he plays. He is so lazy while he is batting, I don't look at it as cool attitude is pressure situation instead it looks like he doesn't have passion to play at this level. I really hate his body language. :-(

  • Jay on April 22, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Raina is good when you setting up a score by batting first.But I have seen at many times when chasing he tries to force the issue with a big slog over mid wicket & ended up being caught behind.In that case Rohit is way ahead of Raina because of being selective & pick the right ball to smash.

  • Siva on April 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is right handed Lara. Period. (Take a close look at him - most of you will agree - both in looks and style.) The FAB four replacements (read replacements, not equals) are Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina. Chuck the egoist Yuvi out. And Dhoni should not play politics.

  • rambo ramesh on April 22, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    i think the both (Raina,Rohit) are very dangerous players. hope hayden will back to the form n CSK will burn deccan.

  • Jay on April 22, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Raina is good when you setting up a score by batting first.But I have seen at many times when chasing he tries to force the issue with a big slog over mid wicket & ended up being caught behind.In that case Rohit is way ahead of Raina because of being selective & pick the right ball to smash.

  • hostile J on April 22, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    I dont think you can compare Raina and Rohit. They are different players. Rohit is a natural stroke player like Tendulkar/Dravid/Sehwag and they first time I saw him bat (the 1st IPL) I thought..gee..this bloke looks like he has that split second more time. Raina is class..no doubt...but Rohit was born with what Raina had to try and perfect over a period of time. In pressure situations you have to back natural talent (Rohit) as opposed to learned talent (Raina)..thats always been indias strength...just look at the results Dhoni, Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag has produced consistently over the years. The stats may speak differently..but I think in time Rohit will outshine Raina by a mile...

  • rambo ramesh on April 22, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    i think the both (Raina,Rohit) are very dangerous players. hope hayden will back to the form n CSK will burn deccan.

  • The Epicurioz on April 22, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Arjun Nair pls get back to your sleep! Raina's entire career has been on sub continent flat tracks and his weakness was exposed on the WI tour. Rohit's not in the team due to Dhoni's preference of North Zoners like Virat Kohli (Geesh!!) Rohit's record in Australia CB Series & T20 WC in SA is a proof of his ability, temperament and talent. Try comparing their Ranji records vis-a-vis when playing against each other and you will see how good who is!

  • shamik dev on April 22, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    If Class is a question, then Rohit stands way above Raina. Ian chappel one of the gratest critics the game of cricket remarked after a small innings of 28 from Rohit that India might have found a player who can step into the shoes of Sachin Tendulkar once he calls it a day. Sachin took 79 innings to score his first century. Rohit is young, will learn from mistakes. He needs to have a fixed slot in the batting order. Don't forget his classy 61 in the VB Series final which enabled India win the first final. Raina is good but let him prove himself in Australia, South Africa, England etc. He can't play quality pace bowling. Rohit has a great technique.

  • shamik dev on April 22, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    If Class is a question, then Rohit stands way above Raina. Ian chappel one of the gratest critics the game of cricket remarked after a small innings of 28 from Rohit that India might have found a player who can step into the shoes of Sachin Tendulkar once he calls it a day. Sachin took 79 innings to score his first century. Rohit is young, will learn from mistakes. He needs to have a fixed slot in the batting order. Don't forget his classy 61 in the VB Series final which enabled India win the first final. Raina is good but let him prove himself in Australia, South Africa, England etc. He can't play quality pace bowling. Rohit has a great technique.

  • Rajan on April 22, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Rohit might be a better finisher in pressure situation...he creates that pressure situation with his slow start's... But,the way Raina plays wont allow to get the pressure get on to the game...! Statistically & Logically he is the best....!!!

  • bhatrath on April 22, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    rohit has the edge he single handedly won matches for deccan chargers in the previous versions of ipl and he is continuing that in the present version also..he has shown that how a good fielding performance can change the course of match against the delhi dare devils..

  • Rohit Sharma on April 22, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Rohit is true class. Perhaps the best bat active after Sachin now. He has got so much time to play a shot that he looks lethargic in approach while at crease otherwise see him at field he is as agile as anyone. As for Raina He is one of best Limited over cricketers in India today. Best about him is how he has applied himself to such a huge success and considerable consistency in spite of apparent weaknesses in his batting. He is so mature and backs himself immensly. I would certainly pick Raina above Rohit as of now, if choice is limited to just one.

  • bhatrath on April 22, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    rohit has the edge he single handedly won matches for deccan chargers in the previous versions of ipl and he is continuing that in the present version also..he has shown that how a good fielding performance can change the course of match against the delhi dare devils..

  • sunil on April 22, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Rohit is yet to prove his efficiency in Int'l matches.Raina is comparatively good.

  • Mahesh on April 22, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Raina has better consistency...

  • Khaled on April 22, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    One who has a classy style of playing is more reliable and Rohit is a classy player. Most of the shots are clean and comes from center of bat with proper foot work.

  • Khaled on April 22, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    One who has a classy style of playing is more reliable and Rohit is a classy player. Most of the shots are pre planned and comes from center of bat with foot work.

  • Anonymous on April 22, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    raina s de man rohit cant match his perseverance!! raina s more consistent than rohit!! records speaks for raina!! rohit s nowhere near to him!!

  • Harish on April 22, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    All the stats point to one thing - Today's contest would be a match between equals. Everything would boil down to execution at an individual level. I hope the match becomes a nail-biting affair...though.. heart wants CSK to win handsdown :)

  • MSD on April 22, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    RS is not very temperment batsman i think, raina is a team man.While talking about the chances give RS has got more than Uthappa and Raina still he fails everytime.Stil this lazy batsman got the nod in the T20 WC, strange. Those who pretends to like the textbook shots will like RS.Raina on other side always looks focussed and aimed and very active in field and in between wickets.If he batted through with Yuvi or Dhoni india can win any match even without Sachin. You can remember the century against SL in the Triseries in BAN,with sachin against the AUS in hyderabad ODI, those speak volumes of Raina. RS is known as IPL hero and International zero

  • krish on April 22, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    i would quote Raina as the future Ganguly for his strength in off side! YES, he's a kid, and is just learning to play controlled shots.. and has done that pretty well this season!! Dhoni would pick Raina ahead of Rohit for the Indian team for sure

  • Balaji on April 22, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Raina rocks. Look at him grow in stature every year. He learns very quickly from his mistakes and now you can depend on him, be it bowling or batting or even captaincy. On the other hand, Rohit is a great player but lacks common sense and consistency. If GG/any player of his ranks had his talent, then they could have reached far more heights. But this guy is such a loser and a disaster. NEVER learns from his mistakes but even then BCCI will give him chance after chance to prove

  • Deepak on April 22, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Come on Guys y people r so much telling about rohit Sharma some r saying rohit doesn't get oppurtunities.Well i will say he got plenty.Remember in SA game he was send at No.4 .In T20 world cup he opened.For India rohit has always batted at number 3 ,4 or 5 yet he didn't score runs.But raina always scores whether he is at 3,4 ,5,6 whatevre position and he has scored century also batting at number 3.wherease rohit highest score is 70.

  • mano on April 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    No one should compare RS or SR to SRT and Rahul who can never be replaced !!!

    RS is not the future. Hes still amature. Hes got more opportunities than he deserves in the Indian Team, raising a question mark on most occasions when he gets to bat for India. He does a reasonable job for DC though !

    Raina has been doing a wonderful job at No3... If some one is doing well, why do u want to do experiments with rohit ?

  • mano on April 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    No one should compare RS or SR to SRT and Rahul who can never be replaced !!!

    RS is not the future. Hes still amature. Hes got more opportunities than he deserves in the Indian Team, raising a question mark on most occasions when he gets to bat for India. He does a reasonable job for DC though !

    Raina has been doing a wonderful job at No3... If some one is doing well, why do u want to do experiments with rohit ?

  • mano on April 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    No one should compare RS or SR to SRT and Rahul who can never be replaced !!!

    RS is not the future. Hes still amature. Hes got more opportunities than he deserves in the Indian Team, raising a question mark on most occasions when he gets to bat for India. He does a reasonable job for DC though !

    Raina has been doing a wonderful job at No3... If some one is doing well, why do u want to do experiments with rohit ?

  • Cricket Fan on April 22, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Great stats and good comparisons. Comparison of Raina and Rohit is the next thing that may be coming in the years to come.

    No doubt Raina is a class act and has matured a lot in his second turn. In the last 2 years, he has performed for Team India much better than Rohit Sharma.

    But one should not forget about the class act that Rohit is. The way he executes his shots, the amount of time he has to play his shots is something extraordinarily phenomenal.

    It is true he has not done well in the chances he has been given so far in ODIs. That is what he has to work upon. Consistency and effectiveness when he comes to bat and discard lethargy.

    Otherwise, Rohit Sharm is NO LESS to Suresh Raina in ANY RESPECT>>>> Fact that SK Raina did well in ODIs for INDIA in the last 2 years does NOT make me feel that he is something better than Rohit. Once Rohit gets in to his groove, he would prove himself to the best.

    Rohit has ALL THE CAPABILITY to be the BEST. He just needs to apply and prove that.

  • sara on April 22, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    anyhow today's match is gonna be a massive.. coz Chennai din won a single game against deccan in dis ipl 2010..probably it would be a grt revenge fr Chennai to take deccan on semi's lot of pressure's frm both sides. i ll go wit deccan

  • B S Kumar on April 22, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    @GreatIndian - It's hard to see how Raina can be ignored for Rohit Sharma. Raina has all the numbers that make him a force to reckon with. He can also bowl and is a magnificent fielder.

  • hari on April 22, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    problem of both players are they dont have consistency i thing in this matter raina is better

  • hari on April 22, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    problem of both players are they dont have consistency i thing in this matter raina is better

  • itssachin on April 22, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    The emergence of Rohi and Raina argues well for the future of indian cricket. I think Rohit has got everything in him to be india next great in line with sachin, dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag and Laxman.. all he nned is just remain focused. Till now he has been very badly used by Dhoni... He nneds a longer run in the team with a proper batting slot preferbly number 3 in odi.. the result will be there.. just Go ROHIT.. GO......

  • Venky on April 22, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    I would disagree Rajesh. I still remember every ball of the 20th over bowled in the 48th Match between DC and KKR during IPL 2009 in SA. The experienced Mashrafe Mortaza bowled that last over (it was an over he would least like to remember)and it was Rohit's calm head and technique that saw DC thru(21runs were reqd of 6 balls and rohit scored 26 )to 3rd position. Raina is flamboyant no doubt, but place raina in the last 10 crucial IPL innings that Rohit has played and I doubt if he would have outclassed or outperformed RS. Raina can mature into more civilized and less audacious opener than sehwag, who can win a match on his own. But if we are looking at replacements for Dravids and Sachins who can control the tempo of any kind of cricket match, there is only one RS for the future.

  • Abhinav on April 22, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Raina is better than Rohit, who has scored only for DC. when it comes to international cricket he is zero.

  • raghavender on April 22, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    raina has edge on rohit. coz he is very active n powerful striker than rohit. Rohit looking very lazy in crease.

  • Arjun Nair on April 22, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Raina is a class act as well. You must realise that he has finally matured, and curbed his strokeplay when the situation demanded it. I think Rohit Sharma is in no position to be compared to Tendulkar or Dravid. Neither is Raina. But the latter is soon to be in a league of his own. Don't forget that he was named as the player to look out for as a legend in the making by Wisden in 2007-08. He's still very young, and already one of the greatest talents in the game. Rohit's got this lethargy about him, and he's never done much for India, has he? How many international hundreds for him? How many MOMs? How many match winning knocks? Too many chances for both, and Raina has maintained his position with the Indian team.

    If its Raina vs Rohit, i'll choose Raina even if i was woken up in the middle of my sleep. :)_

  • Arun on April 22, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Deccan have the edge with having played a 5 knock-out matches on the trot. DC's efforts seems more team like, with an extra surprise from unknown players at each game, unlike CSK who continuously have at least 2-3 players doubtful of their slot and performing inconsistently.

  • Sakthi on April 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Nice Stats.... Personally I would like to support Raina & Hayden !!! Come CSK prove your mettle & come home with a win !!

  • Chandrakant on April 22, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I wonder there is no discussion about the bowlers. Don't forget CSK has a major problem with their loopy bowling attack. I think its going to be the bowling which decides the match today, both of the teams have a great batting line up, it all boils down to bowling and fielding in a pressure match!

  • vaibhav punetha on April 22, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    raina is way better than rohit.not only ipl but he has performed much better than rohit for the indian team.and i think he is a better fielder.

  • richie on April 22, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Both Rohith Sharma & Suresh Raina is exceptionally talented players. But it is Raina who has shown more maturity & consistency than Rohit.

  • mak on April 22, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    rohit is a brilliant player in pressure situation but raina is high scorer in all ipl.

  • Asif Rathod on April 22, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    C'mon guys stop comparing these players. Compare Symdonds and Dhoni, these two are match finishers and most important blocks of their team. Dhoni is not in his best form but he has played one big inning to bring his team in semis, while Symonds is playing really well, his bowling, batting and fielding are asset for DC.

  • Vidya Sagar on April 22, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    DC Bowlers are very consistent.I think Dhoni can handle pressure

  • Benson John on April 22, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    I hope both Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist will get back to form and fire in today's match, then it will be a match worth watching.......

  • GreatIndian on April 22, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Great to see young Indians perform for their respective teams. They both are future of Indian cricket. Having said that Rohit Sharma is ahead of Suresh Raina as far as temperament and technique is concerned. He was totally misused by Dhoni by not giving him a proper slot in the batting order unlike Raina who mainly bats at 3 or 4. I feel Rohit sharma can be persisted with for some more time. He is a better bat than Yousuf Pathan who scores once in a blue moon and also can't play short pitch bowling.Hope Dhoni takes a right decision during T20 WC in West Indies.

  • Jawahar on April 22, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    This shows the bench strength and bright future of indian cricket.:)jai ho india and ipl..

  • zandu_bam on April 21, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Raina is way better than lazy Rohit Sharma he looks like a MUTHAL tharki..

  • Aizad on April 21, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Its all about big match temperament in the finals. That is what "big" players are known for.

  • surya on April 21, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    the result of the match will mostly depend on who wins the personal battles...i hope haydos raises to the occasion and blasts charger's bowling

  • Pavan on April 21, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    How abt comparing Ojha and Ashwin?

  • mike on April 21, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Raina cant win matches in pressure situations, his counterpart rohit is best when it comes handling pressure situations,i would go with rohit

  • Vasu on April 21, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    I,ts all crazy indian players need final for dc

  • Nanda on April 21, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Come on, Rohit has edge.He is the classy player after Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid

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  • Nanda on April 21, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Come on, Rohit has edge.He is the classy player after Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid

  • Vasu on April 21, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    I,ts all crazy indian players need final for dc

  • mike on April 21, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Raina cant win matches in pressure situations, his counterpart rohit is best when it comes handling pressure situations,i would go with rohit

  • Pavan on April 21, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    How abt comparing Ojha and Ashwin?

  • surya on April 21, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    the result of the match will mostly depend on who wins the personal battles...i hope haydos raises to the occasion and blasts charger's bowling

  • Aizad on April 21, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Its all about big match temperament in the finals. That is what "big" players are known for.

  • zandu_bam on April 21, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Raina is way better than lazy Rohit Sharma he looks like a MUTHAL tharki..

  • Jawahar on April 22, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    This shows the bench strength and bright future of indian cricket.:)jai ho india and ipl..

  • GreatIndian on April 22, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Great to see young Indians perform for their respective teams. They both are future of Indian cricket. Having said that Rohit Sharma is ahead of Suresh Raina as far as temperament and technique is concerned. He was totally misused by Dhoni by not giving him a proper slot in the batting order unlike Raina who mainly bats at 3 or 4. I feel Rohit sharma can be persisted with for some more time. He is a better bat than Yousuf Pathan who scores once in a blue moon and also can't play short pitch bowling.Hope Dhoni takes a right decision during T20 WC in West Indies.

  • Benson John on April 22, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    I hope both Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist will get back to form and fire in today's match, then it will be a match worth watching.......