Vikram Rathour Compares Prashant Chopra With Virender Sehwag

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Vikram Rathour Compares Prashant Chopra With Virender Sehwag 

Vikram Rathour Compares Prashant Chopra With Virender Sehwag
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The Ranji season has begun, and the opening few days have been having been all about the batsmen. With Gautam Gambhir scoring his 40th first-class century and Prashant Chopra scoring the first triple ton of the Ranji season. Batsmen have dominated the opening proceedings of the season and have been in the spotlight. Chopra who opens the innings for Himachal Pradesh entered ts he record books by scoring 271 runs on Day one.

Vikram Rathour Compares Prashant Chopra With Virender Sehwag 1
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This is the second most runs scored by a player in a single day play in the Ranji Trophy. As Chopra turned 25 on Saturday, he couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift as he converted this score into a triple hundred and scored 338 runs. His score took Himachal Pradesh to a mammoth total of 729 for 8. His 338 came at a brisk pace as he played only 363 balls. This was also his career-best score. There were only two sixes in the mammoth innings. He said:

“It required a lot of patience because when you are batting on 150-160 then your intentions are to hit over the top. But in this entire innings of 363 balls, I hit only two lofted shots and those were the two sixes that I hit. I have not played like this in my career so far; not playing the lofted shots. The first time I lofted the ball I was on 46 to get past 50 and that was a six and again I lofted the ball after going past 300.”

He credited Vikram Rathour for this improved batting performance:

“Vikram Rathour sir is our coach this year. He has been talking to me. His message to me was to carry on (batting). At lunch (on Day 1) I was not out on 84. He told me, ‘I want to see your double hundred today.’ He told me to play normally and I followed his instructions. When I came back to the dressing room at Tea (Day 1) on 180 not out, he told me that he wanted a triple hundred from me from that situation.”

Rathour even compared him with Virender Sehwag after this innings:

“I’ve seen some of Sehwag’s brilliant knocks in domestic and international cricket and this knock really reminded me of him. I have been around for more than 25 years now but never been in a game where 460 runs (459 for 2) were scored on the first day in a Ranji Trophy game. This was an outstanding innings that he played and against a good attack. All the three guys (Manpreet Gony, Sandeep Sharma and Barinder Sran) have played for India. Some of the shots he played actually reminded me of Viru.”

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