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Batsman scoring 300 is a possibility – Atapattu

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AB de Villiers’ 162 not out off 66 balls the high impact innings by any batsman in the World Cup so far. AB de Villiers’ 162 not out off 66 balls the high impact innings by any batsman in the World Cup so far.

WELLINGTON: With West Indies opener Chris Gayle scoring 215 off 147 balls and three days later AB de Villiers, the South African captain following that up with a phenomenal knock of 162 not out off 66 balls in the ongoing 2015 Cricket World Cup, has certainly redefined limited overs batting cashing in on in the existing ODI rules that allows only three fieldsmen outside the 30-metre circle.

“AB de Villiers is a world class player and he’s done it on more than one occasion. I saw a few of the highlights from last night’s game, and it was obviously an exceptional innings. He’s a very, very good cricketer,” said England all-rounder Chris Woakes.

“As bowlers you have your plans to certain batters and you try and execute them. Sometimes you miss and you go out of the park. But if you stick to your skill and back it 100 percent, it’s irrelevant what the guy at the other end is really doing.

http://www.nation.lk/edition/images/logo/Dialog-World-cup-Logo.jpg“If you execute and he still goes for a boundary, then you probably have to change the plan and go for something different. But with the rule changes, I suppose it gives batsmen a little bit more advantage where they can hit the ball.

“The way AB played last night was pretty rare, and to get 160 or even more than that off 60 odd balls is pretty special. When a guy is in that sort of form, it’s very hard to stop,” he said.

Woakes who has represented England in 32 ODIs was of the view that teams scoring 400 in an innings would become a common feature.

“400 is a pretty good score. It obviously depends on the surface as well. If it’s a belting wicket who knows where the limit is. I think 400 is not going to happen very often, but as we’ve seen, 300 now has become par, and unless you get 340, sometimes it’s still chaseable. We’re going to see 400 scores very often. I think you’re going to get them more often than we used to get them, definitely,” he said.

Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu when asked for his views whether a batsman could score 300 in an ODI replied, “You never know. I don’t want you to print something and be a fool of it, but it’s possible. Now the average score at the 35 over mark you are looking at around 200-220. It could be stretched for sure. It’s the mindset of a player and a team, the unit.

“I always believed people who make big scores, make big scores. It’s almost a habit. When you start winning, you keep on winning. It’s the same with people getting fivers, and people getting 200s. (Kumar) Sangakkara is a classic example.
“I reckon there are ways and means that people could do it in a bit different way. I wouldn’t be surprised if the score line stretches even a bit more,” he said.

Commenting on De Villiers’ exceptional knock one twitter fan wrote: “I used to believe we are alone in this universe until I saw ABDV bat.”

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