I can watch De Silva for hours: Mahela

Published: Monday, June 5, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Would you rate your double-hundred against India as your best Test innings?

Not really. It was a big effort, no doubt, but I would rate my maiden Test hundred against New Zealand at Galle in 1998 as my best Test innings.

We were down 0-1 in the series and it was a rain-affected game. The wicket was seaming around and they had the bowlers to exploit the conditions.

Who is your role model?

I have grown up watching Aravinda de Silva bat. I can watch him for hours. I don't think I have modeled my game after his, but he has undoubtedly been a big influence.

I like the way he bats. I have seen him go after the bowling from the outset in order to assert himself, while at times he just plays quietly, especially if the bowlers is spitting venom, allowing him to burn out his energy before taking charge.

He is versatile a player. It has been a great honour sharing the same dressing room with him.

Who is your favourite cricketer?

Steve Waugh. He has great attitude.

Who is the most difficult bowler that you have faced?

It has to be Wasim Akram. There is nothing really he can't do with a cricket ball. He can vary his pace cleverly. He can move the ball either way off the seam with the same action.

Wasim Akram can get the ball to reverse swing, bowl yorkers and extract bounce from the deadest of tracks. He is the most complete fast bowler I have seen.

Do you see vice-captaincy as a prelude to bigger things?

I will take it as it comes. It is and added responsibility, but not necessarily additional pressure. I am quite happy to be a part of the decision making process.


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