Rohit is a class act, says Gilchrist

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 10:33 [IST]
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 Rohit is a class act: Gilchrist

Cape Town: Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist on Wednesday showered prais on Rohit Sharma and said the youngster from Mumbai is a 'class act' and is destined for more glory.

"He has been in great form last year as well and has done pretty well in the Indian one day and Twenty20 teams. He is a class act," Gilchrist said after the team's 24-run win against Bangalore Royal Challengers here today.

Gilchrist (71 off 45 balls) and Rohit (52 off 30 balls) matched each other shot for shot today even though it was the Australian who was adjudged Man of the Match.

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"Rohit has taken his vice-captain's role very seriously and wants to be a leader some day and that is exciting," Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist was naturally happy after the team's second straight win but the Australian guarded against complacency and said the team, which had finished last in the first season of the Indian Premier League, needed to maintain its high standard.

"We played really well and it's our second win on the trot. But it's still too early to think about anything else. I'm really happy that the hard work put in by the boys are paying off," said the left-hander.

His opposite number Kevin Pietersen said with Gilchrist on song, there was not much his bowlers could do today.

"Well when players like (Matthew) Hayden or Gilchrist like this, there is not much you can do. They have done it for Australia so many times and unfortunately were at the receiving end of their form in our last two matches," Pietersen rued.

Playing for Chennai Super Kings, Hayden had slammed 65 against Bangalore Royal Challengers in their previous match. Pietersen said his team would have to sort out their performance in the first six overs.

"I think we got it wrong in the first six overs and that has been the case in both the matches we lost. This is an area we have to sort out soon," Pietersen said.

Asked if he felt opening the batting himself, Pietersen said,"No, there are guys up front for that."

The South African-born English player, however, admitted he had less time now to make an impact in the tournament before leaving for national duty in the Ashes series.

"We started really well (beating defending champion Rajasthan Royals) but we didn't play too well in the last two matches. I think if we can sort our our batting in the first six overs, things would be quite okay," he said.

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