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India's young batsmen by far the best, says Chappell

January 13, 2014 17:08 IST

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‘I really like the look of Shikhar Dhawan. He's a talented, aggressive opener.’ 

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says India is currently producing "by far the best" crop of young talented cricketers.

"In addition to (Shikhar) Dhawan, (Virat) Kohli, (Cheteshwar) Pujara and Rohit Sharma,” he said, “Unmukt Chand is one for the future."

The Australian great said he was impressed with the attacking flare of opener Dhawan.

"I really like the look of Shikhar Dhawan. He's a talented, aggressive opener, and, if successful, they're [the abovementioned foursome] extremely valuable to a team," the 70-year-old added.


Image: Shikhar Dhawan
Photographs: BCCI

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With the ICC Cricket World Cup just 13 months away, Chappell said teams have already set sights on the marquee event, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, in 2015.

"Teams are always playing their ODI matches with an eye on the next World Cup. Given they will be playing at home, Australia is looking like a strong contender at the moment," Chappell, who played 75 Tests and 15 ODIs for Australia in his 16-year illustrious career, said.

Known to speak his mind on cricket administration, he slammed the ICC's move to test the Officiating Review System (ORS), to ameliorate the controversial DRS, saying it will not bear fruit as the technology needs a massive overhaul.


Image: Virat Kohli
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"I'm like a lot of the players - I don't trust many aspects of either system. I'd change many aspects of the system, but my first change would be to take it out of the players' hands.

"I'm not a big fan of the system at all," he declared.

Chappell is a part of the jury panel that will decide on the seventh annual 2013 ESPNcricinfo Awards for best cricket performers and performances in the year gone by.


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Asked for his favourite performances of 2013, Chappell said he enjoyed the counter-attacking skills of India captain MS Dhoni and Brad Haddin in particular.

"As a fan of counter-attacking cricket, I enjoyed the efforts of Dhoni in scoring his double-century by attacking the Australian bowling (in February in Chennai), and Haddin in every Ashes Test, where he scored half-centuries in the first innings of all Tests when his team was in deep trouble," he said, without divulging his pick for the awards to be given in four categories -- batting and bowling performances in ODIs as well as Test cricket.


Image: MS Dhoni
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Asked about the favourite moment on the ground for cricket fans, Chappell replied: "It depends where the fan is from. For instance, the English fan would have felt first joy and then sadness. The Australian fan, on the other hand, would've felt first sadness and then joy."

The annual ESPNCricinfo awards recognise the best performances in Tests and ODIs through the year and the Indian trio of Dhoni, Kohli and Dhawan figure in both the Test batting performance of the year and ODI batting performance of the year nominations.


Image: Ian Chappell
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters

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