19 Sep

Cricket News Virat Kohli overtakes this West Indies legend during Napier ODI against New Zealand

first_imgVirat Kohli overtook Brian lara’s tally of ODI runs.India beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Napier.Kohli is third in the all-time list of international centuries. New Delhi: Virat Kohli continued to break records just for fun as he achieved another special milestone during India’s win in the Napier ODI against New Zealand which they won by eight wickets. Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (75*) shared a brilliant 91-run stand and it complimented the efforts of Kuldeep Yadav (4/39) and Mohammed Shami (3/19) as India dominated New Zealand in all departments. While Dhawan notched up a fifty after nine innings, Kohli continued his sublime run-making form. After starting off cautiously following Rohit Sharma’s wicket and a bizarre break due to sunshine shining directly at the batsmen, Kohli opened up with a couple of brilliant boundaries off Lockie Ferguson.In the 16th over bowled by left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner, Kohli blasted a drive past extra cover to reach 23. With that boundary, Kohli went past West Indies legend Brian Lara’s ODI tally of 10405 runs. Kohli made smooth progress and he managed to overturn an LBW decision on review. The Indian captain looked good for his 49th fifty but he top-edged a short ball from Ferguson to perish for 45. highlights While Lara took 299 games to reach 10405 runs, Kohli has crossed this mark in just 220 games. Out of all the batsmen who have gone past 10000 runs, only Kohli and MS Dhoni have an average in excess of 50. Kohli’s strike-rate of 92 is the best among all batsmen, with Sri Lanka dasher Sanath Jayasuriya striking at 91. Sachin Tendulkar leads the tally with 18426 runs from 463 ODIs followed by Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara who hit 14234 runs in 404 ODIs.Kohli has amassed plenty of records in ODIs. He is second in the all-time tally of ODI centuries, with 39 tons. He already has 64 international tons, which is the third-most behind Tendulkar and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting. During his last century against Australia in Adelaide, Kohli affirmed himself as the chase master in ODIs again. This was his 24th in a chase and India have lost just three times, once to Australia in Canberra, against New Zealand in Napier in 2014 and recently against West Indies in Pune. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

10 Jan

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

first_img0Shares0000Sidelined for five months, Dortmund’s midfielder Mario Goetze is to resume playing on Saturday when the team hosts arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Aug 4 – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup — the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively — on Saturday. It will be Goetze’s first competitive match since withdrawing from all football in February, after featuring in Dortmund’s pre-season friendlies.“I feel good. I can take part in top level sport again, but I’m still in treatment through the medication that I have to keep taking,” Goetze told German magazine Kicker.“Everyone has their strength and weaknesses and the metabolic problem is a part of my life now.“I am just happy to be back and able to do what I love.”After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Goetze knows he needs time to rediscover his form.“I am not going to come back and be 100 percent straight away after five months in rehab,” he said.“Of course, I will need the games and training sessions to refind my rhythm. That’s obvious to me and, hopefully, to everyone else too.”It was Goetze’s stunning chest and volley in extra-time at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium which won Germany the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.Three years later, Goetze, still only 25, is far from assured of a place in Germany’s squad for next year’s tournament in Russia.A frustrating three-year stint at Bayern Munich, whose then-coach Pep Guardiola made it clear Goetze had no place in his first-choice line-up, ended in July 2016 when he returned to Dortmund.It seemed the perfect place to rekindle his career after Goetze broke into the Germany squad on the back of helping Dortmund win the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp.– ‘No Rio bonus’ –But Goetze struggled for any kind of form in his first season back, which was cut short in February when his disorder was unearthed and therapy began.He says there were dark days in the first few weeks after the diagnosis.“At first, it was hard for me to understand that I couldn’t play even though I didn’t have a structural injury, no damaged muscles or torn ligaments,” said Goetze.“It meant I had to have a time point to work towards – the start of the new season and be able to play again. That is what I have been looking to the most.”Bayern have won the title for each of the last five seasons, but US international Christian Puliisc sees this as Dortmund’s ‘big chance to win the Bundesliga’.The Super Cup showdown will see Dortmund test themselves against Bayern under new head coach Peter Bosz, as striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goes head-to-head with Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.For Goetze, the Super Cup is also a chance to impress Germany head coach Joachim Loew before next month’s World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Norway.“Rio was an incredible event, but it doesn’t carry a bonus anymore,” admitted Goetze on his Russia 2018 hopes.“Only the best will go to the World Cup, and Loew will decide.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more