TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook involved in group to buy Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief Garry Cook is involved in a group to buy Newcastle United.The Sun says Cook has already played a major role in the takeover at Wigan and has now moved on to this project.Who is funding the Cook group’s approach is unknown, but they are believed to be from the United States.Cook has strong business links there from his time at Nike and with a major e-sports group.He knows owner Mike Ashley from his years in football and the sportswear world, so he has an ‘in’ with the man who is now willing to sell the Magpies.
Man City boss Guardiola: We must finish better against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must take their chances when they face Liverpool.Guardiola was speaking after victory at Southampton.”We missed a lot of chances. The game could’ve been six or seven. We have to score (more),” he said.”Liverpool are not going to give us this amount of chances. I’ve always had this feeling. We scored 106 goals last season – the best ever – but I thought we had to score more.”In every department I think we can improve. I said that two months ago when everybody said how beautiful and how handsome we were. There were many things I liked today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pogba would’ve thrived in Man Utd treble team – Sheringhamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTeddy Sheringham believes that Paul Pogba would have fitted into Manchester United’s treble winning team.Pogba is the best outfield player in United’s current squad.But many fans have wondered if he’d get into the team with the likes of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane around.And now they have an answer from a man who played a key role in that 1999 squad.Sheringham told Stadium Astro: “I think he would because he is a very talented player.”He would have been brought back down to earth at the right times when he’s… not stepping out of line, because you’re not stepping out of line, you’re just not doing the right things at the right times.”That’s what made our team so good. We did all the right things at the right times.”There’s a lot of players who do the wrong things constantly. You have to do the right things at the right times for you to be part of a team.”I think he would have been told by the senior members, ‘pass the ball. Stop showing how good you are. We play as a team’.”The more you keep telling them, you hope that the penny drops.”There’s always times to do that bit of flashness, to get you out of a problem on the football pitch, but not every time you get it.”
demornay pierson elNebraska wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El was one of the top return men in the country last year as a true freshman, leading the nation in punt return yardage and tying for the top mark with three punt returns for touchdowns.Make no mistake though, Pierson-El is also a receiving threat. He caught 23 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns last fall, and if this off-season video is any indication, the Huskers need to get him even more involved in the passing game in 2015. Here’s a clip of Pierson-El at what appears to be a high school field. He destroys his defender off the line, and at the top of his route, appears to almost levitate as he goes up to make the catch.Another body pic.twitter.com/bXIZHcwkKc— CallmeOak (@OkkyTheGee) May 19, 2015Seriously, check out that hang time. Ridiculous. Did we mention he’s only 5-foot-9? Nebraska fans have to be salivating at what Pierson-El may be able to do in the Big Ten this season.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Will Muschamp is intense. That is no revelation to those who have followed him at Florida, Texas, or his last stop at Auburn, where he earned the nickname “Boom” after a fiery, ‘not safe for work,’ reaction to a defensive stop. Muschamp has only been back at Auburn for a few months, but he’s already making a big impression on his players. Linebacker Kris Frost was asked about his new coordinator, and he did a pretty solid impression of “angry Will Muschamp.”#Auburn LB Kris Frost does his impression of Will Muschamp’s angry face. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/jsfYJ5zZ1v— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) July 13, 2015Of course, no one does Muschamp like Muschamp.This game clearly shows why #Auburn fans are excited about hiring #Muschamp as the DC. pic.twitter.com/MRIwNshLD7— SEC Football Facts (@SEC_Fball_Facts) January 1, 2015Florida fans are glad he’s gone, but we’re very happy that Muschamp is still in the SEC.
Tim TebowThis video is incredibly heartwarming, but you may need to view it with some tissues handy. Former Florida legend and Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow visited Nathaniel, a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. Clearly, judging by his blanket, pillow and t-shirt, Nathaniel is a huge Gators fan. When Tebow walks in the room, the young boy’s reaction is immediate, and priceless. Watch for yourself. So AWESOME to watch Tim Tebow surprise our new friend Nathaniel at Wolfson Children’s Hospital! What an incredible young man!Posted by Tim Tebow Foundation on Tuesday, September 29, 2015That’s just awesome stuff, and not a surprise coming from Tebow. [ USA Today ]
Liverpool should be looking to replace James Milner with Youri Tielemans if the experienced performer moves on as a free agent this summer, says Danny Murphy.Changes are expected at Anfield once the 2018-19 campaign comes to a close.Jurgen Klopp’s side have finished as runners-up in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final, but they are aware of the need to seek continuous improvement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That process could see Milner leave at the end of his contract, as the ex-England international is now 33 years of age, with the Reds then seeking suitable cover.Murphy feels a Belgium international who starred during a loan spell at Leicester this season should be targeted, with Monaco reportedly open to offers of around £40 million ($50m) for Tielemans.“The big clubs are always looking at what is next and where to improve,” former Liverpool midfielder Murphy told your-promotional-code.co.uk .“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be back, which is a big plus, he will practically be like a new signing.“Maybe they will let Milner go and one other. Then coming in, Tielemans has had a good season at Leicester, he can open a team up and I am sure Liverpool would love a player like that.“You have to be careful, obviously supporters always want new signings in, but you can’t bring in too many and upset the dynamic.“It is the manager’s biggest problem as he doesn’t want to upset too many players.“Signings would be good, but they don’t need too much to be honest. If they were to win the Champions League, it makes them a lot more attractive.”While calling for reinforcements in the middle of the park, Murphy believes that unsung heroes from a positive campaign at Anfield can be found in that area of the pitch.He added: “Jordan Henderson has had a strong end to the season, but over the course of the season [Georginio] Wijnaldum has been the most consistent midfielder.“It’s an area where there is a lot of competition and Klopp has mixed it up a lot but he [Wijnaldum] has the great ability where he can create chances and get forward but he is also very disciplined and very comfortable with the ball at his feet.“Of course, he got the plaudits after the Barcelona game, but I was talking about him even before that and he will be a certainty to play in the final.”Liverpool are set to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Ryan Fraser claims to not “know what is happening” when it comes to his future, with the Bournemouth wideman continuing to be linked with a move to Arsenal.The 25-year-old is approaching the final year of his contract with the Cherries.No extension has been agreed as yet, meaning that all concerned have a big decision to make this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bournemouth may need to cash in while they can still ask for a sizeable fee, while Fraser must mull over where he wants to play his football in 2019-20.The Scotland international insists no definitive call has been made as yet, telling BBC Sport while away on Euro 2020 qualification duty: “The lads have been asking.”I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”Fraser recorded eight goals and 15 assists across the 2018-19 campaign to register on the radar of Arsenal and other Premier League clubs.The Gunners have been urged to make a move, while the player himself has welcomed talk of interest from north London, but any transfer talk remains purely speculative for now.Fraser added: “Wherever I’ll be, if it’s Bournemouth or if it’s at somebody else, then all you can do is try your best and enjoy football.”If you think about anything else, I’ll probably have a bad game.”As things stand, Fraser is trying to keep his focus locked on international commitments.He helped Scotland to an important 2-1 win over Cyprus on Saturday, in what was his first outing since Bournemouth’s season came to a close on May 12, and is now preparing for a meeting with Belgium on Tuesday.”On Monday when we trained, I was a shambles, I was so bad,” said Fraser.”The lads were probably thinking, ‘I don’t think this is Ryan Fraser’.”I’m glad I played well against Cyprus. If I didn’t have that four weeks, I could’ve scored a couple. I would have probably scored my chances that I had. On Tuesday, I’ll be better.”
Following a disappointing last season in the Premier League where Southampton were in danger of relegation and only managed to finish in 16th place, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will want to get preparations underway to get the new season started on a high note.They kick off the new campaign away at Burnley before hosting title challengers Liverpool in their first home match a week later.Chelsea and Manchester United also visit St Mary’s in the opening weeks of the campaign while on the final day newly-promoted Sheffield United travel to the south coast. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Saints’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Southampton Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 15:00 Burnley v Southampton 17/08/2019 15:00 Southampton v Liverpool 24/08/2019 15:00 Brighton v Southampton 31/08/2019 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United 14/09/2019 15:00 Sheffield United v Southampton 21/09/2019 15:00 Southampton v A.F.C. Bournemouth 28/09/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton 05/10/2019 15:00 Southampton v Chelsea 19/10/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Southampton 26/10/2019 15:00 Southampton v Leicester City 02/11/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Southampton 09/11/2019 15:00 Southampton v Everton 23/11/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Southampton 30/11/2019 15:00 Southampton v Watford 04/12/2019 19:45 Southampton v Norwich City 07/12/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Southampton 14/12/2019 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United 21/12/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v Southampton 26/12/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Southampton 28/12/2019 15:00 Southampton v Crystal Palace 01/01/2020 15:00 Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur 11/01/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Southampton 18/01/2020 15:00 Southampton v Wolverhampton 22/01/2020 20:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton 01/02/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Southampton 08/02/2020 15:00 Southampton v Burnley 22/02/2020 15:00 Southampton v Aston Villa 29/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Southampton v Newcastle United 14/03/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Southampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Southampton v Arsenal 04/04/2020 15:00 Watford v Southampton 11/04/2020 15:00 Southampton v Manchester City 18/04/2020 15:00 Everton v Southampton 25/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Southampton 02/05/2020 15:00 Southampton v Brighton 09/05/2020 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Southampton 17/05/2020 15:00 Southampton v Sheffield United Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jozy Altidore has been handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Soccer for violating the league’s public criticism policy. The U.S. national team forward wasn’t even with his club team, Toronto FC, when he sent a tweet hitting out at the officiating in MLS after seeing TFC denied a late penalty in a 1-1 draw with D.C. United. Altidore was still on international duty with the USA, but took to social media to call MLS referees “some of the worst in the world” and “absolutely horrible” following a controversial end to the Canadian club’s clash with United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The moment that sparked the outburst saw Toronto’s Ayo Akinola pick up a ball in the D.C. United box before being run into by a defender looking to win the ball. What appeared to be a penalty went uncalled, and Altidore took to Twitter to let his feelings be known. MLS refs are some of the worst in the world. Absolutely horrible. https://t.co/XDBeERVlwQ— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) June 30, 2019Altidore made his return to club action last Saturday and scored a late goal as TFC took a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact. It was just the second win in 12 outings for Toronto, with the club currently sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and looking to claw back a 10-point gap on East leader Philadelphia. Altidore has scored six goals for Toronto so far this term despite playing in only half of his side’s league matches to date. The 29-year-old also started three matches for the USA at the Gold Cup, scoring in the his first start in the group finale against Panama before taking over as the team’s lead forward in the semifinal against Jamaica and the keeping his place in the starting side for the final against Mexico. MLS also handed an extra-game suspension to D.C. United star Luciano Acosta for violent conduct in a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas on July 4. Acosta, who was shown a red card for the incident at the time, stepped on Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal as the 19-year-old went to ground. He served the first game of his two-match ban last Friday as United worked out a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: General view of fans watch the play in the first half between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)We had a fun Week 1 of the college football season. Now it’s time for Week 2.The action starts in just a couple of days. This week’s slate isn’t as great as Week 1’s on paper, but there are still a few important and intriguing matchups.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 2.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)In the most-important game of the season for the Washington Huskies, one of the team’s best players is watching from the sideline as he nurses a hip injury.Washington is battling Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, but it’s doing so without All-American safety Taylor Rapp. His absence on the field is showing.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins hit wide receiver Parris Campbell over the middle for a 12-yard touchdown. Campbell was wide open over the middle in what appeared to be a blown coverage by the Huskies defense.Brandon McKinney is making his first career start for Washington, which could explain the miscommunication with his teammates.All-American safety Taylor Rapp out with a hip injury. Brandon McKinney making his first career start. https://t.co/h1UzpZLWXM— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) January 1, 2019Rapp was named a freshman All-American in 2016 and made the All-Pac-12 first team in 2017 and 2018. It’s a tough blow for the Huskies who are facing their toughest test of the season in the Buckeyes.Ohio State leads the contest 7-3 late in the first quarter.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks on to the field before the start of their game against the Syracuse Orangemen at Beaver Stadium September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)Joe Paterno’s son, Jay Paterno, who coached at Penn State from 1995-2011, has apparently landed a new job.As pointed out by SB Nation, Jay Paterno is now blogging in promotion of Saudi Arabia.Seriously.“Last month took an amazing journey….resolved to focus on ground level personal interactions & connections between people of 2 different countries. Shared the experience & lessons here…..” he tweeted.Last month took an amazing journey….resolved to focus on ground level personal interactions & connections between people of 2 different countries. Shared the experience & lessons here….. https://t.co/IJdCjPSzd0— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) January 14, 2019Paterno wrote an OP-ED column in the Arab News.Here’s part of the column:When I was invited to visit Saudi Arabia, there was admittedly some hesitation. In the West, the Kingdom can seem to be a distant and veiled foreign land. But I decided to put macro-geopolitical controversies aside and go focused on learning from personal connections.For many in a Judeo-Christian-dominated society, the Muslim faith remains mysterious and unknown. But one of my great fortunes in life was to be born to visionary parents. They led an effort to build an all-faith spiritual center at Penn State University that houses worship and office space for dozens of student religious groups, including a kosher kitchen, a Muslim prayer room and foot baths.Being raised to respect all peoples and faiths, my journey began with a goal of seeing not where we differ as peoples and nations, but where we are similar. The trip was an unforgettable experience.The Arab News mentions Paterno as a “writer and consultant on politics, leadership, crisis communications and public relations.”You can read the full column here.
The 2018 Clemson football team became the first in major college football history to amass a 15-0 record following decisive victories over Notre Dame (30-3) and Alabama (44-16) in the College Football Playoff, giving the Tigers their second national title in three seasons. The 30-minute special, Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers, follows Clemson’s journey through the College Football Playoff Semifinal and Championship games with never before seen footage and interviews with the Clemson coaching staff.There’s no doubt that Clemson’s 2018 run is one of the best in college football history. But there are fans of plenty of other programs who would dispute that the Tigers were actually the greatest team in history.Clemson and Alabama will open the season as essentially co-favorites to win the championship again this year. We could be in store for a fifth year in a row of the two teams meeting in the College Football Playoff. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with the trophy in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers took down SEC juggernaut Alabama in the national title game this past January, capping off the first 15-0 campaign in college football history. As such, many have wondered whether it’s appropriate to call the Tigers the “greatest” team in the sport’s history. The ACC Network will air a documentary on the topic this fall.Wednesday, ESPN released a lineup of its original programming slated for the brand-new ACC Network this fall. One of the more interesting specials will be on Clemson.The documentary will be 30 minutes and it’s titled “Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers.”Here’s what ESPN had to say about it:
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches first half action against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)ESPN has updated Nebraska’s game-by-game projections for 2019. If the projections turn into a reality, the Cornhuskers might not be bowling this season.Nebraska had an epic meltdown against Colorado this past Saturday. The Buffaloes are projected to be one of the worst teams in the Pac-12. Nebraska’s loss to them is not only bad for the program, but for the Big Ten conference.NU was expected to be one of the surprise breakout teams in the Big Ten, but those high expectation appear premature at the moment.Out of 10 remaining games, ESPN’s computer projects Nebraska will lose six and win just four more. As a result, and if the projections were to turn into a reality, the Cornhuskers would finish the season 5-7. Here’s the projected likelihood of Nebraska winning each individual game remaining on their schedule:vs. Northern Illinois – 82.8%at Illinois – 62%vs. No. 6 Ohio State – 19.9%vs. Northwestern – 67.5%at Minnesota – 33.6%vs. Indiana – 58.1%at Purdue – 49.4%vs. No. 14 Wisconsin – 24.6%at No. 21 Maryland – 18.8%vs. No. 19 Iowa – 34.2%ESPN projects Nebraska will beat Northern Illinois, Illinois, Northwestern and Indiana. Although, the Cornhuskers are also projected to lose to Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa.The closest projection on Nebraska’s schedule is Purdue. Though, the Cornhuskers are just 0.7% away from being favored in that match-up.Several of these projections are a bit surprising. But understandable given Nebraska’s horrific loss to Colorado.Can Nebraska rebound and do better than these projections suggest?
India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s batsmen create history in Mount MaunganuiWhile Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in the list of opening pairs with most hundred stands in ODIs, the entire batting unit achieved a rare milestone in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Brief scores – New Zealand 53/2 in 8 overs Williamson (20), Shami (1/27), Kumar (1/26) vs India 324/4 in 50 overs. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66).advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 12:38 IST India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma helped the visitors off to a flying start. The duo stitched a 154-run stand for the opening wicket (@BLACKCAPS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAll Indian batsmen in the top five of the batting order scored more than 40 runs on SaturdayThis is the first time the whole of the top five have scored more than 40 runs each in ODIs for IndiaIndia posted 324 for 4 after Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma stitched a 154-run opening stand Brief scores – New Zealand 53/2 in 8 overs Williamson (20), Shami (1/27), Kumar (1/26) vs India 324/4 in 50 overs. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66). Full ScorecardIndia are enjoying a fine start to the World Cup year. After winning a bilateral ODI series in Australia for the first-ever time, the second-ranked side have had a solid start to what is being considered one of their biggest challenges ahead of the showpiece event – the ODI series in New Zealand.India had crushed New Zealand by eight wickets in Napier and the visitors have done well in the ongoing second ODI to post an on-par total of 324 in Mount Maunganui.As it turns out, India batsmen created history on Saturday as the ongoing ODI is the first time all batsmen in the top five have scored more than 40 runs.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on 154 for the first wicket after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat. By doing so, the duo of Rohit and Dhawan surpassed the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreRohit missed out on his 23rd ODI ton as he was dismissed on 87 by Lockie Ferguson as early as the 30th over. Dhawan fell for 66 as Trent Boult picked up his 400th international wicket (256th match). Boult added one more as he removed big fish, Kohli for 43.Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu, who was struggling for form, played a crucial little knock – a 49-ball 47 before an in-form MS Dhoni smashed a 33-ball 48, which included five boundaries and a huge six.advertisementDhoni also stitched a 53-run stand with India’s No. 6, Kedar Jadhav, who made a 10-ball 22.Scores of India’s top five batsmen: Rohit Sharma (87), Shikhar Dhawan (66), Virat Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47), MS Dhoni (48*).This is also India’s second highest ODI total against the Black Caps in New Zealand with the previous best being 392 for 4 that came in Christchurch in 2009. Sachin Tendulkar’s 133-ball 163 had helped the team create the record in their 58-run win.Also Read | MS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundredAlso Read | Glad Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were lifted: Rahul DravidAlso Read | 3rd ODI: Imam-ul-Haq hundred in vain as South Africa beat Pakistan in rain-curtailed matchAlso See: For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd ODIFollow Mount MaunganuiFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India national cricket team
Akshay Ramesh WellingtonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 23:49 IST Rohit Sharma needs to win two more T20Is to become the second most successful captain for India in the shortest format of the game (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are yet to win a T20I match vs New Zealand in New ZealandRohit Sharma needs two more wins to overtake Virat Kohli as the second-most successful T20I captain for IndiaIndia will take on New Zealand in a 3-match T20I series from WednesdayVirat Kohli enjoyed a successful season both as a batsman and captain before he was rested for the last three ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. He had become the first India captain to win a bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia.Rohit Sharma now has a shot at history as he prepares to lead India in Virat Kohli’s absence in the upcoming three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.Rohit has an opportunity to become the first India captain to win a match and a T20I series in New Zealand when the two teams meet for a three-match series from Wednesday. India will be buoyed following their 4-1 win in the recently-concluded ODI series but history doesn’t favour the Asian giants.India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. An MS Dhoni-led side was thrashed 2-0 in a two-match series in 2008-09. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin.While India are yet to open their account in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand, they have a poor head-to-head record against the Black Caps.India hadn’t won a T20I match against New Zealand until Virat Kohli led India to a 2-1 series win over a visiting Black Caps side in the 2017-18 season. In eight matches between the two sides, India have won only two with a win percentage of 25.advertisementRohit has proved to be an astute captain in the T20Is and has led India well in the past in the absence of Kohli. From 12 matches as India captain in the shortest format of the game, Rohit has won 11 of them.Can Rohit surpass Kohli in New Zealand? Rohit has a chance to surpass Virat Kohli in T20Is as he needs just two more wins to become the second most successful India captain in the shortest format of the game. MS Dhoni leads the list with 41 wins in 72 matches.Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury.On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Krunal Pandya will join the Indian squad for the T20Is. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India have a strong squad to challenge the Kane Williamson-led side in what promises to be a cracker of a series from Wednesday.Also Read | Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition in the World Cup: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Babar Azam as good as Virat Kohli? Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has this to sayAlso Read | Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New ZealandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Rohit Sharma eyes history as India gear up for T20I series vs New ZealandIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead Team India in the upcoming three-match T20I series, starting Wednesday in Wellington.advertisement
Prithvi Shaw gets pep talk from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of possible return from injuryPrithvi Shaw, according to a media report, was spoken to by his seniors in the Indian dressing room during the team’s tour to Australia last year. The 19-year-old was ruled out of the four-Test series after he picked up an injury during India’s only warm-up game in Sydney. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 12:46 IST Prithvi Shaw is likely to return from the ankle injury at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, starting February 21 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw did not play a part in India’s 2-1 Test series win vs Australia due to an injuryPrithvi Shaw scored a hundred on Test debut vs the West Indies at home last yearPrithvi Shaw is likely to return to competitive cricket at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, starting February 21Prithvi Shaw is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The U-19 World Cup-winning India captain has been making headlines ever since he hogged the limelight as a boyhood wonder in the celebrated Mumbai cricketing circle.Shaw shone in domestic cricket, cracking hundreds in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debuts. The teenager then earned an India call-up during the team’s tour of England last year but finally got an opportunity to make his Test debut against the West Indies at home last year.It wasn’t surprising to see Shaw playing fearless cricket against the West Indies, scoring a century on debut at Rajkot and a half-century in his second Test at Hyderabad. At 18, Shaw was gearing up for what was seen as one of the toughest overseas assignments for an Indian cricketer – the tour to Australia.However, Shaw was ruled out of the four-Test series after he suffered an ankle injury during India’s only-warm up match in Sydney. While he was expected to be fit in time for the second Test in Perth, the intensity of the young opener’s injury snatched away an opportunity to play his first Test on Australian soil as a teenager.Shaw was sent home from Australia after the second Test and is recovering to get fit in time for the upcoming 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.Shaw meets Tendulkar at the latter’s residenceAhead of the impending return, Shaw had a counseling session Sachin Tendulkar at the batting legend’s Bandra residence in a bid to regain focus while recovering from the injury, according to The Mumbai Mirror.advertisementRecently, Sachin Tendulkar had also insisted that India’s brightest young talents, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket and focus on the game.”I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar had said.Meanwhile, it turns out that the ankle injury wasn’t the only setback that Shaw had suffered in Australia. The young India opener was spoken to by some of the seniors in Team India over handling the fame that comes with success in international cricket, according to news daily.Aapna time aayega…Injury se fit hoke…Mein aur run banayega…Aapna time aayega…#Gullycrickettointernationalcricket #ps100 pic.twitter.com/lTRUmW7WaIPrithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) January 30, 2019Speculations were rife, according to the report, that Shaw had picked up certain habits that are considered detrimental and bad. Shaw, it seems, didn’t do enough to help himself recover from the injury to make a return in Australia.While there is no confirmation around Prithvi Shaw’s availability for the IPL, the youngster had told India TV last month that he is hopeful of getting fit in time ahead of the cash-rich league. Shaw shone with his fearless approach in his maiden IPL season (2018) for Delhi Daredevils, scoring 245 runs at an impressive strike rate of 153.12.”I will be fit before the Indian Premier League and I am trying hard to reach full fitness. I am working on my ankle as well as on my upper body,” Shaw had said while adding that he had received full support from his teammates after the injury in Australia.Shaw also took to social media and insisted he is working hard to return to action sooner than later. Taking inspiration from ‘Apna Time Aayega’ rap from the upcoming film Gully Boy, Shaw had written a few lines on Twitter.Also Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi ShawAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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I hope to do well if I get a chance to play in World Cup: Navdeep SainiPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big break. Saini is the sole bowler among the standbys with the others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 12:44 IST Pacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big break. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big breakSaini will be travelling with the squad as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaeel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak ChaharHe is the sole bowler among the standbys with others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh PantPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, says he is ready for his big break in the mega event should the need arises.After attracting selectors’ attention with a splendid season for Delhi in domestic cricket, the 26-year-old has impressed with his pace and bounce for RCB in the IPL.The uncapped pacer is the sole bowler among the standbys with the others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant. Saini will also be travelling with the World Cup squad as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaeel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar.”Absolutely (I’m ready)… The confidence of doing well in IPL will give me a big boost. If I get a chance in World Cup, I hope to do well,” the shy lad from Haryana told reporters after RCB’s 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.On his World Cup preparation, he said: “We talk during the matches but the most important thing is to pay full attention at the nets. If you do well at the nets, you will do well in a match as well.”My dad has always told me to give your 110 per cent effort wherever you play. I’m putting in that extra effort always in practice session and in a match.”Saini is also gaining from the vast experience of South African great Dale Steyn who has come on board as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile.”I had a discussion with him on the eve of the match. He just told me to bowl the same way and not try anything different,” Saini said.advertisementSaini returned with figures 1/31 taking the prized-scalp of the explosive KKR opener Sunil Narine.Impressed with the bounce at Eden Gardens, he said: “I have bowled on other wickets but never generated this kind of bounce anywhere. The plan was to bowl length deliveries as I was getting that extra bounce.””Against (Andre) Russell, the strategy was to hit the deck hard to generate a bit of extra bounce,” he said of their strategy against the West Indies big-hitter who had threatened to script yet another near-impossible win with his brutal assault of 65 from 25 balls.In the first leg at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Russell had sealed a 206-run chase with five balls to spare and the memories had come to haunt RCB while defending 214.”Yes it was very much like the first leg match. But we wanted to execute our plans in a better way at the death. It was about out-thinking the batsmen. We wanted to go one step ahead,” he said as RCB bowlers Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis held nerves in the final two overs to get their team over the line.Also Read | Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish NehraAlso Read | Brett Lee heaps praise on pacers Bumrah, Prasidh and SainiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Navdeep SainiFollow India world cup squadFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow World Cup 2019