19 Sep
2020

Cricket News Rohit Sharma on the cusp of equalling Sourav Ganguly’s brilliant record

first_imghighlights Rohit Sharma needs just 46 runs to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Rohit Sharma needs 76 runs more to reach 2000 runs against Australia.Rohit Sharma will equal Sourav Ganguly’s tally of reaching 8000 runs in 200 innings. Rohit also has a fabulous record against Australia. He has hit 69 sixes against them, which is the most any player has ever hit against Australia in ODIs. He also has seven hundreds, which is the third-most by a player in ODIs against the five-time World Champions, behind Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of nine tons and Virat Kohli’s eight centuries. If Rohit Sharma scores 76 more runs, he will become only the fourth player in history to score 2000 ODI runs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar once again stands on top with 3077 runs in 71 ODIs against Australia at an average of 44.59. Desmond Haynes and Sir Vivian Richards of the West Indies are second and third respectively with 2262 and 2187 runs respectively. Heading into the final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla, both teams will back themselves to win the series. India are playing at home and have not lost a series since 2015 while Australia are determined to break their rut in ODIs, having not won a bilateral series since January 2017 when they defeated Pakistan 4-1 at home. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma roared back to form in the Mohali ODI with a brilliant 95 and shared a 193-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan, who also showed his mettle with his 16th century. Rohit and Dhawan were unable to stitch some solid stands at the top for some games and it came as a welcome relief for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which begins on May in England. The five-match ODI series is evenly poised at 2-2, with Australia staging a brilliant comeback with wins in the Ranchi and Mohali ODIs after India had won the Hyderabad and Nagpur ODIs. Heading into the final game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which will be the last international assignment for India before the World Cup, there are a couple of interesting landmarks for Rohit. The Mumbai right-hander has 7954 runs from 205 matches and 199 innings. The Delhi ODI will be his 200th innings and he is just 46 runs away from reaching 8000 ODI runs. If he achieves this feat, he will equal Sourav Ganguly’s tally and become the second-fastest Indian player to reach the milestone. Ganguly had also achieved the feat in his 200th innings but he had played 208 matches when he achieved it against West Indies in the 2002 ODI in Nagpur.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Aigbogun Picks 18 Players for All Africa Games

first_imgAigbogun has kept faith with the bulk of the players who were part of the training camp in Germany before the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Poland May/June this year.Plateau United’s Ibrahim Abubakar will captain the team while there is a return to the squad for Success Makanjuola, Chinonso Emeka, Peter Eletu, Collins Sor and Rabiu Mohammed who all featured at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.The Flying Eagles will start their campaign in the football event on Friday, 16th August against Burkina Faso in Rabat.Captain of the team, Ibrahim Abubakar told reporters yesterday that the team will do its best to put Nigeria on the podium at the continental Games.“We have been preparing hard at training and the coaches have also been talking to us and telling us about the importance of the competition,” he said.“I know Nigerians want us to do well and we want to make sure we make them proud by doing all we can to go as far as we can at the Games. This is a great opportunity for me and my teammates to make the nation proud and we are determined to do so,” Abubakar added.Nigeria’s Fixtures at the All-Africa Games16/08/2019- Nigeria v Burkina Faso, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat20/08/2019- South Africa v Nigeria, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat23/08/2019 Nigeria v Morocco, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat18 FLYING EAGLES FOR RABAT 2019Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare (Kogi United), Matthew Yakubu (Clique Sports)Defenders: Rabiu Mohammed (Plateau United), Mike Zaruma (Plateau United), Habibu Sadiq Yakubu (Rarara FC), Victor Arikpo Eteng (Sidos FC), Sanusi Abdulmutallif (Katsina United) Flying Eagles Coach Paul Aigbogun has released his final list of 18 players who will represent Nigeria at the 12th All-Africa Games starting this week in Morocco.The U-20 team has been training in Abuja for the past two weeks as they prepare for Africa’s showpiece multi-sport event. The team of 18 players and their officials will fly out to Morocco on Wednesday morning. Paul Aigbogun Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem FC), Adewale Oladoye (Water FC), Liameed Quadri (36 Lion), Samuel Nnoshiri (Heartland), Abubakar Ibrahim (Plateau United) Forwards: Emeka Chinonso (Brookhouse), Success Makanjuola (Water FC), Collins Sor (36 Lion), Saeed Jibril (Plateau United), Ahmad Ghali (MFM), Adesina Gata (Wikki TouristsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

Mani rises from reserve to captain

first_imgEvery successful team needs players whose work ethic, determination and leadership make the difference in the team’s ability to grind out results, especially in a conference as competitive as the Big Ten. And for the UW men’s soccer team, that player is Colin Mani.Mani, a senior for the Badgers this year, provides far more for this team than his stats may show. In starting 12 games as a defender this season, he has played a major role in helping the Badgers earn four shutout victories thus far, a number that already brings them to one more shutout victory than they had all of last season.Still, Mani’s true worth to the team comes in his ability to lead his teammates by example.“Coming into the season, we knew that with Colin we would get determination and true bravery on the field that not all guys [have],” head coach John Trask said. “That is what you hope to get out of your seniors. … If you’re not committed into attack or winning a loose ball, heck, you’re not going to get the freshmen to do it.”Despite having not been a starter up until this year for the Badgers, Mani was a natural choice to be one of the three captains this year, along with fellow seniors Josh Thiermann and Arnel Zahirovic, due to the unrelenting effort he puts forth in every aspect of the game.“All the players, when I talked to them about naming captains for this year, had Colin Mani as an immediate name off the list,” Trask said. “Out of everybody, they respect him as an athlete; they respect the amount of work he puts in to get ready for the season, and they respect him as a person.”As a result, Mani has been vital in helping transition a young defense to the intense, competitive atmosphere that is the Big Ten conference. Out of six players that have regularly played for the defense this year, only Mani and junior Kyle McCrudden had more than one year of experience coming into the season.The younger defenders look to Mani as an example of the right way to play defense and as a model to follow as they finish their own college careers. Freshman defender AJ Cochran had nothing but praise for his senior teammate’s attitude and mindset towards every game.“He is just a straight up leader; he brings leadership to our backline, having been here for four years now,” Cochran said. “Every single game … he makes sure the rest of our backline is ready to come out to play. He brings a whole different energy level at every game, and it’s awesome to play next to him.”Mani’s ability to help guide his younger teammates through the college game has been an influential factor in the Badger’s significant improvement on the team’s 4-13-3 performance a year ago to a record of 7-5-2 overall this year.On the field, Mani brings a fairly unique background to the defense. Throughout high school, Mani played as a midfielder before switching to defense in college, and he even scored 12 goals his senior season at Edgewood, just across town in Madison.As the old sports adage goes: Sometimes offense is the best defense. This has certainly held true for the Badgers this year, as the longer they possess the ball in attack, the less chances their opponent has to score goals. Mani believes that his knowledge of the offensive side of the game has helped him to set up the forwards and midfielders with better passes this year, passes that then set the offense up for more productive possessions and ultimately more goals.“I think having those experiences as a midfielder have really helped me,” Mani said. “As a result, I am able to make the passes to my teammates that I would want if I was in their position.”Looking ahead to the final few weeks of the season, the Badgers currently hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings at 3-0 with three Big Ten games left to play, and with Mani anchoring the defense, the team looks poised to make a run at the Big Ten title, a title that could prove to be the perfect parting gift for the graduating senior.last_img read more

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