India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw Has Glimpses Of Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, Virender Sehwag In Him: Ravi Shastri


India head coach Ravi Shastri on Sunday lavished praise on Prithvi Shaw, comparing the teenage sensation with Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag. “He (Shaw) is born to play cricket. He’s been playing since the age of eight in the maidans of Mumbai. You can see all that hard work showing. He’s a spectator’s delight. There’s a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks there’s a bit of Lara as well,” Shastri said. “If he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep the work ethic, he has a bright future,” Shastri added.

India registered their tenth consecutive Test series win at home as Virat Kohli’s men crushed the West Indies by 10 wickets in the second and final cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.

Opener Shaw raced to a quickfire 52-ball 70 on the second day of the second Test to give India a flying start, days after cracking a century on debut.

Shastri also praised pacer Umesh Yadav, who returned a match haul of 10 wickets to become only the third Indian pacer to achieve the feat after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath.

“It can be a frustrating profession when you sit on the bench like Umesh for four Tests. Only 11 can play. He got his opportunity here and I’m very happy for him. It’s been done only four times (ten-for for a pacer in India),” the 56-year-old opined.

“What this will do is make him believe that he belongs. He can say now that he wants his place. That’s given us a headache. He was on target,” Shastri said of the pacer.

Shastri also lauded 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, while backing K L Rahul to regain his touch.

“I think (Rahul) will be fine. He’s a world-class player. Sometimes he tries too hard. He works really hard on his game. Pant is another name. He got his opportunity, he grabbed it, now he has consolidated it,” the coach added.



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Virender Sehwag Points Out Sachin Tendulkar Of Pakistan Cricket Team


Virender Sehwag Points Out Sachin Tendulkar Of Pakistan Cricket Team


Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were one of the best Indian opening pair © AFP


Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag pointed out the Sachin Tendulkar in the Pakistan cricket team. Virender Sehwag said Shahid Afridi, as a player, was like India’s Sachin Tendulkar in the Pakistan cricket team. “Everyone in our team had talked about Afridi before my first series against Pakistan. As a player, he was like our Tendulkar in the Pakistan team and we all discussed about him”, Virender Sehwag told Gulf News. Sehwag also stressed on the importance of India-Pakistan series. “Every Indian and Pakistani want to see an India-Pakistan series. We as cricketers too want to watch it. Hopefully the governments of both countries will talk and resume the series. I have many lovely memories like my triple century in the Multan Test match double century in Lahore Test and my century in Kochi ODI match”, he added.

Sehwag and Tendulkar opened together in 93 ODIs for India, scoring a total of 3,919 runs at an average of 42.13. The duo notched twelve 100-run and eighteen 50-run stands as an opening pair to occupy fourth place in the list of highest opening partnership runs in international cricket.

Sehwag has played 104 Tests for India scoring 8586 runs at a batting average of 49.34 hitting 23 centuries and 32 fifties while Tendulkar has 15921 runs in 200 Tests at an average of 53.78.

Incidentally, Tendulkar along with long-time teammate Sourav Ganguly head the list. India’s two former captains opened together in 136 ODIs, scoring a whopping 6,609 runs combined at an average of 49.32. Tendulkar and Ganguly notched up 21 100-run partnerships and 23 50-run stands.






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Don’t Compare Prithvi Shaw With “Genius” Virender Sehwag, Says Sourav Ganguly


Prithvi Shaw made a mark in Test cricket by scoring his maiden century on his debut for India against the Windies on the Day 1 of the first of two-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. Soon after he announced his arrival on the international circuit with a memorable knock, cricket fraternity heaped praise on the young batting sensation. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also lauded Prithvi Shaw for his brilliant knock. However, at the same time, the former India urged fans not to compare him with his former teammate and opener Virender Sehwag.

“Don’t compare him with Sehwag. Sehwag was an absolute genius. Let him go around the world, I am sure he will get runs in Australia, England and South Africa but don’t compare him with Sehwag,” Ganguly said.

“It must be a phenomenal day for him. To get a hundred on Test debut. He has got a Ranji Trophy hundred on debut, he has got a Duleep trophy debut hundred and an India debut hundred, so it’s phenomenal,” Ganguly further added.

Incidentally, Ganguly also scored a ton on debut against England at Lord’s in 1996.

“I didn’t have a Ranji Trophy debut hundred. But I had a Duleep Trophy debut hundred and then India debut hundred,” he said.

At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw became the youngest Indian and the fourth-youngest overall to score a century on Test debut.

Talking about Shaw’s batting, Ganguly said it is his temperament and attitude towards batting that impressed him the most.

“It’s his positivity, temperament and attitude to batting which is fantastic. Playing the U-19 World Cup and playing a Test match for India is completely different. What I saw today was extremely pleasing to the eye and hopefully he can play for India for a long, long time,” Ganguly remarked.

“What stands out is the way he batted. He dominated the bowlers on way to his hundred. He just played the way he knew. It’s still early days, he will have to go the distance going around the world. But congratulations to him and I thought he was absolutely marvellous today,” Ganguly further added.

When asked if Shaw is the answer to India’s opening slot conundrum in Tests, Ganguly said, “Let’s wait and see. He will go to Australia in a couple of months. I am sure he will do well because he is a good back foot player. You want to see young players doing well.”

(With IANS Inputs)



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Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi Disclose Their Toughest Opponents


Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag and Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi were known for their fearless and swashbuckling batting styles. Whenever these two stepped up to play for their respective countries, the opponent teams knew they would witness some unrelenting pressure. Whomsoever the opponent, both Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi instilled a kind of fear in them. Despite their bravado, these two also had their share of weaknesses. In a live video chat, Sehwag revealed the name of the bowler he dreaded facing. “If there is one bowler I was scared of it was Shoaib Akhtar. You didn’t know which ball he would hit on your shoe and which one on your head. And he has hit many bouncers on my head. I was scared of him but had fun hitting balls from him too,” he said.

Afridi, on the other hand, said he wasn’t afraid of anyone in particular but admitted that he always found it difficult to bowl to Sehwag. “As such, I wasn’t scared of anyone but the one player it was difficult to bowl to was Sehwag,” Afridi said in a chat hosted by UC Browser, which was published by quint.com.

Both Sehwag and Afridi also spoke at length about their favourite moments in their careers. Sehwag said India’s World Cup triumph in the 2007 and 2011 was one of his favourites.

“For us, there was two – 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup. In 2007, we had a really young team and no one had expected us to do well or win, that too in South Africa. And 2011, because before India, no other host nation had won the World Cup,” Sehwag revealed.

Meanwhile, Afridi said Pakistan’s victory in the 2009 T20 World Cup was his favourite memory. “2009 World Cup was memorable for us because of the Sri Lanka incident that had happened and Pakistan cricket was struggling. That win was important to lift the spirits of our nation,” he signed off.



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From Virender Sehwag To Gautam Gambhir, Indian Stars Recall Historic 2007 World Twenty20 Triumph


It has been 11 years since Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Team India to a historic T20 World Cup title victory in 2007. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling final at the jam-packed The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. From Gautam Gambhir’s magnificent batting to Joginder Sharma’s last-over nerve-wrecking over, the memory of the title win is still etched in the billions of hearts. The 2007 T20 World Cup winning Indian team members on Monday took to social media and recalled the historic moment.

India veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh posted a photo with Irfan Pathan and wrote: “Apna Tiranga upar rehna chahiye hamesha 11 sal pehle issi din we become the T20 world champion.”

Gautam Gambhir, who scored a brilliant 75 off 54 balls to help India post 157/5 in 20 overs, posted the victorious moment on his Twitter handle.

Irfan Pathan, who claimed the prized wickets of Pakistan Shoaib Malik (8), Shahid Afridi (0) and Yasir Arafat (15), wrote: “It’s been 11 years since we won the first ever twenty World Cup. What’s your memory as a fan of that great run we had in that tournament in 2007?? #worldcup #cricket.”

Pacer RP Singh, who recently called time on his career, claimed three wickets in the epic final against the arch-rivals Pakistan.

The match is famously known for Joginder Sharma, who bowled the last over in the final when Pakistan needed 13 runs with one wicket in hand.

After being hit for a six by Misbah- ul-haq, he eventually dismissed the Pakistani batsman to hand India a thrilling win.





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Virender Sehwag Posts Motivational Message For Virat Kohli’s Men After Series Loss Against England


India vs England: Virender Sehwag Posts Motivational Message For Virat Kohli


India will travel to Australia in November. © AFP


Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag on Tuesday took to Twitter and posted a motivational message for Indian cricket team following their 1-4 Test series loss against England. England defeated India by 118 runs to win the fifth Test at the Oval on Tuesday and lifted the five-match series 4-1. Sehwag heaped praise on KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant and wrote: “Congratulations England on the 4-1 series win. India were good in patches, but not consistent enough with the bat. Pant & Rahul’s display on last day was very heartening, so were Kohli’s & the bowlers consistency throughout .Need to work a lot to travel better. Ab Mission Australia.”

India will travel to Australia in November. The two teams are scheduled to play 3 T20Is, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs.

After the long tour of England, India will host West Indies for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting October 4, 2018. The series will start just a week after the completion of the Asia Cup.

The first Test between India and the West Indies will begin from October 4 to 8 in Rajkot, which will be followed by the second Test starting October 12 in Hyderabad. The 5-match ODI series will begin from October 21 and will continue till November 1. The 3 T20Is will be played on November 4, November 6 and November 11.








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Sachin Tendulkar’s Birthday Wish For Ishant Sharma Is Serious Competition For Virender Sehwag


Ishant Sharma, who is currently in the UK for a Test series against England, has time and again attracted witty wishes on his birthday for his height. 

 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also took to Twitter to post a video of his ‘Player of the Match’ performance in India’s Champions Trophy 2013 semifinal against Sri Lanka. Ishant ended the match with figures of 3/33.

The right-arm pacer recently became the third Indian fast bowler to reach 250 Test wickets. Ishant also became the seventh Indian bowler to reach the milestone of 250 Test wickets. Kapil Dev (434 wickets), Zaheer Khan (311 wickets), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bishan Singh Bedi are the others.

Apart from that, the 30-year-old bowler also became the third Indian bowler to take 50 wickets on English soil.

In the ongoing India vs England 4th Test, Ishant has taken four wickets so far. At the end of Day 3, England had a handy 233-run lead against India.

During India’s first Test against England, Ishant registered his eight five-wicket haul. Dawid Malan (20), Jonny Bairstow (28), Ben Stokes (6), Jos Buttler (1), Stuart Broad (11) were Ishant’s victims.

Ishant, who made his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007, has played 85 matches till now. Along with eight five-wicket hauls, he has one 10-wicket haul and eight four-wicket hauls as well.





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Akshay Kumar’s Film Reviewed By Virender Sehwag: ‘Sold On Gold’


Virender Sehwag shared this photo with Akshay Kumar (Image courtesy: virendersehwag)

New Delhi: 

An early review of Akshay Kumar’s much-anticipated film Gold was posted by cricketer Virender Sehwag, who appeared to have watched the film over the weekend. Sehwag shared a picture of himself with wife Aarti and their sons, along with Gold star Akshay and wrote, “Totally sold on watching Gold. Wonderful, inspiring film. Thank you, Akshay Kumar.” In Gold, Akshay plays the role of a hockey coach Tapan Das, who trains team India to win its first gold medal as a free nation at 1948 Summer Olympics. Akshay and team Gold had reportedly screened the film for legendary hockey player Balbir Singh in Delhi on Sunday.

Here’s Virender Sehwag’s review of Akshay Kumar’s Gold.

 

 

August 12 (Sunday) marked the 70th anniversary of Independent India’s first gold medal, which was won at the 1948 Olympics. Akshay shared a special video on social media to celebrate 70 years of the iconic moment. “Celebrate 70 years of free India’s first Gold by knowing how it feels by the history makers themselves,” he tweeted. The video features prominent sports personalities like Balbir Singh, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra and Sunil Chhetri.

Take a look.

Gold, directed by Reema Kagti, also stars Mouni Roy (her debut film), Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh and Sunny Kaushal. The film has extensively been shot in UK and India.

Gold releases this Independence Day, August 15. The film is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment.

Gold opens in theatres along with John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate.





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This Is Why Virender Sehwag Called Out A School Textbook On Twitter


New Delhi: 

Virender Sehwag, the former cricketer with a sizeable fan-following on social media because of his outspoken comments, used Twitter to call out a school textbook.

In the tweet posted on Sunday, Mr Sehwag attached a picture of a page from a school textbook and used the word “crap” to describe a section that said “a large family cannot enjoy a happy life”.

 The tweet set off a flurry of reactions, and similar examples.

“Whosoever has finalized this curriculum hasn’t done his homework! @PrakashJavdekar ji @PMOIndia sir if this is true kindly have a look!” said a tweet that sought to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“Disgusting,” said a Twitter user.

One post said: “Schools have to be educated first before children!!”

Many expressed outrage at the callous assessment of a joint family.

 

 

 
Though Mr Sehwag usually tweets on cricket or cricketers, this is not the first time he has ventured outside his subject and commented on something completely different. 





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