Virat Kohli should breach Sachin Tendulkar’s 100-ton barrier: Virender Sehwag to India Today

first_imgRecords, they say, are meant to be broken and Virender Sehwag firmly believes in it. The former India opener insists no record is safe, which is why he saysSachin Tendulkar’s plethora of milestones are also under threat from Virat Kohli.Virat is closing in on Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries with the Indian captain just six shy of that landmark.The big question though is whether Virat will stand the test of time to eclipse Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries?”The rate at which he (Virat) is scoring centuries it won’t take him long to beat Tendulkar’s record of centuries. Records are meant to be broken and I do feel that Virat will break that record of 100 international centuries, held by Tendulkar,” Sehwag told India Today.Virat has a total of 68 international hundreds, including 25 Test centuries but he will still take a few years and centuries if he does get past Tendulkar, the man he once used to acknowledge as his greatest inspiration in cricket.”One record that I suspect may not be broken could be that of 200 Tests. Rest all records can be broken. For once it did seem that Alastair Cook could reach that magical figure but even he couldn’t,” said Sehwag, who has enjoyed Tendulkar’s batting genius from the most enviable positions on the cricket field.Steve Smith’s return has reignited the debate as to who is the best Test batsman at the moment. Smith struck two back-to-back centuries and a 92 to mark his test return before he was ruled out of the third Ashes Test due to concussion.advertisement”Virat Kohli is the best batsman in Test cricket. In limited overs too. He looks best in all aspects – technique or shot selection. He is ahead of the rest of the competition,” Sehwag insists.The 40-year-old former India opener with over 17,000 international runs has been credited for making a major impact in India’s Test victories. And, Sehwag has always been effusive in his praise for the opportunity and assurance he got from his captain Sourav Ganguly before Sehwag became ‘The Sehwag.’In the past few years a lot has been said on Virat’s insistence and willingness to have Ravi Shastri as the head coach, a job which has been handed over to him for another two-year term.Sehwag, however, believes there is nothing to wrong if a captain gets along well with the coach, a relationship which can only add value to the team.”I believe a lot of coaches did apply (for the head coach’s job). The decision was taken by Kapil Dev’s committee and they feel that Shastri is the best man we have to become the head coach of India. Shastri’s record has also been good. We are no.1 team in Tests, in ODIs too we have done well. It is a good combination of captain and coach, so there was no reason to separate them and accordingly CAC made its choice,” said Sehwag at the launch of an app ‘The Selector,’ which allows fans to vote and pick their choice of players and captains in a match, and also, fans can take calls on the batting order and bowling during a particular match.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh takes a cheeky dig at Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli’s bare-chested pictureAlso see:last_img read more

Only Test: Rashid Khan bags 4 wickets as Afghanistan leave Bangladesh reeling on Day 2

first_imgBangladesh were at 194/8 after the end of play on day two of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Friday.Bangladesh were trailing by 148 runs. The team suffered an early blow as they lost their opener Shadman Islam on duck in the first over. Soumya Sarkar (17) and Liton Das stitched a 38-run partnership for the second wicket before the former was found in front of the wickets by Mohammad Nabi.Das gave way his wicket to Rashid Khan after scoring 33 runs. Monimul Haque held one end strong while his partners kept on changing. Shakib Al Hasan (11), Mushfiqur Rahim (0), and Mahmudullah (7) failed to leave their mark on the scoreboard and were sent back to pavilion cheaply.Haque (52) was caught by Asghar Afghan at mid-on off Mohammad Nabi. Mosaddek Hossain and Mehidy Hasan built a 16-run partnership for the seventh wicket before the latter was dismissed by Qais Ahmed. Hasan departed after scoring 11 runs.Hossain and Taijul Islam built an unbeaten stand of 48 runs and will resume their inning from 44 and 14 runs respectively.It’s been another excellent day for Afghanistan, but Bangladesh have battled hard in the last hour.The hosts finish on 194/8, with an unbroken ninth-wicket stand between Mosaddek Hossain (44*) and Taijul Islam (14*) worth 48. #BANvAFG SCORECARD https://t.co/kHXVx32oOc pic.twitter.com/3DZB84G8wmICC (@ICC) September 6, 2019For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan bagged four wickets while Mohammad Nabi picked two wickets.Earlier, Afghanistan resumed their innings from 271/5. Asghar Afghan and Afsar Zazai resumed from 88 and 35 runs respectively. The duo built a partnership of 81 runs for the sixth wicket. Asghar (92) was scalped by spinner Taijul Islam. He was caught behind the stumps by Mushfiqur Rahim.advertisementRashid Khan joined Zazai in the middle and built a brief stand of 21 runs for the seventh wicket. Zazai was bowled by Islam after scoring 41 runs.Khan added some crucial runs in the lower order as he played a knock of 51 runs before he was caught and bowled by Mehidy Hasan. Afghanistan were bowled out for 342 runs.For Bangladesh, Taijul Islam scalped four wickets while Shakib Al Hasan and Nayeem Hasan picked two wickets each.Also Read | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Only Test Day 2: As it happenedlast_img read more

In her quest for world title, Vinesh Phogat gets toughest possible draw

first_imgTension was palpable in the Indian camp after the country’s biggest medal hope Vinesh Phogat was pitted against Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson in the “toughest possible” draw for the World Championships here on Monday.Vinesh had recently beaten Sofia, a six-time World Championship medal winner, on way to the Poland Open title-win last month, but facing the formidable Swede in the very first round is a different proposition.The 29-year-old Sofia won the last of her fourth European Championship gold medal in 2016 and the seasoned campaigner will surely be a threat to India’s hopes.She is ranked five in the world in 55kg, which is a non-Olympic category.If Vinesh, who is ranked sixth in 53kg, manages to get past Sofia, she will likely have to lock horns with world number two (in 55kg) and reigning world champion, Mayu Mukaida.If that hurdle is crossed, world number one and last edition’s silver medallist Sarah Ann Hildebrandt will await the Indian in the quarterfinals.That she is a bit worried could be felt as Vinesh walked into the training area grim-faced.The coaches around her did their best to keep her cheerful.”If you want to be World Champion, you will have to beat the best in business. Why fear?,” said Vinesh’s personal coach Woller Akos.India’s national coach Kuldeep Malik, too, looked a bit tense but remained hopeful.”Whenever she has got a tough draw, she has ended up winning a medal. Lets see,” he said.India’s foreign coach Andrew Cook was of the view that facing tough opponents early would enhance Vinesh’s prospects to reach the medal round.advertisement”One of those girls will surely be in final,” said the American.In the other Olympic category, Seema Bisla, the world number three, will clash straight in the 50kg pre-quarterfinals.She will face the winner of Qualification match between Nigeria’s Miesinnei Mercy Genesis and Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik.In the two non-Olympic categories, Lalita will open her campaign against Monglia’s Bolortuya in the 55kg pre-quarterfinals.In the 72kg, Komal Bhagwan faces Turkey’s Beste Altug in her qualification round.Also Read | India vs Pakistan encounter most watched match globally during World Cup 2019Also Read | Entire nation is proud: PM Narendra Modi on Pankaj Advani’s 22nd world titleAlso See:last_img read more