‘End of an era’, mates bid adieu to Ashish Nehra

first_imgAs Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra played his career’s final cricket match beating New Zealand in Twenty20 internationals, his mates bid adieu to the fast bowling legend.The veteran speedster retired from all forms of cricket on Wednesday after bowling his last ball at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and defeating New Zealand by 53 runs in the first of three T20I.It was a historical day for India as they broke the spell against Kiwis to establish their first T20I win against them and also for Nehra as his bid adieu to his career on the ground where it all started.Taking to Twitter, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli wished Nehra for his future endeavors.”Another good win and a complete team performance. Wishing Ashish bhaiya all the luck for everything in the future. It’s been an honor sharing the field and the dressing room with you. ???? @BCCI #INDvNZ #NehraJi,” Kohli said.Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also congratulated Nehra for a wonderful career, while dubbing his retirement as “end of an era.””End of an era, Ashish Nehra. Congratulations on a fighting and wonderful career. Wish you the best , Ashish,” he tweeted.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also wished Nehra on his farewell and said, “Great win, #TeamIndia! Nice to see a well deserved farewell for #AshishNehra. Wish you & your family the best of health & happiness in life.”India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also extended his wishes to Nehra on Twitter and posted a picture of both doing, ‘Bhangra’ post World Cup 2011 win.advertisementFollowing the match, Nehra gave an emotional goodbye to his team and said, “It is an emotional moment. I am lucky that I bid adieu to cricket from my home ground. I still remember 1997, when I bowled my first over.”Talking about his future plans after retirement, the fast bowler said, “I know only cricket. I haven’t decided what I will do next. I will sit and relax and think.”The left-arm fast bowler made his international debut way back in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.He was also a part of the young Indian brigade that played the 2003 World Cup.The Indian star bid adieu from the game with a tally of 235 wickets from 164 matches across all the formats in international cricket.Great win, #TeamIndia! Nice to see a well deserved farewell for #AshishNehra. Wish you & your family the best of health & happiness in life??? pic.twitter.com/Ml9zFUWCpz- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 1, 2017Another good win and a complete team performance. ????????Wishing Ashish bhaiya all the luck for everything in the future. It’s been an honor sharing the field and the dressing room with you. ?????? @BCCI #INDvNZ #NehraJi pic.twitter.com/hfCTHfo8rP- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 1, 2017Gud luck my bro #Ashishnehra playing his last game 2day.jus enjoy as we did in this pic aftr winning th World Cup2011. Bhangra khich @BCCI pic.twitter.com/DDkqngSNf7- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 1, 2017End of an era , Ashish Nehra. Congratulations on a fighting and wonderful career. Wish you the best , Ashish.- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 1, 2017Ashish Nehra was presented a commemorative trophy ahead of his retirement by @msdhoni and @imVkohli #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wZBUL8agt7- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017last_img read more

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Joachim Loew ‘to organise the relaunch’ of Germany after World Cup disaster

first_imgJoachim Loew’s fighting spirit seems to have returned only a few days after Germany’s disastrous group stage exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.After the 58-year-old’s decision to continue as national coach, he announced he would present a “rescue plan” for the struggling international heavyweight to secure future success.The 2014 World Cup winning coach announced he is working on a new strategy ahead of Germany’s match against France in the newly-formed Nations League on September 6, reports Xinhua news agency.Said to be abandoning possession-based football, loew promised in an official statement to be made by the German Football Association (DFB) “to organise the relaunch” of the team with “full commitment”. He also spoke about a “new German team” and “significant changes.””Joachim Loew and I feel a lot of energy to set sail and shape a new era for German football,” the German team’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff said.Despite the relief of the DFB president Reinhard Grindel about Loew’s decision, the coach remains under heavy fire from the media, former internationals and fans. The Die Welt newspaper said “heads will have to roll” indicating that Loew will have to do without several of his World Cup-winning heroes.The paper said he missed the chance to rejuvenate the team and assumed many of his established performers will have to be discarded. Kicker football magazine told its readers that “Loew has to deliver quickly” and that there will be no trial period. Loew will have to develop a new structure wrote the weekly news-magazine Der Spiegel.advertisementLoew will have to reinvent himself as a coach to avoid further disappointment. While the general public remains suspicious when it comes to Loew’s next steps, the coach said it will take a few weeks to present a plan.Rumors mentioned changes in Loew’s coaching staff and a possible return of former sports director Hans-Dieter Flick. The pundits and the media don’t expect a new German football revolution like the one Loew and former German national coach Juergen Klinsmann initiated in 2004.”What we need is new inspiration and the opportunity to discuss things much more openly than in the last (few) years,” former international Thomas Berthold said on German television.Former national coach Hans-Hubert Vogts demanded a change in the team’s tactical approach. The time of endless passing and possession is over said Vogts who won the European Championship in 1996. Argentina, Spain, and Germany have failed with that style. Vogts demanded that German football needs to modernize.Vogts said he supports Loew’s decision to continue and is convinced the coach knows how to handle pressure. However, Loew is not the only one to blame for the poor World Cup campaign.According to rumors, Loew is thinking about changing Germany’s style significantly. He told Bierhoff that the 2018 World Cup will prove that possession-oriented teams will not be successful in the future.In other words, “Tiki-Taka” is dead. Loew also informed the general manager that the reigning world champions will have to follow the example of France, Brazil, and England and design the future without too much ball-possession and endless passing situations.Loew is expected to talk to several of his aged performers over the next weeks and tell some of them they are no longer needed in the national team.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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