DDTV VIDEO: LENNON DELIGHT AS HOOPS CLAIM SCOTTISH CUP

first_imgCeltic forgot about their disappointment at not winning the league after easily brushing aside Motherwell 3-0 to win the Scottish Cup.It’s the club’s first trophy since 2009 and Neil Lennon’s first as manager. Goals from Ki Sung-Yeung, Charlie Mulgrew and an own goal by Motherwell captain Stephen Craigon gave Celtic the silverware.“We’ve had a great season and fell short in the championship, but this is a fitting end,” said Lennon“I’m delighted for everyone associated with the club. It’s an important day. The performance today merited it.”A sensational 32nd minute strike from Ki Sung-Yeung was enhanced by Mark Wilson’s deflected shot and an inch-perfect Charlie Mulgrew free-kick five minutes from full-time to hand Lennon his first silverware in charge of Celtic. The Co Armagh man was proud to claim a trophy in his debut season, despite the disappointment of narrowly losing out on the league championship to Rangers last week.“It’s the first trophy for a few years and the players deserve it – so do the supporters,” said Lennon.“Motherwell did very well and made a great contribution to the final, but we were superb.“We were a bit too clinical at times and tried to walk the ball into the net at times.“You can’t deny the quality in the squad, and it manifested itself again today.”A turbulent season for Lennon was rounded off with the news from the club’s majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond, that a long-term contract would be forthcoming in the next few days. “I hope so,” said Lennon. “It’s a great privilege and Mr Desmond has been very good to me in my time as manager so far.“Even in my time as a player, he gave me great counsel throughout the season.“For all Celtic supporters out there, he’s a huge Celtic fan and he has the best interests of the club at heart.“He was as disappointed as anyone with the way the season ended, so I hope he’s enjoyed himself today.” Celtic’s squad were also praised by Lennon and he pledged to bolster the playing staff and maintain a free-flowing style of play next season.“We love the game, we try to entertain and we try to win with a bit of style,” said Lennon.“It doesn’t always get you over the line – but if we keep playing and strengthening the squad in a few areas, we’re not too far away from having a very good team.“We’ll sit down and look at some options and identify players – whether we get them or not is another thing.“But the players we’ve brought in are great – they’ve all made a huge contribution to the season.”DDTV VIDEO: LENNON DELIGHT AS HOOPS CLAIM SCOTTISH CUP was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: 2850 international runs since November 5, 2016

first_imgVirat Kohli is celebrating his 29th birthday today and wishes are starting to pour in from all quarters for the Indian cricket team captain.Kohli has been in phenomenal form in the past one year and has been on a record-breaking spree since taking over the captain’s role from MS Dhoni in all formats.On Saturday night, Kohli became the second highest run-scorer in T20 internationals courtesy his quickfire 65 off 42 balls in the second T20I against New Zealand at Rajkot.(BCCI Photo)India though, lost the match by 40 runs while chasing New Zealand’s 196/2. The hosts could only manage 156/7 with Kohli top-scoring with 65 while MS Dhoni made 49. For the Kiwis, it was Trent Boult who was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4 for 34. The three-match series is now level at 1-1 with the final to be played at Trivandrum on November 7.But the day belongs to Kohli, so on the occasion of his 29th birthday let’s take a look at all the records he achieved and broke since November 5, 2016.- Virat Kohli has scored 1104 runs in 19 Test innings in the past one year with 2 double hundreds.- Overall he slammed a record four double tons in consecutive series in the 2016-17 season. No other batsman has achieved this feat in Test cricket.- During this time India recorded four consecutive series wins under Kohli against England (4-0), Bangladesh (one-off Test), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka (3-0).(BCCI Photo)- Overall, Kohli registered his 8th successive series win with the whitewash against Sri Lanka. He surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven series wins on-the-trot when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo in August. Ricky Ponting leads the pack with nine series victories in a row.advertisement- Kohli is now third on the list of most Test wins as captain of India with 19 victories in 29 matches. MS Dhoni leads the list with 27 wins in 60 Tests, while Sourav Ganguly registered 21 in 49 matches.- Kohli has the best record among Indian captains after the first 23 Tests and is only behind Steve Waugh overall. Kohli also has the best win percentage among all India captains.MOST SUCCESSFUL CAPTAINS (AFTER 23 TESTS)CAPTAINS WONLOSTDRAWNWIN%Steve Waugh (AUS)174273.91Virat Kohli (IND) 152665.21Ricky Ponting (AUS) 153565.21Michael Vaughn (ENG)154465.21Mike Brearley (ENG)141860.87Don Bradman (AUS) 143660.87Lindsay Hassett (AUS)143660.87MS Dhoni (IND) 143660.87MOST SUCCESSFUL INDIAN CAPTAINS (AFTER 23 TESTS)CAPTAINS WON LOSTDRAWNWIN%Virat Kohli152665.21MS Dhoni143660.87Sourav Ganguly107643.48Sunil Gavaskar721430.43Rahul Dravid761030.43- With the win against Bangladesh in the one-off Test earlier this year, Kohli broke Sunil Gavaskar’s record for the longest unbeaten streak by an Indian captain.LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAKS FOR INDIAN CAPTAINSTESTSRESULTSCAPTAINFROMTO 1915 WINS, 4 DRAWSVirat KohliAug 20, 2015Feb 13, 2017186 WINS, 12 DRAWSSunil GavaskarJan 24, 1976Jan 20, 1980174 WINS, 13 DRAWSKapil DevSept 14, 1985Mar 09, 1987149 WINS, 5 DRAWSMohammad AzharuddinJan 02, 1993Dec 05, 1994101 WIN, 9 DRAWSSachin TendulkarApr 04, 1997Nov 02, 1999INDIA’S LONGEST UNDEFEATED STREAKSTESTS WON DRAWNSPAN191542012 – till date174131985-1987154111979-198014951993-199414862008-2010132111953-1956INDIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL CAPTAINS OVERALL (Min. 5 wins)CAPTAINSMATCHESWON LOSTDRAWN TIED WIN%Virat Kohli 29193 7065.51%MS Dhoni 602718 15045.00Sourav Ganguly 492113 15042.86Rahul Dravid 2586 11032.00Mohammad Azharuddin 47141419029.79- Kohli amassed 1460 runs in 26 ODIs in the past one year with 6 hundreds to his name. Overall, he has scored 2850 international runs across formats since November, 2016.- After assuming the captain’s role in the limited-overs formats in January this year, Kohli registered five ODI series wins against England (2-1), West Indies (3-1), Sri Lanka (5-0), Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (2-1). The Indian team also reached the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England.- Overall, Kohli registered his seventh successive ODI series win after India beat New Zealand in the third and final match last month, which is the most by an Indian captain till now.- Kohli dethroned Ricky Ponting (31) from the second spot on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in ODI’s. He is just behind Sachin Tendulkar (49) with 32 centuries.- Kohli’s 32nd ODI ton was the 49th century he had hit in international cricket and in the process, he also surpassed Rahul Dravid to be second in the list of most hundreds for India. The list is headed by Tendulkar, who has 100 international centuries.- It was the 28-year-old’s sixth ton of the calendar year. Before him Tendulkar, Gary Kirsten and Dravid have hit the same amount of tons in a year. David Warner and Ganguly have hit seven centuries in a year while Tendulkar leads the pack with nine in a calendar year.- His century against New Zealand at Kanpur also saw him go past 2000 runs across all formats this year, making him the first batsmen to reach the landmark.- Kohli also became the fastest batsman to reach 9000 runs in ODIs in the same match. He achieved the feat in 194 innings — 11 less than AB De Villiers, who had held the record so far.- Kohli is also the fastest captain to reach 5000 runs in the history of the game (all three formats combined), overtaking Ricky Ponting in the process. He now has hit the most number of runs as the skipper in ODI cricket.- Kohli’s knock of 65 off 42 balls helped him overtake Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne Dilshan to become the second highest run-scorer in T20 internationals. Kohli now has 1943 runs from 54 matches with 18 half-centuries. This remains the only format where he hasn’t scored a hundred yet. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the pack with 2140 runs in 71 matches at 35.66 with two centuries and 13 fifties.- Kohli has the highest batting average, 53.97, in twenty20 internationals. The next best batting average is that of England discard Kevin Pietersen, who averages 37.93 from 37 games.last_img read more

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