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Virat Kohli

will break more records than anyone else: Kapil Dev Kuala Lumpur: Former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday said that Indian batting's mainstay Virat Kohli will rewrite more records than anyone else in world cricket and believed the Delhi batsman has realistic chances of "bettering" even Sachin Tendulkar's career graph if he remains injury-free. "Without any doubt Kohli will make more records than anybody else. I don't compare, there cannot be a second Don Bradman, and there cannot be another Sachin Tendulkar. But yes, Kohli has got amazing talent, it's huge for a 24-year-old, and maybe, he can be better than Tendulkar. The next generation has to be better than the previous one," Kapil said. Kapil, 55, is here as one of the ambassadors for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, scheduled to be held on Wednesday.Talking about Kohli, he further said, "Virat Kohli has so far shown that he has more ability and talent than anybody else and if he can play till 32 or 34 with same fitness and without injuries, he will come to a point where not even Vivian Richards neither Sachin Tendulkar had such a record." Kapil said a team can't expect one individual to carry on the responsibilities on his shoulders forever. "I don't look at it that way because he has done his job, you don't expect Don Bradman to play for 100 years or Sachin Tendulkar to carry on forever. For 24 years he has served his country so well, he did everything what a cricketer should do but you have to move on in life and sooner the team realise that it's good for the team. If you start talking about him all the time team is not going to be settled." According to the 1983 World Cup-winning captain, taking the IPL to UAE could help the Gulf nation in getting rid of the fixing

football. If I am alive to see that I will be very happy." Asked what role the ICC can play in making this a reality, he said, "I think the ICC has to spend a lot of money, you will have to promote it the way football and rugby promoted their games. Cricket has to go to China, Europe, UAE and Africa. If Europe and America take this game, it will change forever." He said T20 will be crucial to how the sport grows globally in the years to come. "Promoting T20 is the ideal thing. Promoting Test cricket still needs a lot of countries to have that mindset, but T20 goes like a fire and every country can spend 4-5 hours. I hope in the next 10-15 years America and China take up this game." AboutVirenderSehwag,whoisstruggling to return to the Indian team due to his prolonged poor form, Kapil said, "He has to get runs. He has been the most attractive and entertaining cricketer in the last 20 years. I will go miles to watch him bat but he has to get runs to make a comeback. If he get runs it willbegoodfor team."

tag. "If we can promote the game in different parts of the world there is nothing wrong in it. With the IPL, I hope the tag that the UAE has it should be removed. I think the people there love the game. I am very happy that cricket has gone back to Gulf. Let's hope it brings a better name." As far as this summer's tour of England was concerned, he said it will be a test of character for the team. "I think this is the first ever we will be playing five Test matches in England. In the last 30-40 years we have only played three or four Tests in a series, this is the first time we are playing a full series against England. It will be a test of nerves and ability." . Asked if India fancy their chances with England not in the best of form in recent times, he said, "I am not sure, we haven't performed really well outside India or sub- continent, so there is a little doubt in my mind, but having said that we are much more compact now. Yes, I second that England is not playing well, so taking both things into consideration I can say I am confident." Kapil is one of the three ambassadors from cricket in Laureus and when asked about the expansion of the sport globally, he said, "Try and understand cricket was played by Commonwealth countries only, now it has started in other countries as well and I am proud of that. "In another 10-15 years cricket will move around the world and more and more countries will be playing thegame.LookatAfghanistanandtheNetherlands. I, as a cricketer, would like to see 100 counties playing top-flight cricket, just like tennis and

Srinivasan should have resigned long back: Bindra New Delhi: Former BCCI president I S Bindra feels current chief N Srinivasan should have resigned long time back and said it was his continuation at the helm of affairs which brought Indian cricket to a "sorry state". The Supreme Court made observations on Tuesday that Srinivasan should step down from his post for a fair probe into the IPL fixing scandal and Bindra said he has been asking his resignation for the last one year. "My view was very clear from last one year. In the first meeting in Chennai I had said the same thing. I have been writing in my blog. He should have resigned long time back. He decided to continue and now it has reached a stage where the Supreme Court had to intervene," Bindra said. Former BCCI president I S Bindra feels that current chief N Srinivasan should have resigned long time back. "It is a sad day for Indian cricket, Indian cricket has been brought to this far by Srinivasan and some of his friends in the Board. It is unfortunate for Indian cricket and it gets bad name for Indian cricket, such sorry state that highest court had to intervene," he added.

Despite pressure mounting on him, the beleaguered Srinivasan remained mum on the Supreme Court observation and is exploring various legal options. He had a series of meetings with legal experts during the day though no official word as to what he plans to do has come out yet.

Sehwag hits century to guide MCC to a six-wicket win

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ABU DHABI: India discard Virender Sehwag blasted a 97-ball 109 to lead Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to a comfortable six-wicket win over Durham in a Champion County Test match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Delhi batsman smashed 18 boundaries and a six in his 97-ball innings to help MCC overhaul the victory target of 225 in 51 overs on the fourth and final day. Out of the national side for more than a year, Sehwag played a captain's knock as he added 105 runs with Samit Patel (48 notout)ofNottinghamshireforthefourthwicket. Sehwag was finally dismissed by Jamie Harrison in the 49th over of MCC's second innings. Resuming the MCC's second innings at overnight48/2,Sehwagblastedthreefours in the opening over of the first session from seamer Harrison to give his team a good start in the day. The inexperienced Durham attack failed to tame Sehwag as he completed his half-

century in 47 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries and then by lunch, he was only five runs short of the three-figure mark. Sehwag brought up his hundred shortly after the lunch break with a boundary off Harrison. He took 88 balls to reach his century.

Harrison, however, had the last laugh as he had the Indian caught by Paul Coughlin. Electing to bat, Durham had scored 248 in their first innings but MCC replied strongly with 282. In their second innings, Durham were dismissed for 257, leaving MCC with a target of 224.


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