Kohli’s ability to accept weak areas and improve on them sets him apart: Tendulkar

first_imgLondon, Jul 31 (PTI) Iconic Sachin Tendulkar says India captain Virat Kohli’s ability to identify his weak areas and determination to improve is “the best part about him”. Tendulkar, the all-time highest run scorer in Test matches with 15,921 from 200 matches, hailed Kohli’s work ethics. “I could (always) see the hunger and the fire in his eyes. The best part about him is that the moment he realises there are areas he needs to work on he is immediately back in the nets working on those things,” Tendulkar said of Kohli. “A player can only move forward if he accepts – and it requires a lot to accept and admit: ‘Okay, these are the areas where I have not done well and I need to go out and change these things’,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by ‘Sky Sports’. Kohli has struck 5,554 runs in his 66 Tests to date at an average of 53.40 but suffered a rare failure in England four years ago when he scored just 134 runs in five Tests at 13.40. Tendulkar advised Kohli to continue the way he prepares before a match and not to be bothered about the ups and downs in his form. “He is in a good space. All he needs to do is try and be in the same space. His method of preparing himself before a tour, before a game is really nice. He should continue with that. There are going to be ups and downs, there could be bad tours, but that’s not the end of the world.”advertisement India coach Ravi Shastri said Kohli’s passion, hard work and competitive instinct spreads through the team and that the 29-year-old’s desire to score “tough” runs sets him apart from many of his peers. Asked about the influence Kohli has on the side, Shastri – who became India head coach a year ago – said: “Massive. His work ethics are second to none. The passion that he brings into the dressing room, wanting to play the game as a competitor. He wants to compete and it’s like a disease – people want to emulate him, youngsters want to be like him. “There is no excuse in him, he won’t leave a stone unturned. The effort will be maximum and then you will see the results. He doesn’t want anything easy – if he wants a hundred it should be a tough hundred in tough conditions. That’s what makes him different from a lot of other players. “He is never one to shy away from a challenge which I think is his biggest quality. I admire his preparation. He wants to excel but he knows there are no shortcuts.” PTI PDS PDS ATATlast_img read more

Reina recommends ‘maniacal’ Sarri to Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Reina recommends ‘maniacal’ Sarri to Real Madrid as Zidane replacement Ryan Benson 19:12 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sarri-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Napoli Sassuolo Serie A Primera División Maurizio Sarri is reportedly on the shortlist of several of Europe’s biggest clubs and Pepe Reina thinks he could coach any of them. Pepe Reina says he would recommend his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to “any team in the world” amid suggestions he is a candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.Zidane shocked world football on Thursday when he confirmed in a hastily arranged news conference that he was resigning from his post just five days after guiding the club to a third successive Champions League title.Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Zidane’s decision took him by surprise when he was informed on Wednesday, leaving him with the unenviable task of replacing a hugely successful coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and youth team coach Guti – who used to play for the club – are said to be the leading contenders, but Sarri has also been touted as an option after he was dismissed by Napoli despite leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A.Although Sarri still has legal wrangles to sort with Napoli and is being heavily linked with Chelsea, Reina – who is joining AC Milan in July – believes the coach’s “maniacal” way of working makes him suitable for anyone.”We are similar people,” Reina told AS. “We had a father-son relationship – I love him very much and I will also be eternally grateful.”He is the main inspiration of the records that Napoli has always been setting in these three years and he plays a great game.”I would recommend it to any team in the world, for his football ideas and his maniacal way of working.”Pepe Reina SpainReina’s time in Naples will conclude when his contract expires at the end of June.It has been a long time in the making, as the Spain international revealed he wanted to leave a year ago when Paris Saint-Germain made an approach, while he expects it will be his final transfer before retiring in Milan.”I wanted to leave a year ago,” he said. “PSG made me an offer, but Napoli rejected it.”It would’ve been easy to force the exit, but the players made a pact for the Scudetto and I decided to accept the decision.”Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We have an obligation to return to the Champions League, which is an exciting challenge. I am happy to close out my career at Milan.”last_img read more