AB de Villiers has returned home midway from South Africa’s tour of England. The Proteas ODI captain was nowhere near his best during the Champions Trophy and failed to inspire his team in the three-match T20 International series against a pumped-up English side.De Villiers oversaw a 19-run defeat to England in Cardiff on Sunday as South Africa lost the series 2-1. The 33-year-old batsman then flew home. Under de Villiers, South Africa endured a miserable campaign at the Champions Trophy – they started off with a clinical win over Sri Lanka but went down tamely to eventual finalists India and Pakistan. De Villiers’ early return home meant he would not be a part of South Africa’s four-Test series against England. The stylish middle-order batsman is considered to be one of the best in the business and he would need time to reassess his workload. Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa soon and ABD said he needed time to see if he would actually play the series.”I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future,” de Villiers told reporters after making a typically dashing 35 off 19 balls.WON’T PICK AND CHOOSE”We will see what works for both parties,” added the gifted shotmaker, who has scored more than 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50.”We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”advertisementIMMEDIATE PLANS”I am going to spend a bit of time off at home with the family, I’m going to welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit.”I want to make sure I am ready for September, when Bangladesh come.”(With inputs from PTI)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is currently enjoying his time off from cricket, as the Indian team prepares for the 1st Test of the five-match series against England which starts on August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Dhoni, who has retired from the longer format of the game, is making full use of his free time doing ‘other’ things.Dhoni, who is lauded for his fitness at the age 37, decided to do something unusual. Captain cool as he is known to his legions of fans, tried to cycle in a typically unusual manner which has left even his ardent fans confused. The caption accompanying the video he posted on his Instagram account has made even more heads turn.”Just for fun, plz try it at home,” he posted along with the video.In the video, Dhoni can be seen riding a bicycle while wearing headphones, black shades and biting on to a plank of wood. As he descends the headphone slides down from his ears.Dhoni was last seen in action during the three-match one-day series against England, which India lost 1-2.In the series, Dhoni became the fourth Indian and 12th batsmen overall to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.He also became the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 international matches when he walked on the field for India’s second T20I vs England. India had won the series 2-1.advertisementDhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles.In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni emerged as the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 per cent.Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 per cent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.Dhoni will be next seen in action in the Indian colours later this year in the Asia Cup, which starts from 15 September in in UAE.
Tottenham Hotspur Winks: Spurs will try to outplay Man City Harry Sherlock 16:46 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to the Etihad Stadium this weekend aiming to inflict City’s first defeat of the season upon them Harry Winks says Tottenham will take the game to Manchester City when they face the league leaders at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s men are on an incredible run of 15 straight victories and currently lead the league – with Manchester United in second – by 11 points following their 4-0 thumping of Swansea City in midweek.Spurs defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Wednesday to return to the top four, but they remain 18 points back from this seemingly unstoppable City side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Winks is confident in his side’s ability to win at the Etihad Stadium, and has vowed that he and his team-mates will look to attack.”We’re confident in our ability. We think we can go there and match them,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.”Obviously it’s down to the manager the way we play, but we’ll go into the game the way we go into every game: positive and on the front foot. We’ll try to out-possess them and outplay them.”We know what we’re like as a team, we know how good we can be, how good we are. It’s a good place to set a standard and make a marker and a point.“There’s no point in going into a game and not thinking you’re going to win. We’re a positive team, we like to think we’re one of the top teams in the division. We have to go there and prove that. We’re confident at the moment, obviously on the back of two wins and we’ll go there with full confidence and try to win.”It’d be nice to go there and get the win, first and foremost to get the three points. But to end their run would be nice as well, it’ll be a good incentive to try to get that as well.”I know it’s going to be tough, I know they’re a good side and you have to respect them. There’s going to be times in the game when you have to adapt and play a bit differently and that’s down to the way the manager wants us to play.”They’re a good side, they’re showing how good they are but so are we. We went there last year, performed well and got a good [2-2] draw. We’re going to go into the game confident on the back of two Premier League wins. Who knows?”City’s record-breaking winning run has many believing that this season could be nothing more than a title procession for Guardiola’s side, but Winks maintains that Spurs have a chance of pipping them to the Premier League.”Obviously, from a neutral’s perspective, you can see they’re playing attractive football, doing very well, and you have to sometimes credit the opposition and say, ‘They’re a very good side,'” Winks added.”We want to climb the table and as high as we want to be depends on City dropping points. And of course we want them to drop points because we want to win the league. But from a neutral’s perspective, you have to credit the way they are playing.”It is frustrating obviously seeing the points gap between us. But there’s still a lot to play for, it’s a long season and you can never say never. Stranger things have happened in the Premier League, so you never know.”