Mikel Arteta explains why he rejected Arsenal and Newcastle United to stay with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

first_imgMikel Arteta explains why he rejected Arsenal and Newcastle United to stay with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City Advertisement Chris DavieWednesday 11 Sep 2019 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link755Shares Advertisement Arteta held talks to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager last year (Getty Images)Asked about his decision to reject Arsenal in an interview with SER Catalunya, Arteta said: ‘Yes, there have been some things, but the decision I have made is that I am very happy where I am, I feel very valued and fulfilled. And the road will continue here.’Asked if he was closer to leaving for Arsenal last year than he was this summer following Newcastle’s interest, Arteta said: ‘Sometimes, I was about to leave, but I stopped myself.‘The first [time] was different, the second was mostly me.‘Firstly, that I am not in a hurry and I have not felt that I need to take the step.‘There are important conditions, especially in a first experience for me that are vital and eventually… I learned that these are essential to develop what you want, no matter how clear your vision is. Mikel Arteta has spoken out on his loyalty to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has explained the reasons behind his decision to stay at Manchester City following discussions with Arsenal and Newcastle United.After calling time on his playing career at Arsenal, Arteta began his path as a coach under Pep Guardiola at City in the summer of 2016.Arteta has since become an instrumental figure in Guardiola’s coaching setup and has created tactical plans to help City beat Arsenal on more than one occasion.Last year, the 37-year-old held extensive talks with Arsenal about succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager before he opted to remain at City and the Gunners went on to appoint Unai Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta was also high on Newcastle United’s managerial shortlist following Rafa Benitez’s departure earlier this summer but the Spaniard once again decided to stay at City and continue to work under Guardiola. Comment Arteta says he wanted to remain loyal to Pep Guardiola after talks with Arsenal (Getty)‘And the third is a matter of loyalty, when you promise someone to continue next year, with little time to manoeuvre, it was not appropriate to make that decision.‘And because I think we still have that space for improvement and that ambition to be able to do something we dream of, which is to win the Champions League. That work remains to be done.‘Winning the four domestic titles is something that nobody had done before and we did that with players who have a lot of development and improvement potential.‘And a group in which I am super comfortable.‘We have a staff environment where we are challenged daily but at the same time we have a very good human collective. And you are comfortable and have fun, and every day this good atmosphere helps a lot.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGuardiola is still aiming to win his first Champions League trophy since his success with Barcelona in 2011 but Arteta admits City need luck in that competition and has stressed the importance of ensuring that the team are still consistent in the Premier League.‘So many things happen every day, you can plan what you will do two hours before training and from there a little more, but there are many surprises, good and bad,’ said the Spaniard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘A Champions League is decided by very small details that are sometimes not in your hands.‘And those that are in your hands are sometimes down to the players, the efficiency and dynamics of the group, competing in all competitions, being alert and taking the group to the end of the season with the best conditions. Arteta has stressed the importance of Man City’s continued dominance in the Premier League (AP Photo)‘And from there you need to have that bit of luck you need to reach a Champions League final.‘For us the value of the Premier League here is unquestionable, after the rivals we have faced to win, from the challenge Liverpool gave us last year, and they will push us this year again.‘Those of us here know what it costs to win a Premier League. That does not mean that one of the greatest illusions is to take this club to win something that it has never won.‘Premier Leagues have been won before we arrived but we we have not had the consistency we have achieved. But it is the ambition to be able to do something that we believe we are close to.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-BECKERTFour–time All-Star Beckert diesCHICAGO (AP) — Glenn Beckert’s baseball exploits can be overshadowed by his four Hall of Fame teammates, but his contributions were vital to the success of the Chicago Cubs during the late 1960s and early 70s. The four-time All-Star second baseman has died of natural causes at age 79, according to his family.Beckert won a Gold Glove in 1968 before earning All-Star berths over the next four seasons. He had the best strikeout-to-at-bat ratio in the National League five times and finished third in average when he hit a career-high .342 in 1971.Beckert teamed with shortstop Don Kessinger for his entire nine-year Cubs career to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball.Beckert compiled a .283 average in an 11-year career that began with the 1965 Cubs and ended with the 1975 Padres.GOLF-SANDERS OBIT Golf standout Doug Sanders diesUNDATED (AP) — Doug Sanders brought a flamboyance to golf fashion ahead of his time, a colorful character known as much for the 20 times he won on the PGA Tour as the majors that got away.Sanders died Sunday morning in Houston, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. He was 86.Sanders was still an amateur when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1956 at the Canadian Open in a playoff. His best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list.But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. Needing to sink a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Jack Nicklaus, Sanders muffed it before losing to Nicklaus in a playoff the following day. Associated Press AUTO RACING-OBIT-MOSSFormer Formula One driver Stirling Moss dead at 90LONDON (AP) — Motor racing great Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90.The daring and speed-loving Englishman was widely regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship.Moss’ wife said he died peacefully at his London home following a long illness. Susan Moss says “it was one lap too many. He just closed his eyes.” April 12, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — A Spanish soccer team plans to have its players resume training individually this week. Real Sociedad would become the first Spanish soccer club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures. Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Former British soccer star Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.— Smaller cities and communities are dealing with the cancellation of showcase sporting events. For Oklahoma City, that means losing the Women’s College World Series. The annual event determines the NCAA softball championship. It has been hosted by Oklahoma City every year but one since 1990. Last year, it brought in an estimated $14 million to the city and its businesses. Even more was expected this year because of a stadium seating expansion.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Moss was affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing” and had a fearless and often reckless attitude. That took a toll on his slight body and his career ended at age 31 after a horrific crash. Moss won 16 of the 66 F1 races he entered.He said, “If you’re not trying to win at all costs, what on earth are you doing there?”Moss was hospitalized with a chest infection in 2016 that led to him retiring from public life in 2018.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpanish soccer team to resume traininglast_img read more

A Bus Stop That’s Just the Ticket in Sea Bright

first_imgBy Eileen MoonSEA BRIGHT – Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is a lot more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Health Gilhool.Like most people who live close to the ocean, she’s driven up and down Ocean Ave more times than she can count.And as she traveled, she couldn’t help but see her surroundings with an artist’s eye.In the right hands, a little paint and TLC could work wonders, Megan knew.Take the bus stop, for instance.Every time she passed it, she thought about how the workaday building that provided bus riders a place to get out of the weather as they waited could use a facelift.Or, as Megan put it, “Every time I walked by it, I just thought it needed a big hug – a big, paint hug!”Several years ago, she approached the borough about the possibility of painting the bus shelter, but at that time, no one was interested.She tried again this year however, and with the support of the Sea Bright Business Alliance, she got the green light.A fine artist whose abstracts have been featured in numerous art shows and galleries, Gilhool also does commissioned work that includes everything from family and pet portraits to tromp l’oeil murals in business and private homes.And as the bus stop illustrates, she spends a lot of time planning and conceiving her designs.She spent more than three weeks on the bus shelter project, setting up her paints and supplies and taking them down each day when she was finished. I don’t travel light,” she said.As she worked, she encountered a number of people who asked questions and commented on what she was doing. One business owner across the street often sat on a chair on the sidewalk watching her work.Some found her color choices too bright, Gilhool said. “They wanted it to look Nantuckety. But this is Sea Bright. What about New Jersey? New Jersey has its own life, its own spirit.”Like most folks blessed to call the two river area home, Gilhool has a deep love for and appreciation of the ocean, and that’s reflected in the whimsical interior of the bus stop, which is painted to resemble a comfy summer cottage by the sea.A trompe l’oeil Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool at work in Red Bank, where she recently painted a party room at the Red Bank ArmoryMonmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool waved her magic paintbrush over this bus stop on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright recently, replacing the drab interior with a brightly painted evocation of a summer cottage at the shore.Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is much more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool.sign inside the shelter reads, “May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your sorrows as light as its foam.”Gilhool researched a lot of beach-related sayings before settling on that one, she said.Painted “Magazines” with a beachy theme are also displayed in a basket with the name of one reading, “N.J. Shore Life,” as well as a painted copy of Sea Bright’s newsletter, “The Seabreeze,” with appropriate headlines.Such little whimsies are abundant, like the painting of Megan’s real-life cat Buster, sleeping on one wall – not far from his faux food dish.Inches from the bus shelter’s floor, there’s a painted “snapshot” of Ralph Kramden, the bombastic bus driver played by Jackie Gleason on the 1950s TV series, ***ITALSThe Honeymooners***ENDTALS.Thanks to Gilhool, commuters caught in the winter chill may enjoy a little bit of summer as they settle inside on the brightly painted bench to wait for the next bus.And now that the business community has added a little evergreen at the side of the shelter, the scene has taken on a Christmas-y feel as well.Since she finished painting the shelter, Gilhool has seen parents stopping in with their kids to take photos inside the stop, which always makes her smile.“It really was a fun project,” said Gilhool.last_img read more

New-look Leafs thump Rebels in pre-season opener

first_imgIt may be only August, and the Leafs first exhibition game, but after last season anything and everything is a bonus.The Nelson Leafs fired 45 shots at the Rebel net en route to a 10-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Exhibition victory Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.The contest was the first of the pre-season for the Leafs, which host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday at in Nelson.Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson scored four times in the second period, snapping a 2-2 first period tie.Andy Fitzpatrick and Jack Karran each scored three times while Charlie Wilkie added a pair. Sawyer Hunt and Cleary Ambrose scored singles as Nelson outshot the Rebels 45-12.The Leafs conclude the exhibition season Friday in Fruitvale and Sunday in Castlegar.Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 9 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.First home game is Friday, September 16 against Spokane Braves.No to Travel FundArmstrong, home to the North Okanagan Knights, has decided not to partake in a travel fund for teams representing the KIJHL in Junior B  tournaments outside the province.Armstrong council recently defeated a motion by District of 100 Mile House.The 100 Mile House Wranglers won the KIJHL title before representing the league at the Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup Championships — the latter tournament held outside BC.The motion asked each of the 20 KIJHL communities to donate $500 to the KIJHL travel fund.last_img read more

Nelson Toyota, Northport advance to Men’s Basketball League Final

first_imgNelson Toyota and Northport will meet in the final of the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League after scoring win in semi final action Monday in Nelson and Rossland.Nelson Toyota built up a big lead then held off a late charge to upset regular season champ Empire Coffee 88-78 at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.Meanwhile, Northport defeated Flying Steamshovel of Rossland 75-55 to secure the other spot in the final.last_img

Nelson Legion supports Granite Pointe hosting of BC Juvenile Golf Championship

first_imgGranite Pointe at Nelson is hosting the top young players in the BC as the Rosemont Course plays host to the BC Juvenile Golf Championship August 15-18. To help with the cost of the tournament, Nelson Legion generously made a $1,000 to the organizing committee. Making the presentation was Royal Canadian Legion Nelson Branch President Bill Andreaschuk to Granite Pointe Club President Barry Auliffe and Granite Pointe GM/Pro David Belling.last_img

Leguan plantain chip factory sits as white elephant

first_img…residents blast Govt for failure to operationalise …“not in the business of making plantain chips” – Minister GaskinBy Lakhram BhagiratThe residents on the Island of Leguan in the Essequibo River are concerned about the future of the multimillion-dollar plantain chip factory, which is yet to become operational some two years after it was completed.The project was started in 2015. However, since its completion in 2016 and several commitments towards operationalising the facility, the residents on the island of Leguan are yet to benefit.The factory, which has the capacity to employ over 30 persons, is yet to be opened and residents are growing concerned as they expressed disappointment at Government’s apparent disinterest in the facility. During a recent visit to the island by Guyana Times, residents said the Business Ministry needs to provide answers about the facility.Resident, Hans Buer, told this publication that they have received word that Government is considering selling the factory. He added that efforts to confirm whether this is the case proved futile since the Business Ministry does not respond to correspondences regarding the factory.“The factory was never opened and they said yes they would open the factory last year. They will open it this year and the Ministry don’t answer my messages via email or Facebook. I know nothing,” he said.“I hear they are going to sell out the building. If opened, that it can employ 20-30 people and it is good for the people, but we hear nothing. They have security guards but the factory is empty as it is,” Buer added.Presently, while the building is completed, this publication observed that electricity is yet to be connected and residents indicated the building has no equipment for the functioning of the factory. However, the regional administration is paying two persons to guard the unoccupied, empty building.According to Government, the size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, blanching, dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.In 2016, the Business Ministry in a local newspaper advertisement invited interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for undertaking the factory. In addition, in May 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Business Ministry, Rajdai Jagernauth, told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that the factory would be operational by the end of June but that never came to fruition.Plantain chips businessOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly accused the Government of running a “plantain chip economy”, positing that there is no vision for proper economic development. In response to those allegations, last year President David Granger said that if it has to start with plantain chips then so be it adding that small things could end up big.“I know somebody who started off producing fruit juices at Timehri and today those fruits juices are being bottled or boxed…it may start with plantain chips… small things could end up big,” Granger was quoted as saying.However, when Guyana Times contacted Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, he related that the Ministry is not in the business of making plantain chips. Gaskin said they had previously advertised for persons or businesses who were interested in running the factory to indicate such, noting that they received one response.“We got someone who was interested and there was some issues relating to the suitability of the equipment and the electricity supply and a number of things and then we finally got it resolved they said they were no longer interested. So we have to start all over again looking for someone to take it up and that is the situation as it stands,” he said.When asked about whether the process has restarted, the Minister explained that there are some additional issues to be ironed out before they can proceed further on the project.“The equipment (for the factory) was ordered since 2014, before our Government came into office. This equipment was ordered, and I don’t know really how the specifications were generated for the equipment, but it was delivered afterwards, and the equipment met the specifications of the contract. However, apparently it looks like it is not the most suitable for what it is required for so we don’t want to advertise it again and run into the same problem. So we have to figure it out what to do with this, right now what is the problem,” Gaskin explained.This project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme, which commenced back in 2014. These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and one in Enmore in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam. However, the Wakenaam factory was deemed unsuitable for a number of reasons.The main economic activity on the island of Leguan is farming, particularly rice, but since the announcement of the plantain chip factory, a number of farmer converted some of their property to facilitate the anticipated demand for the commodity. Ever since a number of farmers have been left with large plantain fields and not enough market.However, some residents say the increased plantain production is nothing compared to the lack of job opportunities on the island. They said they have accepted the fact that there are only so many jobs that would be available on the roughly 12-square miles island, nothing that is the reason the factory is even more important to them.“We got no jobs for the young people. They go to school here and write CXC and get all them subject but then them got to go to Parika or town (Georgetown) fuh look wuk. What sense that make because them can’t stay here and develop the island. Them got fuh move out. Government got to do something man,” resident Bharrat Narine said.The man then explained that the proposed 30 jobs that the factory was expected to create would have been a step in the right direction towards improving the standard of living on the island, as well as increase its economic standing.For now, the Leguan plantain chip factory sits idle, with no electricity, two security guards, and sheep grazing in the yard on overgrown grass.last_img read more

DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE MASSIVE €5,000 IN PRIZEMONEY

first_imgThe Donegal Marathon has announced an even bigger incentive for those considering taking a part – a €5,000 pot of prizemoney!The Donegal Marathon logo which was designed by LYIT Art and Design student Samantha McGinley from Letterkenny.Preparations for the event continue to go from strength to strength, and targets are being reached every step of the way.To all of you out there who are training hard for the full or half marathon in Letterkenny, keep up the good work and let’s keep pounding those pavements! This event is about showcasing the community spirit of the people of Donegal and demonstrating the resilience and strength of character of the people of this proud county in the ultimate athletics challenge.The 24th August will be a day of celebration and family fun in addition to the challenge that will be attempted and hopefully completed by each and every participant of this historic event.The marathon is about friendship, community and family support for our participants but also about bringing people together in a spirit of social inclusion and camaraderie.These are indeed exciting times for Donegal as there has never before been such interest in the sport of running and athletics in general. We have recently seen the first sub 4 minute mile completed in Donegal and huge congratulations are offered to all involved in this magnificent effort. Our home-grown athletic stars continue to represent us fantastically on a national and international level.Congratulations to Mark English and Brendan Boyce who have been named in the team that will represent Ireland in the upcoming European Track and Field Championships in Zurich on 12th- 17th August. Mark will compete in the 800m and 4x400m events, while Brendan will compete in the 50k Road Walk which makes our Half Marathon walk seem like a Sunday stroll!Good luck to both and to all your team-mates. It is also interesting to note that for the first time, Ireland will be sending a seven-strong marathon team to these championships.Hopefully, in the years to come we will see some Donegal representation on this team and who knows; we might just uncover a star of tomorrow at the first competitive marathon in Donegal for 31 years this Summer. Watch this space!For more information on the allocation of prize money check out www.donegalmarathon.ie or facebook @donegalmarathon DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE MASSIVE €5,000 IN PRIZEMONEY was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONprizemoneylast_img read more

Lucky Afke Barr to appear on Winning Streak following business heartbreak

first_imgBuncrana woman Afke Barr has had a wonderful change of fortune just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.Afke will be the next local person to appear on RTE’s Winning Streak and follow in the footsteps of a long line of Donegal players this year so far.Afke, who is the wife of Buncrana draper John Barr, was given her winning gameshow ticket following a tragedy at the family business in February. The well-known store was burnt down in a fire which also damaged the Buncrana Plaza on Main Street. 4th February 2019: The scene of the fire on Buncrana Main Street. Photo: Northwest NewspixThanks to help from the Buncrana community, the John Barr Drapery Store business shortly reopened at another premises. Afke received a good luck card, containing a lucky Winning Streak ticket, which was the very one that was pulled out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.The new John Barr Fashion store in BuncranaThere was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke Barr being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who wish her all the best.Afke Barr is originally from the Freisland in the Netherlands but has lived in Ireland for 33 years.  She met her husband John in Listowel at the All Ireland Fleadh and got married in the years that followed and now, 33 years later, the pair have two daughters in their twenties, Caoimhe and Orla.Afke will be surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and she hopes that her family’s luck following the fire is about to change with a big win on the show. Winning Streak airs this Saturday 11th May at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.Lucky Afke Barr to appear on Winning Streak following business heartbreak was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:afke barrbuncranagameshowjohn barrWinning Streaklast_img read more

MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket, feels Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels MS Dhoni should turn to domestic cricket whenever he gets the opportunity.A lot of Indian cricketers in the past have turned to domestic cricket to regain their form but Dhoni hasn’t taken that route yet.Dhoni’s form with the bat has been a cause for concern for India ever since he joined the team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this season.The 37-year-old amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries.Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels Virender SehwagEverybody had hoped that Dhoni would carry that form into the national team as well but the former captain has struggled to score runs consistently ever since.”Absolutely (when asked if Dhoni should feature in domestic cricket). Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.WATCH VIDEO”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar told India Today.Asia Cup 2018: Zaheer Khan backs MS Dhoni to bat at No.4This year Dhoni has aggregated just 189 runs in 9 ODI innings at a paltry average of 27 with a highest score of just 42. After the IPL, Dhoni has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33 and 8.advertisement”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” Gavaskar added.MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsDhoni was back at the helm after 696 days as India captain in the last match against Afghanistan which saw interim skipper Rohit Sharma being rested.But captaincy didn’t change his fortune with the bat as he got out cheaply to part-time off-spinner Javed Ahmadi in the 253-run chase against the Associate nation with the match finishing as a tie. It was the 200th match for Dhoni as ODI captain, the third most after Ricky Australia’s Ponting (230 ODIs) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (218 ODIs).Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS DhoniDespite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.But it is his form with the bat which has been a huge cause for concern for the Men in Blue. Not only has Dhoni struggled to score runs, but he has also found it hard to maintain a healthy strike rate on the rare occasions that he has scored some runs.On one occasion at Lord’s this year, Dhoni was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.Experts have been asking for Dhoni to come up the batting order but that also hasn’t happened consistently.”At No. 4, I do feel someone like MS Dhoni needs to give a go ahead because keeping the World Cup in mind, it’s a very crucial position to soak in pressure and play according to the situation,” Zaheer, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert, said.last_img read more