Australian all-rounder Shane Watson retires from International Cricket

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (34) has declared his retirement from all forms of International Cricket after the end of his team’s campaign in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

He made this announcement at I S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab. Earlier in 2015, he had announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of 2015 Ashes tour of England.

About Shane Watson

  • Born on 17 June 1981 at Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
  • His cricket career spanned 14-years and his debut was in 2002 after he had played his first One Day International (ODI) against South Africa.
  • Test Career: He had played total 59 test matches and had scored 3731 runs at an average of 35.19. His highest test score was 176 and total test score comprises of 4 centuries.
  • In the test bowling, he had taken 75 wickets at an average of 33.68 and the best bowling is 6-33.
  • ODI career: He had played total 190 ODI matches and had scored 5757 runs at an average of 40.54. His highest ODI score was 185 (not out) and the total score comprises of 9 centuries.
  • In the ODI bowling, he had taken 168 wickets at an average of 31.79 and the best bowling is 4-36. His last ODI appearance was in September 2015 against England at the Lord’s.
  • He is a World Cup wining member of Australian team which had triumphed in 2007 and 2015.
  • T20I’s career: He had played total 56 T20I matches and had scored 1400 runs at an average of 28.00. His highest ODI score was 124 (not out) and the total score comprises of 1 century.
  • In the T20Is bowling, he had taken 46 wickets at an average of 24.71 and the best bowling is 4-1. He was named the player of the tournament in the 2012 edition.
  • IPL: In 2016 auction, he was bought for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff passes away

The Dutch football legend and coach Johan Cruyff passed away after a long battle with lung cancer in Barcelona, Spain. He was 68.

Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in football history.

About Johan Cruyff

  • Born as Hendrik Johannes Cruijff on 25 April 1947 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Club Career: He has started his career at Ajax FC where he won eight Eredivisie titles and three European Cups in a row from 1971-73.
  • In 1973, he had moved to Barcelona FC for a then-world record transfer fee of $2 million.
  • With Barcelona FC, he had won La Liga in his first season and was named European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d’Ors) 1971, 1973 and 1974.
  • Coaching Career: After retiring from football in 1984, he became highly successful as manager (coach) of Ajax FC and later Barcelona FC.
  • He remained an influential advisor to both clubs and his coaching philosophy and style of play influenced countless generations