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first_imgTechnically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.“He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgHappy Birthday Prithvi Shaw! Indian cricket’s boy-wonder has entered into his final teen year as he turns 19 today.The Mumbai batsman has been the talk of the cricketing globe ever since he was drafted into the Test team in the recent series against West Indies where he got an opportunity to show us a glimpse of the immense talent that he possesses.Shaw finished the two-match series on top of the run charts with 234 runs, which included a century and a half-century, and that was enough for him to earn the man-of-the-series award on debut.Don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what Prithvi Shaw is at 18: Virat KohliShaw’s rise has eased out some of the tensions in the Indian cricket team regarding the opener’s slot. Sure that it came against a timid West Indies attack in home conditions but the confidence with which he played and the maturity he showed is only a step ahead for Indian cricket.Just like coach Ravi Shastri said after the Windies series, “He is born to play cricket. He’s been playing since the age of 8 in the maidans of Mumbai, you can see all that hard work showing. He’s a spectator’s delight. There’s a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks – there’s a bit of Lara as well.”Sky is the limit for Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant: Sunil GavaskarHappy birthday to @PrithviShaw!The outrageously talented Indian youngster turns 19 today.Having scored 237 runs from his first two Tests, he’s made a brilliant start to his international career. pic.twitter.com/3Lp8qLVldEadvertisementICC (@ICC) November 9, 2018Comparisons with Tendulkar is something which Shaw must have gotten used to by now. In his debut match, Shaw scored a hundred to become the youngest Indian to score a hundred on Test debut, a record which even the Little Master never achieved.His performance against the Windies drew praise from all quarters with even the current world No. 1 batsman and Shaw’s captain, Virat Kohli going on to admit that, “Shaw looks like someone who can get you off to the kind of start that you require, especially to make the first mark in any series that you play. It’s great to have a guy who is so fearless, and he isn’t reckless, he’s very confident about his game.””I don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what he is at 18-19. But he has to build on that,” Kohli added.After the Test series Shaw took his international cricket form to the domestic circuit and scored another half century to take Mumbai to the Vijay Hazare final.During the semi-final Shaw was hit on the elbow but he still played in the final which Mumbai eventually won by 4 wickets against Delhi. He was again hit on the elbow during the Deodhar Trophy, where he was representing India ‘A’. He missed the Ranji Trophy opener as a result.But the Thane-born cricketer is slowly getting back to full fitness and if reports are to be believed, he is training with his idol Tendulkar and getting ready for the upcoming Australia Tests Down Under.Shaw was seen training with the help of Tendulkar along with his coach Prashant Shetty at the MIG Cricket Club in Mumbai, according to reports.Shaw will be going to New Zealand with the India A team where they will play a series of three unofficial Tests from November 16. Following which he will join the Indian Test side for the four-match series in Australia, which will determine whether Shaw is really ready for Test cricket or he still needs some time before getting used to the toughest form.Happy Birthday young @PrithviShawMay that willow work continue in the years to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/M5qAgRUJGABCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2018last_img read more

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