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Mario Gotze: The World Cup Hero

In the World Cup final Mario Gotze took down Andre Schurrle’s pass on his chest and there was nonchalance in the manner with which he controlled and swept past the excellent Sergio Romero, from an unpromising angle. There was no sense of the potentially pivotal nature of the moment which could win Germany the World Cup.

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Mario Gotze’s score ——image via: www.sportsnet.ca

The 22-year-old’s sweet strike the first by a substitute not only to decide a World cup final but it remained the point when he finally silenced any dissent as regards to just how special he is. Unlike Lionel Messi, Mario Gotze is truly a player apart from most in the match.

In late 2009 as a 17-year-old boy, he made his first team debut for Borussia Dortmund. Sunday night’s contribution in Rio de Janeiro would be a career defining moment for him and he he already created a clutch of them while he was still a teenager at the club who nurtured him from boyhood.

Mario Gotze is remembered for his role in the February 2011 win at the Allianz Arena. It was Dortmund’s first away at Bayern Munich in 20 years. In BVB’s 3-1 win over Bayern, Gotze created two of them.

In Dortmund’s re-ascent to the summit of the German game, Mario Gotze is the name that glitters. Mario Gotze was growing his individual importance when some five weeks later his astonishing solo goal got Dortmund back on track in a home game against Hannover.

It was a notable aspect of his playing from very tender age that he has had the confidence in himself to take responsibility in the most testing and stressful situations. His inner belief allowed him to take the plunge and make the decision to join Bayern Munich in April 2013. In his first season in Bayern, he scored 10 goals and setting up eight more in 20 Bundesliga starts.

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Mario Gotze in Bayern—–image via: www.theguardian.com

When the Coach Joachim Low brought in Miroslav Klose for the quarter-final against France, some claimed that Mario Gotze was the victim of this choice. Gotze’s reaction to his World Cup exclusion, showed his calm and sense of perspective. So did Mario Gotze’s actions after the final whistle at the Maracana.

Even in the moment of celebrating victory, he spared a thought for his good friend and former Dortmund teammate Marco Reus by parading a team shirt emblazoned with Reus’ name. Marco Reus missed out the german World Cup squad after suffering a serious ankle injury in a pre-tournament final against Armenia.

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Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, the best friends——-image via: www.bundesliga.com

There may be a strange and some controversial thought that Gotze might never have had the chance to make the impact if Reus hadn’t been injured. Even though they could work together in a devastating manner as they did at the Signal Iduna Park, it’s not hard to imagine that in Low’s decision there was hardly any room for only one of the pair in his squad.

Mario Gotze has indeed the instinct and talent to take centre stage when the time is right. So no wonder, Mario Gotze, the golden boy will reign German football until next World cup…

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Mario Gotze, the World Cup hero—–image via: www.thetimes.co.uk
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India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015: 10 most important stats of the day

India once again came out on top in the high voltage clash to defeat Pakistan in their world cup opening match at Adelaide Oval, Australia. India have claimed their bragging rights in one of the greatest cricket rivalries. Today, it may have been the second day of a six week mega-tournament but make no mistake, India’s defeat of Pakistan in Pool B of 2015 ICC World Cup on Sunday mattered a lot.

An estimated total 988 million people all over the world saw the semifinal in the 2011 ICC World Cup between India and Pakistan is probably the most watched sports event of all time.

In Adelaide Oval, in front of 42,000 spectators, a patient century from Virat Kohli (107 from 126 balls) helped India to gather 300-7 from its 50 overs, the total Pakistan never came close to beating.

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India vs Pakistan ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

India vs Pakistan, 2015 :

Here is a list of top 10 most notable stats from Today’s India-Pakistan match at Adelaide Oval.

1. Virat Kohli has become the first ever Indian batsman to score a century in a ICC World Cup match against Pakistan team. Kohli went past Sachin’s 98 in the 2003 ICC World Cup group stage match at Centurion, South Africa. Sachin marked his name as the highest run-scorer in the World Cup fixtures between both the teams. Former Pakistani opening batsman Saeed Anwar is the only other batsman to have scored a hundred in a World Cup India-Pakistan match. He scored 101 off 126 balls in 2003 ICC World Cup.

2. Indian off-spinner bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 3 maiden overs in this match. It was in 1979, when an Indian spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan bowled 3 maidens in a World Cup match lastly. His bowling figure was 12-3-30-0 and it was a match against West Indies in Birmingham, England.

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3. India have played against Pakistan total 6 times in the ICC World Cup history- 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. India have emerged victorious on all these 6 occasions in the World Cup. Except 2003 World Cup, in all other 5 editions India batted first. It was only then, when Pakistan won the toss, opted to bat first and lost the game.

4. Again it is Virat Kohli who played his 151st ODI match today and is now the fastest to reach 22 ODI centuries. He put behind Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved the mark in 213 ODIs-by miles. Kohli is now the joint fourth in the leading centurions in ODI’s list, with Sourav Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya occupy the first three places with 49, 30 and 28 centuries respectively.

5. Pakistan pacer Sohail Khan picked 5 wickets for 55 today. He is the first ever Pakistani bowler to take 5 wickets in his debut world cup match.

6. Indian captain MS Dhoni has reached 14000 runs in international cricket today. Dhoni made himself the third wicket-keeper behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (17338 runs) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (15,252 runs) to have crossed the landmark.

7. Head-to-Head: Pakistan are well ahead of India with 72 wins, while India are on 51 including their win today.

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8. It is the third time Pakistan have conceded 300+ in a ICC World Cup match. In 2003 world cup, Australia took Pakistan for a ride scoring 310/8 at Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by a Ross Taylor-inspired 302/7 at Pallekele in 2011 World cup.

9. India have played 10 World Cup matches altogether against Pakistan, including T20s. Surprisingly, they have won all of them. The score card will show 10-0 now. Quite a marvelous record for India indeed.

10. Paki all-rounder Shahid Afridi has played 5 cricket World Cups so far. He doesn’t have a single half-century in any of them. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has scored a remarkable century both in 2011 World Cup and today in 2015 World Cup.