India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.The award was presented to Ashwin by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a function held at the Cricket Club of India.Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.Meanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award for his superb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that his first autograph which he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.”Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.”The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very very critical,” said Ashwin.
Germany were humbled to a 1-0 draw by Mexico in their opening game of the World Cup, but coach Joachim Loew sounded confident the world champions would quickly make amends.The shock loss has already thrown the defending champions plans for the world cup into disarray with the 2014 World Cup winners being caught on the break throughout the game.Loew said while he was not planning to overhaul his plans for the remaining Group F matches against Sweden and South Korea, his team would bounce back.”We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time,” the 58-year-old said. “We will certainly not throw our plans overboard. We will not deviate form our path, we just have to find our strengths again.”Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThose strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will.”It is an unusual situation for us but one we must accept. We did not play our usual offensive and passing game,” Loew said.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns Germany”We will analyse it. The team has enough experience to deal with it and we will rise again.””Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.advertisementFIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fans”We were warned days ago (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.” The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Such was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.The Germans have a stellar tournament record under Loew, having reached at least the semi-finals in every World Cup or Euro tournament since he took over in 2006. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThey have also not been eliminated at a World Cup group stage since 1938 when the tournament had a different and smaller format. Since then Germany have managed to qualify for the knockout stage or the second group stage, as was the case in 1978, every time.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.They next take on Sweden before facing South Korea and they must win both if they are to make sure of a spot in the knockout stage.”One thing I will not be doing is think about the round of 16. What we need to do now is do our homework and win our next game. We are under pressure.”It will not happen to us,” he said when asked whether Germany would fall in the group stage. “We will make it.”