Cricket News Virat Kohli lauds consistency of Indian cricket team bowlers after Adelaide win

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Indian cricket team, has heaped praise on his bowling unit after they toiled hard to help the side secure a 31-run win in the Adelaide Test and take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. The victory was the first time India had won the first match of a Test series Down Under and they now have a realistic chance of securing their first-ever Test series win in Australia. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Kohli said the performance of the bowlers with the Kookaburra ball was exemplary.“When the Kookaburra gets softer, it becomes difficult to get some assistance. Our fast bowlers still ran in and bowled with great heart. They have been able to sustain pressure. They are fitter and have more pace for a longer time. They can also contain. When you have four bowlers who can take 20 wickets and that too with a ball that does not offer so much, it is a proud moment,” Kohli said. In the last nine overseas Test matches, the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have bowled out oppositions twice seven times. In South Africa, the bowling unit picked up 20 wickets in all the three Tests while in England, they did not bowl the opposition out in Lord’s and in the Oval Test.Read More | Pant creates new wicketkeeping record in Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAshwin had specific roleRavichandran Ashwin has had an improved showing in overseas contests as compared to the 2014/15 season. He started off well in Edgbaston when he picked up four wickets to nearly set-up a win for India. In Adelaide, he bowled a lot of overs and maintained a magnificent economy while taking six wickets.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India secure historic 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide, take 1-0 lead in series“Ashwin was given a specific role. He was economical and bowled in the right areas to create enough chances and not give anything away. They were just looking for an opening. He controlled the game nicely and did not let it drift away. In the past, we have given away too many runs in one session. We did not give them a session where they got away from us. Awareness counts in this case,” Kohli said.Read More | India vs Australia 1st Test: Kohli’s side win by 31 runsPujara the differenceThe Adelaide wicket was a tough one for batsmen. However, Cheteshwar Pujara proved to be the stand-out player with 123 and 71 in both innings as he held the batting together. In the second innings, his partnership with Ajinkya Rahane proved to be the difference and Kohli acknowledged that Pujara’s knock made all the difference.“Pujara and Rahane, temperament wise and mindset, they are proper Test batsmen. Pujara was the difference. Rahane batted fearlessly and that is his template. He has confidence in his own space. We took a different approach in the second innings as we wanted to make Australia stay on the field longer. We learnt a lot from the first innings,” Kohli said.The Indian skipper was also critical of Australia’s defensive mindset but was full of praise for the fight shown by the tail-enders. “We did not allow them to gain momentum. If you do not play with positive intent, you will nick off at some time. We wanted to create that kind of situation. However, we did not take anything for granted. Their tail is in the top 3 when it comes to lower order averages. We expected them to fight,” Kohli said.The Indian skipper, though, was focused on the key task which the team wanted to achieve in the next game. “We need to build on this. We can’t be happy with just one Test win. We are happy with this win but we must capitalize,” Kohli said.The second Test of the series will be played at the New Perth stadium on December 14. last_img read more

Football Qualifying draw made as Kildare forced to sit out captain

first_imgThe other Round 4B qualifier sees the meeting of Armagh and Kildare for the very first time in the Championship.It also sees Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney come up against the county where he spent six years as manager.One player who is likely to miss that game is Kildare captain Eoin Doyle.Manager Cian O’Neill confirmed yesterday that Doyle was undergoing surgery on a broken thumb this morning and would “most likely” miss the game.It’s scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 29th and 30th, with the venues and throw-in times to be confirmed by the CCCC later today. Monaghan and Down will face off for the second time in this year’s Football Championship after the Round 4B qualifier draw was made.Down were two points winners when they met in the Ulster semi-finals, however they lost to Tyrone in yesterday’s final while Monaghan beat Wexford and Carlow in the qualifiers.The winners go on to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.last_img read more

Sam Burgess accepts two-match ban for Sezer hit

first_imgSam Burgess was hit with a Grade 2 careless high tackle charge following an incident involving Aidan Sezer in the 59th minute of Saturday’s match.He chose to take the early guilty plea, which now means he will miss the next two matches.George Burgess was handed a Grade 1 careless high tackle charge following a tackle on Raiders forward. By taking the early guilty plea, George will be fined $1550 but will be free to take on the Broncos on Thursday night.last_img

Liberia’s Political Transformation is Irreversible’

first_imgAmbassador Designate Lewis G. Brown, former Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), has said that Liberia’s political transformation is irreversible. Speaking during the MICAT regular Tuesday press briefing in Monrovia, Mr. Brown, who was on Wednesday appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an ambassador, said that the new governance model of increasing accountability to the people through steadier commitment to the democratic principle of checks and balances is being institutionalized. “Liberia’s transformation is indeed on its trajectory to build a more just and equitable society for all. This can be fashioned on the works of each of us. I thank the Legislature and the Judiciary for their cooperation. I understand that the tangibles- roads, ports and electricity- have understandably commanded public interest.“But I have seen our society leap forward on account of the changes in the intangibles. This is through the coordinated efforts of the three branches and evolution and consolidation of the new governance model in which the legislature has gotten stronger and judiciary more independent.“Even though politics prevents the public from admitting to this, the new democratic order continues to unfold, Liberians and friends of Liberia are settling in the truth that Liberia’s political transformation is irreversible.“I thank the Liberian media for their cooperation and support. Of course we have had our ups and downs but like we partnered against Ebola, I leave with the impression that that partnership can grow beyond the sidelines of the ‘watchdog’ into one which elevates the Liberian journalist to a place around the table of national decision making,” he said. Ambassador Brown said Liberia and the African continent need journalists who are partners in development because it is no longer enough that “you watch out for and merely report the news, but that you are in partnership with the government.”“The simple truth is that each action or inaction of the government affects all journalists, their families and friends. This, then, is why journalists must continue to advocate for that which makes our country better,” he noted.However, he said, such advocacies must be pursued fairly and justly so that the society can continue to be better, more peaceful and prosperous for all Liberians.“Over the course of my service, I became increasingly aware of various pressures on journalists. One important pressure is that more often than not, journalists are internationally celebrated by the deterioration in relations, or for the lack of a better descriptive, the perceived levels of antagonism between the government and the media,” he said.Amb. Brown said the evolving truth is that the government and the media must work together for the good of society, adding: “This is demanded in a democracy if either partner intends to succeed.” Ambassador Brown served as Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) for four years. He was yesterday appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an ambassador. He has yet to be assigned a diplomatic post.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more