Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s 246-run victory over England in the Vizag Test would mean so much for Virat Kohli. He was still in his nascent stages as a world-class batsman the last time England toured this country. (Match Scorecard | Key Highlights)To his horror, Kohli saw his team crumble at home as England recorded resounding wins in Mumbai and Kolkata in 2012. Two years later, when it looked like India were up to avenge the humiliation suffered in their own backyard, after a draw in Trent Bridge and a victory at Lord’s, India crumbled again and this time, Kohli went down with the team.India, in 2016, are a far cry from what they were in 2014. Kohli is a far better player and he was more determined to make amends. Consequently, after scores of 40 and 49 not out in Rajkot, the skipper led from the front with 167 and 81 in Vizag as India finally put to bed some of their nightmarish memories against England. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin help India annihilate England)Kohli won his first man-of-the-match award against England in Tests after his spinners had scripted a memorable victory. However, the Delhi run-machine, was not arrogant in his moment of glory after a long run of pain and agony against the Englishmen came to a grinding halt.”We’re playing some really good cricket. We don’t want to be complacent. We respect the team England is. They’re going to play quality cricket in Mohali. We need to strike the right balance of not getting too desperate and not getting complacent either,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Virat Kohli shatters another record)advertisementKohli’s aggregate of 248 runs in the match, happens to be the highest against England in Tests by an Indian captain. Life truly has come a full circle for the man, who was long ago handed over the mantle of breaking records by Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli said he wanted to lead from the front on a pitch where the batsmen were never really comfortable in the early stages of their innings. Besides, Kohli said scoreboard pressure got to England, who were in all sorts of trouble after losing five wickets including Joe Root in the morning session of the final day.Kohli was also the difference between the two teams in India’s second innings after England attempted a fightback with the ball after conceding a 200-run lead. While the rest of his colleagues failed to get going against Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid, Kohli stood strong with a polished knock and a strike-rate of 74.31.The captain said he wanted to show intent and intent, he did show.”We wanted to make sure we batted deep in the first innings, get 450-plus and that’s exactly what we did. From there on, the bowlers are (always going to be) on top. That’s what we did in Rajkot. Scoreboard pressure counts in Test cricket. It was tough in the second innings. Had to dig it out. The idea was to show intent and get as many runs as possible.”last_img read more

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

first_imgNTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img read more