Cricket News Lower order batting contributions key for success in Australia: Virat Kohli

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 Indian cricket team skipper, has urged the batsmen to correct the mistakes made on tours to South Africa and England but stressed on the need for the lower order to contribute more if India are to achieve success in the upcoming series against Australia starting on November 21.Speaking in the press conference ahead of the team’s departure on Friday, Kohli said the focus must be on the lower order batsmen contributing a lot more. “We understand it can get difficult for the top because the bowlers are bowling a good spell. Middle order is relatively easy. Lower order contributions are crucial. In England, their lower order contributed much better than ours and that helped them win the series. We want the guys to be fearless in that position. An all-rounder who can bowl has no pressure and if he gets going, the course of the series can be changed. From top to bottom, we need to bat together,” Kohli said.Read More | Virat Kohli and the Adelaide love affair: A match made in heavenIn the recent series against England which India lost 1-4, Sam Curran, batting at No.8 shared vital partnerships with the tail to help the hosts recover. In Edgbaston, he helped the team recover from 86/6 to 180 with a knock of 63. At the Rose Bowl in Southampton, he smashed 78 to help England bounce back from 86/6 to 252.Everyone must contributeThe batting unit has consistently suffered on overseas tours in 2018, with only Kohli standing out. When asked about the struggles of the batting, Kohli said the team batted well in patches but the mistakes committed were extreme.Read More | Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legend“We sat down and figured out what went wrong in England. To be honest, not much went wrong. However, when we made the mistakes, it was extreme. We played good cricket, but the mistakes were extreme. We need to control a tough situation better and how to find a way out of it rather than getting out of it immediately. Our focus will be how the batsmen bat together on the tour,” Kohli said.Key to success in AustraliaKohli stressed that the fitness levels of the Indian cricket team are up, which is a big boost in Australian conditions. The Indian skipper also praised the form of the bowlers, who have been consistently taking 20 wickets in Tests.Read More | This Day That Year: Sachin Tendulkar makes his Test debut vs Pakistan“The pitches in Australia can get boring at times. The kookaburra does not move much. It is about patience and maintaining the tempo well,” Kohli added.In the last couple of decades, South Africa has been the only team to achieve success Down Under in three consecutive Test series. Kohli said the Indian bowlers, with pacers like Jaspreet Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami  as well as spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in the team, have the capability to maintain the pressure on the Australian batsmen“It is about patience and maintaining the tempo well. A team like South Africa have done well because guys like Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and now Kagiso Rabada have relentlessly bowled in the right areas. I am confident that my bowlers can do the job. he bowlers have the capability to take 20 wickets every time and that is a great feeling,” Kohli said.Indian coach Ravi Shastri said the team needed to seize the tough moments in order to gain success. “I see a lot of progress across all formats. I say this despite the score line in England. When we look at actual performances in all formats, especially on overseas conditions, I am more than happy. If we learn from the mistakes in South Africa and England, it will stand us in good stead in Australia,” Shastri said.India will be determined to win their first-ever Test series in Australia, which begins on December 6 in Adelaide. last_img read more

Olympic champion Ayana destroys field to win 10,000 metres

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – Ethiopian Almaz Ayana destroyed the field to win the 10,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday, finishing around 300 metres clear of her rivals in her first race of an injury-plagued season.The Olympic champion began pulling away from the field after 10 laps, sweeping past back markers who were made to look sluggish in comparison.She finished in 30:16.32 seconds, well outside the world record she set when she won in Rio last year but still enough to win by an astonishing 46.37 seconds, by far the biggest margin in championship history.Ayana’s compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, the former world and Olympic champion, added to her impressive collection of medals when he took the silver with Kenya’s Agnes Tirop in third.“I am very happy to win this title, much more than when I won the Olympic gold because I have been sick this year and didn’t expect it. In fact, this was my first race of 2017,” Ayana told reporters.A repeat of her world record-breaking performance in Rio was never on the cards after a slow, tactical start to the race in which the field crawled around the first lap in 81 seconds.But the last two thirds of the race was reminiscent of Ayana’s extraordinary run last year where she also blew away the field.Ayana began pulling away after 10 laps and by the 12th had opened up a gap of 30 metres.The 25-year-old ran the next three kilometres in 8:33 minutes as she continued to increase her advantage and began overhauling the backmarkers with eight laps to go.Remarkably, Ayana’s prospects had been in doubt because injuries forced her to cancel a number of appearances at European meetings this season.The battle for second turned into a three-horse race between Kenyans Tirop and Alice Nawowuna and the 32-year-old Dibaba.Almost unnoticed, Dibaba, who is now focusing on running marathons, won the sprint to claim silver to sit alongside the five world championship and three Olympic golds she has won.“I have only had two months of training, so I am happy to win silver this time,” she said.“It was a very fast race. I knew that Almaz was going to run very fast so, if I had followed her, I wouldn’t have won a medal. I know my capacity these days because my training for this race was very short.”last_img read more