Kohli open to transition talk with SL, but only after series

first_imgPallekele, Aug 23 (PTI) He is open to the idea of discussing Sri Lankas transitional issues with their coach Nic Pothas, but India skipper Virat Kohli will only do it once he is done with the ongoing limited overs series. Kohli was asked about Pothas comment that they would interact with the Indian team management to overcome the transition period difficulties their team is facing currently. “We havent had any discussions yet. Those things may happen after the competitive zone is over and done with the series. I think that will happen after September 6 if it has to happen from their end,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference here today. The hosts team bus was subject of angry reaction from fans at Dambulla after the heavy defeat in the first ODI. Kohli spoke about how India managed the transition phase after many of their own greats retired. “…But look it is difficult for any team going through transition. One thing that we decided to do as a team was take more responsibility and ownership of what we do on the field when playing for the country. We just needed to change our mindset.” Mental preparation was key to standing upto challenges, according to the captain. “It didnt matter if we were playing against a side that has played 60 Tests each ? if we are mentally more prepared than them then we are in a better position to win. So we decided to put our heads in that zone where experience didnt matter much for us. “It was the fight and competitiveness we were willing to show and the desire to fight for longer periods that helped us get through that phase quicker than what others might have faced,” said the skipper. Kohli said extreme reactions from fans are beyond the players control and they would rather focus on the task at hand only. “Im not someone who will sit here after not performing and request the fans to be patient with us or (tell them) please dont react in a bad way. Thats a very personal choice. “If I, as a fan, am watching a game and I see a team not being able to do well I would feel compassion. I would not burn effigies or smash faces, put on mannequins and what not. I would show compassion because you can understand at a human level that everyones trying hard out there and no one wants to go out there to lose or fail.” The Indian captain added, “I think people find the ease and convenience, and the pleasure in pulling other people down which I personally dont believe in. “Im sure its tough for the players to see such things. But you cant really control whats happening from another person, you can only control what you can do on the park and the mindset that you can be in,” he added. Last but not the least, the topic of Lasith Malinga also came up as he is seen by many as a fading star in this young and inexperienced Sri Lankan line-up. Asked about Malinga, Kohli said, “Obviously, age is always a factor in sport. I cannot speak for Lasith but everyone wants to keep up with their peak fitness and manage their bodies well through the course of their career. When you look at his bowling action and the kind of success he has had for such a long period of time is actually remarkable. “With the dynamics of his bowling, its not very natural. What he has been able to achieve for Sri Lanka has been outstanding. Thats why they have been such a dangerous side over the last few years in limited overs format,” said Kohli. The skipper felt Malinga could still get back into his groove. “Even when he played Test cricket, he made an impact. Its very easy to say that he is not bowling as well anymore but it could just be a phase. Once he starts hitting those yorkers again, those slower balls again, and picks up wickets on a regular basis then these talks can be otherwise also. “I cant talk about his body, only he would know. But as long as we play him we obviously respect his skills and what he can bring to the table and how he can turn the game around. “We always play him like that, we have always played him like that and well continue to play him like that till he plays for Sri Lanka,” Kohli signed off. PTI CN AH AHadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Prso trolls England: They’ll do nothing at WC

first_imgWorld Cup Dado Prso trolls England: They’ll do nothing at the World Cup, as always Chris Burton 01:09 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Jordan Henderson England Getty World Cup England Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Real Madrid Primera División Ligue 1 The former Croatia international striker expects the Three Lions to flop in Russia, while he has also had his say on Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe England have been trolled by former Croatia striker Dado Prso ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions told they “will do nothing, as always”.Gareth Southgate’s side eased their way through qualification, with an unbeaten run delivering 26 points and only three goals conceded.England have, however, made a habit of reaching major finals with the minimum of fuss, only to then suffer humbling falls from grace on the grandest of stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ex-Rangers man Prso expects history to repeat itself in Russia, with other leading lights from across Europe set to lead the charge for global glory.He told Vecernji list: “France is favourite, as well as Spain and, of course, Germany.England will do nothing Dado Prso“I don’t believe Portugal can repeat their Euro success and England will do nothing, as always.”Prso was speaking after forming part of the jury which voted Real Madrid star Luka Modric the Croatian Footballer of the Year for a sixth time.That record now places him level with the iconic Davor Suker, and Prso believes the 32-year-old – who will also be in Russia next summer – is one of the finest talents in the business.He added: “Modric is the best midfielder in the world and, together with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Sergio] Ramos, is one of the most important players at Real.“I am impressed with [Raphael] Varane too, how he is becoming a big player and doesn’t make the mistakes he did before.”Kylian Mbappe PSG LilleVarane will be hoping to help France to World Cup glory at the end of the current campaign, alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in world football, but a fellow former Monaco frontman doubts whether he will ever join the elite at the very top of the game.Prso, who spent eight years on the books at Stade Louis II in his playing days, added: “Today I admire PSG, even before Neymar and Mbappe arrived.“They are both exceptional players but I am not sure Mbappe will reach Ballon d’Or level, while Neymar is one step above.“Character is most important and when you have that, along with talent, you have [Lionel] Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo. But to have only one of those two things is not enough.”last_img read more