Cricket News Australia win provides Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team healing touch to years of overseas pain

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli was emotional as he summed up the magnitude of the Indian cricket team’s achievement. The Indian skipper, still feeling the effects of a win which broke 71 years of pain for India in Australia, called this his biggest achievement, greater than the 2011 World Cup win. Ravi Shastri, speaking in the post-match press conference, said the win is bigger than the 1983 World Cup victory which boosted Indian cricket’s profile. In a nutshell, this series win, albeit against an Australian side that were missing the services of David Warner and Steve Smith due to the ball-tampering scandal is massive. Let us consider the names in previous Indian teams who did not win a series in Australia and one gets to understand how big it really is.Vijay Hazare and Vijay Merchat, two legends in Indian cricket, toured Australia but never won a game or series. The likes of Nawab of Pataudi and ML Jaisimha never won in Australia. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar all toured Australia but did not win a series. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag all toured Australia, but they were denied a golden chance, especially in 2003/04 when Australia had rested key players or were missing players due to injury. MS Dhoni also came and went. Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly retired all to never win a Test series Down Under.Read More | RIP Australia cricket – 23 years of dominance officially endsKohli was denied in 2014/15 and there was plenty of cynicism heading into the series in 2018/19. India had lost in South Africa 1-2 and in England 1-4. The loss against an England side, especially against batsmen suffering from poor form, was galling. Muddled selections, misreading of the pitch and conditions and wrong team selections all contributed to extending India’s winless streak in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) to near a decade.Read More | Kohli’s India break 71 years of pain, clinch series in AustraliaIndia put up an inspired show in Adelaide, led by Cheteshwar Pujara’s century and fifty on a tough pitch and with the bowling attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin contributing to a 31-run win. However, misreading the conditions and selecting the wrong team, a factor which had plagued them on previous tours, came back to haunt them in Perth. On a green pitch, they picked four pacers and left out a spinner and India lost the game. With the four-match series level 1-1, it seemed it was a familiar tale of woes.Getting the act togetherHeading into the Boxing Day Test, there was confusion in the Indian camp. Ashwin was not fit while Shastri announced that Jadeja was also not 100 percent fit. The team composition was once again proving to be a big conundrum. On top of that, India was going to open with two new players at the top for the first time ever. Crucially, Kohli picked three pacers and a spinner in Jadeja, which was ideal for a crumbling Melbourne deck. India had read the conditions correctly. Crucially, they won the toss and utilized the best conditions of the match. Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari saw out the new ball, Pujara and Kohli stitched an aggressive stand and India reached a total which was going to test an Australian batting low on confidence.Read More | Kohli’s India break 71 years of pain, clinch series in AustraliaBumrah, Shami, Ishant and Jadeja were rotated brilliantly by Kohli and set right fields. It helped for India that Australia was not technically equipped to handle the Indian bowlers. Although some flutters were raised, Kohli was clear what had to be done when India batted second again despite a big lead. He did admit in the press conference, “It’s a good thing that I don’t read any comments or what the opinions are.” Bumrah, who picked up 6/33 in the first innings, worked in tandem with the other bowlers to complete a famous win.In Sydney, another crucial toss was won and India once again picked the best XI suited for the conditions. The Sydney pitch is known to assist spin even if there is grass covering and India included Kuldeep Yadav. Pujara and Rishabh Pant slammed fifties and India had registered 622/7 declared, their second-highest Test score in Australia. India had made themselves safe with their performance on the first two days and Kuldeep’s 5/99 to bowl Australia out was the icing on the cake.A combination of reading the conditions correctly, picking the right team composition, having a clear mind, having a rock in the middle order were the key factors that helped India avoid the fate they suffered in South Africa and England. Make no mistake: This win is massive. It eliminates all the past pains suffered overseas. It eliminates decades, generations and eras of hurt in Australia. Virat Kohli, indeed, has scripted history. The start of 2019 could not have been better. last_img read more

Thompson trio keeps Great Danes in game, can’t knock off Orange

first_imgAlmost exactly a year ago to the day, the trio of Miles, Lyle and Ty Thompson combined to score 10 goals as Albany upset Syracuse 16-15 at the Carrier Dome.On Sunday, the Thompsons showed flashes of brilliance, especially in the second half, but their seven combined goals weren’t enough to upset No. 2 Syracuse (2-0), and the Orange defeated No. 11 Albany (0-1) 17-16 at the Carrier Dome.“They’re probably the most talented group we’ll see all season, and probably I’ve ever seen in my whole entire career here at Syracuse,” long-stick midfielder Matt Harris said. “You can only hold those guys to so many points and hope that you have at least one more at the end of the game.”And for Syracuse, that’s exactly what happened. Ty Thompson finished with five goals, Lyle Thompson finished with a goal and five assists and Miles Thompson finished with a goal and two assists.Harris said SU’s defensive strategy was to keep Miles and Lyle above the goal line extended. The most frequently used matchups were Brandon Mullins guarding Lyle Thompson, Sean Young guarding Miles Thompson and Bobby Tait guarding Ty Thompson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The only problem with that is you push out on those two so hard, Ty comes in and he’s open on the crease,” Harris said.Early in the game, the Thompsons were out of sync. Lyle threw a pass over Miles’ head and out of play. Miles whiffed on a shot that was saved by SU goalkeeper Dominic Lamolinara. Miles sat wide-open on the doorstep but a pass never came his way.Other players were forced to step up for the Great Danes, and they did. Midfielders Derrick Eccles, Ryan Feuerstein, Jimmy Haugen, Matt Garziano and John Maloney all scored for Albany.“The thing we want with our midfielders is we want confidence and trust and them throwing us the ball or us throwing them the ball,” said Ty Thompson. “Whenever we’re having off games, they need to step up and take over sometimes, and I think they did a really good job.”Though the Thompsons combined for three goals in the first half and four in the second half, Syracuse head coach John Desko said the SU defense played better against the Thompsons in the second half.Lyle Thompson found a cutting Will Stenberg, who blasted a shot into the top right corner passed Bobby Wardwell to cut SU’s lead to 16-13. Lyle Thompson scored on a five-on-three from 10 yards out to make it 16-14, and moments later Ty Thompson put one between Bobby Wardwell’s legs to make it 16-15.Despite nine goals from players not named Thompson, the rest of the Great Danes offensive didn’t do enough. And unlike last year, the Thompsons didn’t perform well enough to get their team over the hump.Said Desko: “I thought the guys did a good job on them.” Comments Published on February 17, 2014 at 2:46 am Contact Josh: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Confidence, swagger must return to USC

first_imgThrough six innings the score was tied.USC and UCLA were in the midst of a 1-1 pitchers’ duel on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The early season rivalry game was living up to its name.But then all too quickly it unraveled for the Trojans.Sophomore pitcher Ben Mount, who had pitched brilliantly in relief of injured starter Kevin Couture, ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. He gave up a lead-off single to UCLA pinch hitter Marc Navarro and walked infielder Tyler Rahmatulla.Senior pitcher Shuhei Fujiya relieved Mount but threw a wild pitch and gave up a seeing-eye one-out single that found its way through a drawn-in infield. Two runs scored.Down 3-1, the Trojans failed to capitalize in the eighth inning with two runners on base, but UCLA didn’t quit in its half of the frame.Amid an array of erratic USC pitching and UCLA line drives that landed in the outfield gaps, the Trojans’ relievers combined to give up three more runs in the bottom of the inning.The game that was a back-and-forth nail-biter blossomed into a 6-1 Bruin blowout within a half hour.“We made some little mistakes that ended up costing us the whole weekend,” USC coach Chad Kreuter said.A loss to a rival is never easy to swallow, especially when it tops off a 0-3 weekend that also included defeats at the hands of baseball powerhouses Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.But the most unfortunate thing for the USC baseball team is that losing to UCLA is nothing new.In fact, the Trojans have dropped 10 of their last 13 to their crosstown rival.A win Sunday at Dodger Stadium this early in the season could have represented a Trojan turnaround and sent a message that USC baseball is ready to compete with the top teams in the Pac-10.Kreuter, however, tried to downplay Sunday’s game, referring to it as just another game that could have added a mark in the Trojans’ win column.“We only play UCLA four times during the season,” he said. “I’m concerned with playing the game that’s in front of us every single day. We have to win as many games as we can.”Well, maybe Kreuter should be a little more concerned about UCLA. Not only are the Bruins a rival, but they represent one of five teams that stand as the class of the Pac-10 at the moment.With the competitive likes of No. 2 Arizona State, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 17 UCLA, No. 18 Stanford and No. 25 Oregon all in contention for the conference title, USC will have to face and beat a lot of top-ranked opponents if it looks to break its playoff drought.Beating UCLA would have been a nice start. It also would have caused those other teams to take notice of USC baseball.I’m not saying that Sunday’s loss will determine the team’s fate for the rest of the year, but it could have bumped the Trojans back in the right direction after dropping two games over the weekend.After its promising 3-1 start to the season, USC now finds itself under .500 at 3-4 and is probably questioning whether it can compete against top-flight teams.As it is, USC is projected to finish eighth in the Pac-10.Eighth.That’s unacceptable for any Trojan team.The talent is there. USC has a solid crop of high-potential pitchers and some strong bats that have shown surprising promise in the early going. But the game is about wins, and USC hasn’t compiled any in the past few days — and not very many in the past few seasons either.According to Kreuter, the team’s aim is to reach about 34 victories in order to have a chance to advance to regionals.But if USC wants to reach the playoffs, it needs to start playing with the confidence and swagger that flooded through this program for years — the same poise that has resulted in a Division I-best 11 NCAA titles.It also needs to start beating the top teams in the Pac-10, including those guys over in Westwood.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Jon at read more

Syracuse walks-off against Virginia Tech for the second straight game in 2-1 win

first_imgThe situation seemed eerily similar. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Sammy Fernandez and Alicia Hansen knew how the final plays could develop.“Walk-off time.” Hansen told Fernandez.“Maybe it’s your turn,” Fernandez responded.That inning started with two outs. But Fernandez singled, and then scored on a single from Hansen after an error. It resulted in a 2-1 Syracuse (29-18, 9-10 Atlantic Coast) win over Virginia Tech (19-33, 5-18 Atlantic Coast), the second time in as many days that the Orange walked off against the Hokies. The victory came after six innings of offensive struggles from the Orange, but the game was kept close until Hansen’s single.“Right when the inning started I looked to everyone and said, ‘Please let me get up,’” Hansen said. “I knew I could win it. I don’t feel pressure.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game developed nearly identical to SU’s 3-2 walk-off victory on Friday. In both games SU struggled to create offense until the bottom half of the seventh inning. Adding to the similarities, both games ended on a line-drive single to left field in which the outfielder overran the ball, letting it slip under their glove.Over the last 12 games prior to Friday’s contest, Syracuse had scored five or more runs in 10 of them. The struggles that SU have had offensively in this series aren’t common for an Orange team that ranks third in the ACC in total runs scored.“Last weekend we scored ten against (North Carolina) and lost, then we scored two against (Virginia Tech) and won,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “There’s only one thing at the end of the day that matters and that’s winning at the end of the game.”Bosch added that he does enjoy walk-off victories a lot, even if his team playfully teased him for his celebratory antics, hopping up and down with his arms high in the air, after both wins. But he also says that he wants the team to take more advantage offensively earlier in the game and that the team should not wait for the seventh inning to get things going.SU showed signs of making good contact all game long. The team swung on a lot of first pitches and challenged the Hokies by putting the ball in play. Virginia Tech responded with sound defensive plays which Fernandez says “robbed” the Orange of a few better hits.“We hit a lot of hard balls today, (Jessica Heese) had a really hard hit ball and (Hannah Dossett), (Hansen) had two hard ones that got robbed,” Fernandez said. “We hit well, it was just right at them. We were unlucky today.”Fernandez, who scored the final run, knew that she had as important an opportunity to make a play as Hansen did. Immediately when she got on base, Bosch yelled to her that she needed to always have a mentality to score. And if the ball landed in the gap, she was going to be on home plate.Bosch said that he was confident with the situation after Fernandez, who holds the Syracuse record for hits in a single season with 70, got on base. She is one of SU’s best runners and Bosch said that Syracuse was fortunate that she was on base at that point of the game.“As I was rounding second I was looking for Bosch and I caught him early, he was waving me home,” said Fernandez. “I was just trying to book it as fast as I could around the bases.”After she crossed the plate she quickly embraced her teammates and Hansen, the one who brought her home.“I wanted it.” Hansen said.And she got it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more