World Cup an opportunity to showcase talent, but focus on Test cricket: Virat Kohli to India U-19 team

first_imgRahul Dravid’s young guns will hope to make India the most successful country at the U19 Cricket World Cup which begins in New Zealand from January 13th 2018. India has won the U19 World title thrice before (2000, 2008, 2012) which is the most number of titles won by a country along with Australia (1988, 2002, 2012).Virat Kohli too impressed first at the U19 World Cup when he captained the Indian young guns to the title in 2008. The Indian skipper also met the current lot led by another exciting prospect Prithvi Shaw before the team departed for New Zealand. Speaking to the ICC a few days earlier, Virat said that the Indian young guns must use this opportunity to dare to impress the world.WATCH VIDEO HERE”The players that will take part in the 2018 edition in New Zealand will have another opportunity to showcase their talent in front of the world and really look to stand out from the bunch, I think that should be the mindset of each and every player because it does present an opportunity. If other people are getting 50s or 60s then I would tell the batsmen to go on and score 120s and 130s at that level and that is how you stand out, that is how people take notice of you. If you go on and score 60s along with 8 other people then no one is going to point you out. It is a great opportunity for those who are mentally strong and can take it in a positive way, they will surely make something out of their careers from there on”, said King Kohli.advertisementIncidentally Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson the current captains of India, Australia and New Zealand and the best batsmen in the world all represented their countries in the 2008 U19 World Cup. With 20 Test tons to his name Virat was quick to remind the current lot that their ultimate goal should remain to represent the country at the Test level.”It is good to know that so many people from that batch and not just the three of us captaining our countries (Virat Kohli, Steve Smith & Kane Williamson) but a lot of players have played for their countries as well. That is a signal to a lot of young cricketers from around the world that you need to focus on Test cricket and wanting to make it big for your country in that particular format and the rest of it trickles down easily to the other formats. If we aspire to play only one format and very quickly play for the country then the longevity is not there and I feel it is not worth it. So the thing that we did was that we kept Test cricket as priority in our heads and our careers went on from there and we could solidify other formats as well”, said the Indian skipper.With two weeks until the #U19CWC gets underway in New Zealand, India’s @imvkohli reflects on his experience at the competition and shares his tips for the next generation of #FutureStars. pic.twitter.com/TxpiccT64Y- ICC (@ICC) December 30, 2017The Indian captain also looked back at his own unbeaten campaign at the 2008 event.”The fondest memory from our U19 World Cup are obviously the wins in the tournament in Malaysia where we went unbeaten through the tournament and that is something very special to remember. The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career when I look back now. The World Cup was important as it was watched by many people, specially ours was the first edition when that started and that really helped us get a good platform to build our careers from there on. It holds a very important place in our minds and hearts”, concluded the skipper.Rahul Dravid’s wards will begin their campaign against the Aussies on Sunday, January 14th.last_img read more

Dani Alves: Jesus the ‘new Ronaldo’

first_imgBrazil Dani Alves: Gabriel Jesus is Brazil’s ‘new Ronaldo’ Matt Dorman 08:48 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gabriel Jesus - cropped Getty Images Brazil England v Brazil England Friendlies Gabriel Jesus is “already great” and can reach the heights of Brazil’s second-greatest goal-scorer, according to Dani Alves. Dani Alves has anointed Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus as “the new Ronaldo” ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against England at Wembley.Manchester City striker Jesus scored his eighth international goal in last week’s 3-1 win over Japan and appears set to play a key role at Russia 2018.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Willian | Neymar moved to tears | EXCLUSIVE: Renato AugustoThe 20-year-old Palmeiras product has already netted seven goals in his first full Premier League campaign, enough to convince Alves of his claims as the heir to the former Real Madrid legend. 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 And the Paris Saint-Germain full-back, who will captain his country on Tuesday, is adamant Jesus will not be affected by the comparison.”I wasn’t joking when I called him the new Ronaldo. They have a similar drive,” Alves said at Brazil’s pre-match press conference.”He’s already great and will get even better.”For all that he’s done, all that he’s achieved, there’s no pressure. He’s doing what he loves.”Alves’ comments received support from Brazil boss Tite, who is hoping to build the Selecao around its young star.”Any player of Jesus’ level really needs a team behind him,” the manager said.”An athlete of that level can only shine with the team and that’s what we’re hoping for here.”Manchester City should be very happy with Palmeiras, who formed an athlete who was already prepared. He had a natural fluency when he arrived [in England].”Brazil are expected to field a full-strength team against Gareth Southgate’s side, with Philippe Coutinho tipped start despite sitting out Liverpool’s last three matches.last_img read more