Cricket News Australia vs India: Adam Gilchrist feels India’s success will be more about mind than body

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Australian wicket-keeper and a legend of the game Adam Gilchrist feels India’s success on their tour of Australia will depend “on mind more than the body”. Gilchrist also hailed the Indian bowling set-up and labelled Virat Kohli as the best batsman in the world.“It is challenging playing overseas. I do believe India [have] a strong bowling unit and some quality batsmen, including the best batsman in the world, Virat Kohli,” said the iconic former Australia wicket-keeper batsman to ESPNcricinfo, on Sunday.ALSO READ: BCCI Payments: Ravi Shastri bags Rs. 2.05 crore as advance payment“They have the potential to win overseas. Perhaps it is just mind, more than the body.”The Virat Kohli-led Indian team are ranked no.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. However, the lost both the tough overseas series against South Africa and now the ongoing series against England despite their bowling and skipper Kohli doing well during the tours. Now, with Steve Smith and David Warner both suspended from International cricket, the four-match Test series is a well worthy shot at glory for the Indians.Kohli, who made his captaincy debut on the tour of Australia last time, smashed four centuries and Gilchrist firmly believes he will be the main man for team India once again.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: India’s probable lineup against Pakistan“What I admire about Virat’s captaincy is his tenacity and the way he drags his team with him just by being positive,” he explained.”Perhaps, it would not be advisable for Australians to upset him because it may boomerang against them as he is world’s best batsmen at the moment.“He looks to me like a guy who likes challenges when the chips are down … From Australia’s point of view, they do not want him to score as heavily as he is doing in England.Gilchrist also said the battle for the best pace attack will be the most intriguing part of the Australia vs India series.”As the series goes on, we’re going to find out who has the better pace attack, and that is going to be the most intriguing part of the series.”India’s tour of Australia will start from November 21, 2018 and will finish on January 18, 2019. The complete tour will have 3 T20Is, 4 Tests, and 3 ODIs. last_img read more

Men’s water polo falls in tournament final

first_imgTucker Judkins | Daily TrojanAfter winning 13 games straight, the men’s water polo team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Invitational against No. 4 UCLA.The Trojans faced top teams during the long weekend: They played a one-off match against No. 13 UC San Diego on Thursday, then moved on to tournament matches against San Jose State on Friday, No. 10 UC Irvine and No. 3 Stanford on Saturday and finally UCLA on Sunday.Both matches went down to the wire on Saturday, but USC rallied from behind against UCI and Stanford to earn a spot in the championship.“I thought we had a great tournament and we proved ourselves in a lot of clutch moments,” senior utility James Walters said. “I thought we played really well. Then, in this last game [against UCLA], things obviously didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, but I am still confident going into the next ones. I think we are going to learn a lot.”The Trojans battled Stanford Saturday evening in a semi-final match that came down to the final seconds. The Cardinal arrived at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center with something to prove after losing to USC 8-6 just 16 days earlier — and it showed in their play. The Trojans scored in the first 13 seconds and essentially held the lead for the entirety of the game when the two sides first met on Sept. 8, but the opposite was true on Sunday. USC raced out to an early lead, but the advantage quickly slipped away from the Trojans until the end.“There was more energy in the pool — I could feel it,” Walters said. “Everyone was more fired up about it because it was the second time we were playing, and [the Cardinal] didn’t want to go down a second time, obviously. They were a lot tougher.”USC entered the final quarter trailing by one. A power-play goal from sophomore driver Thomas Dunstan knotted things up early in the fourth, and another man-up score — this time from senior 2-meter Lachlan Edwards — pushed the Trojans ahead 9-8 with five minutes left to play. But the Cardinal equalized quickly, even after senior driver Blake Edwards netted his second goal of the game to stake USC a short-lived 10-9 advantage. Finally, senior driver Matteo Morelli played hero for the Trojans, scoring the go-ahead goal with 28 seconds left in an 11-10 victory.Following their tough match Saturday evening, the Trojans then had to make the quick transition and play UCLA the next morning. The Bruins had already defeated top-ranked Cal the previous day and were gunning to take down No. 2 USC next. The Trojans pulled ahead early, but UCLA seized the momentum in the second half. After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Bruins grabbed a one-goal lead with 13 seconds left in the period and didn’t relinquish the lead from there. Despite their lack of rest before Sunday’s contest, the Trojans refused to blame fatigue for the loss.“UCLA had two tough games before this, so we’re all in the same boat,” Walters said. “They ended up winning it this time.”The Trojans will face the Bruins again later in the fall, but that matchup won’t come until November, in the last game of the regular season. Until then, the team is determined to apply lessons from this weekend over the rest of the campaign.“I think we are going to have to take a step back, watch video and sleep on it a bit and look at it,” Walters said. “We let a lot of shots in that we shouldn’t have, and we weren’t quick enough in a lot of our defensive situations. We are going to get better at that next time.”Ultimately, the Trojans were disappointed with their loss, but they still came away with a second-place finish in a tournament of top teams in front of strong fan support.“We love playing at home,” Walters said. “At the end of the day, this is the sport we love to play, and we get to play it in front of all our friends and family. Having an opportunity to play at home is one of the best moments for an athlete.”last_img read more