Virat Kohli backs Joe Root as next England Test captain

first_imgJoe Root has the temperament to be England’s next Test captain, India skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.Incumbent Alastair Cook has admitted to having “questions” about his role as Test captain following England’s series loss in India with a match to spare and batting mainstay Root is perceived as a natural heir to the job. (Chennai Test: Chance for Virat Kohli, R Ashwin to break major Indian records)Root’s anticipated elevation would also be a continuation of the global trend of premier batsmen taking over Test captaincy, as it happened with Kohli in India, Steve Smith in Australia and Kane Williamson in New Zealand. (Virat Kohli-Ashwin are the new Tendulkar-Kumble of Indian cricket)”Joe looks like a guy who has the temperament to do it,” Kohli said on the eve of the fifth and final test against England.”Of whatever I have seen of him as a player and the way he conducts himself on the field, I think he has been a great batsman for England and I think he’s equipped enough to handle that job.” (Virat Kohli wants to raise an all-time best team)Kohli himself has flourished since taking over test captaincy but warned it was a highly demanding job.”It depends on the individual, to be honest. Joe is an outstanding player. I’ve been very fond of his game and the way he plays and goes about things,” Kohli said of the 25-year-old.”He’s very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity. It’s pretty evident with the way he plays. (Kohli keen to play county cricket before 2018 England tour)advertisement”I don’t know what captaincy would do to that. Captaincy is not just about handling 10 more guys on the field or having a squad and interacting with management. It comes with a whole package…” (Running out of adjectives for Kohli and Ashwin: Ganguly to India Today)Speculation over Test captaincy, which coach Trevor Bayliss has called a “pain in backside”, has intensified with England’s debacle in India.Cook has said that he takes the job on a series-by-series basis and will discuss his position with director of cricket Andrew Strauss, also his former opening partner, next month. (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)”It’s a natural thing that happens with me and Straussy now,” Cook, who has been in charge since 2012, told BBC Test Match Special.”Often my future comes up and how we want to move forward.”This would be no different to any of those other meetings and we are going to have to discuss what is the best thing for English cricket.”You have to be very careful about decisions that are made in the heat of the moment that have a long-term effect on yourself and the team.”We’ve tried to knock it on the head as many times as we can, but of course when you lose games of cricket it gets blown up.”last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Robin Singh header helps FC Pune City draw with ATK

first_imgFC Pune City vs ATK ended in a 2-2 draw and despite the entertainment, their play-off hopes took a beating at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Sunday. Pune took the lead in a see-saw tussle through Marko Stankovic’s deflected strike (17′) but a superb goal from Jayesh Rane (23′) and a penalty by Edu Garcia (61′) turned the tables in ATK’s favour. Robin Singh, however, scored a header (73′) to help Pune clinch a point.ATK have lost the chance to move within a point of fourth-placed NorthEast United and stay sixth with 21 points from 15 matches while Pune City’s slim hopes of reaching the top-four have ended.A victory was the need of the hour for both sides, an end-to-end game of football unfolded with ATK coming out all guns blazing.Marko Stankovic had an effort in the very second minute but his shot went inches over the bar. Edu Garcia too came close when his shot from the edge of the box struck the crossbar on its way out.Pune lay witness to a night of scintillating football as a goal each on either half from both @FCPuneCity and @ATKFC saw #PUNKOL ending 2-2.More videos: #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 10, 2019However, it were Pune who took the lead thanks to a Stankovic shot from range which took a wicked deflection off John Johnson’s trailing leg and nestled in the back of the net. This was after Robin Singh laid the ball on a platter for the onrushing Stankovic.advertisementHowever, the lead didn’t last long as Jayesh broke down the left wing, only to cut in and curl an exquisite shot into the far top corner. With confidence flowing through them, ATK took control of the match.In the 25th minute, ATK could have surged ahead when Lanzarote’s volleyed effort almost sneaked into the net as Sahil Panwar tried to clear the ball.At the half an hour mark, Everton Santos attempted an overhead kick from a Lanzarote free-kick which went inches over the bar. The Kolkata side upped the ante as they committed more men forward while Pune preferred to sit back and hit on the counter.Four minutes after the break, Pune had the first chance of the second half when Iain Hume found Robin whose first time shot produced a diving save from Arindam Bhattacharya in the ATK goal.Just at the hour mark, Diego Carlos was adjudged to have handled the ball when going for a 50-50 ball with Everton. The resulting spot-kick was buried into the net by Garcia, who scored his second in three games to put his team 2-1 ahead.ATK were handed a setback soon after when Pronay Halder suffered an injury and had to be taken off for Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Steve Coppell’s side were dealt another body blow in the 76th minute when Robin Singh headed in a corner from Marcelinho to pull Pune level.That goal sparked an onslaught from the Stallions as Marcelinho forced two good saves from Bhattacharya from free-kicks. ATK threw on Kalu Uche as they sought a winner badly but it was just not to be for them.Also Read | Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gregory Nelson score as Chennaiyin FC beat Bengaluru FCAlso Read | FIFA rankings: India slip out of top 100 after AFC Asian Cup losseslast_img read more