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Boxing Day Test: Tim Paine and I don’t want to do something unnecessary, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has played down the sledging war between Australia skipper Tim Paine and himself, saying neither of them goes out looking to find reasons to talk about.Speaking to the press on the eve of the much-anticipated Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Kohli, reiterating his comments from before the start of the ongoing four-match series, said both the teams will fight hard but won’t cross the line on the field.Virat Kohli kicked up a storm when he frequently traded barbs with Paine in the second Test at Perth. India went on to lose the match by 146 runs but the talking point was about the sledging war between the two captains.At one point in the match that extended to five days, Kohli and Paine almost bumped into each other and the umpires had to intervene to prevent matters from escalating. Both the captains were constantly chirping at opposition players and Paine even asked opener Murali Vijay if he “seriously liked” Kohli “as a bloke”.”I don’t think so. That’s in the past. As I said, it’s Test cricket at the highest level when two tough teams are going against each other. There will be things that happen on the field. I think it’s important to leave it there and focus on the next Test match. We are definitely not looking to find something to talk about,” Kohli said on Tuesday.”You just want to play good, competitive cricket and when both teams are passionate and desperate to win, obviously, those things happen on the field.”As I said, as long as the line is not crossed, you have no issues. I said that before the last Test as well. I am sure Tim and myself both understand what happened and we definitely don’t want to do something unnecessary. We want to lead our teams well and play good cricket the public wants to see.”advertisementKohli faced flak for his behaviour during the Perth Test with former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson calling him “silly and disrespectful”. On the other hand, batting great Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the India captain and his team, saying it’s not the DNA of Indian cricket to play the Australian way.Positive mindset most important thing for performing overseas: KohliThe Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket, which was rated poor after a boring draw during last year’s Ashes, isn’t going to be a minefield for the Boxing Day Test but captain Kohli said the key to finding success overseas is mental determination.Regardless of the conditions, Kohli has mastered the art of scoring run and loads of them. The 30-year-old has scored more than 1000 runs on the road, smashing centuries in South Africa, England and Australia even as his teammates have failed to be as consistent as their skipper.”There is no real secret. For me, what has worked for me is being comfortable where I am playing, not necessarily looking at how difficult the wicket is but if you are able to feel comfortable there, you are more or less in control of what you want to do,” Kohli said.”As a batsman, if at any stage you are hesitating or scared of the pace and bounce, and then you are definitely going to get hit. So, that is something you sit in your room and work on. It’s not something you can just arrive and feel on that particular day. It’s something that I work on the mindset.”I think that’s the only and most important thing to get into that frame of mind where you think you are ready to get runs anywhere and that takes a constant effort on a daily basis.”Also Read | India name playing XI for Boxing Day Test vs Australia: Agarwal to debut, Jadeja returnsAlso Read | Chris Gayle’s Christmas wish: Dear Santa, all I want is a fat bank account and a skinny bodyAlso Read | Fans stunned after KL Rahul named in ODI and T20I squads despite Test failuresAlso See:last_img read more

Katarina Johnson-Thompson takes pentathlon gold at World Indoors

first_imgReuse this content Share on Messenger Johnson-Thompson now hopes that an unprecedented treble of world indoor, Commonwealth and European heptathlon gold medals is on the cards in 2018. “I have a busy year and this gives me confidence I can compete at a certain level and come away with a medal and not screw it up,” she said, smiling.It would take a heart of stone not to be happy for her. There have been too many screw-ups in the past – most famously in the 2015 world championships when she fouled three times in the long jump when favourite, and then again in London last year when her chances for a medal ended when she cleared only 1.80m in the high jump – 18cm below her personal best.“After the last couple of years there was no pressure on me because I have not done too well,” Johnson-Thompson said. “I am just happy I can kickstart this year as a gold medallist. I will have to step up my game in the European Championships in the summer but I think I can do that.”The secret to success was her consistency – with solid results in the 60m hurdles (8.36sec) and high jump (1.91m), followed by an indoor personal best of 12.68m in the shot put, her weakest event.Another solid performance in the long jump, where she jumped 6.50m, put in her command and victory in the 800m (2:16.63) ensured the gold medal was hers. It meant Britain had their first gold medal at the world indoors since Richard Kilty shocked everybody by taking the 60m in Sopot in 2014. Since you’re here… Read more Laura Muir earns world indoor bronze after £1,500, seven-hour taxi ride Read more Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Johnson-Thompson admitted a move to Montpellier last year to be coached by the Frenchman Bertrand Valcin had made the crucial difference. “He has so much belief in me and that I can grasp my opportunities,” she said. “It’s very lonely out in France. I’ve left my family. There’s the language barrier but it’s worth it for this.”Meanwhile, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast ran away from the field to 60m gold in 6.97 sec – the sixth fastest time in history. Her compatriot Marie-Josee Ta Lou took silver in 7.05, the same time as the Swiss athlete Mujinga Kambundji, who won bronze.Earlier in the evening there was a surprise in the men’s long jump as the 19-year-old Cuban Miguel Echevarria took gold with a leap of 8.46m. It made him the youngest male field event champion of all time. The outdoor world champion Luvo Manyonga took silver with a jump of 8.44m, while the 2016 indoor champ Marquis Dendy had to settle for bronze. Share on Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Athletics Katarina Johnson-Thompson Share via Email news Finally she delivered. For too long the expectation surrounding Katarina Johnson-Thompson has acted as a dragnet on her body and mind but, urged on by a boisterous home crowd, the 25-year-old powered away to claim her first world title and then promised it would be a springboard for an even brighter future.“It’s been a long time coming but I am finally a world champion,” she said, her voice hoarse after the exertions of a day spent sprinting, jumping and throwing, before sealing the pentathlon gold medal with victory in the 800m. “It means the world to me. This is something I have been trying to do since 2012 when I stepped into the international scene.”Admittedly it was a moderate field, with none of the heptathlon medallists from last year’s world championships in Birmingham. And Johnson-Thompson’s winning score of 4,750 was also 250 points below her best. But the popular 25-year-old could do no more than deal with what she was up against – and she won with something in hand over the Austrian Ivona Dodic, who took silver 50 points behind her. Support The Guardian Mo Farah says medals and not money is his incentive for switch to marathon Share on WhatsApplast_img read more