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Liverpool captain Henderson: We’ll take responsibility for Napoli lossby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the players will take responsibility for Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Napoli.The Reds were sloppy throughout the encounter and were ultimately punished through late goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Fernando Llorente.”I felt we played some good stuff, it was just the final bit I felt we were missing today,” Henderson told BT Sport after the final whistle.”At home Napoli are a good side and they are going to create some good chances. You’ve got to be prepared to defend as a team, which I felt we did.”We won some great balls in midfield and counter-attacked really well, but it was just that last little bit – and obviously the mistakes for the goals – that we need to improve on.”Overall, we can be better of course. We’ll take responsibility, we’ll move forward and try to react in the right way.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Sancho talks Borussia Dortmund futureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJadon Sancho insists he wants to win titles with Borussia Dortmund amid growing interest from Manchester United.The 19-year-old was impressive in Tuesday’s goalless draw against Barcelona.Speaking to Viasport after the game, Sancho said: “I can’t tell the future. I just take it game by game. I just wanna give 100 per cent for Borussia Dortmund.”I really want to do well with Dortmund. Obviously, I want to win titles and give everything.”
Kane insists Tottenham title hopes still aliveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane still believes that Tottenham can pull off a title challenge in the Premier League.Spurs are ten points behind leaders Liverpool after a miserable start to the season.The club has only won two out of its first eight games of the season.But Kane is still optimistic they can turn around their form and compete with the top teams in the division.He said on Sky Sports: “If this was January or February people would be saying there’s no chance of us winning it.”Obviously it’s not the ideal start, but stranger things have happened. You can never rule yourselves out until it’s done.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Capello admits trying to sign Barcelona star Messi for Juventusby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Capello has spoken of trying to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi for Juventus.Capello admits Juve made their attempt when Messi was 16.”There are categories and he, (Diego) Maradona and Pelé fall within that of geniuses, those who invent things that others can’t even think of. They are not built, he has it in their DNA. “I met Messi for the first time during the Gamper Trophy, Juve played against Barcelona. There were 90,000 spectators and he was 16,” Capello tells Sky Sport Italia.”I approached (Frank) Rijkaard after 15-20 minutes and asked him: ‘Listen, can you loan him to me for a year?’ He was 16, he came in and he played with everyone. It didn’t take a Fabio Capello to understand that he was a genius.”What did Rijkaard tell me? I knew they already had three foreigners and couldn’t put the fourth foreigner on the list and he said: ‘Fabio don’t worry, there are no problems, we will somehow manage to play him’. “The Catalans also had their plans. Even then, Messi was impressive.” TagsTransfersFabio CapelloAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
2017 NFL DraftHow’d you enjoy the NFL Draft’s first round last night? It was pretty entertaining, right? There was the Laremy Tunsil fiasco, Ohio State dominating from a college perspective and a bunch of trades and surprising picks. 2016 #NFLDraft: Round 1 pic.twitter.com/STafk2HHYF— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2016What could the 2017 NFL Draft first round look like? Let’s take a look. Here’s what the mock drafts we could find for next season are projecting. Walter Football1. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson2. Miami QB Brad Kaaya3. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett4. Florida CB Jalen Tabor5. USC WR JuJu Smith-SchusterComplete first round here. NFL Draft Geek1. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson2. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett3. LSU RB Leonard Fournette4. Tennessee DL Derek Barnett5. Alabama OT Cam RobinsonComplete first round here. Fueled By Sports1. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett2. LSU RB Leonard Fournette3. Alabama OT Cam Robinson4. Miami QB Brad Kaaya5. Michigan DB Jabrill PeppersComplete first round here.
Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey trip to Sevilla as he is given a rest, but new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng is included.Messi was absent from Barca’s starting XI for the visit of Leganes in La Liga on Sunday, coming on as a substitute to spare their blushes – playing a role in Luis Suarez’s goal before also scoring himself.Coach Ernesto Valverde acknowledged in the lead up to that game that he was likely to take opportunities to rest Messi in the coming weeks ahead of a busy period, which includes the return of the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sevilla – a team he boasts a fine record against – are the lucky beneficiaries of his time out of the side, as Barca travel to Andalusia for the first leg of their Copa quarter-final.However. Boateng is in line to make his first appearance for the club.The Germany-born former Ghana international joined Barca in a shock loan deal from Sassuolo on Monday, a move which caught many by surprise.The 31-year-old makes his return to Spanish football having previously featured for Las Palmas.Young talent Riqui Puig is included in the squad as well, with opponents Sevilla aiming to arrest a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni admits it has been “a while” since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.Messi last played for the national team at the 2018 World Cup, but is widely expected to make his return in March.Goal revealed in January that plans are being put in place to bring the 31-year-old back into the Albiceleste squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Scaloni said at that time: “We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak.”I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling.”The Argentina boss has, however, conceded that efforts to welcome a mercurial talent back into the fold have gone no further since then.”I have not talked to Messi for a while now,” he said.”He has a match in a few days and we’ll see if he can play.”Messi is currently nursing a thigh problem picked up during a La Liga outing for Barcelona against Valencia.His club manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said of that knock ahead of a Clasico clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey: “[Messi] has a small problem.”I don’t know exactly what he has.”We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday.”Ahead of a Copa America campaign later this year, Argentina are scheduled to face Venezuela and Morocco in friendlies next month.Messi is enjoying another fine season for Barcelona, scoring 29 goals in 27 games in all competitions.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that the club would be comfortable buying from fierce rivals Real Madrid amid transfer links with Isco.The Spaniard has struggled to stake a regular claim for a spot in Madrid’s starting XI under Santiago Solari, with Goal revealing that the situation is a ‘ticking timebomb’ that would likely result in the midfielder leaving the club. Barca have been mentioned as one of the teams that may hold an interest in signing Isco, with former forward Rivaldo having been one to publicly state that he would like to see the 26-year-old move to Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Isco hasn’t started for Madrid since the Copa del Rey second-leg defeat to Levante on January 16, featuring just once, as a substitute, in their last three matches.Indeed, he’s only made five league starts in 2018-19 as Madrid prepare to face Barca in Wednesday’s Clasico clash in the Copa del Rey semi-final.Isco’s lack of regular football has frequently seen him linked with a Madrid exit although he did not leave for a European rival in the January transfer window, with his contract running until 2022 and the club seemingly in no rush to sell.And when asked whether Barca would contemplate signing Isco, Bartomeu insisted there is no block on bringing players in from their rivals and that he would facilitate such a deal, should the head coach ask for it.”If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them,” he told El Partidazo de COPE .”But it has not happened since I’ve been here.”There are no non-aggression pacts. Each one tries to make their team more competitive.”Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid [Florentino Perez].”Barca are currently enjoying supremacy over their rivals in league terms, with the Catalans eight points clear of Solari’s side at the top of the table.Madrid, who are third in the standings, have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times, though, winning their last four league matches in a row to pull themselves back into contention.
Phil Foden is dreading the day that David Silva leaves Manchester City, with a Blues academy graduate admitting: “I don’t want it to happen.”A World Cup winner, who has become a modern day legend at the Etihad Stadium, has revealed that the 2019-20 campaign will be his last in England.After 10 years of loyal service in Manchester, during which he has contributed significantly to City becoming a dominant force domestically, Silva is ready to head home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He will leave a sizeable void at the Premier League champions, with his reassuring presence and undoubted ability set to be greatly missed.Foden is among those eager to avoid thinking about life without Silva, with the 19-year-old hoping to take as many lessons as possible from a world-class talent before he departs.The City academy graduate has said of an impending exit: “It’s going to be a shame.”I’m not thinking about that too much because I don’t want it to happen. He’s here now so let’s try and be happy.”He’s still a great player, you could see on Wednesday [in a 6-1 friendly win over Kitchee] how sharp he is even at the age he is. He’s still a special player.”Foden made his first appearance of pre-season in a thumping victory over Kitchee.He has returned to the City fold after figuring for England at the European U21 Championship over the summer.The teenager is hoping to earn more competitive minutes under Pep Guardiola in 2019-20, having proved his worth in last season’s treble-winning heroics – with one memorable outing seeing him net the winner in a crucial clash with Tottenham.Foden said: “It was massive for me. It was such a big game, we needed the win and I came in and gave everything I got. I’m just happy it went so well and happy to help the team.”For now, a youngster who committed to a new long-term deal with City in 2019-20 is looking to prove his worth to Guardiola.He added: “I can’t wait. I’m glad to be back and feeling happy and sharp. I feel like I’m getting better and more mature and ready for any challenge that gets thrown at me.”The manager has just told me to keep working. He’s not that kind of manager who gives you chances if you’re not playing well. You have to show him each day what you’re capable of and earn your chances.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This weekend’s slate of games is truly remarkable, as ranked opponents will clash and SEC showdowns will be taking place. However, ESPN has put four teams on notice today, as they have the ‘most to lose’ on the road.Obviously, any loss can alter the playoff picture for this season, but it’s magnified even more when it happens to an elite program. Well, these four ranked teams all need to avoid an upset.Here’s ESPN’s list:No. 10 Washington at UtahNo. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa StateNo. 1 Alabama at Ole MissNo. 4 Ohio State at No. 15 TCUWhen it comes to Washington, there is absolutely no room for error this season. After losing to Auburn in their season opener, another loss would definitely derail their chances of making the playoff.The Sooners will have to erase last year’s demons, as Oklahoma lost to the Cyclones in a stunner. With Kyler Murray playing exceptional right now, prevailing on the road would be huge.Moving over to the defending champions, Alabama is heavily favored to win tonight, yet Ole Miss provides their best opponent to date.While all these games are intriguing, the game between the Buckeyes and the Horned Frogs might actually change the entire landscape of college football.It’s just the third weekend of the season, but four teams are already competing for their playoff lives.
DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season is just a few hours old and we’ve already been witness to an incredible comeback. Oklahoma entered the fourth quarter of its game against Texas down by 21 points.That didn’t last long. Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray took the team down the field for a quick touchdown to bring the score to 45-31.After the Sooners defense held, Texas punted back without spending much time on the clock. Then Murray happened again.The two-sport phenom raced down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown to cut the Texas lead to just seven points. That led to a few long faces from the Longhorns faithful who watched their team’s lead evaporate into thin air.One of those fans went viral.Watching the end of this Texas-Oklahoma game like pic.twitter.com/lQxk4swQbD— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2018To further the angst of Texas fans everywhere, Oklahoma quickly put up another touchdown and tied the game at 45 with just over three minutes left to play.It’s been an instant classic in Dallas.Stay tuned.
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Heinz Field during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Pitt football got a much-needed win over Syracuse on Saturday, but the week following hasn’t been too kind to the Panthers. Today, the squad lost tight end Tyler Sear.Sear, the starter at the position for the end of last year and this season, is no longer with the team. Pat Narduzzi’s staff has declined to address what led to the decision.From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:The curious case of Pitt’s tight end turmoil continues, as sophomore Tyler Sear has left the team, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The program confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon.“It was mutually agreed upon that Tyler Sear will take leave of the team for personal reasons,” said team spokesperson E.J. Borghetti.The tight end position hasn’t been a major focus of quarterback Kenny Pickett. Sear had two catches for nine total yards on the year. As a freshman, he caught a single pass for 10 yards, in the season opener against Youngstown State.Tyler Sear is the second player that Pitt football has lost today.Earlier, team captain and star linebacker Quintin Wirginis was ruled out for the season after a non-contact injury in practice. He is the team leader in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles this season.The Syracuse win puts Pitt back in the conversation for a bowl game, at 3-3 halfway through the year. It doesn’t have an easy draw this weekend though, with a trip to No. 5 Notre Dame coming up.[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
A new sign just shown in the crowd at ESPN’s College GameDay this morning is being called one of the best ever.It’s ridiculously impressive.Ohio State fans won’t like it, of course, but even Buckeye fans might respect the technology behind it.Check it out:This Michigan fan turned Urban Meyer into Pinocchio with this sign. ? https://t.co/T0wK4K0Enf— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 13, 2018The Urban Meyer/Pinocchio angle has been used on College GameDay signs earlier this season, but we’d yet to see a sign that could actually make the nose grow.Well done, Michigan fan. Well done.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Last weekend, Ohio State survived a strong upset bid from Maryland. A botched two-point conversion in overtime sealed the victory for the Buckeyes and set up a win or go home game against Michigan this weekend.The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game will represent the Big Ten East against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.The Buckeyes received some good injury news ahead of the matchup against The Team Up North. Head coach Urban Meyer revealed that offensive lineman Thayer Munford, who was injured in contest against Maryland, is “good to go” for the Michigan game.Here’s the news from Garrett Stepien of the Buckeye Sports Bulletin.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says Thayer Munford is upgraded from probable to “good to go” for Michigan on Saturday after the sophomore left tackle left Maryland last weekend with what Meyer initially described as an “MCL (or) ankle” injury.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 20, 2018That’s great news for the Buckeyes. Michigan boasts one of the most vaunted defenses in college football, so the health of Munford is imperative.Michigan and Ohio State kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Can Harbaugh finally get a win over the Buckeyes?
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top quarterbacks in college football will unfortunately be missing his team’s bowl game with an injury.James Morgan, FIU’s star quarterback with more than 2,700 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, will not be playing in his team’s bowl game on Friday.FIU’s head coach, Butch Davis, informed reporters of the tough news today.BREAKING: Butch Davis tells me FIU QB James Morgan will NOT play vs. @ToledoFB in tomorrow’s @TheBahamasBowl. Morgan, a former @BGathletics QB, was injured in their last game.— Justin Feldkamp (@JustinFeldkamp) December 20, 2018Morgan, a junior, had thrown for 2,727 yards, 26 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the season.FIU is entering its Bahamas Bowl contest against Toledo at 8-4 on the season.The Panthers are going for their first 9-win season in program history.FIU and Toledo are set to kick off at 12:30 p.m. E.T. on Friday. The game will be on ESPN.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine isn’t a college football showcase, but it’s still fun to see which programs have the best performances in front of the NFL world.The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has wrapped up in Indianapolis, with the final player drills and tests taking place on Monday afternoon.The NFL Draft has released its list of the programs that dominated the combine this year.The No. 1 program might be a little surprising. It’s a Big Ten school, but it’s not Ohio State or Michigan (or Penn State or Nebraska or Wisconsin…).It’s Iowa.The Hawkeyes, who have several players projected to be high NFL Draft picks this year, won the most “medals” at this year’s NFL Combine with 11.Iowa is followed by Notre Dame, which came in second place, and Michigan and Washington, which finished in third and fourth place, respectively.Here’s the full list:Final #NFLCombine medals count:1) @HawkeyeFootball, 112) @NDFootball, 103) @UMichFootball, 94) @UW_Football, 7t5) @KStateFB, 6t5) @OleMissFB, 6t5) @PennStateFball, 6t5) @OhioStateFB, 6t5) @USC_Athletics, 6 pic.twitter.com/xImC1QuqU1— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 5, 2019Congrats to the Hawkeyes.The NFL Draft is set to begin on April 25.
In an article for the ESPN+ subscription service, Adam Rittenberg outlined his sleeper College Football Playoff contenders from the Power Five conferences.Ahead of the paywall, he revealed that Iowa is his first inclusion on that list:The Hawkeyes (3-0) completed their job under adverse conditions. The game’s unique circumstances could make it an outlier to some, but not Ferentz, who will use the Cy-Hawk as a reference point.“This is a conference game,” Ferentz said. “You’re on the road, you’re playing in a tough environment against a really tough football team. There was going to be nothing easy about this week. … It sure can’t hurt for us to weather it, push through it and fight through it.”Iowa, ranked 18th this week, is among the under-the-radar teams with the right ingredients to push for a conference title and shake up the College Football Playoff race. In selecting one such team for each Power 5 conference, I eliminated those not picked to win the conference (official poll or media) and those not appearing in the top 15 of the AP preseason poll.The Hawkeyes may not have quite the raw power of Wisconsin, or the potential flash of the Huskers. They’ll probably be a decent underdog against whichever Big Ten East team emerges, should they make it to Indianapolis.That path includes cross-division games against Michigan and Penn State, so it would certainly be earned if Iowa makes it through the year unscathed. If that happens, it would be hard to keep the Hawkeyes out of the Playoff discussion.The full ESPN article is available with an ESPN+ subscription. PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes congratulates his players after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 14-7. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Iowa football survived a big, weird road game this weekend, outlasting Iowa State and some rolling storms in Ames for a dramatic win for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. The Hawkeyes have climbed up to No. 18 in the AP Poll.How high can the Hawkeyes climb? We’re not too far removed from Kirk Ferentz’s team playing for a Big Ten title and heading to the Rose Bowl.The Big Ten West may be a bit deeper this year than it has been. Wisconsin looks incredibly strong, and while Nebraska didn’t look super sharp out of the gate, they have plenty of potential.Iowa has its supporters as well, though.
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IPL 2019: Learning a lot from top-class Mohammed Shami, says Sam CurranYoung England all-rounder Sam Curran feels that he is improving significantly in the company of senior India pacer Mohammed Shami, at the Kings XI Punjab camp.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 16:58 IST Young England all-rounder Sam Curran feels that he is improving significantly in the company of India pacer Mohammad Shami at the KXIP camp. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSam Curran feels he is learning a lot from India pacer Mohammed ShamiKXIP paid Rs 7.2 crore for his services this season and he repaid the faith by taking a hat-trick against Delhi CapitalsThe 20-year-old is keeping his fingers crossed before the World Cup squad is announced later this monthYoung England all-rounder Sam Curran has already made a name for himself with his sharp inswingers and currently in the company of senior India pacer Mohammed Shami at the KXIP camp, the 20-year-old sees himself improving significantly after his maiden stint in the IPL.Curran, who produced a man-of-the-match performance in only his second Test — against India at Edgbaston last year, has been making rapid strides since then.KXIP paid a hefty Rs 7.2 crore for his services this season and he repaid the faith by taking a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals.”My first IPL and it has been a very good experience so far, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket,” Curran told PTI.Curran had a lengthy chat with his English teammates and IPL regulars before coming to India, giving him a fair idea on the pressures and expectations involved in the lucrative league.In the KXIP set-up, he is enjoying discussing the game with the likes of skipper R Ashwin and opener K L Rahul, but is learning most from India’s swing specialist Shami, who is at the top his game.”I spoke to a few guys (from the England team) before coming here and they were clear about how good the tournament was and I can see for myself that the standard is very high.”I am getting to pick the brains of Shami. He is obviously a top class bowler and I am learning lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions and I am sure I will be an improved bowler at the end of the tournament,” said the son of former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran and younger brother of England pacer Tom Curran.advertisementCurran hails from a cricketing family which, he says, doesn’t put him under intense pressure.”There is no specific goal (that my family wants me to achieve). They just tell me to enjoy my cricket, take one game at a time.”The Currans were surely proud of his hat-trick at Mohali though he himself had not realise what he had done.”It was a great moment. At that time I was not focussed on the hat-trick, I was focussed on defending the runs for the team. Luckily I was able to do that day and hat-trick was just a bonus,” he said it nonchalantly.Curran is just 20 and some would think that he is bound to feel the load of a whopping price tag, but he doesn’t.”I don’t need to worry about that (price tag), I just got to keep performing and take one game a time. I am really enjoying playing in India. The crowd gives you so much energy here, they really enjoy the game and that brings out the best out of players.”He is keeping his fingers crossed before the World Cup squad is announced later this month.”It is the greatest tournament and hopefully my name will be there,” Curran added.Also Read | Fingers crossed for more KXIP victories than hat-tricks: Sam CurranAlso Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Sam CurranFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Mohammed Shami
India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 21:12 IST Virat Kohli will go into the World Cup as the undisputed best batsman in the world. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli there is a lot of warmth and trust in the Indian cricket teamKohli said no player has personal interests and everyone wants to perform for Team IndiaIn an interview with India Today, Kohli said he is proud to lead a group of dedicated, passionate cricketersVirat Kohli is geared up and ready for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which starts in a few weeks in England. As India captain and the best batsman in the team, there will be plenty of expectations from all of India. However, Kohli said he thought the expectations were fair but his focus was on helping the team win.In an exclusive interview with India Today, Virat Kohli also spoke about the camaraderie in the Indian team and how the players bonded well in the dressing-room. Kohli, who has 41 ODI hundreds and is the best batsman in the world today, said every member of the Indian team was eager to return to the set-up and he was proud to lead a group of guys who are willing to play passionately for the country.Excerpts from an exclusive interview:Will the 2019 World Cup be the most important tournament you have ever played? You are captain, best batsman and the flag-bearer of our dreams.Virat Kohli: If you look at everything together, yes this (the 2019 World Cup) is going to be probably the tournament where I am more or less going to be involved in a lot of things. In 2011, yes I was there as a player but I wasn’t involved in the meetings and the pressures that come with taking the team forward and how to go about it. I was just happy doing my practice and contributing to the team. At this point of time, it’s going to be very different.advertisementEven in 2015, I wasn’t involved to the extent where I had to be a part of everything going on. So yes, to understand the magnitude of a tournament like this from a captain’s point of view along with the team management, it’s a different ball-game. And it’s something I am really looking forward to because when you play so much international cricket, after a while you need a bigger challenge and I think there’s no bigger challenge than the Word Cup and to come at this time where we have played so much cricket over the past few years, and to find a tournament like this where every team is just up and running again.. they are so excited for it.. I think it’s amazing for world cricket.You are going into the World Cup as the undisputed best batsman in the world. There is so much this country wants from you. How are you looking at it as a batsman’s point of view?Virat Kohli: Well obviously, I am going to look to contribute as much as possible. That’s always been my mindset. I would not say I would look to do something different just because it’s a World Cup. Fortunately, I am in the mindset that I have 12 months of the year. So I don’t have to pick myself up specially for a series or a tournament.Even if we play at home after a series in Australia, I would still have the same kind of intensity and same kind of drive to make sure the team goes across the line. I don’t necessarily focus on things that are expected of me. I think internally to help the team win, to contribute to the team.. those are the kind of pressures I like to deal with. On the outside, there are so many things that are not controllable.. These are opinions, these are expectations which is absolutely fair because if you watch a game and you want me to do well, you will obviously have expectations and you would want me to perform which is absolutely fine. Every individual has his own expectations, requirements and choices to make. So the main focus is going to be stay in that mindset regardless of how the team is playing. If we are playing really well (it’s important) not to get too excited about it. If we are we are sort of 50-50, it’s important not to get bogged down by it.Do you think the Indian team has all bases covered for the World Cup?Virat Kohli: We are all very happy (going into the 2019 World Cup). The kind of cricket we have played over the last couple of years, specially looking at the way we played away from home, is a great sign of things fallen in place for us at the right time. We are all very happy with the team. It’s the most balanced side we could have thought of. Everyone who we wanted to be in a good headspace came into a good headspace. They are all doing well, they are all playing well. I think those are the kind of things that are really crucial for a team to play well together. Even though you might be playing a tournament like the IPL right now, the anticipation and the excitement is for that big Cup. And everyone is using all the games that they have to get that mindset established. And that’s why you have people playing with a lot of passion in the IPL, playing with a lot of hunger and I love seeing the energy I am seeing in the IPL. That excites me. We are very happy with the 15 players we have (for the World Cup) and everyone is in very good headspace as well.advertisementYour players swear by you and that I think is the standout feature of this team.Virat Kohli: I would not put it down to myself. I think the whole management group and the way they handle players and the environment they have created in the change-room . It’s more like a bunch of friends together. Even from the management to myself.. I could be captain but the way we all talk in the change room and they way these youngsters joke around with me or even Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni).. it’s like being at home. Our change-room is like a living-room.We literally chill out, we relax, we talk so much non-sense at times but it’s so funny. That’s the kind of atmosphere you need and that’s exactly the point I made – that everyone is looking forward to coming back to that set-up. Everyone might be playing for their respective (IPL) teams right now but you wouldn’t see any chit-chat between the players who are playing for the nation. It’s all friendly and they are all smiling with each other.You feel so good seeing those things because we always wanted that to be the case. The Indian cricket team has to be paramount and people have to look forward to coming back to that set-up. That’s the thing that is happening right now. It’s not just me or only the management. It’s the players also who have taken it in such a nice and positive way and such a sporting way.It takes an effort from everyone in the change-room right from the management to the support staff to myself as a captain to Mahi bhai. Him being a senior and the way he deals with junior players.. these things make a massive, massive difference.That’s why there’s so much warmth and so much trust in the team and that’s why you see us playing the way we are because there’s complete trust. We set one goal and then it’s auto-mode. Everyone syncs with that goal. There is no personal interest, there is no playing for my performance.. there’s nothing of that sort. People are so happy bowling 4 good overs for the team even if their names are not flashed in the new the next day. These are the things that make me so proud to be part of this group.advertisementAlso Read | No bigger challenge in cricket than the World Cup: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Expectations from me fair but my focus is to help India win: Virat KohliWatch full interview For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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