India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgFormer Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist feels Virat Kohli and co need to be mentally stronger to win a Test series overseas.India are battling to save the fifth Test against England at The Oval, having already conceded an unassailable 3-1 lead to England in the five-match series.Gilchrist said that the Indian team posses an impressive bowling attack and also have some quality batsman, but the constant failure overseas could be a result of a mental issue.”It is challenging playing overseas. I do believe India have a strong bowling unit and some quality batsmen, including the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli. They have the potential to win overseas, perhaps it is just mind more than the body,” he told PTI in an interaction here.India vs England 5th Test Day 3: Live ScoreAsked about Kohli’s captaincy in the ongoing Test series against England, Gilchrist said he would not make any comment but admired the Indian captain’s positive attitude.”What I admire about Virat’s captaincy is his tenacity and the way he drags his team with him just by being positive. Tactically, I cannot comment because I have not watched enough content, except the highlights,” he said.Gilchrist also said he admires Kohli’s aggression, though some people say he goes overboard sometimes.”Virat is that guy who is passionate about leading his team and the nation forward. I see positive things about his captaincy and leadership,” he said.Asked about Kohli’s soured relationship with Australian spectators, Gilchrist said the Indian captain has matured since the last tour where they went under the skin of the Indian players, especially Kohli.advertisement”The Aussie crowd always want to go under the skin of opposition players. Virat has matured to a great deal since that last tour,” he said.India is touring Australia between November and January next, where they will play four Test matches, three T20s and as many ODIs.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, Gilchrist said.”He (Kohli) looks to me a guy who likes challenges when the chips are down. Perhaps, we don’t want to upset him because he is the best player in the world,” he said.From Australia’s point of view, they do not want him to score heavily as he is currently doing in England, Gilchrist added.Asked about ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, Gilchrist said the hosts, Australia, India and Pakistan, are potential teams to reach semifinals.”England has one of the strongest white ball team. They will be playing in home conditions. Australia too also have good chance, and India has won a tournament there before. And, Pakistan are always the dark horse. they can spring a surprise or two,” he said.last_img read more

USMNT’s final exam against France will be brutal

first_imgUnited States Youthful USMNT squad’s final exam will be a brutal one as full-strength France awaits Ives Galarcep 04:18 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States France v United States France Friendlies The third of the U.S. national team’s three pre-World Cup friendlies sees the Americans taking on a stacked French side in its final World Cup tuneup Since the current U.S. national team was thrown together with a collection of youngsters still finding their feet as professionals, let alone internationals, we have heard about the tests being thrown their way.First there was a Bolivia B team, in a home game that could be best described as a cushy pop quiz . Then came a trip overseas, to take on a more mature Republic of Ireland squad in a mid-term exam that showed the young Americans just how much they have to learn .That loss to Ireland provided a dose of reality, which should ensure the U.S. team has its eyes wide open heading into Saturday’s friendly against France, a powerhouse and World Cup contender boasting some of the best players in the world. The French will deploy their strongest possible squad in their final pre-World Cup tuneup, which is going to force the USMNT to either step up to the challenge or risk being annihilated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We know that we’re not preparing for a tournament, but at the same time these are invaluable experiences for a group of players that is just starting to come together,” U.S. midfielder Wil Trapp said. “It’s their last game before the World Cup so we know that the energy, the excitement from them, the quality, should be high and we’re prepared for it, we’re excited for it.”It’ll be difficult, but these are the games you want to play in.”The lackluster showing against Ireland shouldn’t necessarily be used to measure how the Americans will respond against the French. Since this run of friendlies was announced, the France match has been seen as the showcase, the one most players were circling on the calendar. It isn’t a stretch to think some U.S. players overlooked Ireland, but there are no surprises on Saturday. They will be taking on the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, which is the type of challenge that should bring the best out of a brash crop of young American talents.”One thing I’ll tell you about this group is they don’t get intimidated,” U.S. caretaker coach Dave Sarachan said. “When we played Portugal in November with a similar younger team, FIFA had them third in the world, and they played without fear. This group is going to do the same.”Once we step on the field this group will compete.”The USMNT will once again be without its best player — Christian Pulisic — who went on vacation and skipped the team’s European-based friendlies. His absence, coupled with the injury to Kenny Saief and the inability to secure releases of some MLS-based midfielders, has left this U.S. team facing a playmaker drought. Sarachan turned to Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams as a central tandem in front of Trapp, a partnership that yielded very little in the way of chances created.The good news is that central midfield trio will have to be much more focused on defending and trying to slow down France’s vaunted attack, which plays to the strengths of McKennie and Adams, though the U.S. as a group still needs to do a better job of keeping the ball and moving it around.”I think we were a little bit afraid to play when there was some pressure on us,” U.S. defender Tim Parker said. “I think we just have to work on getting in good spots for one another when we have the ball. This way it makes it easier for the next guy.”From an individual standpoint, Saturday’s friendly should tell us quite a bit about several youngsters. Tim Weah plays for Paris Saint-German and has expressed his excitement about facing the French. The 18-year-old winger has impressed in the team’s recent friendlies, but finding success against France’s defense will be an entirely different kind of challenge.GFX USMNT Projected XI vs FranceMcKennie will have his opportunity to face off against Champions League caliber competition as he prepares to fight for a regular role in Schalke’s looming Champions League campaign, while Adams is expected to make a move to a top European league in the near future, and going up against the likes of Griezmann and Kante should only help raise his profile.Defensively, the center back tandem of Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-VIckers had some shaky moments against Ireland, but will find a significantly more difficult challenge on Saturday. That’s assuming Sarachan doesn’t break up the pairing to give a start to Parker, who was impressive off the bench against Ireland.Whichever defense Sarachan settles on will need to play much better than the unit that faced Ireland. As much as the Americans are a long shot to knock off Les Bleus, the only chance they have of avoiding being overrun is if the team’s defensive shape and commitment is excellent.”We just want to make the game tough for them,” Parker said. “I think we want to put on a good showing for ourselves, but obviously not make it easy for them.”last_img read more