Cricket News Wanted to bat in tough conditions to prepare for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “We lost four wickets upfront, there is a learning there for us as how we should bat when the ball is swinging and conditions are not easy. The guys now know come the situation how to do it. The run rate was not great in first 30 overs but we still managed to get to 250, which is a big positive,” Rohit said.‘Massive achievement’India won a series in New Zealand after 10 years and their 4-1 scoreline is the best in the country ever since they started touring New Zealand in 1967. Rohit said the achievement was massive.“New Zealand have got great balance. They bat deep and have a quality bowling line-up, we saw a bit of glimpse of that in last game where they challenged us, so for us 4-1 is a great achievement,” Rohit said.The Indian skipper also hailed Rayudu’s contribution and said the knock would boost his confidence and if he played in a similar vein in tough conditions, India’s chances will receive a major boost. Rohit, though, stressed on the need to try out some combinations as India look to cover all bases for the tournament.“We want to be very well prepared for the World Cup, so we wanted to try out all our combinations. If the series was on line, we would have played with two spinners and three seamers and Kedar being there, but with the series won, we wanted to try out combination. Because we will be playing nine games in World Cup, and anything can happen, injuries, being out of form, so we wanted to try our every combination,” Rohit said.India will now be aiming to break their jinx in Twenty20 Internationals, having never won a game in New Zealand. The first match will take place in Wellington on Wednesday. India won a series against New Zealand for the first time in 10 years.India’s 4-1 scoreline is the best in New Zealand ever since they started touring the country.India won a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team ended the ODI series Down Under on the ultimate high. After winning a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia, India ended their 10-year pain in New Zealand on the ultimate high by winning the final ODI in Wellington by 35 runs to clinch the five-match series 4-1. Rohit, who took over as the captain for the Hamilton ODI after Virat Kohli was rested, started his tenure with a disastrous loss as the team was bowled out for 92. In Wellington, the team started off poorly but were rescued by fine knocks from Ambati Rayudu (90) and a 22-ball blitz from Hardik Pandya to boost India.Speaking after the end of the match, Rohit said the plan to bat first on a difficult wicket was made keeping in mind the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in England. “I had a look (of the pitch) before the toss and knew that there was moisture, which would be helpful for the fast bowlers initially. As a team we wanted to see how we face the challenges because come the World Cup we will be put into those situations,” Rohit said.Trent Boult and Matt Henry picked up two wickets at the start, with Henry accounting for Rohit (2) and Shubman Gill (7) while Boult sent back Shikhar Dhawan (6) and MS Dhoni for 1. Rohit acknowledged that batsmen have to back themselves while facing the new ball in swinging conditions. highlightslast_img read more


Win over Cleveland State game of firsts for Wisconsin

first_imgAfter the Wisconsin football team dropped its lead and the game to Nebraska, the only victory of Saturday night came back in Madison, where the Wisconsin men’s soccer team topped Cleveland State by a score of 2-1. Although it was their 10th game of the season, the Badgers victory unveiled several firsts for the season.Badgers finally grab first home victoryWisconsin entered the match holding an 0-2-1 record at the McClimon Soccer Complex but was finally able to win its first home affair in front of a crowd of 545. Although it was the smallest home crowd of the season, Wisconsin finally settled in to its home stadium and finished the job for what head coach John Trask called the Badgers’ “truest fans.”“Considering that Wisconsin football was playing, it was a pretty impressive crowd,” Trask said. “Obviously we didn’t have the student section like we usually do, but there were a lot of youth and good soccer people from town [that came out].” It took four games to win one at home, but the Badgers have yet to reach the halfway point of their home schedule. Wisconsin still has five games to make it a very successful season within the confines of McClimon. The Badgers have beaten ranked opponents at home in each of the last two seasons – No. 22 Penn State in 2010 and No. 5 Indiana in 2011.Junior captain Chris Prince realized – in his 49 games of experience – if the Badgers are to be successful, it is rather important to win games at home. Following the victory, he said he sees significant room for the Badgers to improve in that aspect.“Playing at home should be like your home turf,” Prince said. “[Before the game] we hadn’t gotten a single win yet, which shouldn’t happen. We need to turn that around and start making this a tough place to play at.”UW gains adjusts to playing with leadOnly twice this season had the Badgers held a first half lead, and only one of those occasions ended in a Wisconsin victory.“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been down a goal this season,” Prince said following the victory.And while they’ve trailed at some point in almost every game, the Badgers have done a good job of rallying from deficits that, if not to win the game, at least force overtime.Playing with a lead was a situation Wisconsin was certainly not used to, but one the team greeted Saturday night.Senior forward Jerry Maddi opened up the scoring in the first half with his first career goal in the 29th minute, and midfielder Drew Conner tacked on another goal just before halftime.Cleveland State attacked throughout the second half and eventually connected with a late goal in the 86th minute. Given the Vikings’ ability to get close to scoring at the end, John Trask was pleased with the lead the offense was able to build.“You wouldn’t want to be leaving that team in the game at 0-0 in the second half,” Trask said. “It would have been a really tricky game at that point.”Conner gets back on track in new positionConner’s goal in the 43rd minute was his first goal since the season-opener against Memphis and came at a new position for him.The freshman is used to playing center midfielder for the Badgers, but a recent change has moved Prince into that position and Conner to the right midfielder spot. Playing at center-mid for most of the season, Conner noted most of his scoring opportunities came in rebound situations, making the opportunity to score more often something he particularly enjoys about his new position.“Going into this game and the new position, I knew that I wanted to score,” Conner said. “I knew that there would be more opportunities out there for me.”His goal wound up being the difference-maker for the Badgers in the single-goal decision. Prince touched the ball into the box to Blake Succa before Succa crossed it to Conner. The freshman finished off the play, squeaking the ball under the defender’s legs and the goalie’s outstretched arms.Some may figure it to be a luckier goal than most, but given his scoring drought, Conner wouldn’t have it any other way.“I don’t think it was lucky,” Conner said. “I’ll take it. A goal is a goal.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more