a month ago​Man City boss Guardiola: Mahrez is a pleasure to watch

first_img​Man City boss Guardiola: Mahrez is a pleasure to watchby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola reserved praise for Riyad Mahrez after his side’s 3-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.Mahrez was in fantastic form for City throughout the game, with his passing and runs in behind causing the home side all sorts of problems.While the Algerian is not a regular starter for City, Guardiola is clearly a fan and was full of praise for him after the game.”Last season when he (Mahrez) played, he played good, but this season he is more regular and his performances have been top,” Guardiola said to the club’s official website.”He helps with defending and has been doing both, the same with Sterling. It’s a pleasure to watch.”I didn’t have doubts that Ferna would do that. Of course Ferna is a player who can play many positions and has good personality and that’s why he is so important for us.”I think already about Watford as we don’t have much time but to start away in the Champions League and get a good result (is positive).”The way we played was very good, we created incredible chances but all the guys were fantastic – better than last season.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoEverton approached by Allegri agents

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton approached by Allegri agentsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have been approached by agents for Massimiliano Allegri.The Italian is out of work after stepping down as manager of Juventus in the summer.The Daily Star says Everton could make a move for the 52-year-old.Marco Silva is feeling the heat after a miserable run of four straight defeats in the league this season.This has seen the Toffees drop into the bottom three, and rumours are mounting that defeat to West Ham this weekend could spell the end for Silva.Silva is facing the threat of the sack having seen his side fail to win a league game since the first day of September despite spending heavily on his squad. last_img read more

Scott Shafer Offered A Scholarship To 1-Month Old Son Of Syracuse Alum, Broadcaster Adam Schein

first_imgOtto the Orange with Syracuse cheerleaders.(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Adam Schein of Sirius XM, CBS Sports, and SNY is one of many notable alumni from Syracuse’s prestigious Newhouse School. If all goes according to plan, he may be heading up to his alma mater a lot more, come 2032. Schein and his wife had a baby boy, Theo, last month, and Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer wasted no time in getting an offer out. There are a few contingencies included, but we expect Scout, Rivals, and 247 to get their databases updated accordingly.Congrats to the Schein family, and a very classy move by Coach Shafer.last_img read more

Bayern Munich target Ziyech signs Ajax extension

first_imgAjax star Hakim Ziyech has signed a contract extension with the Eredivisie champions through the 2021-22 season, the club has announced.The Morocco international, who most recently has been linked with Bayern Munich, was on a deal that was set to expire in June 2021. Ziyech enjoyed his best season for Ajax in 2018-19 as the 26-year old scored 16 goals and added 13 assists in the Eredivisie, helping to spark their return to the Eredivisie summit over rivals PSV. 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 added another three goals and three assists in last season’s Champions League, which aided Ajax in their miraculous run through the competition that saw them fall just short of the final thanks to a second-leg stoppage time goal by Tottenham’s Lucas Moura in the semi-finals.It was widely expected the young stars of that Ajax side would be the target of Europe’s elite clubs, and before the season was out, midfielder Frenkie de Jong had agreed to join La Liga champions Barcelona.This summer, De Jong was followed out the door by club captain Matthijs de Ligt, who moved to Serie A champions Juventus after scoring the goal that knocked the Italian giants out of the Champions League last season.Ziyech has been linked to Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, and was expected by some to join the exodus after his sparkling campaign, but the attacker has been vocal in his refusal to leave Ajax for just any new situation.Following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations with Morocco, Ziyech revealed he had turned down an opportunity to go to La Liga club Sevilla, believing them to be on the same level of Ajax.Bayern has become the latest club linked to Ziyech after their reported pursuit of Manchester City star Leroy Sane took a hit following the winger’s knee injury, which will require surgery.But Ziyech appears to have made such a move less likely, or at least increased Ajax’s bargaining position, by agreeing to add another season to his current contract.Ziyech has opened the new season strong for the club, delivering an assist during 69 minutes of action in a 2-2 draw against Vitesse in their Eredivisie opener.The winger got on the board in this year’s Champions League with a goal in their qualifying stage first-leg draw with Greek side PAOK, scoring the opener in another 2-2 away draw.last_img read more

NFL Wideout Praises Ohio State For Dwayne Haskins’ Development

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Dwayne Haskins was only Ohio State’s starter for one season and only spent three seasons in total with the Buckeyes. At least one of his current NFL teammates thinks the quarterback was developed quite nicely in college though.During a recent interview, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson offered plenty of praise for Haskins, who Washington took with the 15th overall pick of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Doctson says Haskins is picking up things quickly in Washington. He credited his time spent at OSU with helping him be such a quick study.“He’s good, man,” veteran receiver Josh Doctson said via CBS’ Jason La Canfora. “He’s a quick learner, I would say. I don’t know what they did over there at Ohio State, but they were doing something right, because he’s come in here and he doesn’t really hesitate. He’s real quick and he makes decisions quick, and he throws with a lot of accuracy.”New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day would be crazy if he didn’t show those quotes to future quarterback recruits. What better way to sell prospects than with the words of current pros? Right now, Haskins is competing with Case Keenum in practice. Veteran Colt McCoy will also be in the picture as he recovers from a broken leg.Haskins might not be asked to start from Day 1 in Washington, but as La Canfora makes it clear, he is the QB of the future for the burgundy and gold. The franchise is in dire need of a franchise quarterback.The fan base is hoping they finally found it in the record-setting Ohio State product.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Brief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Virat Kohli scored 104 while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 as India chased down 299 in the second ODI of a three-match series at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday – the series is now level 1-1.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 19:03 IST Virat Kohli now has 39 ODI hundreds (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli (104) scored his 39th ODI hundred as India chased down 299 vs Australia in AdelaideDhoni smashed 55 not out off 54 balls to help India chase down a steep target in the 2nd ODIThe 3-match series now stands level at 1-1Brief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli’s 39th hundred and MS Dhoni’s second successive fifty helped India gun down 299 in the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Chasing a steep target, India won by 6 wickets to draw level in the three-match ODI series. This is now the second-highest successful run chase at the Adelaide Oval.Virat Kohli top-scored with 104 off 112 balls while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls and shared a crucial stand with Dinesh Karthik who scored 25 not out off 14 balls. Rohit Sharma (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (32) also chipped in with significant contributions.India had started their chase confidently earlier on Tuesday. Shikhar Dhawan, who was dismissed for a golden duck on Saturday in Sydney, looked determined to make the most of good batting conditions in Adelaide. However, he was dismissed for 32 which brought Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the crease together.The stage was set for two of the most prolific run-scorers in one-day cricket. Rohit was the more aggressive of the two and Kohli was happy to rotate the strike – the duo added 54 runs for the second wicket. The partnership was broken when Rohit Sharma made an eror in judgement against Marcus Stoinis.Ambati Rayudu and Kohli then added 59 for the third wicket in good time. Thanks to Kohli, the asking rate never shot up beyond manageable proportions. On Saturday, India had muddled it up in the middle overs when MS Dhoni failed to accelerate – it was then too much to do for the lower-order despite Rohit Sharma’s classy hundred.advertisementThings were different on Tuesday.Dhawan scored at a strike-rate of 82.69, Rohit’s 43 came at a strike-rate of 114.28 while Kohli had a great strike-rate of 92.85 for his 112-ball 104. MS Dhoni, who was booed at Lord’s for failing to up the ante and scored his second slowest fifty in Sydney, accelerated beautifully towards the end to get India home. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were involved in an 82-run stand for the 4th wicket (AP Photo)Dinesh Karthik, who walked into bat at No.6 put the finishing touches to a great chase with a cameo the Indian team will remember for a long time. DK is known for his exploits lower down the order – his cameo in the final of the Nidahas Trophy is the reason why he has been given an extended run in India’s limited-overs teams.However, India will be more pleased with Dhoni’s exploits. This is the kind of innings the team expects him to play in big chases. And he delivered, with the series on the line. It was not easy – Dhoni, 37, was exhausted an had to be tended to between overs in the Adelaide heat.Even as India celebrate a well-deserved victory, Shaun Marsh, who scored his seventh ODI hundred would be heartbroken. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami had removed the Aussie openers early, Marsh anchored their innings with a 123-ball 131. Glenn Maxwell blasted a quick 49 but there were no major contributions apart from that.Bhuvneshwar, who was a little expensive in Sydney, was back at his best on Tuesday, picking up 4 for 45 off his 10 overs. He had Shami ensured Australia did not storm past the 300-run mark even as Mohammad Siraj became the most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debut.Also Read | Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 4th opening pair to go past 4000 runsAlso Read | Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heatFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shaun MarshFollow Glenn Maxwelllast_img read more

I thought of quitting weightlifting: Sanjita Chanu recalls trauma of doping charges

first_imgI thought of quitting weightlifting: Sanjita Chanu recalls trauma of doping chargesSanjita Chanu had the provisional suspension imposed on her over doping charges lifted on Wednesday even as the final hearing is yet to take place.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 17:36 IST Sanjita Chanu’s doping case has dragged for more than a year and the weightlifter has constantly pleaded innocence. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjita Chanu was suspended after failing a dope test in 2017International Weightlifting Federation lifted the ban off SanjitaSanjita said she was distraught thinking about the mental trauma she went throughShe is happy about the provisional suspension being lifted but Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Wednesday said fighting dope charges, a battle that is not yet over, had left her so distraught that she was on the verge of quitting the sport.The two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist got a major reprieve from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), which lifted the provisional suspension on her imposed last year for a failed dope test in 2017. The 25-year-old’s final fate in the matter is yet to be announced by a hearing panel of the world body.”I am happy that the provisional suspension has been lifted and I am confident that a favourable decision is coming from the hearing panel of the IWF. But at the same time, I am distraught thinking about the mental trauma I went through,” Sanjita told PTI from her home in Manipur.”I was so sad and helpless that I thought of quitting the sport. I told my parents that I will also resign from my job (of a senior TTE in Indian Railways). I could not eat and sleep properly. Life was meaningless for me,” she added.”But somehow my family convinced me that it is better to prove my innocence before taking these extreme steps.”Sanjita currently works with the North Eastern Frontier Railway in Dimapur in Nagaland and she said her promotion has also been kept in abeyance due to the doping case.”I know what is a banned substance and what is not and all this is told at national camps regularly. All of a sudden I was told, I failed a dope test and that too six months after the sample was taken and after I had won a gold in the CWG,” Sanjita said.advertisement”It is really painful to cope with doping charges for an athlete who has never used a banned substance. I am innocent and I am vindicated now. The doping charge has dented my reputation,” said Sanjita who won a gold each in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 48kg and 53 kg categories respectively.Sanjita’s doping case has dragged for more than a year. Her urine sample was taken out-of-competition on November 17, 2017 and the laboratory results of the tests conducted in the United States, were handed to the international body on December 20.The communication of her failed dope test was given to Sanjita only on May 15 last year and her ‘B’ sample returned positive on September 11. In between, the world body admitted to an “administrative” goof-up in giving the exact sample number on its report.Her representatives then appeared before an IWF hearing panel on October 19 in Budapest, Hungary. She also gave submissions on November 1.Sanjita rued the year that was lost to the controversy and vowed to come back stronger after missing the Asian Games and the World Championships in 2018. .”…I want to come back and win medals for the country. The federation has told me that I can join the national camp if I want and I am doing that. I want to compete in the World Championships this year and qualify for the 2020 Olympics,” she said.”I have learnt certain things that when you are down and out, you have to run around for help from others and not the other way round. But I will let bygones be bygones,” she signed off.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 byPTI Tags :Follow Sanjita ChanuFollow WeightliftingFollow DopingFollow International Weightlifting Federationlast_img read more

Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar Sangakkara

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 19:09 IST Kumar Sangakkara said Virat Kohli has an “incredible knack of scoring runs”. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKumar Sangakkara said “everything about Virat’s game stands out”Mahela Jayawardene praised Kohli for his ability to separate his batting from the captaincySangakkara said Kohli’s ability to handle pressure like Tendulkar is creditableVirat Kohli’s all format batting ability has won him plaudits from the best in the business. The Indian captain’s uncomplicated ways with the bat have won him two more famous fans: Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who have close to 25000 test runs between them seem to love Kohli.In an interview with India Today at the launch of their food joint, ‘Ministry of Crabs’ in Mumbai, Sangakkara lauded Kohli. “Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today. And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever,” he remarked.Until a couple of years back, AB De Villiers, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson were ranked in the same class with Virat Kohli. But with Smith suspended, de Villiers retired and Virat Kohli scoring runs in the toughest of conditions in South Africa, England and Australia, he is now regarded as the best batsman in the business.”He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very very solid method that he believes in and is very repeatable and if you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field so I think it’s not just one aspect, it’s the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude,” Sangakkara added.advertisementFor Jayawardene who played a lot of his cricket in the Sachin Tendulkar era, it’s Virat Kohli’s ability to handle off field pressure like Sachin that’s equally creditable. “It’s not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field and the expectations. We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it’s probably on Virat’s shoulders, with MS Dhoni carrying on for a while. Virat has a good group of guys around him as well. If you ask the Indian fans they would want Virat to win the game and that is something he has managed to control really well,” he said.Former Sri Lankan skipper Jaywardene heaped praise on Virat Kohli for his ability to separate his batting from the captaincy. “Being the captain as well is not an easy thing. He has managed to understand that the captain’s role is on the field but when he is batting it is that which is very important. So those are little things that define a personality and that is what he has been able to do really well,” he pointed out.Also Read | Virat Kohli will go down with Viv Richards as one of the greatest ever in ODIs: WarneAlso Read | It was awesome to see him first-hand: England’s Ollie Pope in awe of Virat KohliAlso Read | Who is a better T20 batsman Virat or Rohit? Harbhajan Singh has this to sayAlso Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differFor 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 Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Kumar SangakkaraFollow Mahela JayawardeneFollow Cricket Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraVirat Kohli will finish as one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara said. Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene lauded Kohli for his ability to handle pressure off the field.advertisementlast_img read more

KL Rahul’s mantra in IPL: When Chris Gayle bats like that, never try to be a hero

first_imgKL Rahul’s mantra in IPL: When Chris Gayle bats like that, never try to be a heroKL Rahul took his time to get going in Kings XI Punjab’s 177-run chase against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal played match-winning cameos for the hosts.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MohaliMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 10:12 IST Chris Gayle took the responsibility of getting the big hits even as KL Rahul struggled vs MI early on (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul hit a match-winning 71 for Kings XI Punjab against Mumbai Indians on SaturdayRahul played second fiddle in the opening stand as Chris Gayle smashed 40 from 24 ballsMayank Agarwal won the Man of the Match award for his 21-ball 43 in MohaliKings XI Punjab opener KL Rahul defended the slow start he had during their eight-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday, saying he took his time and played second fiddle to Chris Gayle.Chasing 177 in their first home game, Kings XI Punjab got off to an under-par start, managing just 37 runs in the powerplay overs. Chris Gayle took the responsibility of getting the big hits even as KL Rahul struggled to put bat to ball.However, after the powerplay, Gayle went on an all out attack but perished in the eighth over for 40. Mayank Agarwal, who walked in at No. 3, made sure the asking rate was under the check by taking the Mumbai Indians bowlers to the cleaners from the word go.Even as Agarwal was tonking the ball around the PCA Stadium, Rahul was happy enough to knock the ball around, rotate the strike and hang around.Only after Agarwal’s dismissal, Rahul switched gears. However, towards the end of KXIP’s successful chase, Rahul opened his shoulders up and took on even the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga and remained unbeaten on 71.Stressing he wanted to spend time in the middle following two poor performances, Rahul said: “I didn’t walk into this game with a lot of runs or time in the ,middle. In both the games (vs RR and KKR), I got out pretty early. It was a conscious effort from my side to spend some time in the middle.”I wasn’t hitting the ball well to start off with the but the way Chris (Gayle) and Mayank (Agarwal) batted gave me time in the middle. I knew switching to fifth gear would be easy if I spent a little time in the middle. I had been hitting the ball well in the nets as well so I am happy it came off.advertisement”I just wanted to take my time and when Chris is going like that, you just have to keep feeding him the strike and not try to be a hero. I have learnt that with experience.. played for KXIP last year and I had the same role where I had to to bat 20 over. The way Mayank batted also gave me a time.””I’ll keep for 7-8 games, you should do it for the rest!”@klrahul11 and @DavidMillerSA12 bonded so well while taking @lionsdenkxip over the line against MI that they’ve decided to share wicket-keeping duties! By @tanmoym #KXIPvMIFull Interview https://t.co/R5PAjgy00v pic.twitter.com/pgteEAHBm9IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 31, 2019R Ashwin also defended KXIP’s slow start to their chase, saying Rahul and Gayle knew what they were doing out in the middle.”Both of them are experienced campaigners. They have played quite a lot of cricket here. They knew that batting would be easier when the dew sets in here. It was a good start,” Ashwin said.Winning moments from Mohali as @lionsdenkxip win their first home game #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/eCig10twgkIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 30, 2019Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal received the Man of the Match award for his 21-ball 43. Speaking after the win over Mumbai Indians, Agarwal said he has got a lot of confidence after representing India at the highest level.”It’s a great feeling to get two points on the board. Very, very important to win the first home game and I hope we can create some momentum now. It is very pleasing. The year I have had has given me a lot of confidence. Playing for India has also given me a lot of confidence, a different outlook. With that outlook when I am playing the IPL, it makes things a lot easier,” Agarwal said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma far from impressed with batsmen after MI falter vs KXIPAlso Read | Think this is going to be Mayank Agarwal’s year in the IPL: R AshwinAlso Read | Chris Gayle 1st batsman to hit 300 sixes in IPL historyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Krunal Pandya wins respect after Mankad warning to KXIP’s Mayank AgarwalFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow KL RahulFollow Chris GayleFollow IPL 2019Follow KXIP vs MIFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli goes paintballing with India teammates in Southampton

first_img India Today Web Desk SouthamptonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 20:01 IST The players looked in high spirits as they went for a game of paintballing in Southampton (Virat Kohli Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSKohli, Rohit, Dhawan and some of the other Team India players went for paintballing in SouthamptonTeam India will face South Africa in their World Cup 2019 opener on June 4India lost its first warm-up match vs New Zealand but crushed Bangladesh in the second gameThe Indian cricket team members are preparing hard these days as they get ready to begin their campaign in the World Cup 2019 amidst their gruelling schedule, the players are still finding time to unwind and have a good time in England once they are off the field.The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and reserve player Deepak Chahar went out for a game of paintball in Southampton on Friday.India captain Virat Kohli posted a picture of the fun activity with his teammates. “Fun times with the boys,” Kohli captioned the picture.The players looked in high spirits as they gear up for their first match of the tournament against South Africa in Southampton on June 4.The players took to the training grounds at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday, days after their World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Bangladesh.Virat Kohli was spotted bowling some off-spin at the nets before he padded up and faced the net bowlers at the Ageas Bowl. Kohli showed glimpses of being in fine form in the warm-up against Bangladesh wherein he missed a half-century by 3 runs.India players also took part in a special fielding drill under the watchful eyes of their fielding coach R Sridhar. The focus was on direct hits, explained Sridhar while elaborating on the fun elements of the session.advertisementTeam India had a horror start to their World Cup warm-up as they were handed a six-wicket defeat by New Zealand in their first practice match last week. However, Kohli’s men bounced back, riding on hundreds from MS Dhoni and KL Rahul, to beat Bangladesh by 95 runs in their second and final warm-up match.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli bowls off-spin at nets, Team India has fun fielding sessionAlso Read | Huge Indian support matter of pride for us in World Cup 2019: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: What to expect from cricket’s biggest spectacle in the UKFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli goes paintballing with India teammates in SouthamptonTeam India are gearing up for their first match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa in Southampton on June 4.advertisementlast_img read more