It took just three days to gun down South Africa for New Zealand, who showed their firepower against one of the competent Test sides in world cricket. Neither South Africa looked better with the bat nor with the ball - New Zealand took full advantage.
I have to confess that I wasn't expecting the phone call I received from Andrew Strauss on Tuesday that started with him saying: 'I've got some bad news.' That's not what you really want to hear on selection matters, and not something I have heard very often during my career of 152 Test caps.
Captain Kohli was the leader of men and a captain who gave Test cricket moments which is a part of cricket’s folklore – walk down the memory lane, you would be staggered t know how he made the team believe that impossible is nothing if the options are exploited in the right way – he was different than the others – different in approach, different in plan executions.
After the breathtaking fight back at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) it was expected, England would put up a great show in Hobart and in fact, their bowlers did give their hundred per cent – sadly, yet again, the batters of England let the whole team down.
“The exit of another competent coach like Gibson would not bring anything good for Bangladesh cricket that is run by syndication – as suggested by insiders. This syndication is dubbed to be run by some of the senior players and local coaches who use their political and media connections in a bad way to run the show – ultimately, such people are hailed as heroes whereas, their activities, behind the curtains, deserve harsh criticism. Already, Bangladesh have lost Chandika Hathurusingha, Steve Rhodes and now, Gibson due to petty politics”
The South African side that was dubbed to be one of the weakest in recent times, have made a staggering comeback against the best Test team in the world – India. They were battered in the first Test, but still, regrouped and managed to bag the series by scripting back-to-back victories at Johannesburg and Cape Town.
New Zealand bounced back after the hiccup in the first Test and crushed Bangladesh, but, the visitors would return home as the first Asian side, who are undefeated in a Test series in New Zealand in recent times. Certainly, Bangladesh have played well and earned a lot of accolades and it would be better if they build on it.
South Africa won courtesy of the guts of their skipper and this victory should lift the spirits of a team that is struggling at the moment in white clothes.
Playing Test cricket had become a torture-tale for Bangladesh in the last year and if we consider their performance away from home then it has been a story of disgrace and heartbreaks. Even though there had been shining moments, sadly, they just get overshadowed by the number of defeats and dismal displays. After the frustrating performances last year, the Tigers were scrapping the bottom of the barrel of fortunes in Test cricket. It was time to rise from the ashes; it was time to hit the punch above your weight.
Bangladesh have created history in New Zealand – the champions of the World Test Championship – for the first time in their history of Test cricket. It was an astonishing performance by a bunch of boys who were battered at home in disgraceful fashions – but regrouped to pull out a stunning win with a disciplined performance.
England Test team had been blunted in 2021 and this is very alarming for the longer format. England should not fall for the crazy-money-making models; rather make a model of their own that would help them grow organically and fly the flag of Test cricket with pride.
Centurion is a fort for South Africa – they have been unbeatable on his venue, but in the course of time, things have changed. The South African unit has gone through a transition period and at present, the team as a whole is still searching for a way to become a force to be reckoned which once they were. In the meantime, their opponent, India are not poor travellers anymore, rather, they strike hard away from home and are the conquerors of the world. Team India has completed the successful year of 2021 – the hoodoo at Centurion has been broken in style by the Men in Blue.
Taylor had started from the scraps, worked harder to improve and elevate his game to the next level. He would blaze under the shadow of Williamson, but his achievements could neither be overshadowed nor undermined because Taylor is undoubtedly one of the modern-day greats.
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