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South Africa complete the comeback

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.

Gutsy Dean Elgar helps South Africa level the series

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.

India break the Centurion hoodoo

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.
David Warner

David Warner shows that counterattack is the way to go in South Africa

Under the grey sky and on a fresh wicket, the ball moved around. The Australian opening batsmen were cautious for almost one hour but later on decided to flex their muscles as hanging around the park will not fetch...
India batsman

Indian batsmen no longer bullied by short balls

Virat Kohli and his men are not afraid to hook and pull the fast bowlers these days. Most of the English, Australian and South African batsmen have struggled against spin in the subcontinent and similarly, the Indians have faced issues against...

India need to push Dhoni up the middle-order

"Now that the World Cup is hardly a year away, Dhoni will be under the radar if he does not deliver. For his and the team's sake, Dhoni needs to bat higher up the order. In the past, that...

Is ICC ignoring the human factor by standardising players?

With a plethora of rules associated with the on-field behaviour of a player coming into play, the human factor is being overlooked.

The Indians should take time out to address the remaining flaws in their lineup

"What duly matters is how the team is shaping up on the current day and even though the target does remain 2019, on should not be drawn to such ominous far-fetched readings, where the performances of today is overlooked...
Indian player Virat Kohli leaves after dismissal during the fourth ODI

Virat Kohli: A splendid combination of brute force and finesse

"The career graph for Kohli is only on a hike now. With every game, with every outing, with every series, he is evolving. He’s been a good student and this brilliance is just a reflection of his dedication and...
Virat Kohli (captain) of India celebrates his century

Amidst cynicism let us learn to appreciate our cricketers

"You cannot overlook Virat Kohli’s bravery in including two wrist-spinners in the ODI series. The move was bold and courageous. It was right-in-your-face". In a rather strange world, one often finds the Indian Cricket Team being unnecessarily criticised, both in...
Shardul Thakur of India celebrates the the wicket of Hashim Amla

Shardul Thakur seizes his chance at Centurion to stake claims for a place in...

"So far, cricket has been unfair to Thakur but if he can stick his hand up and deliver everytime he is called upon, it wouldn't be long before he gets a much fairer run in the side". Indian cricket has...
India's bowler Hardik Pandya, middle, celebrates with teammate Yuzvendra Chahal

Self-belief is the key for blue-streaked Hardik Pandya

"Aged just 24, he has aptly differentiated between confidence and over-confidence; nonchalance and self-belief and have shown that despite the words of criticism, staying true to oneself is ultimately the greatest triumph". A man with X-factors, but get's carried away Upon...
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates after the dismissal of India's Shikhar Dhawan

India’s misfiring middle-order the only puzzle

India's middle-order has scored just 250 runs in the series at an awful average of 20.83 while the top-order has scored 889 runs at an astounding 74.08.
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates after the dismissal of India's Shikhar Dhawan

Are ICC oblivious to Kohli’s expletives barrage or are all cameras on Rabada? 

"Even so, as an administrative body, the ICC is responsible for meting out fair judgements and unbiased demerit points. At the moment it seems a touch lop-sided and one can't help but feel that BCCI’s wealthy bracelet is a...
Shreyas Iyer of India during the 4th One Day International match between South Africa and India

Shreyas Iyer and his butter fingers

"Given, how India have been one of the best fielding sides off late, it will be difficult for Iyer to keep his place in the team in the future if he does not work on his fielding". Catches win matches...
Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma’s return to form and South Africa’s lack of it on display at...

A long cherished dream finally unearthed itself out on the shores of South Africa, when Virat Kohli’s India emerged victorious at Port Elizabeth in the 5th ODI of the bilateral series. Not only was this the country’s first-ever series...
AD de Villiers

South Africa need fresh personnel to boost “Vision 2019”

"Given the manner in which the series has gone, South Africa sorely need some fresh faces and better ideas to keep their “Vision 2019” alive. At the moment they haven't quite walked the talk". “You look at South Africa and...
JP Duminy

JP Duminy swimming in troubled water

"Duminy was struggling to get runs and was being brutally honest when he said that he deserved to be dropped. Not many cricketers say that as everyone wishes to play as long as they could". With the Port Elizabeth victory, India clinched...
Lungi Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi takes giant strides in white ball cricket

"Ngidi has so far played all the formats for South Africa and tasted success more or less everywhere. He is a versatile bowler and with age being on his side, one can only expect him to get better. As...
Rohit Sharma fifty

Rohit Sharma’s much-awaited resurgence with bat

"In hindsight, for the team management, Rohit coming back to form must have been a big sigh of relief as they already have a misfiring middle-order. At least now they have an in-form top three and Kohli has one...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid