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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...
Dhoni

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...
Kagiso-Rabada-waves-Shikhar-Dhawan

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.
Indian-team

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...
Shikhar Dhawan of India

A hundred in the hundredth – Dhawan’s rising legacy

"Yes, he might at times be overshadowed by the more hyped Rohit, but when it comes to putting a price on his wicket and hardly slipping in crunch moments, Dhawan continues to be the go-to man and the saviour". The...
India's Rohit Sharma looks back as he walks off the field after his dismissal

India must learn to drop an out-of-form Rohit Sharma in ODIs

Rohit Sharma has been frustrating so far in South Africa. India need to drop him and give opportunities to the deserving ones. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is approximately some 15 months away. Leading to that, whatever limited-overs series...
South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen

Sixes, boundaries and more in the Klaasen-Miller show

"Klaasen, who was initiated into the ODI team in the series, did not even have tickets for the match and there he was, standing aloft with the Man of the Match trophy. Sports once again proved to a massive...

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