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Misdirected fury on Proteas for Wanderers fiasco befuddling

"With the Phil Hughes incident in the back of everyone's mind, could they be blamed? Up to you. But the misdirected fury at South Africa is puzzling and speaks volumes about the insane pedestal Indian fans keep their players...
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The pitch at Johannesburg is testing and not dangerous

There has been a lot of debate about the pitch at the Wanderers which overshadowed some of the most courageous efforts by Indian batsmen. Three innings have been played on this track and to term it as dangerous makes...
Umpire Michael Gough of England, facing camera

Video: Dramatic day at Johannesburg

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEIB4gfJDx0 The brave show by the Indian batsmen on a testing track gave South Africa a stiff target to chase. But the action of third day ended in a dramatic fashion as a ball from short of a length...
Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah (R) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Hashim Amla

Video: Bumrah and Bhuvi make the day an eventful one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg3mffrRdTo Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pitched on the ideal lengths to test the home team’s batsmen and restricted them below 200 runs. Their brilliant spell of bowling made the Test an evenly balanced one. India are leading at the...
Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah proves a point with the red cherry

Jasprit Bumrah has silenced his critics by taking a five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He has always been regarded as a limited-over stuff, but after this display at the Wanderers, critics would be sensible enough to judge Bumrah.  A fifer...
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Kagiso Rabada imparts invaluable batting lessons to his Indian counterparts

"Not only did he annoy the fielding side with his prolonged stay, he also rubbed salt on their wounds by playing an array of breathtaking shots, much to the horror of the Indian batters, who have hardly looked comfortable...
Murali Vijay of India deals with a rising delivery from Morne Morkel

India need Murali Vijay to rectify his off-stump woes

"With all focus on the selection woes in the Indian team, Vijay’s repeated failures had gone unnoticed but with crucial away tours to England and Australia this year, the Indian team would hope that their crucial member can sort...
Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli raises his bat

If bowlers can be rotated according to conditions, why not batsmen?

"It is safe enough to say that the outcome of the series would have been slightly different for India had they rotated the batsmen according to the conditions. This strategy will provide a team flexibility and a pool of...
Cheteshwar Pujara of India square cuts

Cheteshwara Pujara rejuvenates his game

"The Indian batsmen have had a substandard tour and with the series lost, they only have the final Test to play for pride and save their image of the No. 1 team, that surely is at stake right now....
South Africa's bowler Vernon Philander

Vernon Philander’s rip-roaring opening spell at Wanderers sets the tempo

"Though Pujara and to an extent, Virat Kohli, got away, Philander's outrageous opening spell - an exhibition of seam and swing in itself - was pivotal in South Africa's disciplined bowling performance on day 1 of the third Test"....
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Video: South Africa shine on a greenish Johannesburg track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqjSlZ4ttGU India included five pacers in their side but surprisingly, they won the toss and elected to bat first on a greenish track. As usual, the Indian top-order struggled but Pujara kept fighting in an ultra-defensive mode, which also did...
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Video: India look to restore pride at Johannesburg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POMDTqRIfcE India set foot on South African soil with high hopes, but after two Test matches, the picture had not been pretty for them. South Africa outthought and outplayed them when it mattered the most. India have lost the series...
Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha redefines the importance of wicket-keeping in Tests

"For Saha, who has just dropped four tough catches in the last fifteen months, scrutiny and analysis to this level seem unfair. Long back, in 2008, when he was not even in the fray for an international spot and...
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Pujara’s poor numbers outside subcontinent hurting India

"Instead of giving up his natural game for the captain's aggression demands, Pujara should believe in his own game and strengths. That is the only way he will not succumb to pressure like he did in the Centurion Test,...
South African bowler Morne Morkel (C) celebrates the dismissal of Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

5 key moments from Centurion that shoved India into the abyss

The number one Test side in the world was gunned down by South Africa and for which, the Indian team has come under fire. Their such a capitulation was not without obvious reasons.  Make no mistake, the Centurion Test was...
South Africa's bowler Lungi Ngidi, second right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing India's batsman Hardik Pandya

Video: Ngidi floors India

https://youtu.be/DZm-1Eosgpw Lungi Ngidi might have played just nine first-class matches and had a little experience under his belt, but he proved his worth with a six-wicket haul on the final day. He proved, he was not included in the sided...
Virat Kohli (captain) of India reacts during the fourth day

Dicing away the game of snakes and ladders with Virat Kohli

"In this journey of snakes and ladders, Kohli keeps climbing towards summits and he keeps falling back on the pit of errors, but as long as the dice keep rolling and the passion keeps burning, Kohli’s fanatics will keep...
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Lungi Ngidi’s dream debut at home

South Africa introduced another talented young pacer named Lungi Ngidi at Centurion and he created an impact with pace and skill. The tall boy can hit the deck hard and has the habit of picking the wickets of big fishes....
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AB de Villiers: Thorn in India’s throat

"For AB de Villiers, he continues to be a force to be reckoned and has made a memorable comeback in whites. India had an outside chance in both the games, which was taken away by De Villiers, he continues...
Lungi Ngidi of South Africa appeals for the wicket of Parthiv Patel

Video: South Africa are flying high

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_FVQu7TQPE&sns=em The South African bowlers put India on the backfoot on Day 4. After taking a very good lead, the Proteas came all guns blazing to set jitters in the Indian top-order. Lungi Ngidi scripted the end of Virat Kohli...

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