SA v Ind

South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers plays a shot

Art of modern day batting – the de Villiers way

"While most batsmen are stuck in a ghetto at the age of 33, de Villiers is back after his self-enforced break and middling the bejesus out of cricket balls. The more he bats, the more it appears that cricket...
Virat Kohli

Video: Two masterclasses on an eventful day

https://youtu.be/9Qn43cQh3As Virat Kohli led from the front and scripted one of the finest knocks by an Indian batsman away from home. He was like a one-man army and motored the innings like a commander to stabilize India's innings. At the...
Rahane Rohit

Rohit over Rahane – India are missing a trick

“Rohit only has 31 runs to his name in three innings and the axe is certainly looming over him. With just a game to go in the series, it will be interesting to see if Rahane gets a chance...
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya

Video: Composed Kohli, but South Africa are still ahead

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkHAIxma1qU On a tricky track, Virat Kohli played a knock full of composure and steered the ship through troubled waters. But still, India could not claim the upper hand over the hosts as they lost the cream of their...
Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin exorcises the South African ghost at Centurion

“Ashwin has got the job done in the first innings and will certainly have a golden chance to steer his side to a commanding position in the second innings, provided Indian batsmen get the required runs”. An offspinner bowled almost...
Hashim Amla

Video: An evenly poised day

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zf0fz1d1JA In the morning and afternoon session, it seemed, South Africa would not lose more than three wickets and make the bowlers and fielders of visiting team toil hard under the sun. But in the last one and half...
Aiden Makram

The crazy romanticism and stubborn patriotism by Aiden Markram

"As he walked back to the pavilion at the SuperSport Park, an agonising six runs short of yet another hundred, he stood an individual who had symbolised crazy romanticism and stubborn patriotism in a world where those traits hardly...
bhuvneshwar-kumar

A surprising exclusion!

"With Bhuvneshwar’s ouster, India have not only lost a skilful bowler, but also someone who could chip in with some valuable runs lower down the order". Brilliant display at Cape Town, but.... After a disheartening campaign at Cape Town, India have...
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and his contradictory team selections

"Right from fielding Karn Sharma over Ravichandran Ashwin in Australia in 2014 or dropping Cheteshwar Pujara for an inconsistent Rohit Sharma against the Lankans in 2015, Kohli’s affair with strange team selections continues". Let us get straight down to business....
India v South Africa - First Test cricket match - Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

India waiting for another test of character at Centurion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHBTWqoNcw So, the stage is all set for another cracking encounter at Centurion. While South Africa's confidence was boosted after the victory at Cape Town, India are left with plenty to think regarding their team combination and also,...
kagiso Rabada

South Africa have a poser for Centurion

As Dale Steyn hobbled off the field yet another time - fourth in his last five Test series - South African fans appeared shell-shocked, almost numb at the thought of losing their most exciting fast bowler and second most...
SOUTH-AFRICA-CRICKET

Cricket and a few of our favourite things

“When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeling sad.. I simply remember my favourite things And then I don't feel so bad..!” We all had sung along. Squished cosily in the middle of our parents on a cold winter evening;...
Virat Kohli

Did Virat Kohli squash India’s chances at Cape Town with a roller?

"The pitch preparation, as earlier mentioned, is an art; one which has a history of years of evolution and also one which has lost the sheen and sparkle of yesteryears. When the pitch is a tad soft, after a...
South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates the dismissal of Indian batsman Virat Kohli

The Newlands Test was a jerk-free rollercoaster ride

"World cricket still has not recovered from the hangover of Cape Town Test. It had been an absolute see-saw battle between two of the best test teams in the world. Cape Town offered all the ingredients which are required to...
Jasprit Bumra of India celebrates the the wicket of Faf du Plessis(c) of South Africa

Bumrah can be a lethal Test bowler

"Bumrah as the third seamer is perfect, especially for Australia and South Africa, if he can remain fit". South Africa gave India a taste of their own medicine when they won the opening Test at Cape Town. It was a...
philander

Video: South Africa script a comprehensive victory

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0HhsrUOTlE The conditions were damp at Cape Town on the fourth day and bowlers from both sides utilised it brilliantly. The Indian pacers set jitters in South Africa's batting lineup in the morning session, but team India could not have...
Indian batsman Hardik Pandya avoids a ball off the bowling of South african bowler Dale Steyn

Sizzling Pandya

"The birthday coincidence turned significant when Pandya, after his heroic knock with the bat, even picked two wickets when the hosts came out to bat for the second time". Fight fire with fire A 145kph Kagiso Rabada short ball hits Hardik...
AB de Villiers Test

The cataclysmic earthquake called AB that hit India

"It was an AB show at Newlands and Virat Kohli and India could only sit back and admire the miraculous skill of this sensational batsman. Test cricket missed you, AB. It really did". Oh, Test cricket missed you, AB. It...
Ajinkya Rahane

Is Rahane India’s new scapegoat?

"Be it Rohit, Dhawan or even Kohli, all have struggled on the fast and bouncy pitches. En route his 96 in Durban, Rahane had conquered several blows from Steyn four years back". In the last two months or so, the...
South Africa players celebrating after wicket

Video: A frenetic day of Test cricket

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcqlUwJsQUA Well, what a cracking day it was at Cape Town! India started off with a bang but the Proteas came back strongly at the fag end of first day by setting jitters in Indian top order. Arunabha Sengupta,...

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