SA v Ind

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar’s spell showcases the revolution in Indian bowling

"The Indian fast-bowlers have started their campaign with a bang and here’s hoping they can carry it even further"! One cannot even begin to describe the sense of anticipation that gushes forth when the two top-ranked Test teams assemble together...
Cape Town wicket

New ball the key in ‘nothing extreme’ Cape Town wicket "Following the one-sided Ashes, in the cricketing world, there is a high expectation from this South Africa-India series in which the top two Test teams are locking horns. Well, if both teams play to their potentials, we are...
India's captain Virat Kohli(L) and South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis (R) pose with the 2018 Freedom Series trophy

The SWOT analysis of Indian Test squad

"The tour to South Africa presents the young Indian squad with varied opportunities to rectify their previous stats and records, as well as carve out new impressive figures over the next one month". The New Year has settled and the...

CS Flashback: The first India vs South Africa Test and the Pravin Amre Masterpiece.

The first... India were the first touring side to visit the Rainbow nation after they returned to the international fold following more than two decades of isolation. Of course they were, there were umpteen reasons for it. Just like the...

A new challenge awaits for Ashwin, Jadeja in South Africa

"Whatever the scenario is, whoever gets a nod, one thing is clear, the spinners need to pull up and adapt soon in order to trap this star-studded South African batting in their spin web". Dominance is the word that springs...
Deal Elgar and JP Dumminy

South African openers and a tough barrier India need to uncork

"By piling up runs at will, Elgar and Markram have formed a shield that protects the even stronger middle-order and India's task is virtually cut out".   The story of Jimmy Cook A quarter of a century ago, when South Africa returned...

South Africa tour chance for in-form Kohli to better overseas figures

One of the biggest troublemakers in current scenario od cricket is none other than Virat Kohli, in the positive sense. In the past one-one and a half years, whenever Kohli has walked into the field, he has given serious...
Indian Test team

Ideal opportunity for India to prove its mettle overseas

A Test tour of South Africa is always a good platform to judge the true potential of any team. Visiting teams have always found it difficult to adjust to the pace, bounce and sideways movement on those wickets. Barring...
Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers

Will the return of De Villiers, Steyn hamper South Africa’s balance?

The Boxing Day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe might have given India a glimpse of the kind of challenge awaits in their upcoming tour. South Africa were brutal with the ball and did well to register an innings...
Wriddhiman Saha’s litmus test in South Africa

Wriddhiman Saha’s litmus test in South Africa

Who is the best wicket-keeper in contemporary cricket? Ask this question to anyone and the answer will simply be Wriddhiman Saha, of course, we are talking about Test cricket here because MS Dhoni easily stands out in shorter formats....
Ajinkya Rahane of India bats

India should stick with Rahane, ahead of on song Rohit

There is no doubt regarding Ajinkya Rahane’s batting abilities against the red ball, especially overseas. In fact, he is India’s most consistent Test batsman overseas and has been a pillar of strength in taxing conditions. However, the strange case...
Mohammad Shami

The clash of two evenly matched pace attacks

Experts considering an Indian bowling attack at par with its South African counterparts — a scenario, which is quite unheard of, isn’t it? Well, the upcoming three-Test series between India and South Africa is indeed going to be a battle...

Will lack of acclimatisation period hamper India’s chances in South Africa?

South Africa is one country where India have always been found out. Only two victories out of 17 Test matches in the Rainbow Nation, is a clear reflection of their struggle on those wickets, where there has been a...
India Test Team

The debates refuse to die down on Kuldeep Yadav’s Test exclusion

The team has been battling it out in their den for aeons; conquering rivals and banishing them rather mercilessly. In their ascent to the summit, the boulders have been dispatched away unceremoniously and such has been their domination that...
Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara’s inability to force the pace is really worrying

The topic of Cheteshwar Pujara tends to polarise views. And while polarising views is anything but abnormal in the context of Indian cricket, it seems curious that a man who has well over 4000 runs in Test cricket, averaging at...
Ravi Shashtri Kohli

Bench strength will be India’s major asset in South Africa

Australia and South Africa are the two countries where India have never won a Test series. In fact, in South Africa, they have their worst Test record, winning only two games out of 17 encounters in six tours. The...

Test cricket – You beauty!

India and South Africa both came tantalizingly close to creating history before settling for a breathtaking draw in the first cricket Test at the New Wanderers Stadium — in the end, India fell three wickets and South Africa eight runs short of victory.


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