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Rishabh is very big and integral part of our plan in next few months: Dravid

India head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday made it clear that the under-fire Rishabh Pant is a “big” and “integral” part of the set-up heading into the T20 World Cup in Australia. Pant, who led the side in the five-match series against South Africa that ended in a 2-2 draw after the last game was called off due to rain, managed only 58 runs in the five innings that led to some questions being raised about his place in the shortest format. However, Dravid was very clear that Pant is going nowhere. “Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs but it is not concerning him. Certainly, he is a very big part of our plans going ahead in next few months,” Dravid said during the post-match press conference.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium He was categorical that he w...
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Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya’s finishing India’s biggest plus from SA series in T20 World Cup build-up

Bangalore gets regular evening showers around this time of the year, so a bit of a question mark hangs over the fate of the T20I series decider between India and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday evening at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. However, even if the fifth match were to be washed out completely by chance, India have already made some significant strides over the course of the past four games as they seek to build their side for the T20 World Cup. Their comeback from 0-2 down – while needing to win every game to remain alive in the series – to square the contest 2-2 has been commendable. Different sets of players have heralded the revival; while the openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan set up the Visakhapatnam game for Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel to spin their web, it was th...
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Spinners at wheel, India take U-turn

Rishabh Pant lost his third successive toss of the series but his spinners bounced back from two disappointing outings in Delhi and Cuttack to plot South Africa’s downfall in Visakhapatnam and keep India alive in the five-match T20I series with a comprehensive 48-run win. Having seen how the Indian batting had stalled in the latter half of the first innings, and the purchase the South African spinners had managed despite going for a few runs, Pant gave Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel three overs each in the first half of the chase. Axar delivered the wicket of South African skipper Temba Bavuma in his first over, and Chahal, bowling quick, flat and skiddy, sent back Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen. Just after the halfway mark, Harshal Patel’s well-disguised slower one account...
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Bhuvneshwar’s solo act not enough in Cuttack, as India fall two down

When Bhuvneshwar Kumar scythed the match open with a probing exhibition of swing and seam bowling in the Power-play, the game seemed like a low-scoring thriller in the making. Indian hopes lingered after his three-wicket burst had South Africa on the knees in pursuit of a modest score of 148. But they soon went up in smoke and blended with the haze that had enveloped the Barabati Stadium, as South Africa wrapped up the game with 10 balls to spare and four wickets in hand. After six overs, including the splendid Bhuvneshwar spell that read 3-0-10-3, South Africa were 29/3. That was as good as it got for the hosts in search of a series-levelling win. From then on, the visitors took utter control, first through a steadying-a-sinking-ship alliance between skipper Temba Bavuma and Heinrich K...
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KL Rahul blames lack of wickets in middle-overs, middle-order collapse for loss

India skipper KL Rahul blamed lack of wickets in the middle overs and below-par show by the middle order batters for the team’s 31-run defeat against South Africa in the ODI series-opener here on Wednesday. Resolute batting from home skipper Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out) took South Africa to a match-winning 296 for four as Indian bowlers struggled to take wickets. “It was a nice game. There’s so much to learn. We started off really well, we couldn’t get wickets in the middle. We’ll look to see how we get wickets in the middle overs and stop the opposition,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK — BCCI (@BCCI) Jan...
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Shikhar Dhawan proves his resilience & resourcefulness… yet again

Shikhar Dhawan, with his exuberant disposition, infuses the team with a sudden lightness. If there indeed hung a heavy air of tenseness around the team, with off-field developments stewing in the background, Dhawan’s presence provided the perfect antidote. There was the usual broad smile and laughter, jokes and banter flying round, as he and Virat Kohli breezed through their partnership — suddenly it felt like the good old times again — and there was a sense of India enjoying their cricket again. If he had converted his 79 into a hundred, he could have pulled out the moustache-twirls and thigh-slaps too. Dhawan came back as though he had never been away; as though he had always been there, like an invisible shadow. And not someone who is, these days, reduced to sporadic appearances, lik...
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South Africa go 1-0 up after India self-destruct in first ODI

India’s inexplicable middle-order collapse ensured that fine half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli did not count for much as the team was handed a 31-run defeat by a resolute South Africa in the opening ODI here on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 297, India were cruising at 138 for one before wickets fell in a heap dashing the hopes of the visitors who trail 0-1 in the three-match series. India’s innings ended at 265 for eight. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (110 off 143) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out off 96) had scored contrasting hundreds en route to their 204-run stand to take South Africa to 296 for four after opting to bat. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK —...
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Indian bowling attack by far most challenging one for me: Keegan Petersen

Rookie South Africa batter Keegan Petersen admits the world class Indian bowling attack was by far the most challenging he has faced but said he would not have wanted another way to build his nascent career. The 28-year-old was named player of the series after his outstanding exploits with the bat against India in the three-match contest which South Africa won 2-1. The stylish right-hander was the top run-scorer from either sides in the series, amassing 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to notch-up three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82 and 62, whilst his slip fielding was another hallmark of the series. Keegan Petersen reflects on the recent series win against India as well as his player of the series award👀 Full article: https://t.co/HgudmcH3NW#SAvIN...
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No hard feelings, we’re good friends: Jansen on heated moments with Bumrah

South Africa pacer Marco Jansen on Monday said he has no “hard feelings” with his IPL side Mumbai Indians team-mate Jasprit Bumrah even though the duo engaged in some heated exchanges during the Proteas’ 2-1 Test series triumph. Jansen and Bumrah shared some heated exchanges during the second Test at Wanderers which South Africa won by seven wickets and again during the third match at Newlands where the hosts sealed a remarkable Test series win. “I’ve played with Bumrah in the IPL and we’re good friends. You’re not going to back down when you’re playing for your country and sometimes on-the-field things get heated,” the 21-year-old said in a media interaction on Cricket South Africa Twitter handle. #SportsAlert 🚨 Jasprit Bumrah’s Priceless Reaction After Dismissing Marco Jansen🏏#Jaspr...
‘Try and be a little quicker please’: Umpire warns KL Rahul for late pullout in 2nd Test
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‘Try and be a little quicker please’: Umpire warns KL Rahul for late pullout in 2nd Test

India stand-in captain KL Rahul received a warning from umpire Marais Erasmus on the first day of the second Test, after he belatedly pulled out of a Kagiso Rabada delivery. In the 5th over of the Indian innings, South African pacer Rabada was all set to bowl the third delivery but had to stop at the last moment because Rahul had pulled out at the last second. However, he was quick to apologise for the situation. “Just try and be a little quicker please KL,” the stump mic caught umpire Erasmus as saying, to which Rahul quickly said “Sorry”. Marais is a sweet guy #INDvSA. As is the stand-in captain pic.twitter.com/KVQNqUPt06 — Benaam Baadshah (@BenaamBaadshah4) January 3, 2022 Meanwhile, Duanne Olivier dismissed out-of-form batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane off s...
‘Not the place, time:’ Dravid deadbats questions about Kohli-Ganguly saga
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‘Not the place, time:’ Dravid deadbats questions about Kohli-Ganguly saga

Two expected events happened at the India’s pre-game press conference in South Africa. The absence of Virat Kohli and the ability of Rahul Dravid to wriggle out of a tight spot. In a departure from the conventions of pre-Test media interactions where the captain usually attends with the coach, Kohli chose not to attend. Perhaps, because the last time he fronted up the media, he had had his say against Sourav Ganguly led BCCI over the way he was dethroned from the ODI captaincy, and since there has been no official response yet from the board, it would have been more of the same. Last time around, he was urging the media manager, who was intent on ending the conference, to carry on and read out questions from the chat window on the Zoom. Unsurprisingly, Dravid didn’t bite ...
Virat plays a key role in taking the Test team forward: Dravid
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Virat plays a key role in taking the Test team forward: Dravid

Until now, the Indian team has thrived on its Test captain’s stardom and batting brilliance. Winning has always been a team effort, but Team India didn’t mind their Test captain to take spotlight. Rahul Dravid’s cricket philosophy is different and true to that, the Indian team’s head coach presented a more holistic picture at the pre-match press conference, ahead of India’s first Test against South Africa that starts on Boxing Day. “The main aim is to win the Test series. We have the World Test Championship (points) to play for as well and Virat plays a key role in taking the Test team forward. He loves Test cricket,” Dravid said. By his lofty standards, Kohli has been going through an elongated fallow period, his last Test century being scored more than two years ago. Kohl...
Kohli’s final frontier: Team combination on captain’s mind as India take on South Africa
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Kohli’s final frontier: Team combination on captain’s mind as India take on South Africa

Skipper Virat Kohli will be battling on multiple fronts with an aim to get the tricky team combination right as India have a real shot at winning their first ever away series against South Africa, which is short on experience going into the contest, starting with the Boxing Day Test. The choice between an untested rookie like Shreyas Iyer and a proven but out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane for the number five slot, is not an enviable one. It’s more like choosing between rock and hard place with fear of unknown being a persistent factor. Not to mention the hard call on whether Shardul Thakur with far superior skills should be the fifth bowler in place of an ‘over the hill’ Ishant Sharma. Just a sleep away from the series opener! 👍 👌#TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/0OrU8zDmFQ — BC...
South Africa make-or-break tour for Virat Kohli the captain and batsman
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South Africa make-or-break tour for Virat Kohli the captain and batsman

Nearly four years ago, Virat Kohli and an impressionable young side landed in South Africa with the burning ambition to emerge as a genuinely world-beating side. India lost that series, but offered a precursor of their collective and individual capabilities, exhibiting a distinct streak of indefatigability that has come to symbolise both the captain and his team. In the intervening four years, the group scaled unprecedented heights in Test cricket, achieving most of what they had set their heads and hearts on — two series wins in Australia and leading a Test series in England, besides reaching the World Test Championship final. Four years on, Virat Kohli lands in South Africa ready to script another chapter in his career. Not just to win a series in South Africa for the fir...
I love playing freely & the team management has given me that freedom: Shreyas Iyer
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I love playing freely & the team management has given me that freedom: Shreyas Iyer

Having represented India in 54 white-ball games, Mumbai batter Shreyas Iyer made his long-awaited entry into Test cricket in Kanpur against New Zealand in November. After becoming the only Indian to make a century and a fifty on Test debut, a sterner challenge awaits the 27-year old on the South Africa tour, where he will be competing for a middle-order spot with Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari. Before leaving for South Africa, Iyer spoke to The Indian Express on his debut performance and his preparation for the upcoming big tour. Your Mumbai team-mate Siddhesh Lad once asked you to focus on white-ball cricket when you were not getting chances in red-ball. But you replied that red-ball lamba khelna hai [I want to play red-ball for a long time]. Tell us a bit more about tha...
Against South Africa, India need a united front, not a Virat Kohli dousing home fires
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Against South Africa, India need a united front, not a Virat Kohli dousing home fires

A leading man facing unprecedented pressure extending beyond the field, a coach looking to kickstart the stint by shedding his good boy image, and a buoyant pacer primed to breathe fire into the attack against an opposition led by a dogged man ready for tough contests and tougher conversations at home.India’s tour of South Africa is set to be the stage for overarching narratives Just before the 2008 under-19 World Cup, the national junior selectors, in an inspired move, had decided on a leadership change. They replaced Tanmay Srivastava, a soft spoken Lucknow opener who gracefully carried his city’s gentility to the cricket field, with Virat Kohli, a West Delhi boy not known to give undue respect, or an undeserving inch, to rivals. What had then seemed like a minor tweak to...
India vs South Africa Test, ODI Series: Schedule, Squads, Venues, Telecast, Live Streaming — All you need to know
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India vs South Africa Test, ODI Series: Schedule, Squads, Venues, Telecast, Live Streaming — All you need to know

India vs South Africa 2021, Schedule, Squads, Live Streaming: For all its glorious history, India has never won a test series in South Africa and the chance to change that will be the focus for Virat Kohli’s top-ranked team on a monthlong tour spent in another coronavirus bio-bubble, this time amid the threat of the new omicron variant. Despite omicron, the three-test series goes ahead, starting on Sunday in Centurion, but with a tightening of virus protocols after South Africa first identified and announced to the world the existence of the highly contagious variant last month. India’s chances of finally cracking South Africa on its eighth test tour to the country are improved by a world-class and deep fast-bowling lineup led by Jasprit Bumrah, and with Ishant Sharma, Moha...
India vs South Africa: No tickets up for sale due to rising Covid cases
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India vs South Africa: No tickets up for sale due to rising Covid cases

Cricket South Africa on Monday stated that there will be no tickets made available for India’s tour of the Rainbow Nation due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the world as well as in South Africa. The statement read, “CSA wishes to inform the most ardent fans of cricket as well as all sports lovers that owing to the increasing COVID cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, the two cricketing bodies have taken a joint decision to protect the players and the tour by not making tickets available for the India vs Proteas offerings. This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment.” ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 Tickets for the upcoming #SAvIND tour will not be m...
First India-South Africa Test to be on batting-friendly Centurion
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First India-South Africa Test to be on batting-friendly Centurion

India’s Test series in South Africa will commence at the Centurion on Boxing Day, Cricket South Africa has confirmed. As per the revised itinerary, India will play three Tests and as many ODIs during their tour of South Africa, while the T20Is have been postponed following the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Johannesburg and Cape Town will host the second and third Test respectively, and the ODIs will be played at Paarl and Cape Town. “It is a pleasure for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to confirm the updated schedule for the India men’s tour to South Africa. As announced over the weekend, the tour has been reduced from three series to two: the Test and One-Day International series, taking place from 26 December to 23 January 2022 across four venues, following...