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How does Shardul Thakur get his wickets? By outthinking the batsmen
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How does Shardul Thakur get his wickets? By outthinking the batsmen

“Many people have that lazy opinion about Shardul,” L Balaji, Shardul Thakur’s bowling coach at Chennai Super Kings, says when it’s put across that Thakur has a happy knack of taking a wicket. Lazy? “I also use it but what I am protesting against is the fact that sometimes people use it to suggest that he can get lucky with the wicket-taking balls. As if he hasn’t worked intelligently through a spell. As if he hasn’t bowled them deliberately. Let me tell you, he is a very intelligent bowler.” That intelligence was seen in the seven-wicket haul in game-turning spells on day 2 at Johannesburg. It’s what he didn’t do that caught the eye. A predominantly outswing bowler, he just didn’t show that card to the left-handed Dean Elgar. Perhaps, that was the reason Elgar eventually reached out to...
Watch: Van der Dussen takes blinder to dismiss Hanuma Vihari in IND vs SA 2nd Test
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Watch: Van der Dussen takes blinder to dismiss Hanuma Vihari in IND vs SA 2nd Test

Rassie van der Dussen pulled off a contender for the catch of the tournament when he dismissed Hanuma Vihari (20) off Kagiso Rabada in the second Test between India and South Africa on Monday. It was a short and quick delivery by Rabada which was directed at the ribs of Vihari who looked to fend it away and ended up getting an inside edge which lobbed towards short leg. Rassie van der Dussen dived to his left and grabbed an absolute blinder. Meanwhile, stand-in captain KL Rahul scored a gutsy half-century but could not convert that into a big knock as another shoddy display by Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane left India in a troublesome 146 for 5 at tea. With skipper Virat Kohli ruled out of the match due to back spasm, Rahul (50 off 133 balls) was patience-personified ...
India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?
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India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?

India’s formidably consistent match-winners have a date with history in the New Year when they take on an out-of-sorts South Africa in the second Test from Monday in pursuit of a coveted first-ever series win in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. If the ‘Boxing Day Test’ was used to breach the Proteas’ fortress at the Centurion, the New Year’s game will be all about stoutly defending the ‘Bull Ring’ bastion which has been a ‘home’ away from home for the Indian team. Also, it was right here in 2018 when the foundation of one of India’s greatest Test teams was laid with a solid win on a track that bordered on under-prepared and perhaps gave this unit self belief to take on the world. They have been doing that for nearly four years now and are in no mood to stop. Here is all you need to kn...
View, Review: Should Pujara, Rahane be given another chance?
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View, Review: Should Pujara, Rahane be given another chance?

Don’t change a winning combination – so goes received wisdom. India’s victory over South Africa in the first Test – no Asian side had breached Fortress Centurion till then – was a testament to how far Virat Kohli’s team has come in terms of winning away from home. The achievement is rightly being feted by fans and the general cricketing community. In hindsight, the game was set up, and pretty much decided, by the 117-run opening stand between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. It meant that even though India collapsed on the third morning, their first innings total was still too big for a fragile Proteas batting line-up against a deadly bowling attack. Nos. 3, 4 and 5 are the engine room of any batting line-up, and it has been underperforming for India for a considerable period n...
India have more collective experience in line-up than South Africa: Amla
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India have more collective experience in line-up than South Africa: Amla

Legendary South Africa batter Hashim Amla says more “collective experience” in the Indian side was one of the key factors in the visiting side’s comfortable victory in the series-opener at Centurion. India beat South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test at SuperSport Park to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. “It was a fair result,” said Amla in Cricket South Africa website. “They (India) have been a strong unit over the last two years or so. They have more experience collectively and it always makes a huge difference when you have runs on the board to back you up.” #TeamIndia go 1-0 up in the series with their first ever Test win at Centurion.#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/DB68dMunHL — BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2021 South Africa did not have many experienced players in their ...
Tale of two Centurions
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Tale of two Centurions

“It almost has to be a madness to be able to win away from home and you have to live it every minute, every day of being on tour. It is a very individual thing but we need to discuss this as a team, for sure.” These were Virat Kohli’s words at Centurion in January 2018. India had just lost the second Test against South Africa by 135 runs, and with it, the three-match series after their 72-run defeat in Cape Town. “It will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket history, especially in Test cricket. The victories have taken a lot of discipline. We have worked really hard as a team for the last few years and we are slowly starting to see the results.” These were KL Rahul’s words at Centurion in December 2021. India had begun the year with the grandmother of all ...
India vs South Africa 1st Test, Weather Report: Rain to play spoilsport in Centurion
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India vs South Africa 1st Test, Weather Report: Rain to play spoilsport in Centurion

India vs South Africa 1st Test, Centurion weather report: 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. Weather: Centurion is 1455 m above sea level and located at 25.87° S 28.17° E. Rain will most likely play spoilsport on the first two days of play. It will be unusual if there is no rain in the latter ...
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...
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...
Important to get team off to a good start in South Africa, says KL Rahul
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Important to get team off to a good start in South Africa, says KL Rahul

India Test vice captain KL Rahul said that playing in South Africa poses a unique challenge but the Indian team are up for it. Speaking at a virtual press conference, the swashbuckling opener said, ” In any foreign series, getting the team off to a good start is the most important thing. Last time when I came here, I did not have much idea about what to expect from these conditions but this time around, having played 2 Tests here, we are slightly better prepared for the conditions.” Asked about how the team will cope with the South African pitches, he said, “The pace and bounce in the pitches here is very different to other countries. That is why it was very important that we came here earlier and tried to adjust to the conditions. “We’ve had match simulations and tried to ...
Panchal gets call-up to India Test squad after 100 First-Class games
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Panchal gets call-up to India Test squad after 100 First-Class games

At the start of this year, Priyank Panchal was one of the standbys for India’s home Test series against England. Even as the teams moved to his home city Ahmedabad for the last two Tests of the series, Panchal was released to play for Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. On Monday, when he finally made it to the Indian Test squad proper for the tour of South Africa as the injury replacement for Rohit Sharma, Panchal was following a familiar routine. Having returned home after leading India A in South Africa only days ago, he had an eye on the last round of Vijay Hazare Trophy group games to be played on Tuesday. The opener was keeping himself ready in case Gujarat make it to the knockouts. The 31-year-old has long become used to operating like this. His breakthrough Ranji Tr...
De Kock set to miss part of India Test series
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De Kock set to miss part of India Test series

South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock is set to miss the third Test of the upcoming series against India due to the birth of his first child. An ESPNcricinfo report on Monday said that de Kock’s wife Sasha is expected to give birth to a child in early January, and given the bio-bubble and other restrictions in place, he might miss the second game as well. According to the cricket portal, South Africa’s selection convener Victor Mpitsang expects de Kock “to miss the last Test”. South Africa are due to host India in a three-match Test series beginning December 26 at Centurion. The second Test is scheduled to start on January 3 in Johannesburg, while the final match is slated for a January 11 start in Cape Town. The teams will then play three one-day inter...