Like he did in England in 2014, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was brilliant with both bat and ball. India must be careful not to bowl this whole-hearted cricketer into the ground on this tour. Holding on to catches in the slips will help keep his energy levels up.
Pandya’s performance. The lone warrior on day 2 for India scoring 93 (95) with the bat to tame four fire-breathing South African quicks and then taking two wickets to help India keep a toe-hold in the match.
Wriddhiman Saha. A flawless performance behind the stumps saw Saha break the Indian test record for the number of catches. He pouched everything with a minimum of fuss. He will want to contribute more in front of the wickets though, scoring only 0 and 8.
Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara for the first 18 overs on day 2. Good, solid test cricket. It was good to see Rohit reigning in his usual attacking instincts for the greater good.
The second innings bowling performance. From 65 for 2, it was a fantastic performance to bowl the home team out for the addition of just another 65 runs. The lines were perfect, no boundaries were gifted and the chances created were taken.
After what felt like a million meaningless cricket matches against Sri Lanka, India has reached South Africa. And if you are feeling a mixture of dread and excitement, you are not alone. The first test of the Freedom Series begins at Newlands in Cape Town tomorrow – finally some competitive cricket! Read More …
It will be remembered for the Sri Lankan players throwing up on the outfield.
Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal, centre, vomits as his teammates stand next to him during the fourth day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadr)
For Sri Lankan players wearing surgical masks.
For Kohli’s angry declaration. (He pointed at his chest and said we will bowl, the implication being we will show you how to do it, you cry babies). Can you blame him? He is a proud Delhi boy and the masked Lankans had made his city look bad. Read More …
At the end of the first day’s play in Delhi, Kohli remained undefeated on 146. Three test matches against Sri Lanka have seen three contrasting tons from the Indian captain.
The first test at Eden Gardens saw Kohli get a ten-ball duck in the first innings. Walking in with Sri Lanka in the hunt for the win, Kohli’s second innings hundred on a spicy pitch swung the match decisively in India’s favour. One of his best efforts, one which nearly saw India pull off a famous come-from-behind win at the spiritual home of Indian cricket.
Kohli’s double hundred in Nagpur was pure efficiency after the Murali-Pujara show. He cut out risk and ground the Lankans into the dust without mercy. Read More …
After the Latham-Taylor show in Mumbai, India have drawn level in the ODI cricket series against New Zealand with a clinical performance in Pune. Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah set the tone up front and batsman knocked off the runs with ease. 1-1 with one to play. Our prediction at the start of the series seems to be coming good at this point.
We, however, have an another (larger) question – do these matches have any context at all? With series flying thick and fast, hardly a weekend goes by without India featuring in a cricket match. Since the Champions Trophy 2017 in June, India have played almost non-stop.
Five days after defeat in the Champions Trophy final the Indian team was in the West Indies for five ODIs and a T20I.
Two weeks after returning from the Caribbean, they were in Sri Lanka for three tests, five ODIs and a T20I.
Ten days after returning triumphant from Sri Lanka, India were playing their old nemesis Australia in five ODIs and three T20Is.
A week after Australia, the New Zealand series started.
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