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Indian Women Show Men The Way
Before Virat Kohli and his men sealed the ODI series against South Africa 4-1, the Indian women had sealed their series against the Lady Proteas' 2-1 in similar emphatic manner with Smriti Mandhana scoring a classy 135 and fifties from Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy followed by a familiar trial by spin.
India Retain No. 1 Test Ranking for 2nd Year in a Row
India retain their No. 1 Test ranking for a second year in a row after their magnificent win on a trechearous Johannesburg wicket, where first they gutsed it out with the bat and then blew away the home team with their fiery fast bowling.
Best Indian Bowling Unit Ever?
One of the things to note is that India have bowled out South Africa 5 times in 5 innings in the Tests in South Africa so far, and if their batsmen can apply themselves and give the bowlers a decent total to defend in the 4th innings in Johannesburg they could do it for a sixth time and in the process help India win the match. This contrasts with the serious lack of quality spinners that South Africa the current No. 2 Test side has, no disrespect to Keshav Maharaj. India on the other hand have two of the BEST spinners in the world in the two Ravis: Ashwin and Jadeja, supported by a plethora of classy back ups such as Amit Mishra, Kuldip Yadav, Yuzuvendra Chahal, etc. And they also have a phalanx of fast men who are comparable to any fast bowling unit in the world. The Indian bowling coach B. Arun explains how this came about.
Pujara Praises Pandya
Hardik Pandya's heroics with bat and ball are allowing India to just about cling on to the Test. Others need to follow suit if India are to turn the tables on SA
Kohli and Company Step into the Whirlwind
India the current No. 1 Test side by a large margin, have had a dream run in Test cricket starting with the tour to Bangladesh in 2014-15. Their dominance has been stunning. 21 wins and only 2 losses studded across 9 consecutive series wins, where they beat every team including South Africa, Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Bangladesh. In the process Virat Kohli is now the Only captain in Test history to have lost less than 10% of his matches. Having lost only 3 out of his 32 Tests. Not Steve Waugh, not Don Bradman, not Ricky Ponting, not Clive Lloyd, and certainly not Steve Smith who has lost nearly one third of the matches he has captained can match his record currently. But Team India and Kohli himself are about to be Tested like they haven't been in a long while.
India to Host Afghanistan For Debut Test Match
Afghanistan will play its first Test match against the current World No. 1 side who will host them. Great way to debut in Test cricket.
Squads for T20Is v. Sri Lanka and Tests v. South Africa
BCCI selectors seemed to be keen on inducting youngsters and rewarding performers for the T20I series agains Sri Lanka. A lot of new and deserving names are included. For the Test team to South Africa it is on expected lines... the only real surprise is the recall of Parthiv Patel as back-up keeper and opener. Jasprit Bumrah has been knocking on the Test door for a while.
Squads for Delhi Test and ODI Series Announced
The BCCI announced the squads for the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka starting in New Delhi on December 2, 2017 and the squad for the ODI series following. Not sure if the ODI squad is the same as the squad for T20Is. Also, Virat Kohli has been rested from the ODIs and Rohit Sharma is going to lead India in the shorter format.
India's "Goofy" Paintal Hangs Up His Boots
When Ashish Nehra made his international debut back in 1998, Kuldeep Yadav, India’s mystery spinner was just four. The lanky bowler burst onto the scene with a not-so-smooth action, but the one that sent the ball at high pace. When he traveled outside, his pace combined with swing, making life difficult for the batsmen. Eighteen years since he debuted, Nehra underwent over 10 surgeries owing to that action but not once did he compromise on pace. At his fastest he touched 150 kmph, and along with Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, and Ajit Agarkar who could all top 145 kmph... was part of the emerging fast bowling culture that now sees India with a plethora of quick men who can give it back with the best...
Hanuma Vihari Slams Triple Century for Andhra Pradesh
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