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  • India vs South Africa: Is captaincy reason for Markram’s batting woes?

    Johannesburg: South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has insinuated that stand-in-skipper Aiden Markram’s batting form might have suffered due to the responsibility around captaincy. Markram was named the Proteas captain in the absence of regular skipper Faf du Plessis, who was ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against Indian and the T20I series following it.

  • India vs South Africa: Jacques Kallis raises question over domestic cricket amid struggles by leg spin

     New Delhi: South Africa’s greatest all-rounder Jacques Kallis has figured out why his country’s batsmen are struggling against Indian wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav — the Proteas are not facing bowlers like those in the domestic circuit at all. India have taken an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match series with Chahal (14)  and Yadav (16) accounting for 30 wickets between them.  “It takes time to read good leg-break bowlers. We

  • India vs South Africa: Indian cricket team can beat any country claims BCCI

    New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president C K Khanna hailed the Indian cricket team for their historical one day series win in South Africa, saying the team is capable of winning anywhere and against any nation. Khanna told ANI, “Great performance. Virat and his boys have been performing exceedingly well.”

  • India vs South Africa ODIs: Top three and spinners rule, middle order struggles; 5 key takeaways

    Finally! The world’s richest and most followed cricket team, India, finally won its maiden ODI series in South Africa by defeating hosts by 73 runs in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth. The match followed a similar script as men in blue again piled on the runs, riding on Rohit Sharma’s century (115) and then spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled the hosts with their wizardry. And, with the win,

  • India vs South Africa: India rise to No 1 in ODI rankings

    Dubai: India have cemented their number-one ranking in the ICC One Day International (ODI) Team Rankings after victory in fifth of the six-match series against South Africa in Port Elizabeth. This however, confirmed that India will finish the series on top of the table irrespective of how the final match in Centurion pans out.

  • India vs South Africa: We got a ‘good hiding’ from India, says SA coach Ottis Gibson

    Port Elizabeth: A disappointed South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says he has no excuses to offer for the “hiding” his depleted side has taken from a rampaging India, leaving him with a lot to think about going forward. A 73-run win over the Proteas in the fifth one-dayer here yesterday has ensured India their first ever series victory on South African soil across all formats. The Virat Kohli-led team has taken an

  • India vs South Africa: Three low scores is not bad form, says Rohit Sharma

    Port Elizabeth: India vice-captain Rohit Sharma is glad that his return to form coincided with his team’s maiden ODI series triumph on South African soil but insisted that he wasn’t unsettled by the preceding low scores either.  Sharma struck a match-winning 115 in the fifth one-dayer here yesterday, a pivotal knock in India’s 73-run triumph, which gave the side an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match series. The inconsequential sixth ODI is

  • David Warner given time-off before New Zealand clash

    Melbourne: Australian star opener David Warner has been given some time-off before his side resume T20I tri-series campaign against New Zealand on February 16 at the iconic Eden Park, Auckland. Confirming the news, Australia head coach Darren Lehman had said that T20I stand-in captain Warner would head home to Sydney after attending the Allan Border Medal count in Melbourne to freshen up mentally, ahead of the upcoming match.

  • India vs South Africa: India look for a series win, SA hope to continue momentum

    Port Elizabeth: Knocked back in the previous match, India will look to crush a South African revival before it becomes a threat to their pursuit of a maiden ODI series triumph here when the two sides clash in the fifth ODI, tomorrow. The Men in Blue still have a two-match cushion in thesix-ODI series. They lead 3-1 after winning the first in Durban by six wickets, the second in Centurion by nine

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Rudra Pratap Singh: How RP swung out of favour

    Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh are some of the bowlers produced by India during the early 2000s. Indian cricket never had the problem of producing a batsman, who could be very good, but when it came to bowling the choice was rather limited. Team India, after the infamous match-fixing saga, was at crossroads and the BCCI gave the captaincy to Sourav Ganguly and

  • Windies to tour Pakistan for T20I series in March

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that West Indies are all set to visit the country for a three-match T20I series in Lahore towards the end of March.

  • Action Replay! Virender Sehwag smashes Shoaib Akhtar again, this time on ice; see photos

    Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Thursday turned the clock back with a blazing half-century for the Diamonds XI against Shahid Afridi-led Royals XI side at the inaugural St Moritz Ice Cricket Challenge. Virender Sehwag led an XI boasting the likes of Australia’s Mike Hussey and Andrew Symonds, Sri Lankan stars Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan and Indian pacer Zaheer Khan. And, just like 10 years back,

  • Virat Kohli has transformed Yuzvendra Chahal into a brave bowler: Daniel Vettori

    St Moritz: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori feels India skipper Virat Kohli has instilled a lot of courage in wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, calling it the primary reason for his phenomenal success in limited-overs cricket. Vettori is currently the coach of IPL franchise RoyalChallengers Bangalore, which Kohli captains. Chahal is currently the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa with 11 scalps in three games.

  • India series showing SA’s Gen-Next not yet ready, says former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith

    St. Moritz: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith feels that India’s complete dominance in the ongoing ODI series is an indicator that the Gen-Next ofProteas is “not quite ready” to take on quality opposition. India are on the cusp of a first-ever series win on SouthAfrican soil across formats as they lead 3-0 in the six-matchODI series. Skipper Virat Kohli (318 runs with two hundreds) along with wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (11

  • Why Virat Kohli is bigger match-winner in ODI cricket compared to Sachin Tendulkar

    205 matches, 9,348 runs, 57.34 average, 34 centuries; 463 matches, 18,426 runs, 44.83 average, 49 centuries. Cricket is a peculiar game being played since 1877 and the above-mentioned statistics are not trivia but records of two of India’s greatest match winners. You have guessed it right its Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is going through a purple patch (for quite a while actually) and on this current

  • Aussie crickter Matthew Wade fined for BBL final outburst

    Melbourne: Australia wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade has been fined for breaching Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Conduct during his Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Hobart Hurricanes’ defeat against Adelaide Strikers in the finals of the tournament.

  • SL pacer Lasith Malinga mulls retirement, says mentally done with cricket

    St Moritz: Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga has hinted at possible retirement, saying that he is mentally done with international cricket now that his eventful IPL career is over. Malinga was yesterday appointed as bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians. The Sri Lankan has been the core of Mumbai Indians winning combination in the last decade. He has donned the prestigious Mumbai Indians jersey in 110 matches of the 157games the franchise has

  • Amidst Chahal-Kuldeep show, find out why Wrist Spin is the most difficult art of bowling

    India’s tour of South Africa is going like a cruise ship with men in blue winning the first three one day matches comprehensively. Indian team is playing superlative cricket and spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are taking wickets left, right and centre (21 wickets combined after three matches). When we talk about cricket we think about batting, bowling, and fielding. Batting always gets box office preference and bowlers always get step-motherly treatment.