February 21, 2018

India relax, South Africa prepare for 3-0

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Since then, India have lost a home series to England, nearly lost one to Australia, and have not come close to winning in Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand. The Indians will obviously love to make it 2-1 and make a bit of a comeback in the series.

"Shami is a good bowler". Technically, there's not too much he has done wrong.

"He will fit into Indias overseas plans very well though, because he bowls that away-swinging line. Unless you speak about it and lay it out in front of everyone, there is very little chance of improving".

De Villiers acknowledges that the third Test is still "big" considering India would come fighting back in order to restore some pride. Parthiv Patel was a forced inclusion as Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a hamstring injury. Ajinkya Rahane was third.

Indian players greet Sri Lankan batsmen after India won the 2nd T20I in Indore. And yet, when a question was posed about the playing XI, the captain rises like Phoenix and showed the cricketing world that they are tigers at home and paper tigers overseas.

Jasprit Bumrah remained unbeaten at 0.

During this time, Shakib has picked up 41 wickets at an average of 29 including three five-wicket hauls.

At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 11 and with him was Parthiv Patel - promoted ahead of Rohit Sharma to No. 5, possibly since he's the only left-hander in India's XI - on 5.

With one day left to play at SuperSport Park, South Africa are seven wickets from taking an unassailable 2-0 lead, and India are a distant 252 runs from levelling the Test series. They have surprised us in terms of pace bowling. How many times has Ishant picked 8-9 wickets in a Test? The Indian bowlers are doing their damndest but nothing has come their way. Kohli made 153 of the 307 runs that India scored in the first innings of the second Test match.

Kohli started off admirably when he said: "We will ask the guys to be honest about what they were feeling at particular stages in the game".

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"No traveling team is doing well nowadays". To win a Test match you need 20 wickets and we have taken 20 wickets.

"It doesnt happen these days with packed calendars".

Aiden Markram was Bumrah's first victim, falling leg before wicket as he played back to a ball which cut back and kept low.

Even Krishnamachari Srikanth, former India skipper, in his column in a national newspaper, while blasting the lack of application from rest of the Indian batsmen, hailed Kohli.

"With Ashwin, we can not use the RTM as we have already got three Indian players retained".

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"He started off with 40-50 strike-rate, and then as he batted longer, he reduced it to 30-35 strike-rate". In all, Kohli is the 31st batsman to 900 points in the Test rankings.

Walking into the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, gives you a feel that you are in New Zealand.

He was applauded at the time, so was he wrong to employ the same tactics here, especially when the match was already in South Africa's corner? The Indian players will be hurting. This is not going to be easy, I don't live in a fool's paradise, but here's an example of how you can tweak it in the current set-up.

"In these conditions, you will get out playing too many shots". It was the first of the three big "Tests" awaiting Kohli's India from 2018 onwards.

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