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I Am Ready For Whatever Responsibility Is Given To Me – Mohammed Shami On His Captaincy Ambitions

India pacer Mohammed Shami has opened up on his ambitions to lead India in Test cricket as he said that he would be ready for any responsibility offered to him. He stated that leading India in any format is a dream for any player and he is no different.

Ever since Virat Kohli stepped down from test captaincy, rumors have been floating around about possible candidates to lead India in the red-ball format. While Rohit Sharma is the frontrunner in the race as he is already the captain in white-ball cricket, the names of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant have also emerged out if Indian selectors would go with the split captaincy.

There is also a school of thought that Jasprit Bumrah should get a chance to lead India in the longest format.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

“I am available for selection in all formats”- Mohammed Shami

Speaking about the matter, Shami said that he’s not paying too much attention to it but he would be ready for any responsibility given to him.

“I am not thinking too much about captaincy at the moment. I am ready for whatever responsibility is given to me. To be honest, who doesn’t want to captain the India team but it is not the only thing and I am looking to contribute in whichever manner possible for the team,” Mohammed Shami spoke to India.com.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Shami was rested for the ODI series against South Africa in which India was whitewashed by 0-3. He is again rested for the white-ball series against West Indies starting on February 6. But the fast bowler stated that he is available for selection in all formats and whenever he gets selected, he is looking forward to the challenge.

Also read It Feels Great To See Your Dream Come True – Ravi Bishnoi On His Maiden India Call-up

“I am available for selection in all formats and if it happens, I am more than looking forward to it,” he added.

Shami bagged 14 wickets in 3-match Test series against South Africa which India lost by 1-2. He played a crucial role in the only win India achieved in the tour when he picked 8 wickets in the first test match at Centurion which included a fifer in the first innings.

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Madan Lal Lashes Out At Team India’s Poor Performance In South African Tour

Madan Lal has come down heavy on the team’s performance in the recently concluded tour of South Africa, calling out the players for their “casual” approach and their inability to learn from their mistakes.

At Newlands, Cape Town, the Proteas defeat the KL Rahul-led side by four runs to win the third and final ODI and complete a 3-0 clean sweep. Earlier on the tour, India had won the opening Test in Cape Town but lost the following two to concede that series too.

KL Rahul Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
KL Rahul Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Madan Lal: Indian Batsmen Were Dismissed While Attempting The Glory Shot As They Didn’t Take Responsibility Losing A Won Match

Madan Lal, a member of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, listed why India lost a match they should have easily won and why the twin series loss is so disappointing

“They got out while attempting the glory shot otherwise this match could have easily been won. In international matches, batters must take more responsibility. If you go in with a casual approach, you are going to keep losing matches and series like this. Apart from the first Test, we haven’t played good cricket. We have gifted games, that we should have won, to South Africa,” said Mafdan Lal.

Madan Lal. Image-Twitter
Madan Lal. Image-Twitter

“They (the players) are just very casual and are playing casual shots. Rishabh Pant played a casual shot and he didn’t keep the wicket well either, dropping two caught behind chances. We didn’t see a 100-150-run partnership. We haven’t learned from our mistakes,” Madan Lal elaborated.

The Indian cricket team’s tour of South Africa ended in an embarrassing 0-3 whitewash at the hands of the home team in the one-day internationals. The defeat comes at the back of a demoralizing 1-2 loss in the Test series. India got off to a great start to the series with a victory in the first Test at Centurion.

But the Proteas players put their entire might in the remaining two Test matches and chased down 200-run plus targets in the fourth innings at Johannesburg and Cape Town to upset a higher-ranked Team India, who were looking to win their maiden Test series in the Rainbow nation.

The ODIs were played on pitches that were spin-friendly but India failed to make the most of the conditions. Stand-in captain KL Rahul’s leadership lacked spunk and imagination and India’s ODI template backfired as there was no zing in either batting or bowling.

The team was in good positions while bowling and during the chase in the first and third ODIs, but lost out at crucial moments. In the second ODI, the bowlers couldn’t defend a 280-plus total.

Sanjay Manjrekar Claims The South African Tour Was One Of The Poorest

Meanwhile, former batters Sanjay Manjrekar and Aakash Chopra also reacted to the series of defeats.

“The way the match ended sums up the whole trip for India. It has to be one of the poorest Indian tours to South Africa. That’s how it was destined to be. It just wasn’t India’s time in South Africa. It is a bad loss,” Sanjay Manjrekar said.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

“Last year, the overwhelming thought during India’s tour to Sri Lanka was that India can field two teams at the same time and still win. 8 months later, India struggled to win a single game in a series with the best side (minus Rohit). How did we get here?” tweeted Aakash Chopra on Monday.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored only 124 runs at an average of 20 in the three Tests and his spot in the XI might be in danger the next time India take the field. Ajinkya Rahane only scored 136 runs at an average of 22.66 in the 3 Tests. In ODIs, the southpaw Shikhar Dhawan failed to hit a century but he smashed 169 runs at an average of 56.33. Apart from him, Virat Kohli scored 116 runs at an average of 38.67.

Rishabh Pant scored 85 runs in the second ODI to help India post 287/6. However, his struggle in batting while chasing continues in ODI cricket as he threw his wicket away in the 3rd ODI without scoring. Shreyas Iyer scored just 54 runs in 3 matches and was a let-down.

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“You Live By The Sword, You Die By The Sword” – Gautam Gambhir Backs Rishabh Pant’s Flamboyant Approach

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has weighed in his thoughts about Rishabh Pant’s slam-bang approach as he feels that this is his way which gave him the desired results so it’s natural for him to go with the same flow every time.

Pant received a lot of flak when he played an airy-fairy shot in the very first against Phehlukwayo and was caught in the deep. Notable that Pant played a sensational knock of 85(72) in the second ODI which grabbed lots of attention.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav missed a big opportunity to become a hero, opined Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir said that the youngster should keep backing his approach and he will learn from his experience.

“You have to accept him the way he is. He will play match-winning innings but also play rash shots like today. If the management is patient to back a player like this, then we can see him getting more opportunities. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. Pant will continue playing in the manner that he’s currently playing.

“He’s not someone like Virat Kohli, who will slowly build his innings. Yes, the team management can groom Pant to do that but it won’t happen overnight. It will take time,” Gautam Gambhir spoke to Star Sports in a post-match show.

"You Live By The Sword, You Die By The Sword" - Gautam Gambhir Backs Rishabh Pant's Flamboyant Approach 1

Gambhir also opined that youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav missed a big opportunity to finish the game for India as both of them got starts but failed to convert it to the big one.

“If someone like Kohli finishes the match, it’s just another day at the office for him. But we wanted to see someone like Shreyas or Suryakumar finish the match. Had either of the two finished the run-chase, one would have emerged as the winner of the middle-order competition,”  he said.

“If someone like Kohli finishes the match, it’s just another day at the office for him. But we wanted to see someone like Shreyas or Suryakumar finish the match. Had either of the two finished the run-chase, one would have emerged as the winner of the middle-order competition,” he further added.

Despite a blinder of a knock from Deepak Chahar 54(34), India fell short by 4 runs as the hosts wrapped up the series by 3-0.

Also, read Deepak Chahar’s Splendid Effort Goes In Vain As India Suffer 4-Run Defeat Against Proteas In Cape Town

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
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Rishabh Pant Explains Reason To Bat At No. 4 In First 2 ODIs Against Proteas

Rishabh Pant understands the value of his wicket and the reason why the team management often asks him to use his discretion in shot selection during important phases of various matches.

Rishabh Pant was out to an atrocious shot during the second Test in Wanderers, which led to a lot of criticism from all quarters and former skipper Virat Kohli stating that they have had a word with the talented southpaw.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant Explains Reason To Bat At No. 4 To Adhere To Left Right Combination

Although then-captain Virat Kohli and coach Rahul Dravid backed the southpaw over his style of cricket and his match-winning abilities, it was not the first time when questions over Rishabh Pant’s brand of cricket were raised. However, he responded sensationally in Cape Town in the third and final Test, when he scored an attacking 100 off 139 on a challenging track with seam movement and variable bounce.

Mere days after that masterclass in a losing cause, Rishabh Pant constructed another stroke-filled, aggressive 85-run knock at Paarl’s Boland Park in the 2nd ODI, which came in a losing cause.

“There are always positive talks that as an individual what I can do. All the strokes are there but how can I play with patience and according to the situation. So a lot of discussions happen,” Pant, who since then had scored a hundred in the third Test at Cape Town and followed it with career-best 85 in the second ODI, told reporters during a virtual interaction.

“And whatever we discuss, we practice and after that try to implement in the match,” he added.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

According to Rishabh Pant, who made a career-best 85, the team management has entrusted him with the responsibility of batting at four, to ensure a right-left combination.

“The reason to bat at number four was if a left-hander gets a chance to bat in the middle, then it becomes easy to rotate strike, with the left-right combination, especially in the middle overs when leg-spinners or left-arm spinners bowl.”…..so that is why the team management felt that a left-handed batter should bat and that is why that role was given to me,” he said.

Rishabh Pant also said that the team is learning from the mistakes in its endeavour to get better.

“I think as (from) a batting point of view, we are fine, we are going fine. We are learning from our mistakes and every day as the Indian cricket team we strive to improve our cricket and that is the only thing we are looking forward (to).”

Rishabh Pant believes that the difference between the two teams in the just lost ODI series was far better middle-overs batting by the South African side. Having lost the first ODI game by 31 runs, Indians were once again soundly thrashed by seven wickets after having put up a reasonably good 287 runs on the board. Rishabh Pant’s magnificent 71-ball 85 – his career-best score in ODIs, was the lone silver lining in the 2nd ODI.

Rishabh Pant: Shardul Thakur’s Batting Lower Down The Order Was A Positive

Rishabh Pant believes that Shardul Thakur’s batting in both the first two games (50 no and 40 no) has been one of the biggest positives in the series so far.

“One more positive was the way Shardul (Thakur) batted down the order, in both the matches, that was also a positive. The way Venky (Venkatesh Iyer) bowled, he conceded more runs in one or two overs, but still, it felt that he could bowl (at this level). So, there are a lot of positives, which we can take as a team.”

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

Pant admitted that Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled better than Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal in the two games. The Indian spin duo picked only two wickets in two matches as India picked just 7 wickets in the first two ODIs.

“I think they (SA spinners) were more consistent in their lines and lengths and they are used to playing in these conditions,” he said. One of the biggest reasons for the defeat is the lack of 50-over game time for a long duration, opined Rishabh Pant.

“We are playing ODIs after a long time and lots of factors we can talk about but as a team, we are always looking to improve and hopefully, we will be able to rectify them in coming matches.”

Rishabh Pant brushed aside queries about the poor form of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“As a team, we are always looking to improve and I don’t think there is much concern about Bhuvi bhai’s form. Obviously, we are playing an ODI after a long time so we are just getting used to the momentum, obviously disappointed after losing the series but at the same time we are looking at ways to learn from our mistakes.” 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has returns of 0/64 and 0/67 in the first 2 ODIs of the 3 match series and was dropped in the 3rd ODI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 18 overs in two matches and conceded runs with an economy of 7.27 without taking a single wicket. In the last ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year, he picked 3 wickets in 2 matches with an economy of 6.15.

India made four changes as Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, and Deepak Chahar replaced Venkatesh Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shardul Thakur. South Africa is 168/3 and Quinton de Kock has almost scored a ton.

Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
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India Missing Spark They Had Under Virat Kohli: Sarandeep Singh

Sarandeep Singh, the former Team India selector feels that the Men in Blue are missing the spark and aggression which they had under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

Sarandeep Singh’s remarks came after South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Friday.

Sarandeep Singh[photo: sites.ndtv]
Sarandeep Singh[photo: sites.ndtv]

Sarandeep Singh: Indian Team Missing The Spark Under KL Rahul Unlike Virat Kohli

KL Rahul, who is captaining India in the ODI series in the absence of the injured Rohit Sharma, has posted scores of 12 and 55 in the two ODIs against Proteas so far. Former ODI skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed without scoring in the second ODI against and in South Africa at the Boland Park in Paarl after scoring a fifty in the opening fixture. Virat Kohli, playing his first game after relinquishing Test captaincy, scored 51 off 63 balls.

“India were favourites from day one not only in Test matches but even in the ODIs. The way they lost the Test matches. In the second Test, India lost badly but the only thing is it is not about the players. It is about captaincy too the way we thought KL Rahul will be very cool and calm but if you see Virat’s captaincy then he was very energetic and pumped up.

“In the same way, the team used to play as all the players were pumped up but now what I feel sitting from outside is somehow Indian team is missing that spark. They don’t have that spark and that energy is not there,” Sarandeep Singh said.

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP

“They scored big runs as 287 is a big total. SA team played like champions. They played disciplined cricket, they played for the win. If you talk about Venkatesh Iyer he is not that quick and he is an opener. He did well in the T20s and he is a big hitter. Now he is batting at number six. He can’t hit because the field is not open. He is struggling over there with the bat as well as failed to take wickets,” Sarandeep Singh added.

Despite making his name as an opener in IPL 2021, Venkatesh Iyer batted at no.6 in the first two ODIs, scoring 2 (7) and 22 (33). Meanwhile, one of the consistent stars of recent IPL seasons, Suryakumar Yadav made his ODI debut in July against Sri Lanka and scored 124 runs from three games at an average of 64. He was replaced by Shreyas Iyer in this series.

Sarandeep Singh Is In Favour Of Pacer Prasidh Krishna Being Given A Chance

Sarandeep Singh also said that pacer Prasidh Krishna should be included in the Playing XI and Jasprit Bumrah should not be rested, in order to avoid a 3-0 defeat. Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar, and Mohammed Siraj are options to replace Jasprit Bumrah, who might need some rest after playing all five matches on the tour so far.

“Mohammed Siraj is still injured but I am in huge favour of Prasidh Krishna. The young tall fast bowler should be given a chance. Jasprit Bumrah should not be rested because you don’t want to be 3-0. So, you need one experienced bowler over there. So, Prasidh Krishna should be tried. You need someone to contribute with both bat, ball and fielding also,” said Sarandeep Singh.

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

“I think India’s fielding was also very poor the way we dropped catches. You can see how easily singles were given away. There was no fielding in the circles and surprisingly Virat Kohli is not seen in the field all the time as somehow he seems to be lost in the scenes. He is fielding in the boundaries and is not seen in the circles. So, there are few things which are missing,” Sarandeeep Singh added.

A bowling all-rounder like Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav made his ODI debut back in 2016. He scored a run and picked up a wicket in that match, which turned out to be his only ODI so far, but he might get a match in place of too expensive Ravichandran Ashwin. The former selector further said that Team India was doing really well under the leadership of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, as they brought aggression into the game.

“You see what Ravi Shastri did with the team. How Ravi Shastri pumped up the team. This team was doing so well for the last seven years under Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli and they both were aggressive and modern-day cricket needs something like that. They have to be aggressive. Look at the way SA played. They were aggressive and look at the way they have won,” said the former selector Sarandeep Singh.

Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) rose to the occasion with the bat as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI. For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram remained unbeaten on 37 each.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul played knocks of 85 and 55 respectively as India posted 287/6 in the allotted 50 overs. Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin also played handy unbeaten innings of 40 and 25 respectively. For the Proteas, Tabraiz Shamsi returned with two wickets.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant-- File Photo: PTI
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Rishabh Pant Admits South African Spinners Were More Consistent In The 2nd ODI

Rishabh Pant believes that the difference between the two teams in the just lost ODI series was far better middle-overs batting by the South African side. Having lost the first ODI game by 31 runs, Indians were once again soundly thrashed by seven wickets after having put up a reasonably good 287 runs on the board.

Rishabh Pant’s magnificent 71-ball 85 – his career-best score in ODIs, was the lone silver lining in a dark cloud for India as they went down by seven wickets to South Africa in the second ODI at the Boland Park in Paarl.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

Rishabh Pant Admits South African Spinners Were More Consistent In Their Lines And Lengths

Rishabh Pant said that the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal could have done better in the second ODI as South Africa chased down the target of 288 with a loss of only 3 wickets as the hosts took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 3-match series.

“The track was slightly on the slower side and at the same time, we had enough runs on the board,” Pant, who scored 85, said after the match.

“Last match (first ODI), we chased and this match we batted first, so when they batted, the wicket was much better for batting. In the second innings, it became slower and slower as the game progressed.”

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Rishabh Pant admitted that Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled better than Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal in the two games. The Indian spin duo picked only two wickets in two matches as India picked just 7 wickets in two matches.

Remarkably, South Africa’s three spin bowlers — Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, and Tabraiz Shamsi — outperformed the Indian veterans, claiming a combined four wickets for 143 runs in 26 overs.

“I think they (SA spinners) were more consistent in their lines and lengths and they are used to playing in these conditions,” he said.

One of the biggest reasons for the defeat is the lack of 50-over game time for a long duration, opined Rishabh Pant.

“We are playing ODIs after long time and lots of factors we can talk about but as a team, we are always looking to improve and hopefully, we will be able to rectify them in coming matches.”

Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) rose to the occasion with the bat as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant registered a career-best 85 off 71 balls as India managed to set up a 288-run target against South Africa. But, South African openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock added 132 for the opening wicket as the Proteas eased to victory by seven wickets.

Rishabh Pant Informs India Looking To Improve And There Isn’t Much Concern About Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Form

Rishabh Pant brushed aside queries about the poor form of veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“As a team, we are always looking to improve and I don’t think there is much concern about Bhuvi bhai’s form. Obviously, we are playing ODI after a long time so we are just getting used to the momentum, obviously disappointed after losing the series but we are looking at ways to improve,” he added.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 18 overs in two matches and conceded runs with an economy of 7.27 without taking a single wicket. In the last ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year, he picked 3 wickets in 2 matches with an economy of 6.15.

Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
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Janneman Malan Praised Fellow Opener Quinton de Kock After Proteas Win 2nd ODI

Janneman Malan heaped praises on his opening partner Quinton de Kock after South Africa’s series-clinching 2nd ODI win against India at Boland Park on Friday. At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park.

Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) rose to the occasion with the bat as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram remained unbeaten on 37 each.

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Janneman Malan Reckons Quinton de Kock Made It Easy For Him At The Start

Some outstanding spin bowling from Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, and Aiden Markram helped restrict India to 287/6 in the first innings, despite a typically vibrant 85 from Rishabh Pant seemingly having set the away side up for a far bigger total.

Quinton de Kock set the standard in the stiff run chase with an early salvo that put the Proteas ahead of the required rate, with each of the South African top five contributing as they reached the target with 11 balls remaining.

“Quinton made it easy for me at the start,” said Malan in the virtual press conference after the match. “I just tried to give him as much strike as possible because I just wanted to let him go do his thing. He played a couple of ridiculous shots, which are good signs.”

“He is one of the best batters in the world when he gets going, so it was good to bat with him,” he added.

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images

Talking about facing Indian bowlers, Malan shared his experience as batter said: “Guys like me who have seen them bowling at IPL and international level. So it was good to go out against them. You need more time to face guys like those because you need to get the rhythm of each one of them. So it was a kinda challenge for me to do it in the first and second game.”

“It’s obviously not the best bowling conditions but they are a world-class team and bowlers so it’s good to have a challenge from them,” the 25-year-old added.

Wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant registered a career-best 85 off 71 balls as India managed to set up a 288-run target against South Africa. But, South African openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock added 132 for the opening wicket as the Proteas eased to victory by seven wickets.

Riding on half-centuries from Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock, South Africa beat India by 7 wickets in the second One Day Internationals on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match series. Janneman Malan (91) missed his well-deserved century by 9 runs, while Quinton de Kock scored 78 runs as South Africa chased down the stiff target of 288 with 11 balls to spare. It was a fourth back-to-back defeat for India on this tour.

Janneman Malan Happy For South Africa Having Good Partnerships In The Ongoing ODI Series

The partnerships among South African batters are one of the major factors in Proteas’ successes in this series.

Shedding light on that, Malan said: “We were happy to have two hundred in the previous game, and maybe we could have had me or Quinny getting to a hundred, but I’m very proud of the partnerships we had.”

South Africa's Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen during their partnership (ANI)
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen during their partnership. (ANI)

“We had a hundred partnership and two 50 partnerships, which means the batters are coming in with good plans and good intent and building nice partnerships to make it easier for each other. It’s a very good sign,” he added. 

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen’s twin centuries helped South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first match of the three-match series at Boland Park, Paarl.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129*) stitched together South Africa’s second-highest partnership (204) against India and helped the hosts reach 296 for 4 at the end of their innings. Chasing 297 on a sluggish pitch, the visitors only managed 265/8 in their 50 overs.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
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As A Spinning Unit, India Could Have Done Better: Rishabh Pant

India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant said that the Indian spin duo of Ashwin and Chahal could have done better in the second ODI as South Africa chased down the target of 288 with a loss of only 3 wickets as the hosts took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 3-match series. However, Pant defended Bhuvneshwar Kumar who looked totally out of colour in the first two matches of the series.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 18 overs in two matches and conceded runs with an economy of 7.27 without taking a single wicket. In the last ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year, he picked 3 wickets in 2 matches with an economy of 6.15. However, Pant doesn’t feel if there is anything wrong with Bhuvi’s form as he defended him by saying that India is playing ODI cricket after a long gap.

As A Spinning Unit, India Could Have Done Better: Rishabh Pant 2
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“I don’t think there’s too much concern about Bhuvi bhai”- Rishabh Pant

“As a team, we are always looking to improve but I don’t think there’s too much concern about Bhuvi bhai because obviously we are playing One-Days after a long time so we are just getting used to the momentum. Obviously, we are disappointed after losing the series but at the same time, we are looking to learn from our mistakes,” Pant spoke in the post-match press conference.

Pant who played a fabulous knock of 85 to give India impetus in the middle overs, said that the pitch was on the slower side but India had enough total on the board but he gave credit to South Africa batters who never let the required rate go up in the chase.

“I think the track was slightly on the slower side. But at the same time, I think we had enough runs on the board. In the last match, we chased and in this match, we batted first. [In the last match] the wicket was much better for batting first and in the second innings, it became slower and slower as the game progressed. And today it was the same but they batted well in the middle-overs and that’s why chased down the target,” he added.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP

However, Pant felt that India spin duo- Ashwin and Chahal could have done better in these two matches. The duo picked only two wickets in two matches as India picked just 7 wickets in two matches. Ashwin in his comeback series returned with figures of 1/53 and 0/68 while the story of Chahal is pretty much the same.

“It’s possible because I didn’t play that series and I don’t remember much about it. As a spinning unit, we could have done a bit better but we have to see we are playing a One-Day after a long time and that’s also a factor because we are just coming out of Test matches and there’s a difference in the tempo. Maybe we fell behind a bit in that,” Pant concluded.

The third and final match will be played on January 23 in Cape Town.

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Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
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Virat Kohli Registers 14th ODI Duck; Goes Past Rahul Dravid And Rohit Sharma’s Tally

Virat Kohli was dismissed without scoring in the second ODI against and in South Africa at the Boland Park in Paarl on Friday. Former India captain Virat Kohli is not going through the best phases of his career.

The right-hander, who has already earned the status of a modern-day great from many experts, went past the likes of Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma in an unwanted list. Virat Kohli was dismissed for a fifth-ball duck.

 Virat Kohli fell for 0 for the 14th time in his ODI career on Friday (Reuters Photo)
Virat Kohli fell for 0 for the 14th time in his ODI career on Friday (Reuters Photo)

Virat Kohli Dismissed Without Scoring In 2nd ODI, Goes Past Rahul Dravid And Rohit Sharma’s Tally Of 13 Ducks In ODIs

Virat Kohli was dismissed without scoring in the second ODI against South Africa at the Boland Park in Paarl on Friday. This was the 14th duck in Virat Kohli’s ODI career. He went past Rahul Dravid, the current India head coach, and Rohit Sharma, the current India white-ball skipper. Both Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma have 13 ODI ducks to their names.

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

Virat Kohli is currently joint fourth in the list of most ducks in 50-overs cricket by Indians along with Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag. The top three in the list of most ducks registered by Indian batters batting between No.1 to 7 are Sachin Tendulkar (20), Yuvraj Singh (18), and Sourav Ganguly (16).

It was Virat Kohli’s 14th duck in One Day Internationals and Keshav Maharaj became the first spinner to dismiss Virat Kohli for a duck in the 50-over format. In the first ODI, Virat Kohli had achieved another milestone as became the Indian batsman with the most number of ODI runs away from home, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.

MOST DUCKS FOR INDIA IN ODI CRICKET

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – 20 ducks
  2. Javagal Srinath – 19 ducks
  3. Anil Kumble – 18 ducks
  4. Yuvraj Singh – 18 ducks
  5. Harbhajan Singh – 17 ducks
  6. Sourav Ganguly – 16 ducks
  7. Zaheer Khan – 14 ducks
  8. Virat Kohli – 14 ducks
  9. Suresh Raina – 14 ducks
  10. Virender Sehwag – 14 ducks
  11. Rahul Dravid – 13 ducks
  12. Kapil Dev – 13 ducks

The 33-year-old, who stepped down as India’s Test captain and is playing the ongoing ODI series only as a batter after five years, was out for a five-ball duck when he tried to drive a Keshav Maharaj delivery but ended up providing a simple catch to the cover fielder.

Virat Kohli Also Equaled His Longest Streak Without An ODI Ton Since August 2019

Virat Kohli also equalled his longest streak (in terms of innings) without an ODI hundred. The second ODI marked the 17th straight occasion when he went without scoring a century. The last ODI hundred he scored was in West Indies in August 2019. The last time he went 17 innings without getting to three figures was between the 2011 World Cup in February to September of that same year.

Virat Kohli celebrates his last Test century during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) /
Virat Kohli celebrates his last Test century (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

If Virat Kohli doesn’t score a hundred in the third and final ODI against South Africa, then it will be his longest streak without an ODI ton.

Virat Kohli’s lean patch is not only restricted to white-ball cricket. In fact, it is more prominent in Tests. The prolific right-hander is averaging well under 30 in the last couple of years and his last hundred came in November 2019 against Bangladesh, which incidentally was his last international century.

India lost the second ODI by 7 wickets to the Proteas, who have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final ODI will be played on Sunday, January 23 at the Newlands in Cape Town.

India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while KL Rahul contributed 55. In response, South African openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock added 132 for the opening wicket as the Proteas eased to victory by seven wickets. Janneman Malan was the home team’s top-scorer with 91 off 108 while his senior opening partner Quinton de Kock made 78 off 66 balls.

Brief Score: 2nd ODI: South Africa 288 for 3 (Malan 91, de Kock 78) beat India 287 for 6 (Rishabh Pant 85, KL Rahul 55, Shamsi 2-57) by seven wickets

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.
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KL Rahul Reckons India Would Want To Get Better In Both Batting And Bowling In The Middle Overs After Losing To South Africa Again In 2nd ODI

KL Rahul has admitted that the Indian team would have a lot of work to do in the middle overs in both the batting and the bowling department. India’s middle-order stumbled for the second game in a row while the bowlers also flopped, failing to defend a target of 288. India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while KL Rahul himself contributed 55.

In response, South African openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock added 132 for the opening wicket as the Proteas eased to victory by seven wickets. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah (1/37), no other Indian bowler could make much of an impression on the Proteas batters.
Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul during the 2nd ODI match between India and South Africa, at Boland Park(ANI)
Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul during the 2nd ODI match between India and South Africa, at Boland Park(ANI)

KL Rahul: India Would Want To Get Better In Both Batting And Bowling Departments In The Middle Overs

Skipper KL Rahul praised South Africa for putting up an impressive display at home but also pinpointed India’s flaws after his team suffered a seven-wicket loss in the second game and lost the three-ODI series on Friday.

Speaking after the disappointing performance, KL Rahul conceded, “We are trying to get better at things we haven’t done well in the past. Partnerships, middle-order becomes crucial when we are entering a big tournament, want to get better at bowling in the middle overs and these are the few things that are really obvious and right in front of us. We have spoken about it and it’s only up to us to get better, learn from it and find a way.”

The 29-year-old admitted that the surface in Boland Park was on the slower side and thus wasn’t like a typical South African pitch.

He added, “It does feel like one of the wickets at home and I don’t think it was a pitch where they could have chased down 280 that easily. Credit to them, they are showing us the importance of partnerships and putting pressure early on against the bowlers.”

KL Rahul Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
KL Rahul Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Janneman Malan was the home team’s top-scorer with 91 off 108 while his senior opening partner Quinton de Kock made 78 off 66 balls. KL Rahul described it as a learning curve for the team members and also underlined their mistakes. Inability to pick up wickets at crucial junctures dented the Indian camp once again as the hosts strolled past the total without much trouble.

KL Rahul Credits The Likes Of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, And Jasprit Bumrah

While the 0-2 scoreline is demotivating from India’s point of view, KL Rahul preferred to look at the positives. KL Rahul also identified positives as he heaped praise on the batting display from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the series opener, which was followed by Rishabh Pant’s career-best ODI innings in the second game.

He recounted, “The way Shikhar and Virat batted in the first game was very good, and today Rishabh batted, the way he managed the first 20 balls and then he took down the spinners. He is a really important member of the team and Shardul, too, showing us he can bat lower down and make a good contribution. Jasprit has been the standout bowler for us and Yuzi has been good today.”

Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

While many critics have questioned Team India’s body language in the ongoing series, according to KL Rahul, staying in bio bubbles continuously has taken its toll on the body.

He concluded, “It’s been tough on the body staying in the bubbles. We love challenges and we have come short in the first 2 games, we will look ahead to the third game and try and win that one.”

The final ODI of the match, a dead rubber, will be played in Cape Town on Sunday. After defending a 296-run total in the first ODI, South Africa made light work of a 288-run target, chasing it down with 7 wickets in hand.

Brief Scores:

1st ODI: South Africa: 296 for 4 (Rassie van der Dussen 129 not out, Temba Bavuma 110; Jasprit Bumrah 2/48) beat India: 265 for 8  (S Dhawan 79, V Kohli 51; Andile Phehlukawayo 2/26) by 31 runs

2nd ODI: South Africa 288 for 3 (Malan 91, de Kock 78) beat India 287 for 6 (Rishabh Pant 85, KL Rahul 55, Shamsi 2-57) by seven wickets

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