Aiden Markram

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Piyush Chawla Doesn’t Think There’s A Better Option Than Bhuvneshwar Kumar To Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad In Kane Williamson’s Absence

Piyush Chawla believes SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) shouldn’t look ahead of senior fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar while picking a captaincy replacement for Kane Williamson for Sundays dead-rubber IPL 2022 match against Punjab Kings (PBKS).  In 13 games, the Kiwi and SRH skipper has scored 216 runs at a modest average of 19.64 and a very poor strike rate of 93.51.

Kane Williamson flew back to New Zealand for the impending birth of his second child on Wednesday. At the time, it wasn’t confirmed whether or not the SunRisers Hyderabad would make it to the playoffs. But a couple of games later, the Orange Army found themselves two points behind the top-four contestants and were eliminated.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Piyush Chawla Thinks Bhuvneshwar Kumar Should Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad In Kane Williamson’s Absence

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nicholas Pooran, who was recently handed West Indies’ white-ball captaincy, and Aiden Markram are also possible options. But Piyush Chawla feels the pacer, with his current form, leadership experience, and familiarity with the team, is the best interim replacement for Kane Williamson. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked 12 scalps from 13 IPL 2022 games averaging 30.08 at an economy rate of 7.2.

“If you talk about experience, I think they can go back to Bhuvneshwar Kumar because he’s an international player, has been a part of that team for a long time, the way he’s bowling, he knows the bowling unit and knows the team environment. I don’t think there’s a better option than Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla (Image Credit: Twitter)

So far, veteran SRH pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has stood in as captain in six matches in the IPL, winning two and losing the other four. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s absence will also pave the way for New Zealand’s hard-hitting all-rounder Glenn Phillips to enter the playing XI.

Piyush Chawla talked about Kane Williamson shunting to No. 6 in the batting order in the last match, adding that the SunRisers Hyderabad shouldn’t touch the stable-looking top order in the skippers’ absence and instead play Glenn Phillips in the middle order.

Piyush Chawla explained: “Even if Phillips comes in for Kane Williamson, he should bat in the middle order only because of how well Priyam Garg batted in the last match. We were saying for a long time that Kane Williamson is better suited for the middle-order. He didn’t get to play a lot of balls in the last match but the impact on the batting order was tangible.”

The 25-year-old right-handed batter Glenn Phillips boasts a strike rate of 140.21 from 35 T20Is for the Kiwis. He already has two fifties and a century to his name.

Piyush Chawla Reckons Express Pace Sensation Umran Malik Would Want To Finish IPL 2022 On A High In SRH’s Last Game

The season is coming to an end but the buzz around young pace sensation Umran Malik is not going to settle anytime soon. The 22-year-old has picked up as many as 21 wickets in 13 matches so far but there are still doubts about his ability to manage the express pace.

This is rooted in a handful of games where the pacer has been quite expensive without taking wickets. Piyush Chawla admitted that pace is a double-edged sword, saying that he’ll need to find a balance similar to his spell of 3/23 against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and finish this season on a high.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

He concluded by saying: “The way he has bowled in this tournament, he was leaking a lot of runs, then he picked some wickets, then he was costly again. So when there’s such a big tournament, you expect that you won’t have 14 good matches, some will go bad too. The kind of bowler he is, he gives so much pace to the batters to use that when he goes for runs, it’s plenty of runs and when he takes wickets, it’s plenty of wickets. But this is the last match, he’ll want to finish on a high, bowl somewhat as he did in the previous game, and do something good for his team.”

The Jammu & Kashmir pacer has so far snapped 21 wickets in 13 matches averaging 20 and an economy rate of 8.94 including a five-wicket haul (5/25). The SRH-PBKS match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, starting at 7:30 pm IST.

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Deepak Chahar Gives India A Lot More Options Alongside Shardul Thakur And Should Be Given More Chances: Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid wants to add depth to the team by giving more chances to the likes of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur who have impressed him with their all-around displays in recent times. In the third and final ODI against South Africa on Sunday, Deepak Chahar starred for India with two wickets and a quickfire half-century but couldn’t prevent a clean sweep.

Deepak Chahar took two wickets including that of in-form Janneman Malan and Aiden Markram to help keep South Africa under the 300-run mark. And then with his team struggling in the chase of 288 after being reduced to 223/7, Deepak Chahar struck five fours and two sixes in his 34-ball 54 to nearly pull off the win.

Deepak Chahar played a fighting knock of 54 during India's loss to South Africa in the 3rd ODI.© AFP
Deepak Chahar played a fighting knock of 54 during India’s loss to South Africa in the 3rd ODI.© AFP

Rahul Dravid: Deepak Chahar Gives India Lot More Options Alongside Shardul Thakur As All-Around Options

Deepak Chahar almost pulled a rabbit out of the hat as India scored 55 runs between overs 43 and 47 with a brilliant counterattack of 54 off 34 balls from the pacer. He fell in the 48th over, but he had put India in a position to pull off the chase. However, with six runs needed in six balls, Yuzvendra Chahal went for the pull, only to be caught by David Miller as South Africa went home with a four-run win and a whitewash

“I mean Deepak Chahar has shown in the opportunities he has gotten with us in Sri Lanka and over here well, he has got some really good ability with the bat. We know what he can do with the ball as well. I have seen him at India A as well and I know he can bat really well so certainly gives us a lot more options,” Rahul Dravid said during a post-match interaction with the media.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

“It is nice to have people like him and Shardul Thakur as well, who we have seen in the last couple of games, contribute with the bat as well. So, obviously, the more and more players like this who can contribute lower down certainly make a big difference and give us more options. So, certainly, we would like to give Deepak more games along with Shardul and a lot of other people who can step up in the course of next year or so and give us depth in the side,” Rahul Dravid added.

India made four changes to their playing XI. Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Venkatesh Iyer were benched for the 3rd ODI. Jayant Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar, and Suryakumar Yadav had replaced them in the playing XI.

Like most of the other Indian bowlers, Shardul Thakur, who had a niggle, did not give an impressive performance with the ball in the last two games, picking 1 wicket in the two games. He slammed an unbeaten 50 in the 1st ODI and unbeaten 40 runs in the 2nd ODI. In both the games, Shardul Thakur was a bit expensive with the ball. He conceded 72 runs in his 10 overs in the 1st ODI and 35 runs in his 5 overs in the 2nd ODI.

Rahul Dravid: ODI Series Against Proteas An Eye-Opener For India

India lost both the Test and ODI series. India played with nearly a full-strength side across formats and barring the Centurion Test, the tourists proved second-best to South Africa who produced highly impressive performances despite undergoing transition. For Rahul Dravid, the 0-3 defeat in the ODI series has been an eye-opener with the 2023 ODI World Cup just around the corner now.

“I think this ODI series has been a good eye-opener for us. We have not played a lot of ODIs, this has been my first stint with the ODI side. Even the team itself has not played many ODIs after the 2019 World Cup. Luckily, we have got time to go before the 2023 World Cup. It is going to be a lot of cricket in white-ball format till 2023,” Rahul Dravid explained.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

“It is going to be a good opportunity for us to really reflect and learn and keep getting better. We will get better, there is no doubt that. We certainly good do better with the batting in middle overs, we understand the template and we know a large part of that template is also dependent on the balance of your squad,” Rahul Dravid added.

Their clean sweep over India in the ODIs was completed on the back of a chanceless century from Quinton de Kock and a chancy but classy half-century from Rassie van der Dussen, which carried the hosts to 287 despite a late collapse of 7 for 73. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then set up India’s chase with the fifties, but neither could convert it into a big one.

South Africa 287 (de Kock 124, van der Dussen 52, Prasidh 3-59) beat India 283 (Kohli 65, Dhawan 61, Chahar 54, Phehlukwayo 3-40, Ngidi 3-58) by four runs

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.

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KL Rahul Is Not Ready To Lead The Team: Danish Kaneria

KL Rahul, as a captain, has come under heavy scrutiny for his decision-making and team selection. Several pundits and former cricketers believe KL Rahul is not ready yet and the latest person to jump on the bandwagon is former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria.

India’s ongoing tour of South Africa has been riddled with poor performances, controversies, and a lot of tension. Hardly anything has gone right for the Rahul Dravid-coached side as the ‘Men in Blue’ have been defeated in the ODI series after conceding the Test series 2-1 to the Proteas.

KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid Image Credit: shortpedia
KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid Image Credit: shortpedia

Danish Kaneria: There’s No Intensity In KL Rahul’s Captaincy

Moreover, before the start of the white-ball series, Virat Kohli surprisingly stepped down as the nation’s Test captain. Danish Kaneria, while analyzing the performance, has stated that all is not well within the camp.

While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Danish Kaneria talked about Virat Kohli’s attitude and body language, and also made a comment on KL Rahul’s leadership in the ongoing India-South Africa ODI series. By winning the second ODI by seven wickets on Friday, the hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Earlier on Wednesday, they had beaten the KL Rahul-led side by 31 runs in the first game.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

“There’s no intensity in KL Rahul’s captaincy. Virat looks distant, disconnected from the team. When a review is being taken, he doesn’t close in as much and he isn’t giving a lot of input to the captain. You get to know what’s going inside a cricketer’s heart by judging their body language.”

Danish Kaneria, who bagged 261 wickets in 61 Tests for Pakistan, also pondered a divide in the dressing room after Virat Kohli’s exit from the leadership role. 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.

KL Rahul Not Ready To Lead Indian Team: Danish Kaneria

All the confusion, questions in regard to India’s New Test Captain can be laid to rest. The BCCI is set to name Rohit Sharma as India’s New Test Captain. The BCCI will make an official announcement before the start of the West Indies tour of India.

“There seems to be a division within the team. Team India isn’t showing the intensity and the approach that Virat used to bring to the team (when he was captain). Going by KL Rahul’s captaincy, Rohit Sharma should come back as captain. KL Rahul is not ready to lead the team,” elaborated Kaneria.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma– Twitter

After the conclusion of the ongoing tour, India will play three ODIs, followed by as many T20Is, against the West Indies between February 6-20. Rohit Sharma is likely to return to the team for the series, which will be his first as a full-time captain of the white-ball team. The third and final ODI will take place on Sunday, January 23 in Cape Town, and the visitors would look to avoid a whitewash.

Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen are on the crease for South Africa after the home team is three wickets down in the third ODI against India at the Newlands in Cape Town. Deepak Chahar has been the pick of the Indian bowlers so far with his two wickets. The pacer first removed Janneman Malan in his second over and later dismissed Aiden Markram.

India XI: KL Rahul (capt), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Jayant Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

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.

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
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KL Rahul And Virat Kohli Were Sitting Apart: Danish Kaneria Claims India Divided Into 2 Groups

KL Rahul’s long-term captaincy is at stake and a series defeat against South Africa isn’t going to do his case any good. India will look to make amends in the batting department after South Africa crushed them both strategically as well as on skills in the ODI series opener on Wednesday at Paarl. India had lost the Test series 2-1.

The Indian team stuttered once opener Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, recently snubbed as ODI skipper, were out in quick succession following their 90-plus stand, which eventually led to the batting camp losing wickets in a cluster and falling short of the target by 31 runs. South Africa posted 296/4 on the board after opting to bat and restricted India to 265/8 despite the requisite fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Shardul Thakur.

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

Danish Kaneria: Indian Dressing Room Divided Into Two Groups

Virat Kohli, playing his first game after relinquishing Test captaincy, scored 51 off 63 deliveries but former Pakistan tweaker Danish Kaneria feels the former ODI skipper wasn’t the usual exuberant self. Danish Kaneria, who bagged 261 wickets in 61 Tests for Pakistan, also pondered a divide in the dressing room after Virat Kohli’s exit from the leadership role.

“We saw that the Indian dressing room was divided into two groups. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were sitting apart. Also, Kohli wasn’t in the same mood as he used to be when he was the captain. But he’s a team man and will come back stronger,” said Danish Kaneria on his YouTube channel.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

“After losing the Test series, India would be eager to redeem themselves and clinch the ODI rubber. But KL Rahul hasn’t shown that spark until now. He had led in the Test series but wasn’t able to lift the team to break the South African partnership.

“At one stage, it didn’t look like the Proteas would put up 296 on the scoreboard. Lack of intensity from the Indian team helped the opposition in scoring such a total. There were also fielding lapses from the visitors,” Danish Kaneria further said.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur were being taken to the cleaners by Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma. Debutant Venkatesh Iyer was not utilized for his bowling ability, raising question marks over his presence as an additional bowling option.

While the South African spinners left their mark on the wicket, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin, in its combined 20 overs, gave away 106 runs for a single wicket. On the other hand, Proteas spinners Aiden Markram, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Keshav Maharaj bowled 26 overs between them for 124 runs and shared four wickets between them.

Danish Kaneria: KL Rahul Needs To Lift Up Captaincy, Batting, And Team

Danish Kaneria feels KL Rahul needs to lift up the team for the second game of the series. During India’s previous ODI series on the South African soil, spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had combined to snare 33 wickets in six games and Danish Kaneria expects a similar performance from the current pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“KL Rahul needs to lift up captaincy and batting as well. He needs to lift the team. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave away many runs against South Africa and the Ashwin-Chahal pair didn’t look effective like the Kuldeep-Chahal duo. India didn’t use Venkatesh Iyer’s bowling services too.

“The next ODI will be played at the same venue and India needs to learn from their mistakes. Their intensity was poor in the series opener,” Danish Kaneria further said.

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

India will now look for a win to level the series. The hosts have gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and the second game will be played on the same ground on Friday. In the 2nd ODI, India opted to bat first and is placed on 119/2 after 23 overs losing the two wickets in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (29) and Virat Kohli (0). KL Rahul (43) and Rishabh Pant (36) are at the crease.

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Virat Kohli
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Aakash Chopra Liked Virat Kohli For Not Showing Ego And Playing 2nd Fiddle To Rishabh Pant In The 3rd Test

Aakash Chopra has lauded Virat Kohli for keeping his ego aside and playing second fiddle to Rishabh Pant on Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa.

Virat Kohli scored 29 runs off 143 deliveries during his vigil of more than three hours at the crease. He played a supporting role to perfection in his 94-run fifth-wicket partnership with the aggressive Rishabh Pant.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Liked Virat Kohli Not Showing Ego And Playing 2nd Fiddle To Rishabh Pant Who Was The More Aggressive

While reviewing India’s batting performance in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke highly of the Indian skipper’s dogged knock.

He said: “It was absolutely shutter down. The one thing I liked about Kohli is that there is no ego. He said he is the hero but he is happy being the hero’s brother. You play Rishabh Pant, I will play second fiddle. Fantastic Virat Kohli.”

Rishabh Pant (l) and Virat Kohli during their partnership for India against South Africa.
Rishabh Pant (l) and Virat Kohli during their partnership for India against South Africa.

The former India cricketer highlighted that Virat Kohli was the epitome of patience during his innings.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “He kept on leaving deliveries – so much patience, dedication, determination and to know your off-stump. We have seen very few times that he has played 143 balls and scored 29 runs, even in that he got a boundary each of Rabada and Keshav Maharaj on the legs.”

Virat Kohli struck just four boundaries during his 29-run knock. Apart from a boundary through the covers off Marco Jansen’s bowling, his other three fours came on the leg side.

Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli’s Nature Is To Dominate But He Went Too Much Into His Shell Unlike His Nature Which Resulted In His Wicket

However, Aakash Chopra questioned whether Virat Kohli playing against his nature contributed to his dismissal.

He explained: “But one more thing was felt that did he go too much into his shell because this is not his nature. His nature is to dominate while playing cricket. You can associate this with Pujara because he keeps leaving deliveries and it doesn’t affect him.”

Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
The reputed commentator concluded by saying that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli might have finally lost patience and thereby his wicket.

Aakash Chopra observed: “Was it the reason that he flirted with a widish delivery because till when will you keep your natural instinct in check. But it was a very good knock because there was a partnership.”

Virat Kohli was lured into playing a cover drive off a delivery well outside the off-stump from Lungi Ngidi. He only managed to get an outside edge and was caught in the slips by Aiden Markram.

It is to be noted that Virat Kohli played a gritty knock of 79 in 201 deliveries in the 1st innings on Day 1 of the ongoing 3rd Test. He missed out on the second test as he suffered an upper back spasm. But on the first day of the 3rd Test, he showed immense grit and perseverance to stand tall against challenging conditions. However, he didn’t get much support from the other end as India bowled out for 223 in their 1st innings.

In the 2nd innings, Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100-run knock came off 139 deliveries and was studded with six fours and four sixes. Despite his best efforts, Team India was bowled out for a mere 198 runs in their second innings. The Proteas in their 2nd innings is 101/2 at Stump’s on the 3rd day needing a further 111 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand and 2 days left.

South Africa 210 and 101 for 2 (Petersen 48*, Elgar 30, Shami 1-22) need another 111 runs to beat India 223 and 198 (Pant 100*, Jansen 4-36, Rabada 3-53, Ngidi 3-21)

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
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Sunil Gavaskar Correctly Predicted Jasprit Bumrah Will Trouble South Africa The Most In The 3rd Cape Town Test

Sunil Gavaskar has showered praise on an Indian bowler who he thinks will trouble South Africa the most in the Newlands encounter. It turned out true after Jasprit Bumrah picked his 7th fifer in Test cricket as he delivered a terrific spell with figures of 23.3-8-42-5. It’s notable that India never lost a Test match when Jasprit Bumrah took a fifer. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each, and Shardul Thakur picked up one.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Shardul Thakur had their task cut out after Virat Kohli-led Team India folded for an underwhelming total (223) on Day 1 of the third and final Test match against South Africa at Cape Town’s Newlands.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (AP Photos)
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (AP Photos)

Sunil Gavaskar Reckons Jasprit Bumrah Is The Bowler The South Africans Worry About The Most

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who is an integral part of the commentary panel for the South Africa Test series, has showered praise on an Indian bowler who he thinks will trouble South Africa the most in the Newlands encounter.

With skipper Virat Kohli putting up a show for the visitors, Indian speed merchant Jasprit Bumrah also made early inroads by removing South Africa skipper Dean Elgar before the end of the day’s play. Pace ace Jasprit Bumrah got the better of the veteran opener in the 5th over of South Africa’s 1st innings at Cape Town. Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar backed Jasprit Bumrah to emerge as the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts in the 3rd Test match.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Speaking to Star Sports amid the series decider between India and South Africa, Sunil Gavaskar claimed that Proteas will be wary of Jasprit Bumrah’s abilities.

“He is the bowler the South Africans worry about most. Look at what Jasprit Bumrah can do. He can bowl the slower delivery. He has got the delivery which leaves the left-hander which is where he got Elgar. He has got the one that moves slightly away from the right-hander,” Gavaskar said. 

“He has got the fast yorker, the slow yorker. A very sharp bouncer. He has got the goods. He has got everything over there. He unfurls all these weapons very cleverly at the right time,” Gavaskar added.

Jasprit Bumrah ended up taking five wickets for India as the Proteas managed to post 210 in their 1st innings. Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Aiden Markram on the second delivery of the day’s play on Wednesday. The Indian pacer removed Keegan Petersen (72), Marco Jansen (7), and Lungi Ngidi (3) to emerge as the pick of the bowlers for the Virat Kohli-led side.

Rishabh Pant Hits Fifty And India On Top Despite Losing 2 Early Wickets On Day 3

After losing two wickets (Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane) early on Day 3, India captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have built up a good partnership and it’s still going strong against South Africa. In what could well be the end of the road, senior pros Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have failed once again in the Cape Town Test, leaving India in a perilous place in the deciding Test match. The former scored 9 runs while the latter scored 1 run.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Rishabh Pant has played some good shots and looked in great touch since morning along with Virat Kohli. India leads by 143 runs with Rishabh Pant having just registered his half-century in the final over before Lunch. India is 130/4 with Virat Kohli unbeaten on 28 playing as many as 127 balls.

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