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Khaya Zondo made his debut when India visited South Africa for an ODI series in 2018. Three years earlier, he had spent an entire series on the bench in India. (File Photo/AFP)
Khaya Zondo made his debut when India visited South Africa for an ODI series in 2018. Three years earlier, he had spent an entire series on the bench in India. (File Photo/AFP)
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Khaya Zondo Lost Respect For AB de Villiers As Skipper As He Blocked The Batsman’s Inclusion In ODIs Vs India In 2015

Khaya Zondo, an aggressive middle-order batsman, recalled how the-then South African skipper AB de Villiers blocked his inclusion in the playing XI during the Proteas’ ODI series against India in 2015.

After Thami Tsolekile, another South African cricketer has lashed out at AB de Villiers for his approach during his days as an international player.

Khaya Zondo expressed the hurt he felt in 2015  PTI
Khaya Zondo expressed the hurt he felt in 2015  PTI

Khaya Zondo Said AB de Villiers Called Him Aside And Mentioned That He Won’t Play In The ODI Series Against India

Khaya Zondo was set to make his debut in the ODI series against India in 2015 after JP Duminy’s injury in the third game. However, the South African management decided to rope in Dean Elgar as a replacement for JP Duminy. Dean Elgar, who was not even in the original squad, played the last two matches of the series.

As per reports, the team management had picked Khaya Zondo in the playing XI for the final ODI, but skipper AB de Villiers threatened to walk out of the tour if Khaya Zondo played. Khaya Zondo revealed all details of his conversations with AB de Villiers during that period in his prepared submission to the Transformation Ombudsman, Adv. Dumisa Ntsebeza.

AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018 BCCI
AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018 BCCI

 

 

 

 

“The captain (AB de Villiers) called me over to the side, away from the rest of the team and mentioned to me he was the one who felt I should not play. He was trying to explain himself and he was taking full responsibility for the decision,” Zondo said during the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) Hearings.

Khaya Zondo revealed the anguish he suffered after being left out of South Africa’s ODI team to play against India in 2015, a decision Cricket South Africa (CSA) ruled was unfair as it violated their selection policy. Dean Elgar was slotted into the XI in place of an injured JP Duminy, despite Khaya Zondo being the back-up batsman in the squad, and David Miller was kept in the team, allegedly at the insistence of then captain AB de Villiers.

Khaya Zondo Lost Respect For AB de Villiers As Skipper

Khaya Zondo, who finally made his ODI debut in 2018, added that he lost all respect he had for his hero AB de Villiers after he blocked his selection.

“I remember in the moment of him explaining himself to me, losing all respect for him as a captain, and as someone I looked up to as a cricketing hero of mine because I could not believe this guy was trying to justify himself to me, and it came across as if I should accept this decision because the decision came from him,” Zondo continued.

Khaya Zondo concluded by saying he detached himself from the squad after his conversation with AB de Villiers because he understood his services were not required. He labeled the phase of watching other South African cricketers get opportunities ahead of him as the ‘hardest part’ of his life.

Kyle Abbott was dropped for Vernon Philander to meet the guidelines in the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup
Kyle Abbott was dropped for Vernon Philander to meet the guidelines in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup

The South African cricket team had a troubled year in 2015. Following their defeat in the World Cup semifinal earlier that year, there were reports that AB de Villiers had been forced to play Vernon Philander in the XI instead of Kyle Abbott. In January 2018, Khaya Zondo was named in South Africa’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against India. He made his ODI debut for South Africa against India on 4 February 2018.

Elgar named stand-in Protea skipper for final Test vs Pakistan
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Dean Elgar Eyes South African Test Captaincy

South Africa Test opener Dean Elgar has thrown his hat in the ring to lead the team in the red-ball format. The southpaw believes that the experience under his belt will help him to make a strong contender for the role. It’s been over three months since the veteran batsman Faf de Plessis stepped down from the captaincy, and there hasn’t been any official announcement about the Test captaincy since.

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Dean Elgar gestures during a fielding. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Dean Elgar throws his hat into the ring

Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has taken the reins of white-ball captaincy. However, South African director of cricket Graeme Smith had earlier stated that the gloveman wouldn’t be leading the Test side. Interestingly, Elgar’s opening partner Aiden Markram has also expressed his desire to lead the Proteas unit in whites.

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“I have done the captaincy thing in the past and I have done it from school level and provincial level‚ and now in a few professional franchise teams‚ and I have extremely enjoyed it. If I was asked to do the captaincy‚ definitely I will think hard and long about it because it would mean a lot to me.” Elgar, who will be turning 33 next month, mentioned in an interview released by Cricket South Africa.

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Dean Elgar (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Since making his Test debut against Australia in 2012, the compact batter went on to earn a total of 63 Test caps. He has scored close to 4000 runs at an average of well over 38. The same can’t be said about his white-ball venture, as the cricketer has managed to play a mere eight ODIs.

Elgar has had a couple of stints as captain in the past. He has proved his mettle in domestic cricket. He feels that the exposure of playing with some of the stalwarts have helped him in an immense manner. He adds that it has been a great learning curve for him and mentions that he has been fortunate to be a part of the larger scheme of things. Elgar believes that he will continue to grow as an athlete and as well as a person. He wants to pass on his knowledge to the younger ones as that will make the transition in the South African cricket smoother and beneficial.

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Cricket Expert Advice The Test Squad That Can Beat India In India

India has won the 11th consecutive Test series in the home ground as the team has registered the victory in the Test series against South Africa. There has been a long time that India has lost a Test series at the home. Cricket expert at Star Sports predicts the team which can beat India.

Top Order:

Tom Latham and Dean Elgar are the choices of the experts as the opening batsmen. South African player Dean Elgar who is currently playing against India in the Test series scored a century in the first Test match. New Zealand Player Tom Latham, who is wicketkeeper-batsman, had a good performance against Indians. Both the opening batsman players are the left-hander.

Steve Smith, Test
Steve Smith

Another New Zealand player Kane Williamson is on No.3 in the Test squad. The New Zealand captain is a talented player as he plays with technique so according to expert he can be No.3 in the batting order.

Middle Order:

Australian cricketer Steve Smith who had outstanding performance in the Ashes 2019 is given the fourth position in the Test team. Followed by Pakistan T20I captain Babar Azam and Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

The allrounder Ben Stokes, who is currently in very good form, has been placed in the seventh spot. The wicketkeeping task will be given to Bangladesh player Mushfiqur Rahim.

Lower Order:

Spinner Nathon Lyon with the support of allrounder Shakib al Hasan will strengthen the spin department. Fast bowler Pat Cummins and Trent Boult will take the command in the bowling department.

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Pat Cummins. Image Courtesy: Getty

Afghanistan player Rashid Khan, which is youngest in the team, has been selected as the 12th man in the team by the cricket experts.

Here is the squad:

Tom Latham, Dean Elgar, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Babar Azam, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Trent Boult, Rashid khan(12th man)

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Three) – India On The Verge Of Completing Whitewash

The hosts India are on the verge of completing whitewash in the three-match home Test series against South Africa after dominating the day three of the Ranchi Test. Before this third and final Test match of this series, India already won the first two matches of this series.

While India scored 497/9 decl. in their first innings, South Africa scored just 162 runs in their first innings. At the stumps of day three, South Africa were batting on 132/8 in their following-on innings.

South Africa started the day three on their overnight first innings score of 9/2. On the fifth ball of the day, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis lost his wicket after Umesh Yadav’s superb delivery bowled him. South Africa went down to 16/3 after that wicket.

Another overnight batsman Zubayr Hamza fought hard with Temba Bavuma in that tough situation and managed that moment very well. In his third Test innings, Hamza registered his maiden fifty in 56 balls. Hamza and Bavuma brilliantly built up a strong partnership of 91 runs for the fourth wicket.

The left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke that partnership after he bowled Hamza who was batting on 62 runs off 79 balls. He hit 10 fours and only six in that innings.

South Africa faced a big collapse

The 31-year-old international debutant Shahbaz Nadeem got his first international wicket in his fourth over while he yet to concede a run. Nadeem dismissed Bavuma (32 runs) through the stumping and has opened his Test wicket account.

The next Proteas batsmen failed to stop that collapse. Test debutant Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket on six runs after Jadeja bowled him. At lunch, South Africa were batting on 129/6.

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Apart from the debutant George Linde, none of the other tailenders reached even the five runs mark. Linde and Anrich Norje were batting very patiently as they put 32 runs in around 18 overs.

Linde scored 37 runs before Umesh Yadav dismissed him. In the next over, South Africa ended their first innings after Nadeem dismissed Nortje who scored four runs off 55 balls.

Among the Indian bowlers, Umesh Yadav (3/40) picked up three wickets while Mohammed Shami (2/22), Shahbaz Nadeem (2/22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/19) scalped two wickets each.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Leading by 335 runs, India forced the visitors to follow-on.

Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as a concussion substitute for the visitors

There was no improvement during South Africa’s second innings (following on) of this match. At tea, the visitors were struggling on 26/4. Opener Quinton de Kock (5), Zubayr Hamza (0), captain Faf du Plessis (4) and Temba Bavuma (0) all lost their wickets cheaply.

The second session ended early after another Proteas opener Dean Elgar received a massive blow on his helmet when he was facing Umesh Yadav. Elgar immediately fell on the ground. Physio quickly came on the field and checked him. After that, Elgar decided to retire-hurt.

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Dean Elgar fell on the ground after suffering a blow on his helmet (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

At early of the third session, Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket cheaply again. Umesh Yadav trapped him for lbw while he just managed to score five runs.

The visitors lost their wickets at regular intervals in that session. After George Linde (27 runs) lost his wicket in a run-out, Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as the concussion substitute of injured Dean Elgar.

Later, Dane Piedt (23 runs) and Kagiso Rabada (12 runs) lost their wickets but de Bruyn (30*) remained not out till the end of the day. At the stumps of the day, de Bruyn was batting with Nortje (5 not out).

In that innings, Mohammed Shami (3/10) picked up three wickets while Umesh Yadav (2/35) bagged two wickets. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1/36) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/28) took one wicket each.

In the second half of the last session, Rishabh Pant kept wicket for India as a replacement of injured Wriddhiman Saha.

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Dean Elgar. Credits: BCCI
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It Has Been A Challenging Tour For Us – Dean Elgar

South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar stated that it has been a challenging tour for them in India. The visitors were able to draw level the T20I series but nothing has gone their way since then in the Test series so far. They had their moments in the first Test match when Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries but apart from that, it has been a one-way story.

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Elgar who has the skills to dig in deep believes it is always a challenge to perform in the Indian conditions. However, the southpaw batsman also thinks that India’s tour helps a cricketer improve as a player as he gets stretched as a person and also as a cricketer.

Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock
Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

You get stretched.

The left-hander added that it is always a good learning curve to come to India.

“It’s a challenging tour,” Elgar said. “You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer.

“I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field. It’s always a good learning curve coming to India.”

India has already taken an impregnable lead of 2-0 in the series. However, with the introduction of the ICC Test Championship, the final Ranchi Test is not going to be a dead rubber. The Proteas will have 40 points to play for and would like to get on the points table.

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We have all to play for.

“Back in the day it was always a bit of a dead rubber game but now with the World Test Championships around, we still have points to play for,” Elgar said.

“We can still get 40 points by following our process against India in the last Test. That’s something we can’t neglect going into this game. There is still a lot to play for,” he added.

It has been a tough tour for the South African side but they need to make a solid comeback in the final Test. Elgar who scored a fine knock in the first Test added that the senior players are trying to motivate the whole unit.

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We haven’t played our greatest cricket.

“It’s no secret that it’s been a bit of a challenge for all of us,” he said. “We haven’t played our greatest cricket, consistent cricket. But we are trying to be positive. The senior players are trying to keep the guys motivated.

“We are still representing our country which is an immensely proud moment for every player. We still motivate everyone within our squad. It has been a challenging few weeks but it’s still not too gloomy for us. We are upbeat, the morale in the camp is still very good.

“In fact, we still have one game and we can actually change quite a lot. We are still pretty hopeful and pretty positive going into the last Test,” he asserted.

The final Test match will begin at Ranchi from October 19.

Match Prediction
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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Match, Pune – Match Prediction

India was able to draw first blood in the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa at Visakhapatnam as they convincingly won by 203 runs. The hosts’ were able to tick the right boxes and would like to continue their domination. On the other hand, South Africa will need to make a solid comeback into the series.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal had a dream Test match as they scored the bulk of the runs in the opening Test. Thus, both the right-handers will look to continue their good form going on in Pune.

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India will once again begin as favorites.

Rohit Sharma was simply magnificent as the right-hander scored twin centuries in the first Test match. The flamboyant batsman was given a chance to open the innings and he was able to grab it with both hands.

On the other hand, South Africa was also superb with the bat as Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored fighting centuries in the first innings. However, the Proteas were not able to carry the momentum in the second dig. Thus, they would need to pull up their socks in the batting department. Furthermore, they might rejig their batting order as Faf du Plessis should bat ahead of Temba Bavuma.

Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock
Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Moreover, visitors need to bowl in the right areas. They were not able to stop Rohit Sharma in the second innings and it was a turning point of the match.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin made a roaring comeback in the team. The off-spinner scalped eight wickets in the first Test and he is going to hold the key. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami were brilliant in the second essay and India would like to take an impregnable lead.

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Match Prediction: There is no doubt that India will once again begin the contest as overwhelming favorites. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the tourists will need to play out of their skin to upset the potent Indian side.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma
Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)
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Rohit Sharma Moves To His Career-Best Test Rankings; Ravichandran Ashwin Returns To Top 10 Positions

On Monday (7th October), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the Test players’ rankings. Rohit Sharma, who has recently become a super hit in his first assignment as a Test opener, has climbed up to his best-ever Test career ranking. Meanwhile, the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the top 10 positions in the Test bowling rankings.

India dominated in the recently concluded Visakhapatnam Test against the visitors South Africa. Many Indian players shined in that game. But Rohit Sharma was the hero of that match as he was super hit in that game.

The latest Test batting ranking of Rohit Sharma is 17

Rohit Sharma played that Test match as an opener and it was the first time in his Test career to play as an opener. The right-handed batsman scored 176 and 127 runs in that game and put his name into some top reputed record books. He became the batsman who scored most runs in his first assignment as a Test opener. Also, in that same match, Rohit became the most aggregated six-hitter as a batsman in a Test match history. The right-handed batsman hit a total of 13 sixes in that entire Test.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

After playing those brilliant knocks, Rohit has now climbed up to the 17th position in Test batting rankings. It is his new best Test batting ranking. Due to scoring those twin centuries, Rohit remarkably moved up to the 36 positions to achieve the latest ranking.

Another Indian Test opener Mayank Agarwal also performed impressively in the Visakhapatnam Test. In the first innings of that Test match, Mayank registered his first Test century and stretched to 215 runs. He moved up to the 38 positions and has achieved his best-ever Test batting ranking position of 25.

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Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Google)

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is holding the second position in Test batting rankings but his rating has gone down. His latest rating points are 899 as he scored 20 and 31* runs in that Test match. Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane slipped down (-3) to the 10th position in Test batting rankings.

Among the South African cricketers, Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar moved up

South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored a great century in that match during South Africa’s first innings. The left-handed batsman scored 111 runs in their first innings but failed to open his account in the fourth innings. He moved up four spots, and presently, he is standing at the seventh position in Test batting rankings.

On the other hand, Dean Elgar, who scored 160 runs in South Africa’s first innings, moved up to the five places. His latest Test batting ranking is 14.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami climbed up in Test bowling rankings, Ravindra Jadeja is the 2nd-ranked Test all-rounder

Among the bowlers, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the 10th position in Test bowling rankings after moving up to the four positions. Ashwin managed to pick up a total of eight wickets (8/189) in that game, including one seven-wicket haul.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: AP Photo)

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami claimed a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings. His dominant bowling made easier for India to win that match by 203 runs. Shami has achieved his best rating points in Test bowling of 710 and he moved from 18th to 16th position.

Meanwhile, the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has climbed up (+1) to the second position in the Test all-rounder rankings. While the Windies captain Jason Holder is leading the table continuously, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has slipped down to the third position.

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Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Playing In India Is Very Tough: Dean Elgar

The third day of the first Test match was interesting between South Africa and India. South Africa put some great performance in the field. Dean Elgar was the crucial player who scored 160 runs in the scoreboard. His innings was ended by Ravindra Jadeja. With that wicket, Jadeja also became the fastest bowler to pick up 200 Test wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin also picked five wickets of the visitors. But it was the day of Dean Elgar who was at his best. Indian bowler had no answer to the left-hand batsman.

Dean Elgar is happy that he has contributed a big share in the team. He also toured India in 2015 where Proteas were badly defeated in the Test match. He reminds that tour and said that he has gained experience and now developed as a better cricketer.

“It’s good to contribute once again. Playing in India is very tough. The last time I was here, I was very experienced. In those four years, I have grown a lot as a cricketer. I have played county cricket, which has helped,” he pointed.

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Dean Elgar.

“Playing spin is something I have been conscious of, and you will face a lot of spins when coming to India. (Hitting the ball in the air) I think you have to find your strengths.”

Happy for Quinton de Kock: Dean Elgar

Quinton de Kock scored 111 runs at the strike rate of 68.09. Elgar is happy for de Kock and is impressed with his batting.

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Quinton de Kock (Image Credit: Google)

“I am extremely happy for Quinny. He’s a bit of a genius in the way he goes about it. It’s not a surprise he’s got a 100 here. I think this is the start of a great career for Quinny,” Elgar said.

On the third day, South Africa scored 385 runs and lost eight wickets and India is in lead with 117 runs.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – Statistical Highlights

The visitors South Africa played fighting cricket against the hosts India on the day three of the ongoing first Test of the three-match Test series at Visakhapatnam.

South Africa began the day three (4th October) on their overnight score of 39/3. With the help of solid two centuries, the visitors have scored 385/8 at the end of the day. They are still trailing by 117 runs.

Brief Scores: India – 502/7 decl. (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189)

South Africa – 385/8 (Dean Elgar 160, Quinton de Kock 111; Ravichandran Ashwin 5/128)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

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(Teams’ stats)

South Africa

i) South African left-handed batsmen have already scored a total of 283 runs in this innings.

  • It is the most aggregated runs by the South African left-handed batsmen in a Test innings against India. The previous record was 261 runs during the Bengaluru Test (second innings) in March 2000. 

 

(Players’ stats)

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored 55 runs.

  • It was the fourth-highest individual Test score by a South African captain against India in India. 

South African Test captains who played 50+ scores in a Test innings in India

Player Runs scored Venue Year
Graeme Smith 73 Chennai 2008
Graeme Smith 71 Kolkata 2004
Graeme Smith 69 Kanpur 2008
Faf du Plessis 55 Visakhapatnam 2019
Hansie Cronje 50 Kanpur 1996

 

Dean Elgar (South Africa)

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i) South African opener Dean Elgar scored 160 runs.

  • It was the third-highest individual Test score by a South African opener against India. The top two records in this list are 196 runs by Herschelle Gibbs (at Port Elizabeth in November 2001) and 163 runs by Andrew Hall (at Kanpur in November 2004).

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Ravindra Jadeja (India)

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i) Playing his 44th Test match, Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja completed his 200 Test wickets.

  • Ravindra Jadeja becomes the fastest left-arm bowler to claim 200 Test wickets. Former Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the previous record holder who achieved this feat in 47 Tests. 

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Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

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i) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored his second Test century at away venue.

  • Quinton de Kock becomes the first South African wicketkeeper-batsman to hit more than one away Test century. 

 

ii) Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored his fifth Test century.

  • It is the joint-second most Test centuries for a South African wicketkeeper-batsman. Former South African wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher also hit five Test centuries. Former Proteas cricketer AB de Villiers is leading this table as he hit seven Test centuries as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

 

iii) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored 111 runs.

  • It is the highest individual Test score by a South African wicketkeeper-batsman against India. Only AB de Villiers scored the other Test century against India as a South African wicketkeeper-batsman. In the Johannesburg Test in December 2013, wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers scored 103 runs.  

 

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

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i) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

  • It is the most number of five-wicket hauls in Test cricket for an Indian bowler against South Africa. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and the former pacer Javagal Srinath both managed four times Test five-wicket hauls against South Africa.
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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – South Africa Fights Strongly With Twin Centuries; But India Are Still On Top After Managing Late Wickets

South African batsmen fought very well on the day three of the first Test of the three-match Test series against the hosts India at Visakhapatnam. However, the late wickets have put back the hosts on the top.

At the stumps of the day three of this Test match, South Africa scored 385/8 in their first innings. While the hosts India scored 502/7 decl. in their first innings, the visitors are still trialling by 117 runs.

South Africa started the crucial day three on their overnight score 39/3. Inside the first half-an-hour, Temba Bavuma (18 runs) lost his wicket after the Indian pacer Ishant Sharma trapped him for lbw. Later, a video revealed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli planned that wicket earlier when he was discussing with Ishant.

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Struggling on 63/4, skipper Faf du Plessis provided a solid partnership with the opening batsman Dean Elgar. At lunch, South Africa scored 153/4.

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Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the early second session, Faf completed his half-century as well as they provided a century partnership. Soon after completing his half-century, Faf (55 runs) was caught out at the leg-slip in Ravichandran Ashwin‘s over. Before that wicket, Elgar and Faf had the 115 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries for South Africa

Then, Elgar provided more solid partnership with the wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. Elgar completed his 12th Test century in 175 balls after hitting a sixer. Meanwhile, de Kock stretched the team’s total with some good boundaries as he completed his half-century in 79 balls.

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Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Before the tea break, Elgar-de Kock completed their 100 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. At tea, South Africa scored 292/5.

South Africa crossed the follow-on target (303 runs) at the very early third session of the day. Elgar reached the 150-run mark in 269 balls.

After Elgar-de Kock had the 162 runs partnership for the sixth wicket, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja finally dismissed Elgar. Cheteshwar Pujara took a good catch at square leg after Elgar’s bat found a top edge. It was the 200th Test victim for Ravindra Jadeja, who achieved this milestone in 44 Test matches. Before getting out, Elgar scored 160 runs off 287 balls with 18 fours and four sixes.

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Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Soon after that wicket, Quinton de Kock reached the three-figure mark. He completed his fifth Test century by hitting a sixer during facing the 149th ball. After the 28 runs partnership for the seventh wicket with the debutant Senuran Muthusamy, de Kock lost his wicket. Ashwin bowled the set batsman, who scored 111 runs off 163 balls (16 fours and 2 sixes).

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Quinton de Kock (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Comeback man Ashwin completed his 27th five-wicket haul after dismissing Vernon Philander (0) through the bowled.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

At the end of the day, Muthusamy and Keshav Maharaj were batting on 12 and 3 runs respectively.

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