Janneman Malan

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

Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli’s fifties went in vain. Shikhar Dhawan, the veteran Indian opener, on Sunday notched up his second fifty of the ongoing ODI series to put India in command during the 287-chase against South Africa at Cape Town. The left-handed opener reached his 35th half-century in the format and hit five fours and a six en route to the landmark before being dismissed.

In what was another quickfire knock from pace all-rounder, Deepak Chahar who scored a fine 50, but couldn’t see India home for a consolation win in Cape Town. Chasing 287 to salvage a disastrous South Africa tour with a win, India was jolted with an early blow in the form of KL Rahul, who perished for nine after his willow took a thick outside edge and it went straight to Janneman Malan at first slip. The Indian run-chase was steadied by Virat Kohli, who initially played second fiddle but accelerated his innings with time.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

Shikhar Dhawan And Virat Kohli Combination Now Has 28 Fifty Plus Stands

A fifty partnership between Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli helped India in going past the 100 mark. The Delhi batting pair, meanwhile, went past MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina on the list of most 50-plus partnerships for India by a left-right-handed pair. The Shikhar Dhawan-Virus Kohli combination now has 28 50-plus stands under its belt, one more than MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina’s tally of 27.

Deepak Chahar. Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (PTI)

The duo of Sourav Ganguly & Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 55 fifty-plus partnerships to its name, followed by Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan (32) and Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid (29). Half-centuries by Virat Kohli (65), Shikhar Dhawan (61), and Deepak Chahar (54) went in vain as India suffered a heartbreaking four-run loss against South Africa in the third and final ODI at Newlands, Cape Town.

Shikhar Dhawan Equaled Virender Sehwag’s Record For Most 50 Plus Scores For India In ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan, who departed after scoring 61 from 73 deliveries, also ticked off a personal milestone. He equaled former India opener Virender Sehwag for most fifty-plus scores for India in the ODI format. Both the openers have 52 fifty-plus innings to their name.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a brilliant century for South Africa to help them post a challenging total on the scoreboard. Quinton de Kock made 124 off 130 balls to lift his team from 70 for three. He teamed up with Rassie van der Dussen (52) in a fourth-wicket stand of 144.

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

On the bowling front, Prasidh Krishna, one of four changes in the Indian team, took three for 59 while Jasprit Bumrah and Deepak Chahar took two wickets each. Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Deepak Chahar, and Prasidh Krishna came into the Indian team in place of Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Seeking a clean sweep in the three-match series, South Africa decided to go with just one change, giving chance to all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius in place left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

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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

KL Rahul
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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. 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

Vikram-Rathour-photo
Vikram-Rathour-photo
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Aakash Chopra Calls For A Relook At Indian Batting Coach Vikram Rathour’s Contributions As Batsmen Failed In South Africa 2021/22 Tour

Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener turned commentator wants a relook at present India batting coach Vikram Rathour’s contributions amid a stark decline in the team’s performances with the willow as evident in the recent South African tour.

Aakash Chopra remarked that as people have taken credit for the improvement in the bowling department, the “buck has to stop somewhere” for the dipped averages of the middle order batting trio of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara in the last couple of years or so.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: One Need To Look Whether Vikram Rathour Is Doing His Job As A Batting Coach Well

He said India needs to see if there have been any shortcomings in Vikram Rathours work and how he has addressed them. Ajinkya Rahane has managed just 479 runs in 2021 at a paltry average of 20.83 while Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 702 runs at an average of 28.08. Virat Kohli too ended the year 2021 without scoring a century in international cricket. His last ton came in a Test against Bangladesh in 2019.

In a video on his Youtube channel, Chopra said: “Everyone has taken credit for India’s bowling improvement. Some people gave credit to Virat Kohli, some to Bharat Arun, some to Ravi Shastri. Everyone said, ‘Indian bowling has improved a lot’. But who is responsible for the batting decline? … If you are taking credit then responsibility needs to be taken as well. The decline is palpable. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli’s numbers have dipped in the last 2-2.5 years so where’s the batting coach?”

The former India batter added: “The batting coach has the responsibility and the buck has to stop somewhere. Vikram Rathour, who is with the team for quite some time, you need to look at him again whether he’s doing his job well and if not then what are the shortcomings and how is he addressing them.”

Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI
Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI

Vikram Rathour was appointed batting coach in late 2019. While the likes of head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, and fielding coach R Sridhar left last year, Vikram Rathour was the only coach to get an extension. However, India’s well-documented overseas success, which began at the same time as his arrival, has been mostly attributed to the fitter and more incisive bowling group.

Their consistency papered over the batting cracks, especially in the middle order. But it all came to a head in the recent series in South Africa, where the bowlers failed to bail out the struggling batting lineup in the last two Tests.

Aakash Chopra: The Coach Is Suddenly Like A Football Manager With An Enhanced Role As Coach’s Role Becomes More Important Than Captain

Speaking on the second major issue presently associated with Indian cricket – Virat Kohli’s sudden stepping down from the Test captaincy, Aakash Chopra said newly-appointed head coach Rahul Dravid’s job has got even tougher.  He feels that in this phase, Rahul Dravid’s role in designing India’s future path will be more important than the new captain, almost like a football club manager.

Aakash Chopra explained: “It’s difficult for the coach because he’s a new coach. If he had been there for a long time then he would have a blueprint ready for the new captain. Now there’s a new captain, a new coach and they have to travel a new path… In cricket, the captain is the most important and the coach is just below him. But in such situations, the coach goes up and the captain comes a bit behind him because there’s a guarantee of the coach’s continuity. The coach is suddenly like a football manager with an enhanced role.”

Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Twitter)
Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra also lamented India’s failure to build a leadership group to succeed Virat Kohli who resigned as India’s most successful Test skipper with 40 Test wins in 68 Tests. He said there had been a “slight mismanagement” with regards to the trust shown in Ajinkya Rahane as a captaincy prospect despite his poor form.

Aakash Chopra added: “We’ve failed to create a leadership group, honestly speaking. If Ajju had been in good form it would have been a natural succession. That was certainly a plan but his performances were on a downswing in the last two years and we were not ready to look at anywhere else because we believed that Kohli is going to continue for a long time. That didn’t happen and there’s been a slight mismanagement.”

After opting to bat, South Africa lost their opener, Janneman Malan, early in the fifth over of the first ODI against India at the Boland Park In Paarl against India. Jasprit Bumrah was the wicket-taker and he along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled well so far.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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KL Rahul Feels It Would Be A “Huge Responsibility” If He Is Named As Test Captain

KL Rahul, the India stand-in ODI skipper on Tuesday said that it would be a huge responsibility for him if he is made the Test captain.

India and South Africa will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl. Earlier, the Proteas had defeated India 2-1 in the Test series.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

KL Rahul Feels It Would Be A Huge Responsibility If Test Captaincy Is Given To Him

KL Rahul had replaced Rohit Sharma as skipper for the upcoming ODI series after the Hitman was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah will serve as KL Rahul’s deputy in the series. Rohit Sharma has already been appointed captain in both white-ball formats and since he has faced quite a few fitness issues of late, KL Rahul’s name emerged as a strong contender for the job.

“I had not given it a thought till the names came out, till the articles or news have been doing the rounds. Obviously, I had the opportunity to lead the Test side in Johannesburg and it was really special. The result did not go our way but it was a great learning experience for me and it would be something I will always be proud of,” Rahul said during a virtual press conference.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“Leading the country is always special for anyone and I am no different. Yes, it would be a huge responsibility if given to me (being the Test captain). It is something that is exciting, I am not really looking to anything forward, I am just focusing on the present,” he added.

KL Rahul’s comments come days after Virat Kohli announced his decision to stand down as India’s Test captain.
Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Virat Kohli as captain in Test cricket.

Last year, Virat Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI skipper after the selectors wanted to have just one captain for the white-ball formats.

Marco Jansen And Venkatesh Iyer Debuted  In The 1st ODI

In the 1st ODI, South Africa is batting first and is currently 24/1 in the 6th over after Janneman Malan was dismissed on 6 by Jasprit Bumrah. Venkatesh Iyer debuted for India while Marco Jansen debuted for South Africa as pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada is unavailable.

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

Rohit Sharma is injured and isn’t playing in the ODI series while pacer Kagiso Rabada was released to manage his workload. KL Rahul captaining India for the first time in his 39th ODI. Kagiso Rabada has been released from the ODI squad ahead of the 3-match series against India to manage his heavy workload in the Test series. The 26-year old has been rested to stay fresh for 2-match test series in New Zealand starting on February 17.

Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India as South Africa beat the visitors by 2-1 in a 3-match series. Kagiso Rabada bowled 119.1 overs to pick 20 wickets with an average of 19.05. Marco Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets and is debuting in the 1st ODI.

India Squad Playing XI:  KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa Squad Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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