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Rahul Dravid Terms Test Series Loss In South Africa Tour As A Disappointment In His 8-Month Stint As Indian Coach So Far

Rahul Dravid, Team India’s head coach has termed the Test series loss in South Africa as a ‘disappointment’ while looking back on his eight-month stint with the team so far.

The 49-year-old Rahul Dravid took charge as India’s coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended following the disappointing 2021 T20I World Cup in the UAE last year. One of Rahul Dravid’s early assignments was the tour of South Africa. India won the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, but the visitors lost the other two games to lose the series.

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

Rahul Dravid: South Africa Test Series Disappointing As India Lost Last 2 Tests Despite Being 1-0 Up

In an interview, Rahul Dravid said that India squandered a great opportunity to clinch their maiden Test series win in South Africa. After registering an impressive 113-run win in Centurion, India lost the second Test in Johannesburg by seven wickets and went down in Cape Town by the same margin.

He said: “When I look back on the eight months, South Africa was a little bit of a disappointment in terms of the Test series – going 1-0 up there and not being able to do the job, especially with the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.”

Dean Elgar ( Image Source: Twitter)
Dean Elgar ( Image Source: Twitter)

In the 2nd Test, KL Rahul was put in charge of the team after Virat Kohli had missed the fixture due to an injury (back spasms). Dean Elgar struck a gritty, unbeaten 96 as South Africa chased down 240 with seven wickets in hand to consign India to their first-ever defeat in Johannesburg.

In the 1st Test, KL Rahul (123 and 23) and Mohammed Shami (5/44, 3/63) shone with the bat and ball respectively. In the 2nd Test, Dean Elgar’s unbeaten 96 off 188 balls saw South Africa home while in the 3rd Test at Capetown, Keegan Petersen (72 and 82) coupled with Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada’s 7-wicket match haul denied India a series victory.

Rahul Dravid Impressed With India’s White Ball Cricket Performances

Shifting the focus to the other formats of the game, the head coach said that Team India has done rather well in ODIs and T20Is. India won 12 consecutive T20Is, a record with Afghanistan and Romania.

India’s winning run started in the 2021 T20 World Cup where they beat Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in successive matches. Then, under Rohit Sharma, India clinched three consecutive series against New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka – all with a 3-0 margin.

He said: “Our white-ball cricket has been pretty good. We were able to come back from there (South Africa) and get on a bit of a roll in the T20 games. Even here (ongoing T20Is against South Africa), with a squad that doesn’t have a lot of our main players, we’ve been able to fight back brilliantly. It shows a lot of character in the team, the kind of quality and depth that we have.”

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

Before the IPL 2022, India beat West Indies at home in a limited-overs series. They also got the better of Sri Lanka in three T20Is and two Tests. They tied the five-match T20I series against Proteas 2-2 after the 5th T20I was abandoned after only 3.3 overs were possible.

Asked how excited he was to see young Indian talents coming through in IPL 2022, Rahul Dravid said: “It was fantastic and incredible to see the kind of talent that we have, especially in the fast bowling side of things, just to see the speed some of our bowlers were clocking.

“Young boys coming through. With two new teams on display this year, a lot more youngsters got a chance to show their skills rather than sitting on the bench. And a lot of them came good. Good signs for Indian cricket.”

Young fast bowlers Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, who impressed during the IPL 2022, were picked in the squad for the ongoing series against South Africa. They have been retained for the two T20Is against Ireland as well.

Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
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Wasim Jaffer Feels India Will Have The Upper Hand Over Proteas In The Series Deciding 5th T20I

Wasim Jaffer, the former Indian opener and full-time cricket pundit feels Team India will have the upper hand over South Africa in the 5th T20I on Sunday. Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes the hosts will have an edge over the Proteas in the series decider after winning back-to-back two matches against the Temba Bavuma-led side.

Starting the series with impressive wins, Temba Bavuma-led South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets (1st T20I) and four wickets (2nd T20I) in the first two games of the bilateral series. Staging a stunning comeback, Rishabh Pant-led India upstaged the Proteas by 48 runs (3rd T20I) and 82 runs (4th T20I) to level the series 2-2.
Rishabh Pant (India) vs Temba Bavuma (South Africa)
Rishabh Pant (India) vs Temba Bavuma (South Africa) Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Wasim Jaffer Reckons India Will Have The Upper Hand In Bengaluru And South Africa Must Be Mentally Hurt

Speaking ahead of the series decider, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer opined that the hosts will have the upper hand in the 5th T20I against the Proteas.
“India will have the upper hand in Bangalore because both their wins have been on big margins. South Africa must be mentally hurt that they lost so easily after winning the first two matches.
“There are some injury concerns as well with Bavuma and perhaps Marco Jansen being injured, Aiden Markram has also gone so I feel India has the upper hand for this match,” Wasim Jaffer said.
For South Africa, the talented batsman Aiden Markram missed out on the first 3 T20I games of the series against India after he had tested positive for Covid-19. But it was expected that he would be available for the final two T20I games, but the latest statement from CSA confirmed that Aiden Markram is ruled out of the T20I series.
Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)
South Africa made as many as three changes to their playing 11 in the 4th T20I. The duo of pacers Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi have come in for the injured pacers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell while Quinton de Kock returned after recovering from a wrist injury.
There also remains a shadow of doubt over the fitness of Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma, who retired hurt in the fourth T20I after an elbow injury. If Kagiso Rabada comes back for the final game, SA should sit Tabraiz Shamsi on the bench.
After all, Tabraiz Shamsi has just one wicket in 4 matches and is conceding over 10 runs per over. If skipper Temba Bavuma doesn’t make it to playing 11, Keshav Maharaj will be given a chance to lead the team.

Wasim Jaffer Thinks India Will Go Unchanged In The 5th Deciding T20I

Talking about the changes that India can make in its playing XI, Wasim Jaffer asserted that Deepak Hooda has the potential to replace Shreyas Iyer because the all-rounder batted at No. 3 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. However, he observed that the hosts will remain unchanged for the series decider against the Proteas on Sunday.
“We were expecting some changes after the first two losses but India didn’t make any change so I don’t think any change will happen when they have won two matches.
“If we have to throw a name in the hat, it could be Deepak Hooda for Shreyas Iyer because he batted at No. 3 in the IPL as well and was successful as well. But the pattern the Indian team is playing in, I think we will see more continuity,” he added.
Wasim Jaffer. Image Credits: Twitter
Wasim Jaffer. Image Credits: Twitter
Rishabh Pant-led India will meet the Proteas in the series decider at the famous M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rishabh Pant-led Team India will aim for a stunning come-from-behind series win over South Africa in the 5th T20I on Sunday at Bengaluru on Sunday.
Under the leadership of the stand-in skipper, injury-hit India will be the favourites to secure the series when they meet South Africa in the 5th T20I at the famous M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Dean Elgar ( Image Source: Twitter)
Dean Elgar ( Image Source: Twitter)
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Dean Elgar’s Decision To Bat First Paid Off But He Feared It Might Have Backfired; Proteas Clinch 2nd Test To Level Series 1-1 Against Kiwis

Dean Elgar, the Proteas skipper conceded after securing the Test win against New Zealand to level the two-match series 1-1 on Tuesday that he would have looked an “absolute idiot” had his decision to bat first on February 25 backfired and the Proteas lost the match.

South Africa bucked the trend at the Hagley Oval and elected to bat first, and thanks to a century from Sarel Erwee in the first innings they managed to post 364 and take a 71-run first-innings lead, which proved crucial in the end.

The Proteas then declared their second innings on 354 and bundled out the hosts for 227 to win by 198 runs and take revenge for their innings and 276-run humiliating defeat in the first Test at the same venue.

Sarel Erwee celebrates his century, Picture: Andrew Cornaga/www.photosport.nz/BackpagePix
Sarel Erwee celebrates his century, Picture: Andrew Cornaga/www.photosport.nz/BackpagePix

Dean Elgar’s Decision to Bat First Paid Off But He Feared It May Have Backfired

On February 25, Dean Elgar’s decision to bat first had surprised New Zealand as in the opening Test, the tourists could only manage 95 runs in the first innings, finally suffering an innings defeat.

“Luckily it paid off for us (the decision to bat first); it was something that might have backfired on us and I would have looked like an absolute idiot. But I’m one of those guys that is willing to live with the decisions I make for the side,” Dean Elgar was quoted as saying following the big win.

Dean Elgar was a pleased captain after South Africa defeated New Zealand by 198 runs in the second Test.

Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

“We’ve shown in the past that we’ve got a lot of characters within our unit and, ultimately, we needed characters to come out again and rise up and make a stand for us to try and level the series,” Dean Elgar said.

The Proteas’ decision to bat first on a seamer-friendly wicket wasn’t the only surprise of the second Test. They also played spinner Keshav Maharaj, who ultimately went on to grab four wickets in the Test, including a 3/75 in the second innings.

Kagiso Rabada:  It Was The Right Decision To Bat First And Play A Spinner

Pacer Kagiso Rabada, who snared 5/60 in the first innings and 3/46 in the second, said there was a marked difference between the wickets for the two Tests, although the matches were played at the same venue Hagley Oval.

On a pitch that had something in it for the quicks throughout the five days, Kagiso Rabada finished with eight wickets in the match, including his 11th career five-for and Marco Jansen with seven, while Keshav Maharaj, the only spinner playing across both XIs, took a decisive 3 for 75 in New Zealand’s second innings.

After taking a first-innings lead of 71, South Africa rode on wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne’s unbeaten 136 to pile up 354/9 (declared) in their second essay to set a target of 425 for the home team.

“This wicket in this Test match was a lot drier just looking at it with the naked eye, and it had a lot less grass on it. When you walked on it, the spikes almost sunk into it.”

“So, that tells you that it’s going to be a little bit slow and hopefully when the Test match moved forward the conditions would get drier and the footmarks would be created for Keshav (Maharaj) to exploit. That was the thinking and, in the end, it was the right decision (to bat first and play a spinner),” added Kagiso Rabada.

Kagiso Rabada's pace often has him the centre of attention AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada’s pace often has him the centre of attention AFP/Getty Images

“It was irritating that the rain had to come at that stage (final session, Day 5). I had an idea that the rain would just blow over, the clouds would blow over, but in the back of your head you’ve got that cynical thought that says ‘what if it stays?’.”

South Africa maintained their unbeaten series record over New Zealand, levelled the two-match series 1-1, and became the first team to win a match at the Hagley Oval after choosing to bat first. They set New Zealand a target of 426 and bowled them out for 227 to stage a remarkable comeback after losing the first match by an innings and 276 runs, their second-biggest defeat ever.

South Africa 364 (Erwee 108, Wagner 4-102, Henry 3-90) and 354 for 9 declared (Verreynne 136*, Rabada 47, Henry 2-81) beat New Zealand 293 (de Grandhomme 120*, Rabada 5-60, Jansen 4-98) and 227 (Conway 92, Rabada 3-46, Jansen 3-63) by 198 runs

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter
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Arjun Tendulkar Picks Pacer Jasprit Bumrah As Favourite Player From IPL Franchise Mumbai Indians

Arjun Tendulkar, who was bought by Mumbai Indians in the previous IPL 2021 auction, has picked his favourite player from the franchise. Arjun Tendulkar picked the player in a Q&A session with fans on Instagram.

Rohit Sharma will go down as a true Indian Premier League (IPL) legend, not just as a player but as a captain too. The Hitman isn’t just one of the most successful players in the league but also the captain with the most IPL trophies to his name. But, there are other players in the Mumbai Indians franchise who have been world-beaters.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time-- BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time– BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

Arjun Tendulkar Picks Favourite Player From Mumbai Indians Franchise- Pacer Jasprit Bumrah

The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, and Suryakumar Yadav have been phenomenal over the years. When Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and a former Mumbai Indians player himself, was asked about his favourite player from the Mumbai Indians franchise, his pick wasn’t the skipper.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Arjun Tendulkar, who is an all-rounder, decided to go with marquee pacer Jasprit Bumrah as his favourite pick. The southpaw had answered the question during a Q&A session with fans on Instagram. Arjun Tendulkar was bought at his base price of Rs 20 lakh by IPL 2020 champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL Auction 2021 in Chennai.

Mumbai Indians bought the likes of Adam Milne, Nathan Counter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Singh, Marco Jansen, and Arjun Tendulkar in the IPL 2021 Auction but they failed to progress beyond the group stage due to inferior Net Run Rate.

Jasprit Bumrah has been the key member behind Mumbai Indians’ success in the Indian Premier League and the speedster has played 106 matches and has bagged 130 IPL wickets at an average of 23.05, an economy rate of 7.42 and a strike rate of 18.63.

Ahead of the IPL 2022 the franchise have decided to retain 4 players, including skipper Rohit Sharma (16 cr), Jasprit Bumrah (12 cr), Suryakumar Yadav (8 cr) and West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard (6 cr).

Arjun Tendulkar Didn’t Get To Play A Game In IPL 2021 Despite Being In the Mumbai Indians Team

Arjun Tendulkar was bought by Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 auction but he didn’t feature in a single game for the franchise. The all-rounder is expected to be part of the franchise this term too. But, the question mark over his game time in the team will remain.

Mumbai Indians was the only team that bid on Arjun Tendulkar, who was the last player to be sold in the IPL 2021 auction. Arjun Tendulkar, 21, has been earlier seen in the net sessions of the team. He was in the UAE with the squad during the 13th edition of the IPL 2020 as well. The 21-year-old left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-pacer have played 2 T20s for Mumbai where he scored 3 runs and took 2 wickets.

As far as Mumbai Indians go, the franchise retained the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. MI, who have been a dominant force in the T20 league over the years, will be eager to get the most of its core team back from the auction.

Arjun Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Arjun Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya, who has been a key player for the franchise over the years, however, wouldn’t be available as he has been drafted in by the Ahmedabad franchise as the skipper. Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult, and Krunal Pandya are some of the players MI would be keen to reunite with using the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Mumbai Indians have spent Rs. 42 crore to retain these players and they have Rs. 48 crore available for the IPL 2022 auction. Rohit Sharma is the first player that Mumbai Indians have retained for IPL 2022. The franchise has offered him a deal of Rs. 16 crore for the next season. Mumbai Indians is the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they have won the title 5 times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020).

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Every Team Would Want A Player Like South African Pacer Kagiso Rabada In IPL 2022 Mega Auctions: KL Rahul

KL Rahul, who is the captain of the new franchise Lucknow Super Giants, said that South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada would be among the top picks in the upcoming mega auction and was also all praise for young pacer Marco Jansen and batsman Rassie van der Dussen.

KL Rahul was all praise for South Africa trio Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen and Rassie van der Dussen and said that the trio would be sought after in the upcoming mega auction ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul: Every Team Would Want A Player Like South African Pacer Kagiso Rabada

KL Rahul, who was recently announced as captain of the new Lucknow franchise, the Lucknow Super Giants, said that Kagiso Rabada would be a bowler that any team would be keen to sign up.

“We have seen Rabada being a key bowler for the Delhi Capitals and played a huge part in their success. Every team would want a player like Kagiso Rabada. Come on, he bowls over 145kph and is a very smart cricketer. Everyone would want someone like that,” said Rahul about the South African pace spearhead.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image Credits: Twitter

Kagiso Rabada was withdrawn from the recently concluded 3 matches ODI series to manage his workload. Delhi Capitals had to choose between Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, and the team went ahead with the latter one. Kagiso Rabada was a part of the team since 2017. He has taken 76 wickets in 50 matches at an average of 20.52 and an economy of 8.21 for the franchise.

Kagiso Rabada didn’t feature in the 2018 season of the league after suffering a lower back stress fracture. Delhi Capitals had used the Right to Match card during IPL 2018 auction to pick him for INR 4.2 crores. Delhi Capitals decided to retain Kagiso Rabada before the 2019 auction and he proved his worth by picking 25 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 14.72.

The best of Kagiso Rabada came during the 2020 season when he picked 30 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 18.26 and won the purple cap for picking the most number of wickets. Kagiso Rabada’s form depleted during the 2021 season as he finished the campaign with 15 wickets in 15 matches and that might have been the reason he was not retained by the franchise.

KL Rahul Also Praised Marco Jansen And Rassie Van der Dussen

KL Rahul said that the Indian dressing room was talking about all-rounder Marco Jansen as the “next big thing” in international cricket after he played a key role in the Proteas winning the Test series 2-1. Marco Jansen played two matches for Mumbai Indians in 2021 and was making his international debut in the Test series. KL Rahul also said that Rassie van der Dussen’s ability to play spin would make him an attractive option for a lot of IPL teams.

“Marco Jansen played a few games for Mumbai Indians but he has come of his own now. He had a really good series with the red ball and that makes a little bit of a difference with how people see him. He is someone who will do really well in international cricket with the red ball. We all spoke about it after the series as well that he is going to be the next big thing in international cricket,” said Rahul.

Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)
Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)

“Van der Dussen has been performing phenomenally and is someone who plays spin really well. That is key and a very important thing that a franchise looks at when you are picking a foreign batter. We play the IPL in India and teams tend to use a lot of spinners in the middle overs so you need to be a good player of spin to get into an IPL team,” he said.

Marco Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets in 3-match Test series to script a series win against the no.1 ranked team. Marco Jansen had played in two matches picking 2 scalps for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 before his debut for South Africa. In his debut Test series, he was the 2nd highest wicket-taker after Kagiso Rabada (20) with 19 wickets averaging 16.47.

Having scored an unbeaten century in the first ODI match of the series and following it with an unbeaten 37 in the 288-run chase in the second, the South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen ended with a series average of 218 after scoring 52 in the 3rd ODI, where he was eventually dismissed for the first time in the series.

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Mark Boucher Charged With Gross Misconduct By CSA And May Be Sacked As Head Coach

Mark Boucher, South Africa head coach has been charged with “gross misconduct” by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in their follow-up to the preliminary findings of alleged racism in the sport in the country by Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report.  Mark Boucher’s alleged role in discrimination experienced by former spinner Paul Adams will be looked into even as he is set to continue as the head coach of the senior national team.

South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher is in danger of losing his job after Cricket South Africa on Thursday charged him with gross misconduct following allegations of racism against him by his former Proteas teammate spinner Paul Adams. CSA has announced a disciplinary hearing into the allegations.

Mark Boucher. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mark Boucher. (Image Credits: Getty).

Mark Boucher Charged With Allegations Of Racism By Paul Adams

CSA on Thursday appointed well respected Senior Counsel Advocate Terry Motau (SC) as chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of misconduct against Mark Boucher. It is proposed that the parties will meet with the Advocate on January 26, 2022, to determine a timetable for the proceedings.

In December, the SJN report made tentative findings regarding allegations of discrimination and racism against various persons, including Mark Boucher. Specifically, during the SJN process, allegations of racism were levelled against Mark Boucher by his former Proteas teammate Paul Adams.

South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

In releasing his report, the Ombudsman, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, indicated that he was not in a position to make “definite findings” and recommended that a further process be undertaken in this regard. In keeping with this approach, the Board was obligated to institute further formal inquiries into CSA employees, suppliers, or contractors who are implicated by the SJN report, and this is the first of these processes.

Former spinner Paul Adams said he had been called a “brown shit” in a South Africa team song during his time in the side, which spanned a nine-year period from 1995 to 2004, including by former wicketkeeper Mark Boucher who has since apologized.

Mark Boucher Can Be Sacked As Head Coach

CSA confirmed that it has charged Mark Boucher with gross misconduct and it could lead to his dismissal from the head coach role.

However, “CSA emphasizes it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.”

The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe.

“The Board remains mindful of its duty to treat allegations of racism or discrimination with the utmost seriousness and in a manner that ensures fairness and due process in terms of South Africa’s Constitution and labour legislation.

“It is now up to the inquiry to determine to which extent the allegations are true and justify the need for further disciplinary steps,” CSA Board Chairperson, Lawson Naidoo said.

Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL

Mark Boucher has been a key member of the current South African unit that has achieved incredible highs even while in transition over the last few weeks. Under Mark Boucher’s watch, South Africa defeated India in a 3-Test series after coming back from behind.

The ombudsman’s report also criticized current CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith and former national team captain AB de Villiers. South Africa also outclassed India in the ODI series opener on Wednesday and will look to take a 2-0 unbeatable lead when the two sides meet in the 2nd ODI on Friday in Paarl. India won the toss and will bat first. India is fielding an unchanged team while Sisanda Magala comes in for Marco Jansen for South Africa.

South Africa made a good start to the three-match series with a comfortable 31-run win in the series opener. Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen scored centuries for South Africa; India had three half-centurions in Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Shardul Thakur but it went in vain as middle-order batsmen failed.

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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
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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
Kagiso Rabada (file photo)
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South Africa Releases Kagiso Rabada Ahead Of ODI Series Against India

South Africa 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 and AB de Villiers
Kagiso Rabada and AB de Villiers

Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India

“No replacement will be brought in for him as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series,” Cricket South Africa released a statement.

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.

In absence of him, Marco Jansen might get a chance to make his debut in the 50-over format as well. Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets in 3-match Test series to script a series win against the no.1 ranked team.

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South Africa beat India by 2-1 in 3-match series (Credits: Twitter @OfficialCSA

South Africa has had a formidable record against India in ODIs, more so at home. As the visitors could win only one ODI series in South Africa in 5 attempts. However, India’s only series win in the rainbow was registered in the last tour as they won by 5-1 in the 6-match series.

Since Jan 2021, South Africa had a bit of a struggle in this format as they failed to win any ODI series. First, they lost a home series against Pakistan by 1-2 in April, then drew a series against Ireland by 1-1. And right before the T20 World Cup, they lost a 3-match series in Sri Lanka by 1-2. They currently lie at no.9 in ICC Men’s ODI Super League. However, this series against India won’t be a part of the ODI Super League.

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South Africa squad for ODI series against India:

Temba Bavuma (captain) Keshav Maharaj (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

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Marco Jansen (Gallo)
Marco Jansen (Gallo)
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Marco Jansen Opens Up On His Altercation With Jasprit Bumrah In 2nd And 3rd Test

Marco Jansen, the South Africa left-arm seamer on Monday opened up on his altercation with India pace-spearhead Jasprit Bumrah during the Johannesburg Test.

South Africa left-arm seamer Marco Jansen opened up on his duel with India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in the recently-concluded 3 match Test series won by South Africa, saying there were no hard feelings because they were acting in the heat of the moment.

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen have a go at each other. Pic: Getty Images
Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen have a go at each other. Pic: Getty Images

Marco Jansen: Altercation With Jasprit Bumrah Was In The Heat Of The Moment

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen were part of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 but, both players were involved in a heated altercation in the 2nd Test.

Marco Jansen reciprocated Jasprit Bumrah’s short balls by peppering bouncers at him before both got involved in a heated exchange during the second innings at Johannesburg. Jasprit Bumrah then reacted with a stare after dismissing the South Africa pacer in the first innings of the third Test.

“Obviously, it felt good to have gotten a chance in the Test team and then to contribute to the side’s cause. I did not expect to do that well in the series. Very glad that we won the series 2-1. India has not won a Test series in our conditions, glad that we could maintain that record,” Jansen said during a virtual press conference.

Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)
Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)

“The first innings of the first Test sums it up really well. I did not start the way I wanted to and I was very nervous. It is normal for every player to get nervous. Off the field, I am a chill guy, I am an introvert but when I am on the field, I want to express myself,” he added.

When asked about his aggressive nature on the field, Jansen said: “I love this sport, I have wanted to play since I was a child. All the emotions show how much love and passion I have for the game. Obviously, I played with Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL, we are good friends but sometimes on the field, things get heated.”

“You play for your country, you are not going to back down for anyone and obviously, he plays the same way as well. There are no hard feelings, it just happened in the heat of the moment (on altercation with Bumrah in the Johannesburg Test),” he added.

“Obviously, we are taking momentum from the Test series into the ODIs. But we are not underestimating India at all, India is one of the best teams in the world so we have to bring our A-game. We are looking to take the fight to them. We have to be as prepared as we can, a series win against India would be big.”

South Africa and India will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl where Marco Jansen got his maiden limited-overs call-up. Earlier, the Proteas had successfully defeated India 2-1 in the Test series. Marco Jansen had a good show with the ball as he went on to take 19 wickets in the Test series.

Marco Jansen had played in two matches picking 2 scalps for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 before his debut for South Africa. In his debut Test series, he is already 2nd highest wicket-taker after Kagiso Rabada (20) with 19 wickets averaging 16.47.

Jasprit Bumrah Too Played Down On-Field Altercation With Marco Jansen

Jasprit Bumrah too had played down last week’s on-field altercation with Marco Jansen and the palpable nervous energy that has followed in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. He said the argument ‘ended’ in Johannesburg (2nd Test) and the duo had “moved on in life”

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen, former teammates at the Mumbai Indians, were involved in a heated exchange in the middle of the pitch in the second Test. The incident took place after the South African hit Jasprit Bumrah on the body with a few bouncers.

The Indian pacer got his revenge on Wednesday(3rd Test) by softening Marco Jansen with a short-ball barrage and then clean-bowling him for 7. He even followed it with a cold stare, but no words were exchanged between them.

Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards while Dean Elgar poses with the series trophy • Jan 14, 2022 © Getty Images
Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards while Dean Elgar poses with the series trophy • Jan 14, 2022 © Getty Images
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Keegan Petersen Said Indian Bowling Attack The Most Challenging He Faced In His Short 5 Test Match Career

Keegan Petersen, the South African batsman has said that the Indian bowling attack was the most challenging he has ever come across in his cricket career so far.

The right-hander was the top run-scorer in the three-match Test series, scoring 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to score more than three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82, and 62.

Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images
Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images

Keegan Petersen: Indian Bowling Attack Most Challenging

South Africa came from behind to win the Test series 2-1 and this victory may very well revive cricket in the country. Dean Elgar, the South African skipper played a gritty knock of 96 runs in the 2nd Test to guide South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India to level the series 1-1 before Keegan Petersen scored valuable fifties in both innings of the 3rd and final Test to see unfancied South Africa winning Test series without most of the star players.

“It hasn’t completely sunk in yet,” he said.

“I still can’t explain how it feels completely despite it being two days already. Myself, my family and everyone close to us are still trying to get over it somehow. It was a challenging series against one of the best bowling attacks in the world,” the official website of Cricket South Africa (CSA) quoted Keegan Petersen as saying.

South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa’s Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates.  January 14, 2022, | Photo Credit: Reuters

“It was by far the most challenging bowling I have come across in my career, whether it’s been in first-class cricket or any form of cricket. It hasn’t been an easy introduction for me to international cricket, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. My journey’s unique and it’s my story to tell as well,” he added.

The 28-year-old was named Player of the Series after his outstanding exploits with the bat against India.

Keegan Petersen Grateful To Have The Opportunity To Represent South Africa

Keegan Petersen, who has played only 5 Tests was deservingly the Man of the Match for the 3rd Test with scores of 72 and 82. He was Man of the Series too for being the top scorer with 276 runs.

“Whether I bat in the first couple of overs or whether I bat after 50 overs, I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to be there, playing amongst a group of guys who are also trying to start something new in South African cricket. We are also trying to tell a new story as a team together as well,” said Keegan Petersen.

“Deano as our captain, he’s going to, he has and he is going to achieve great things as well as a captain. He’s a brilliant leader and we wouldn’t want anyone else to lead us. The achievement for us as a squad, we know the chips were down and the odds were against us especially after the first game where we were beaten. It wasn’t a good scenario, but we had a couple of strong chats after the game looking at ways to bounce back,” he added.

Marco Jansen (Gallo)
Marco Jansen (Gallo)

Further talking about the series win, Petersen said: “It’s just our personalities and character as South Africans, even though we’re the underdogs, we always come back fighting. That’s just how we are and we showed that during this series. Hopefully, it carries on for years to come,” he added.

Keegan Petersen has so far amassed 320 runs averaging 35.56 after averaging 46 in the Test series against India. South Africa and India will now lock horns in three-match ODI series, beginning Wednesday in Paarl.

The left-arm seamer, Marco Jansen received his maiden call-up to the ODI squad, while seamer Anrich Nortje has been deemed unfit after not recovering from his hip injury. Wayne Parnell and Zubayr Hamza have retained their spots from its Netherlands ODI tour. Dwaine Pretorius, who recently had a good outing in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE, returned to the squad alongside all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

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