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Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
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Jasprit Bumrah Praised Virat Kohli For His Invaluable Contribution As Captain After The Latter Stepped Down As India’s Most Successful Test Skipper With 40 Wins

Jasprit Bumrah has lauded Virat Kohli’s contribution as the captain of the Indian Test team. The latter on Saturday decided to step down from his post after serving the team for seven long years. Virat Kohli, through a social media post, announced his decision that took the entire cricketing world and fans by surprise.

Virat Kohli’s decision comes a day after India was defeated by South Africa in the Cape Town Test by 7 wickets. The tourists slumped from taking a 1-0 lead to lose the series 2-1.

Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Jasprit Bumrah Praised Virat Kohli For His Invaluable Contribution As Captain

Virat Kohli was the best skipper to lead India in Test cricket. He led in 68 Test matches out of which the team registered victory in 40 games. He steps down from his role as India’s most successful Test captain. He is fourth in the list of captains with the most Test wins behind South Africa’s Graeme Smith (53) and Australian greats Ricky Ponting (43) and Steve Waugh (41).

The 33-year-old mentioned, “…everything has to come to a halt at some stage and form me as Test Captain of India, it’s now.”

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

As soon as Virat Kohli’s post surfaced on social media, a plethora of former and current cricketers took to social media to acknowledge his achievement as India’s Test skipper. Jasprit Bumrah was one of them who called his former captain a ‘great leader’.

“Integrity, insight, and inclusivity. Your contribution to the team as captain is invaluable, you’ve been a great leader to this side. It’s been a pleasure playing under you,” Bumrah tweeted.

Back in 2018, Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut under the leadership of Virat Kohli in the tour of South Africa. He got the opportunity two years after playing his first limited-overs game for the country.

Jasprit Bumrah Will Be Seen As KL Rahul’s Deputy In 3 ODIs Against Proteas

He excelled with the ball in the Rainbow Nation, scalping 14 wickets in the tour, and ended up being the second-highest wicket-taker for India, after Mohammed Shammi. Recently, he bagged a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Cape Town Test that India lost by 7 wickets. As the visitors gear up for the ODIs, Jasprit Bumrah will be seen in the role of a vice-captain – deputy to stand-in captain KL Rahul.

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

Jasprit Bumrah made his limited-overs debut for India under MS Dhoni. But, his Test debut happened during the 2018 tour of South Africa under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Jasprit Bumrah took 14 wickets in three matches at an average of 25.21 and was the second-highest wicket-taker for India behind Mohammed Shami’s tally of 15 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah has so far picked 113 wickets in 27 Test matches at an average of 22.85.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
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Ravi Shastri Reckons Rishabh Pant’s Unbeaten 100 Was Simply Magnificent And Entertaining

Ravi Shastri gave fans a glimpse of what it would have been like had he called Rishabh Pant’s century on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. No one electrifies the audience with his words like Ravi Shastri. As India’s head coach or as a commentator, every time Ravi Shastri is on the microphone, entertainment is guaranteed.

Both times India lifted the World Cup – in 2007 and 2011 – Ravi Shastri was on the microphone to make the occasion memorable. Ravi Shastri made Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad all the more epic.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri: Rishabh Pant Ton Was Simply Magnificent And Entertaining

Although he may not have returned to the commentary box, not yet, Ravi Shastri gave fans a glimpse of what it would have been like had he called Rishabh Pant’s century on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. On Twitter, Ravi Shastri put out a congratulatory message for Rishabh Pant, which if read in one go, would remind fans of his glory days in the commentary box.

“Pant dazzles with a hundred of sheer daring brilliance and class. Simply magnificent young man. What an entertainer,” Shastri tweeted.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Ravi Shastri has been very vocal about Rishabh Pant and his batting heroics. When the India wicketkeeper had tested positive for Covid-19 back during the tour of England, upon rejoining the team, Ravi Shastri welcomed Rishabh Pant back with a garland. Following his exploits in Australia and at home against England last year, Ravi Shastri had spoken highly of the wicketkeeper batter.

“At 21, 22, or 23, I had similar success, so I can relate to as I scored hundreds overseas. What you can never take away is exuberance of youth. It’s only when the baggage comes of being a known quantity and that’s when life starts,” Shastri had told reporters.

“Rishabh Pant, he came in after IPL with a lot of baggage and that showed in his size and he had to lose that (weight) which he did. He worked his backside off. I can tell you that he has trained harder than anyone else, and results are not just for him to see but for world to see.”

Only eight days after being slammed for his shot against Lungi Ngidi in the Johannesburg Test, Rishabh Pant registered his fourth Test century in Cape Town.

Rishabh Pant Hits 4th Ton But India Manages Only 198 In The 2nd Innings

The 24-year-old batter scored an unbeaten 100 off 139 balls on Thursday (13 January). However, India was all out for only 198 in 67.3 overs as the remaining batters put up an insipid display. This would arguably go down as one of Rishabh Pant’s finest centuries given the conditions he scored these runs in.

After Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100, the next best score was Virat Kohli’s 29, which gives an idea of how tough batting was for the Indians. At Lunch on Day 4 of the third Test, South Africa is at 171/3 and they need 41 runs to beat India and claim a series win at the Newlands in Cape Town.

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

With an unbeaten 100-run knock, Rishabh Pant entered the record books among keeper-batters. The left-hander is the first Asian keeper-batsman to score a hundred in South Africa. He is also the first Indian keeper to score a ton in South Africa, England, and Australia.

South Africa vice-captain Temba Bavuma is unbeaten along with Rassie van der Dussen while for India, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami picked one wicket each.

Shaun Pollock ©Reuters
Shaun Pollock ©Reuters
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India Let The Game Drift Away After DRS Incident Of Dean Elgar On Day 3 Of The 3rd Test: Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock, the former South African player believes India let the game drift away a bit after the DRS incident involving Proteas captain Dean Elgar.

During the 21st over of the fourth innings, Dean Elgar was adjudged out LBW of Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling by Marais Erasmus, the on-field umpire. However, the Proteas skipper reviewed the on-field decision. Hawkeye showed the ball going over the top of stumps and overturned the on-field decision.

Dean Elgar - South Africa Test captain (Twitter)
Dean Elgar – South Africa Test captain (Twitter)

Shaun Pollock: India Lost The Plot For A Brief Time After DRS Helped In Overturning Dean Elgar’s LBW Dismissal

Virat Kohli and other fielders couldn’t believe the technology. Umpire Marais Erasmus as well couldn’t believe that the ball would bounce that high. Shaun Pollock, in his post-day review, said that the visitors lost the plot soon after the event.

“I think they lost the plot for a brief time there,” said Shaun Pollock.Shaun Pollock continued, speaking about Virat Kohli’s emotions: “Virat is emotional captain and that’s often a real positive for the team [because of] the energy he brings. … The team often takes the lead from him. … I think he just got a little bit upset. They thought they have got their second wicket.”

Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shaun Pollock also added that the wicket being that of Dean Elgar made it more emotional, saying: “It was Dean Elgar who played so well at the Wanderers. He thought, he brought Ashwin in to the attack and it did the trick. They didn’t see it coming [ball going over the top]. It was a tough pill to swallow for them at that time. After that, there was a period of three or four overs, when emotions were high.”

Ironically, India got Dean Elgar out on the last ball of the day, again with the help of DRS. Albeit, it was just the Snicko meter that was required on that occasion. Shaun Pollock believes the wicket must have given them a bit of hope. Former Indian wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik also spoke about Hawkeye being neutral with the host broadcaster, SuperSport.

He said: “Just to set the record straight, the host broadcaster, SuperSport in this case, has nothing to do with that decision. DRS brings their own cameras to do ball tracking and that has shown the ball to go over the stumps. Obviously, all the tempers flaring is up because of emotions attached with the game. … It was a bitter pill to swallow for Indians.”

South Africa needed 111 runs to win, with eight wickets in hand at the end of Day 3. The situation, as well as the statistics, both are in favour of South Africa. Shaun Pollock believes that the Proteas have their noses ahead.

He said: “I think, South Africa should win this. The position South Africa is in now, India will need a really good bowling performance. India will feel that they have got off the hook, if they win this game. South Africa will feel like they have let themselves down, if they don’t get over the line. 111 runs to get, with 8 wickets in hand [should be easier]. We are not saying anything for sure, but South Africa’s noses are in front.”

Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100-run knock came off 139 deliveries and was studded with six fours and four sixes. Despite his best efforts, Team India was bowled out for a mere 198 runs in their second innings. South Africa needs 212 runs to win the match and attain a memorable series triumph against the No. 1 ranked Indian team. The Proteas in their 2nd innings is 101/2 at Stumps needing a further 111 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand and 2 days left.

Dinesh Karthik Hopes India Will Come Back Charged And There’s A Twist In The 3rd Test Besides

Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, expects a twist in the match.

He said: “I genuinely think there is a twist in the tale here. … They [India] will come back a lot more charged, tomorrow. They will know, after that DRS decision, they let the game drift a little bit, which is not something the Indian team is used to.”

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Dinesh Karthik also added that pacer Mohammed Shami will be the key bowler for India tomorrow.

He added: “For a strange reason, I feel, the key man for me will be Mohammed Shami. … I feel, cometh the hour, cometh the man always has been Bumrah, but I feel, tomorrow, Shami will be very special.”

Both the experts believe that Proteas winning the game will be upset considering the competence of both the teams.

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

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
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Sanjay Manjrekar Praised Rishabh Pant For Playing An Unselfish Knock Of 100* On Day 3 Of The Cape Town Test

Sanjay Manjrekar has praised Rishabh Pant for playing an unselfish knock on Day 3 of the 3rd and final Cape Town Test against South Africa. While the batter eventually got to three figures, according to Sanjay Manjrekar, his sole focus was on extending the Indian second innings as much as possible.

The 24-year-old batter scored an unbeaten 100 off 139 balls on Thursday (13 January). However, India was all out for only 198 in 67.3 overs as the remaining batters put up an insipid display.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Sanjay Manjrekar: Rishabh Pant Only Focused On Prolonging The Innings As He Played An Unselfish Innings Himself

Praising the youngster, Sanjay Manjrekar said during a discussion that the keeper-batter proved he is a complete team man. Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100-run knock came off 139 deliveries and was studded with six fours and four sixes. This was Rishabh Pant’s 4th Test ton. He now has Test tons in England, Australia, and South Africa.

The former cricketer stated: “How unselfish was that innings. He was only focused on prolonging that innings, not worried about getting that hundred. He has got out in the 90s a couple of times. This is a guy who plays for his team and that was amply evident.”

Sanjay Manjrekar added: “Lot of big-name batters would have quickly got a hundred and then decided ‘let me see what I can do’. He was constantly thinking of just one goal – to extend the innings.”

Sanjay Manjrekar went back to the backlash the left-hander had received in the previous Test for playing a ‘reckless’ shot. He pointed out that the southpaw played a similar stroke on Thursday but this time the ball went to the boundary as he scored more than half the runs for India.

The 56-year-old added: “There is something unique about this guy. A lot of criticism for the shot he played and got out to Rabada in the last Test match. He played the same shot against Olivier when he was 14 or 18, smacked him four. Virender Sehwag was different, this is a guy who is even more different. Look at the exploits. He scored more than half the runs for the side.”

Daryll Cullinan PHOTO CREDIT: Mandar Deshpande
Daryll Cullinan PHOTO CREDIT: Mandar Deshpande

Former South African batter Daryll Cullinan described Rishabh Pant’s performance in India’s second innings on Thursday as the knock of the series.

He said in praise of the young dasher: “He (Pant) took on the short ball and actually made it look fairly comfortable. He then got the bowlers to pitch it up and try something else. I have seen highlights of his batting in the past, but this is the first time I have sat down and actually watched the guy play. He is a serious talent. Putting everything else aside, it has been the knock of the series so far.”

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli (29) featured in a fifth-wicket stand of 94. However, the visitors faltered and ended up losing their last six wickets for 46 runs.

The keeper-batsman had a lean patch in Test cricket since his last hundred at Ahmedabad against England sat home. In 4-match series in England, he scored just 146 runs in 7 innings while in this ongoing series he scored just 86 runs in 5 innings averaging 17.2 before his unbeaten hundred in the last innings of the ongoing series.

Sanjay Manjrekar Criticized Indian Lower Order Batsmen For Throwing Wickets While Playing Unnecessary Lavish Shots

Sanjay Manjrekar criticized India’s lower-order batsmen especially Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah for throwing their wickets away while attempting lavish shots instead of looking to support Rishabh Pant.

He commented: “I have a problem with Mohammed Shami’s shot, especially with Pant at the other end. That was somebody trying to show some bravado. All he had to do was hang in there. With the kind of ability Pant has, who knows, he could have taken 30-40 runs more.”

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

The cricketer-turned-commentator was disappointed with Jasprit Bumrah’s dismissal as well.

He added: “Bumrah too has got caught in this thing with (Marco) Jansen. He wants to show that ‘I am not someone who is scared of fast bowling’. Those shots were like two tailenders trying to set a target with shortage of time. That has to be looked at.”

Chasing a target of 212 to win the Test and the series, South Africa ended Day 3 on a healthy 101/2. Keegan Petersen was unbeaten on 48 while Dean Elgar was dismissed for 30 of what ended up being the last ball of the day. The Proteas is 101/2 at Stump’s needing a further 111 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand and 2 days left.

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

Somebody Of Mohammed Shami’s Calibre, You Can’t Keep Him Out Of The Game For A Long Time – Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar narrated an interesting story of how a little push from team management revived Mohammed Shami’s career when the fast bowler’s career was going nowhere at one moment.

It was India’s last tour to the rainbow nation in 2018 when the visitors were 0-2 down in the series and in the third Test match, they were defending the target of 241 as the team management gave him a final chance to prove his worth. At one time, the hosts were cruising with the score of 124/1 but Shami’s fifer triggered a collapse as they fell short by 63 runs.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

Shami completed his 200 Test wickets in this series

“At the Wanderers, the last time around in 2018, was when they actually got stuck into him apparently because till then he hadn’t really delivered. They said to him that on this pitch if you’re not going to take wickets then.

“So the word is and I am not too sure that Ravi gave him a rocket. And then he came out and destroyed South Africa. Sometimes you know, you need to put an arm around a player, sometimes you’ve got to just get stuck into him,” Gavaskar said on air.

Gavaskar also lauded his efforts in the ongoing test series. Shami picked 8 wickets in the first match of the series when India achieved their first-ever win in Centurion beating the hosts by 113 runs. On Wednesday again he provided two crucial breakthroughs in form of Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne in space of 3 balls as India struck back after lunch.

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

“Somebody of his calibre, you can’t keep him out of the game for a long time. He had seen Yadav take a couple of wickets, he had seen Bumrah bowl splendidly and take 2 wickets. So he wanted to contribute.

“And he came in and did it at the right time. That Bavuma and Petersen partnership was a delight to watch but at the same time it was threatening India, so they needed a wicket at that stage and Shami delivered it,” he added.

Earlier in the Centurion Test, he completed his 200 test wickets. Before this test, he picked 206 wickets in 56 Tests with an average of 27.3 with 6 fifers. He also picked 148 wickets in 79 ODIs with an average of 25.62.

Also, read Jasprit Bumrah Played Down On-Field Altercation With Marco Jansen As Both Of Them Had Moved On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
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Jasprit Bumrah Has The X-Factor With Him Said Ashish Nehra After He Bags 5 Wickets

Jasprit Bumrah, India’s ace fast bowler, bagged his seventh five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. India bundled out South Africa for a paltry 210, gaining a small lead of 13 runs at the halfway stage of the match.

Over the last few years, the Indian pace attack has been at the helm, bringing India back from troubled situations. In the ongoing third test as well, the bowlers bowled superbly after the batters managed a below-par score of 223.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Jasprit Bumrah Has The X-Factor With Him : Ashish Nehra

Former Indian seamer Ashish Nehra dissected India’s bowling performance at the end of Day 2. Ashish Nehra spoke highly of Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in his review.

“Bumrah rarely upsets his captain. Indian captains, be it Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni have turned to Bumrah in crucial situations. He has the X-factor with him.”

He added: “Bumrah has a variety of deliveries in bouncers, slower ones, or Yorkers. But he understands that they are rarely used in Test cricket. He has mastered bowling in proper line and length which is required in Test cricket.”

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

It is noteworthy that Jasprit Bumrah bowled 24 overs in South Africa’s first innings. Whereas the next highest overs bowled were 16 by both, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Ashish Nehra also said that Mohammed Shami is no less than Jasprit Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah picked his 7th fifer in Test cricket as he delivered a terrific spell with figures of 23.3-8-42-5. It’s notable that India never lost a Test match when Jasprit Bumrah took a fifer. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each, and Shardul Thakur picked up one.

“Jasprit Bumrah has impressed a lot since 2018. However, Shami has equally impressed me. It will be difficult to choose between the two if I have to select anyone. Shami is able to take wickets even when batters are settled.”

Mohammed Shami has already picked up 13 wickets in the ongoing series averaging a mere 19.46 with a five-wicket haul in the 1st Test. He is India’s leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series and 3rd overall after Kagiso Rabada (18) and Marco Jansen (16). Ashish Nehra also explained that South Africa gave up a few more runs in the last session due to inconsistent lines and lengths.

“Indian bowlers have been very good at bowling around the off-stump channel on fourth or fifth stump. They have bowled better than South African bowlers.”

India, at the end of Day 2, led by 70 runs besides losing two wickets. The openers lost their wickets quite quickly, but Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli managed to remain unscathed towards the end of the day’s play.

Ashish Nehra: Lead Of 70 Runs A Very Important Lead As Chasing More Than 200 Runs In The 4th Innings Always Difficult In Tests

Ashish Nehra believes that India will be able to defend a target of around 200 in the fourth innings.

“Lead of 70 runs is a very important lead. If a team is leading by 70 runs, with the loss of only 2 wickets, it is in a good position on any surface. As chasing more than 200 runs in fourth innings is always difficult in Test matches.”

Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Keegan Petersen played a fine inning of 72 for South Africa while losing partners at the other end. Ashish Nehra believes that the Proteas missed out on getting a lead of 30-35 runs.

“Instead of South Africa getting a lead of 30-35 runs, India managed a lead of 13 runs at the end of second innings. [Subsequently], the speed at which India scored in the last session, was also good. India must be happy with it, and consider it as a mental victory.”

There are still three days left in the ongoing Test match. Day 3 is often termed as the moving day. It will be interesting to see if India can bat throughout the day or if South Africa will make early inroads.

Mohammad Shami / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mohammad Shami / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gautam Gambhir Praised Most Threatening Pacer Of The Series 31 Year Old Mohammed Shami

Gautam Gambhir, former India opener lavished high praise for the 31-year-old pacer Mohammed Shami, calling him the most threatening bowler of the series, being impressed with his wonderful spell.

Indian pacers enjoyed a fine outing on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. The Proteas were bowled out for 210 as India managed to get a slender lead, with pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Shardul Thakur combining to pick all 10 wickets.

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

Gautam Gambhir: No One Would Want To Face Mohammed Shami

While Jasprit Bumrah led the attack and emerged as the star of the day, registering a seventh five-wicket-haul in Tests, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each, and Shardul Thakur picked up one. However, while it was Jasprit Bumrah who broke the back of the South African attack, one particular spell bowled by Mohammed Shami was what turned the game on its head.

In one over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Temba Bavuma to break a promising partnership and followed it with the wicket of Kyle Verreynne for a duck. Suddenly, from a strong position of 112/3, South Africa slumped to 159 for 6, to eventually bundle out for 13 runs short of India’s first-innings total.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Impressed with Mohammed Shami’s wonderful spell, former India opener Gautam Gambhir lavished high praise for the 31-year-old pacer, calling him the most threatening bowler of the series.

“More than the fear, he was threatening throughout the day, in this innings, and probably throughout the series. The kind of lengths which he bowled, kept testing the batter. Ask any top batsman. No one would want to face him. He bowls so close to the stumps that he is always in or around off-stump. And from there on, he gets the movement and from there on he gets the edges,” Gambhir said on the Byju’s Cricket Live Show on Star Sports.

 India was 57 for the loss of two wickets at stumps in the second innings of the ongoing third Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. The visitors have taken an overall lead of 70 runs. India lost openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul early but Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship. Earlier, India had taken a 13-run lead after bowling out the hosts for 210.

Gautam Gambhir: Mohammed Shami Is Relentless And Is Threatening

Gautam Gambhir used a couple of wonderful adjectives for Mohammed Shami and hailed him as one of the best Test bowlers presently in the world. While Jasprit Bumrah took the cake, finishing with 5/42 – his seventh five-for in Tests, Mohammed Shami’s figures of 2/39 from 16 overs was equally impressive.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

“I think Mohammed Shami or Jasprit Bumrah will keep challenging any batter. More me, Mohammed Shami is relentless and he’s very threatening. He is probably one of the best bowlers going around in red-ball cricket,” Gambhir added.

Keegan Petersen top-scored with a fighting 72 before he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah just after Tea. Initially, India posted a total of 223 with skipper Virat Kohli top-scoring with a fighting knock of 79. Mohammed Shami has already picked up 13 wickets in the ongoing series averaging a mere 19.46 with a five-wicket haul in the 1st Test. He is India’s leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series and 3rd overall after Kagiso Rabada (18) and Marco Jansen (16).

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
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Jasprit Bumrah Is Emotional On Return To Ground Where He Debuted-Cape Town In 2018

Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian pace spearhead penned an emotional note on his official Instagram handle to share his feelings ahead of the India-South Africa Test series decider in Cape Town.

The Mumbai Indians pacer revealed that returning to Cape Town brought back many great memories and opened up that he had grown as a person and a cricketer since then.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah Returns To Cape Town For 2021/22 Test Series Decider 4 Years After His Test Debut At The Same Venue

Jasprit Bumrah is glad to be back at Newlands as one of India’s premier fast bowlers, four years after making his Test debut at the same venue. Seeking their first series win in South Africa, India will lock horns with the hosts in the series-deciding third Test at Cape Town, Newlands from January 11-15 and he will be expected to play a pivotal role with the ball.

A nostalgic Jasprit Bumrah shared the following post on his official Instagram account and captioned it: “Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories.”

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

Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut at Newlands in Cape Town four years ago against South Africa. He made an instant impact in the first innings by uprooting the stumps of legendary batter AB de Villiers. He bowled a wonderful spell (3/39) in the second innings to showcase his talent in foreign conditions on the global stage. Despite a brilliant display from the Indian bowlers, the visitors eventually lost the match by 72 runs.

The Indian team lost that match but Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul in the Johannesburg Test to help the visitors to a fine win. He finished that series with 14 wickets in three matches. He has since grown into the team’s leading pacer, picking up more than 100 wickets in overseas conditions.

Jasprit Bumrah has taken 107 wickets in just 26 matches and played a role in India’s major wins in England and Australia. Interestingly, he has only played two Test matches at home so far.

Aakash Chopra: It Was A Rare Off Day For Indian Pace Duo Of Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami On 4th Day Of 2nd Test

Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra opined that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had rare off days in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Aakash Chopra felt that their performances were nowhere near the lofty standards the duo have set in recent times.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel while reviewing the Indian bowling following their defeat in the second Test, Aakash Chopra said: “We saw a rare off day from the pace attack. It was slightly an off Test match for Bumrah, it was slightly an off Test match for Shami as well. The performance was not up to the standards we have seen.”

The series decider between India and South Africa will commence on January 11 in Cape Town. India began the Test series on a rousing note, winning the opener at Centurion by 113 runs before succumbing to a seven-wicket defeat in the second Test at Johannesburg.

Powered by an unbeaten 96 from captain and opener Dean Elgar, the hosts overhauled the target of 240 for the loss of just three wickets and also ended India’s unbeaten run at The Wanderers. Jasprit Bumrah returned with figures of 17-2-70-0 while Mohammed Shami returned with figures of 17-3-55-1.

Shardul Thakur Photo: AFP.
Shardul Thakur Photo: AFP.
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Aakash Chopra Happy To Be Proven Wrong By Phenomenal Shardul Thakur

Aakash Chopra had reservations with Shardul Thakur getting picked for the 2nd Test. However, the cricketer-turned-commentator was happy to see the latter’s stellar all-around show at The Wanderers.

Unlike the Centurion Test, Team India struggled a bit in Johannesburg where they lost the second match by 7 wickets. The batters didn’t score enough to challenge the hosts and as a result, Dean Elgar-led South Africa managed to level the series 1-1.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Shardul Thakur Pick Of Indian Bowlers

Despite the loss, there were some individual performances that entertained the viewers. One of them is pacer Shardul Thakur whose brilliant spell in the first innings gave India an outside chance to win. The fast-bowling all-rounder bagged 7/61 to help India restrict the hosts to a relatively small lead of 27. Also in the second innings, he played a quick cameo of 28 runs, helping the hosts set a 240-run target.

Speaking in his latest YouTube video, Aakash Chopra said, “Shardul Thakur has been the pick of the Indian bowlers, rather the Indian players, in the second Test match. Personally, I was one of those guys who asked questions.”

Shardul Thakur. (Credits: Twitter)
Shardul Thakur. (Credits: Twitter)

Shardul Thakur’s terrific spell (7/61) in the first innings brought India back in the game but as of now, he holds an unwanted record. 7/61 is the best figure in losing cause for any visiting bowler in South Africa.

Aakash Chopra: Phenomenal Shardul Thakur Turned The 2nd Test Match On Its Head By His Inspiring Spell

Aakash Chopra further explained why he had doubts about Shardul Thakur’s place in the team.

“If he is not scoring runs and is not picking up wickets in any case because if you are the fourth bowler, you don’t get the bowling. In fact, even when he took seven wickets, he bowled just one ball in the first 35 overs. So, if you are not introduced in 35 overs and you are not able to score runs, which was the case in the first two or three innings, your place in the team is in question because then you will play a fourth fast bowler,” Chopra said.

Mohammed Siraj Injured Photo Credit: (Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj Injured Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

“But then, he just turned this Test match on its head by that inspiring spell. He took seven wickets, which is a huge achievement. After that, he scored crucial 28 runs with the bat because of which India got a lead of 239. So, in my opinion, Lord Thakur is absolutely phenomenal,” Chopra added.

Before his enterprising knock in India’s second innings of the Johannesburg Test, Shardul Thakur had scored just 14 runs in his previous three knocks. Although he took a couple of wickets in the Boxing Day Test, he didn’t look too threatening with the ball.

Shardul Thakur had to shoulder additional responsibility in the Johannesburg Test due to Mohammed Siraj’s hamstring injury. The seam-bowling all-rounder rose to the occasion and caused more difficulties for the Proteas’ batters than India’s frontline pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

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