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India in South Africa: Sights and sounds of the rainbow nation
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

The Virat Kohli-led Indian won the third and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg. A nerve-fraying series aside, SANDEEP DWIVEDI absorbs the sights and sounds on the tip of the continent.

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Measure of India’s success, 22 yards
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Virat Kohli’s team wins on toughest wicket of series as South Africa lose last nine for 53 runs after Amla-Elgar partnership of 119

India vs South Africa: Pace quartet provides skipper Virat Kohli mantra to overcome overseas challenge
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

With this new found pace muscle comprising the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, skipper Virat Kohli can throw his weight around even when abroad.

After wonder win at Wanderers, Kohli: Had belief, now have result
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

South Africa won the series 2-1 but Kohli saw India’s 63-run win in the third and final Test Saturday, on the toughest pitch of the series, as a step in the right direction.

In Australia, if a captain tells a groundsman what kind of pitch to prepare, he’ll be reported: Ali Bacher
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Ali Bacher was less than pleased with the revenge tracks that South Africa have dished out for the series against India.

India vs South Africa: No matter the result, moral victory for India
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

On a treacherous wicket, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane dig their heels in, make combative forties to set a target of 242; umpires call off day’s play because of pitch quality.

Wanderers dodgy pitch: Final Test rears up and bounces back
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Umpires call off players early on Day 3 after deeming the pitch unsafe to play, India vs South Africa Test to resume as normal on Day 4.

As People’s Trumpeter Hugh Masekela goes silent, South Africa grooves to grieve
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Jazz musician Hugh Masekela, who passed away on Tuesday, gave anti-apartheid protesters their anthem — ‘Bring him (Mandela) back home’

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Spicy wicket and rain forecast widens corridor of uncertainty at Wanderers
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

India have the edge in Wanderers Test but there are way too many cracks on the wicket and several dark clouds hovering above to know how this is going to end.

India vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 2: Hashim Amla shuffles, India reshuffle
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

South Africa bulwark Hashim Amla tweaks his trigger movement to negate swing, but bowlers and top order put India in a position to turn the tables on hosts.

Cheteshwar Pujara: 53 balls, zero runs
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Cheteshwar Pujara had no idea that he was trending on Twitter when he was on his way towards achieving the ‘longest on zero’ in Test cricket.

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara…daylight…rest of India
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

India's Nos. 3 and 4 showcase Test class while the others in the batting line-up fail to display the qualities needed to survive and score runs under trying conditions.

India vs South Africa: Introspective Virat Kohli says ‘our errors, our mistakes’ led to 0-2
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

After the second innings collapse on the final day of the second Test, Virat Kohli had got involved in a back-and-forth with a couple of reporters.

India vs South Africa: For visitors, a pot of gold at the end of Rainbow
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

No matter the result of the third match, the team’s poor show in the series will soon be forgotten, thanks to the upcoming IPL auction and limited-overs cricket.

Leafy Cafe: From grass on pitch to grass on table
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Looking to turn a new leaf? Well, there are few better place than this Johannesburg joint — Leafy Cafe.

Langa, the South African town that raised Temba Bavuma
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Langa, a Cape Town suburb, can trace its cricketing history back 150 years. It’s also the place from where Temba Bavuma emerged — SA’s first black Test batsman.

Ravi Shastri simplifies raging Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane selection debate
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Ravi Shastri's answer had no statistics, no insights into decision-making, not even seconding the captain's theory of picking players on their current form.

India vs South Africa 3rd Test: Not all at Wanderers are lost
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Sidelined Ajinkya Rahane finally gets some serious batting practice as India train in earnest at Johannesburg ahead of the third Test starting Wednesday.

10 years after Bhajji-Symonds spat, referee Mike Procter recalls how he ended up as ‘guilty party’
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Match referee Mike Procter recalls the Monkeygate, and incident for which he says he has been 'paying a silent price'

The run-up to Kagiso Rabada’s success
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The story of Kagiso Rabada started when his father Mpho decided to leave the segregated township of Mamelodi four decades ago.

India vs South Africa: How Lungi Ngidi bloomed
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Coaches talk about the evolution of Ngidi, SA’s young pace sensation who has a West Indianess about him

South Africa speeding star Lungi Ngidi’s come a long way — From panic attack on Indian bus
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

With Ngidi, 21, winning the Man of the Match award on his debut just a week after Kagiso Rabada, 22, became the World No.1 Test bowler; the rainbow nation sees hope.

Skipper of a series-losing side, a new experience for Virat Kohli
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

On Wednesday at Centurion, Virat Kohli, after his first series loss, was getting an idea about the scrutiny a defeated Indian captain goes through.

From KwaZulu-Natal to SuperSport Park, express Lungi Ngidi’s superfast journey to fame
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The world called Lance Kluesner ‘The Zulu’ but the real deal, Lungi Ngidi, is taking the stage.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: No way away from home for India
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

India’s inadequacies in overseas climes are yet again ruthlessly exposed, as they lose both the second Test and series.

India vs South Africa: Lungi Ngidi makes it a debut to remember
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

On Day 4, debutante Lungi Ngidi got Virat Kohli, the first innings centurion and the bulwark of Indian batting cheaply to aid South Africa.

India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4: Pendulum swings South Africa’s way
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

On a day of gripping Test cricket, South Africa nose ahead by reducing India to 35 for 3 after setting a target of 287.

Soaring from stadium to skies, Boeta Dippenaar’s post-cricket career takes upswing
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

The former South Africa batsman—scorer of more than 12,000 first class runs who played 100 ODIs and 38 Tests— is now an airport-transport commercial helicopter pilot.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s hundred feat above the rest
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

With a splendid 153, accounting for nearly half of the team’s score, Virat Kohli single-handedly kept the visitors in the game.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin smooth sails through the rough
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

The Indian off-spinner had a spring in his step. The pressure that Ashwin had created resulted in Ishant Sharma getting two wickets and ending the South Africa innings.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli displays the art of playing
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Indian captain Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 85 keeps India alive in the second Test at 183 for 5 after Day 2 with a deficit of 152 runs.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: A no-hoper two days ago, R Ashwin gives the team hope
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

R Ashwin was suddenly cast as the lead star who had earned the right to write his own script, mouth his own punchlines.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: India find home away from home
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Adrien Markram, veteran Hashim Amla missed out on tons as India, having toiled for 80 overs, hit back with late wickets on ‘Indian’ pitch.

Centurion, a venue like few others in world cricket
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Everything about it tells you that Centurion Park's architect was a cricket fan, who valued his comfort while watching sports.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli keeps everyone guessing on India’s playing XI
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Virat Kohli emphasised that team selection was less about individuals but more about “finding the right balance”.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Centurion awaits its four horsemen of apocalypso
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

With the hosts likely to field a four-pronged pace attack yet again, it seems that under coach Gibson, the West Indianisation of South African cricket is underway.