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India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 17:58
India 0-1 behind in series. Rumor Mills suggest Parthiv and Rahul in for Saha and Dhawan.
Going to be a test for batsmen.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2018 23:07 by Akbar.

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Birbal (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 23:03
Your rumor mill was accurate... apparently Saha had a hamstring issue... that's why they picked Patel... watching Parthiv it is obvious that he has made himself into a decent keeper with a LOT of hard work... Saha is a total natural... not that he hasn't worked hard either... but his natural ability as a keeper is well above Parthiv's...

They once again picked Rohit... as the ball is not moving late much (at least for Indian bowlers...and remember they benched Bhuvi...sad smiley ) he may actually have a chance to score some...

I was amazed they dropped Bhuvi...

But then they also didn't pick the World No. 3 bowler... Jadeja... India are spoiled for bowling choice...which has rarely happened in history....

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
MNightShyamalan (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 00:29
Shami has disappointed in this series so far. It also might have been worth swapping Umesh for Bumrah. Bumrah not used to test match length.

 
Akbar
Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 22:56
India 183/5 in reply to 335 a.o. by SA.
Ashwin taking 4 wickets while Ishant takes 3.
Ashwin batted alright in first test. He can cement his place as a leading all-rounder in this series.

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 22:59
This test is very interestingly poised now.
One difference from earlier tours is that even players believe they can win in SA.

 
Akbar
Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
16 January, 2018 02:29
South Africa at 90/2. Leading by 118. SA are moving slightly ahead. But India still in it.

 
Akbar
Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
17 January, 2018 01:49
India 35/3 chasing 287 for victory. It will take a special effort to win from here.

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
ananthd (IP Logged)
17 January, 2018 18:06
Typical Indian batting performance....

This is to be expected given how impatient these guys are given that the only FC matches they play are Tests!

But the fielding was inexcusable, I counted at least 6 catches dropped off Ashwin alone!

Dravid was not in the Mark Waugh class, but Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar did not put down so many dollies and Parthiv if he is picked should NOT keep wickets, he might be the worst catcher behind the stumps ever to play Tests for India; it is ironic Karthik is being flown in, another guy with hard hands, only marginally better than Parthiv behind the wickets....

Pandya for all his athleticism, seems not to have the greatest hands, dropped a dolly at fly slip and bobbled another at square leg blaming Shami in the process, you're no Kapil young man, i'd never seen Kapil drop anything!

Seriously I feel the fielding gave away at least a 100 runs because of the drops and that could have won them the game!

Compare this to SA: De Kock has been a zero with the bat but is fantastic behind the stumps, De Villiers is incredible and the catch by Morkel to get rid of Parthiv was one of the best oufield catches ever, let alone by gangly big man....

It is ironic that fundamentals such as good soft hands, ball watching while at first slip or the bat while squarer seem to be ignored and to top this off our best slipper Rahane can't find a spot... You really don't have to do wind sprints or bench 150 kg to take slip catches, you can be a rotund figure like Shane Warne or Ian Botham and still be outstanding....

Bottom line: fire R Sridhar the fielding coach, get someone like Jonty Rhodes or Robin Singh who not only have coaching experience but we're outstanding all-round fielder's....

I think this is more important than batting right now, the bowlers are doing a great job having picked up 40 wickets, if we were not so butter fingered we'd probably be even in this series...



24 needed with a bunny coming in at 11? No problem!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 17/01/2018 18:19 by ananthd.

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Birbal (IP Logged)
17 January, 2018 23:09
I feel your frustration ananthd... and compare the AMAZING catch Morkel took ... the run out by Ngidi of Pujara...who I feel is compelled by team management to try and "maximize" runs... even though it is NOT in his DNA to move that fast...

What is the harm of taking a two instead of a three in Test cricket...where the name of the game is to bat long and try and bat big...?

KL Rahul played two NOTHING shots in his two innings... not a bit better than Dhawan...

Less said about Rohit the better... he is a walking wicket when the ball moves in the air or jags late off the pitch...

Brain FARTS by Pandya in both innings... especially in the first with oh so casual grounding (or not) of bat...If he had stuck around with Virat.. India may have reached 350-400 and then a whole different game...

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Akbar (IP Logged)
17 January, 2018 23:44
Fascination with Rohit was there even when Dhoni was captain.
It seems some of his shots are breathtaking and that encourages seniors to think that he is an extraordinary batsman.

 
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Re: India vs South Africa 2018 2nd Test ,Centurion
Birbal (IP Logged)
18 January, 2018 05:57
Originally I was advocating for Dhawan to open with Vijay and put Rahul at 5 instead of Rohit... but the way Rahul batted... not sure it would have made a difference..


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