South Africa v India 3 tests & 3 ODIs series

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Newlands offers more bounce so not beyond the realms that the ball could have missed. Wasn't impressed with Kohli's behaviour thereafter yelling into the stumps and what he said. I know in general India are anti DRS but the technology will get most things right more than the umpire for sure.

However an absorbing day and I expect more twists and turns on Day 4. SA favourite but a few early wickets and it can change.
 
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Newlands offers more bounce so not beyond the realms that the ball could have missed. Wasn't impressed with Kohli's behaviour thereafter yelling into the stumps and what he said. I know in general India are anti DRS but the technology will get most things right more than the umpire for sure.

However an absorbing day and I expect more twists and turns on Day 4. SA favourite but a few early wickets and it can change.

No chance. You have Marais Erasmus whom is born and bred in Cape Town and has probably umpired at CT many times saying that is ‘impossible’. No way was the ball missing the stumps.

As for Kohli and the Indian players reaction to it - it’s not someone one wants to see but you can see how much this series means to India and passions were running high. No excusing it mind you.

Still can’t get over Pant’s innings.
 

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148-2 - will take a miraculous comeback for India to win this test now, SA making this chase look very straightforward
 
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148-2 - will take a miraculous comeback for India to win this test now, SA making this chase look very straightforward

They have been impressive. Likely INDIA will lose this series and the batsmen are to blame .
 

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It could easily swing back India's way.... but at lunch SA are, just about, favourites.

But one quick wicket and Game On..
 

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SA win the series 2-1. A great comeback after the first test. And this without arguably their best bowler (Nortje) and no current world class bat in their line up. And losing QDK along the way. I do like the look of young Peterson. A shame he did not get 100.

India will be kicking themselves. A series they should have won I think given how good they have been in this format. Winning in Newlands always a big ask for a sub-continent side.
 
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Firstly got to give it to South Africa coming back so strongly after being comprehensively beaten in the first test and chasing down two difficult scores in the 4th innings to win the series. They deserved it and showed character. So well done to them and this is probably excellent news for South African cricket. The best team won.

As for India. The bowlers did a sterling job. They were magnificent. But there will be a post mortem in this series defeat and the selection of Pujara and Rahane must be questioned. We have some unbelievable young talent knocking on the door but not getting a look in. This old guard should now retire and question must be asked of Kolhi and the selectors in consistently keeping faith with them.

This was a series India should have won but the batting let the bowling down. Why did I say I would do a dry January ! Argh !!!
 

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interesting thread. good to follow with Indian Bee and Jam Jar and others. Well done to SA here in my winter home from home.

Hope I bump into Quenton du Kok at the golf club here - he jumped ship too soon 😉
 
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interesting thread. good to follow with Indian Bee and Jam Jar and others. Well done to SA here in my winter home from home.

Hope I bump into Quenton du Kok at the golf club here - he jumped ship too soon 😉

I enjoyed the series despite India losing. Most days were enthralling cricket. In a way a shame this wasn’t a 5 match series.
 

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Well deserved series win for SA, they showed a lot of grit and determination.
Shame some of India’s senior players had to make unnecessary comments re DRS on stump mics.
England could learn a thing or two re application when it comes to batting like SA showed. It was a great three test series though.
 
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Well deserved series win for SA, they showed a lot of grit and determination.
Shame some of India’s senior players had to make unnecessary comments re DRS on stump mics.
England could learn a thing or two re application when it comes to batting like SA showed. It was a great three test series though.

I believe South Africa will be touring England this summer. Hopefully it is a good series. I have really been impressed with Petersen this test. He really looks a classy player and become an excellent test march player. SA like England do not seem to have a quality spinner in their ranks but a bowling line up of Rabada, Jansen, Nigidi and Nortje is some fire power.
 

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I believe South Africa will be touring England this summer. Hopefully it is a good series. I have really been impressed with Petersen this test. He really looks a classy player and become an excellent test march player. SA like England do not seem to have a quality spinner in their ranks but a bowling line up of Rabada, Jansen, Nigidi and Nortje is some fire power.
Yes I was impressed with both Peterson and Jansen who are great finds. Should be an interesting series.
 

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I believe South Africa will be touring England this summer. Hopefully it is a good series. I have really been impressed with Petersen this test. He really looks a classy player and become an excellent test march player. SA like England do not seem to have a quality spinner in their ranks but a bowling line up of Rabada, Jansen, Nigidi and Nortje is some fire power.
Losing this series must feel a bit rubbish but if you’re going to lose then close and exciting games is always the way to do it, underdogs came good.
 
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Losing this series must feel a bit rubbish but if you’re going to lose then close and exciting games is always the way to do it, underdogs came good.

Mate, no mistake about it I am gutted. This was India's best chance to win a test series in SA when we never have before. But fair do's to SA. Losing the first test and then de Knok retiring from test match cricket they came back strongly. Deserved winners when many didn't give them a chance. I enjoyed this series except the last hour of this test. It will be interesting to see how they do this summer in England but test cricket needs a good SA side.
 

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Mate, no mistake about it I am gutted. This was India's best chance to win a test series in SA when we never have before. But fair do's to SA. Losing the first test and then de Knok retiring from test match cricket they came back strongly. Deserved winners when many didn't give them a chance. I enjoyed this series except the last hour of this test. It will be interesting to see how they do this summer in England but test cricket needs a good SA side.
Yep plus a better England and a half competitive Windies too.
 
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Kohli steps down as India captain.. KL Rahul to step up @Indian Bee ?

Was on the cards after BCCI took away the ODI captaincy away from him. Major blow for India but the right time also.

Whatever one’s view of Kohli and I know he is not liked/ popular on GPG lol he made India competitive and probably the only team in the world at the moment that is competitive in any condition and any country. Only 5 players have won more test matches than Kohli as captain. He also placed the importance of test match cricket over ODI abd T20.

Not sure whom will replace him. Logic says Sharma rather than Rahul. Let’s see because I tell you what BCCI weren’t expecting this.
 

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Kohli has a superb record. 40 wins as captain in 68 tests. Would have easily broken Graeme Smith's most wins as test captain record had he stayed a few more years. I personally think its a bit early for him to give up the captaincy, he is only 33. Perhaps he has an eye on his form which has dipped significantly and he wants to focus on scoring runs. I wonder this will help India in the long run perhaps allowing others players to get into the side which aren't Kohli's favourates. I felt he was an inspiring captain and despite some of his behaviour has helped India to become a real force in test cricket.
 
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Kohli took India to new heights in test match cricket. Winning previously an away test was seen as an achievement, now losing an away test match is seen as a crisis. He also made the team fitter and focused emphasis on having a pace attack. He was really influential in turning Bumrah whom started out only in the IPL into a test match cricket player.

There is obviously a huge fall out between Kohli and the BBCI. I loved Ganguly as a player but as BCCI president its a lot to be desired. Kohli wanted that test match last summer in Manchester played. Judging also by his post match comments, I am not sure he wanted Rahane in the test team for the 3rd test and it was noticeable he made the point to journalists when asked about the selection to speak to the selectors who make the decisions.

Honestly not sure whom will be the test captain now. It's only really in the last year Sharma and Rahul were considered starters for the test match team.
 

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This is too much about India.... (sorry, Indian Bee😉)

SA won the series and are slowly but surely rebuilding. A very fit, athletic nation and they love sport. (and hate England!)

Well done to the Saffers
 
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This is too much about India.... (sorry, Indian Bee😉)

SA won the series and are slowly but surely rebuilding. A very fit, athletic nation and they love sport. (and hate England!)

Well done to the Saffers

100% - be interesting how they perform away to England this summer.
 
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Final ODI International tomorrow after SA already winning the series - that they have deservedly so after outplaying India in both ODI games. Big issues in Indian cricket right now. The test series loss has really affected the team together with the riff between Kohli & BCCI and Kohli deciding enough is enough in terms of the captaincy - we could well see another transition period for Indian cricket.
 
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