Sidharth Monga

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Mohammed Shami reacts in the field

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day

Making sense of India's unusual tactics

Why did India delay taking the new ball? And why did Shami bowl only one over in the middle session? Here's Sidharth Monga's take on those questions and others

Ishant Sharma unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Dean Elgar

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day

Did India lose the plot in the middle session?

In Test cricket, as in life, there comes situations that define you as a team. For India, that moment arrived during the post-lunch session of the fourth day

Virat Kohli's pumped celebration after reaching his hundred

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day

Kohli's excellence in isolation

Surely he remembers Adelaide when he carried them almost all alone? He is desperate to avoid a repeat

Virat Kohli addresses the media

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day

A start-stop final session stalls India's momentum

In 5.1 overs, the visitors went from not wanting to take the field because of a wet outfield to wanting to stay on after seeing the ball swing around

Virat Kohli raises his bat after getting to his half-century

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 2nd day

Kohli's unscrambled mind cashes in on conditions

India's captain might have the conditions going for him, but he still had to face some high-quality bowlers executing their plans to near perfection

A brilliant piece of fielding by Hardik Pandya caught Hashim Amla short of his ground

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 1st day

Pandya's brilliance, fine. Then what?

It shouldn't always take pieces of magic for India to create the best chance to win a Test in South Africa. There are still 14 wickets to be taken, and India cannot afford to rely on magic for them

India wasted a review for caught behind against Dean Elgar

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 1st day

I was just dogged enough - Ashwin

Ashwin found a pitch that gave him some turn, and he has not just kept India alive but he has given them the upper hand despite losing the toss and watching their main fast bowlers give away runs like millionaires