India in South Africa 2013-14 December 12, 2013

India deny pulling up SuperSport

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The Indian team management has denied a report that they had pulled up the host broadcaster during the Centurion ODI for showing a clip of Virat Kohli getting injured during the first ODI with a caption that said, "Kohli - softened up". A report in Wisden India on Thursday said, "SuperSport's director was summoned to the Indian changing room during the innings interval and an explanation [was] demanded. His argument for 'editorial relevance' was countered with angry accusations of 'inappropriate behaviour', disrespect, and a suggestion that he 'sticks to the cricket' in future."

An Indian team official said he was not aware of what had happened. An official communication 10 minutes later said, "Once rain stopped play we did meet the producer of SuperSport but it was for discussing something else and not about the clip shown of Virat."

A SuperSport representative confirmed that "discussions" had taken place without going into details. A spokesperson said, "SuperSport is aware that discussions took place between a member of its production staff and members of the Indian touring party at SuperSport Park on 11 December. SuperSport will continue to produce the matches during the current tour to world-class specifications and with regard to editorial context."

During the Wanderers ODI, Kohli was hit in the rib area by a Morne Morkel short ball. While he did not flinch or show pain on the field, he later applied an ice pack on the bruise. The clip being referred to in this incident showed the whole sequence: first his getting hit, then him with an ice pack, and then practising a pull. One of the TV commentators said the clip was shown on the request of the commentary team on air at the time because they were discussing facing fast bowling and coming back from getting hit.

Members of the SuperSport commentary team said they had not been informed of any developments and were not given any instructions.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    the more you try to cover-up, the more you get exposed.

  • on December 17, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Current Indian batting line up is entirely new to the conditions in SA. Moreover those who seriously scrutinize the overall performance or individual performances of India need to remember every country have gone through this similar situation away from their home. Moreover if India had a couple of pace bowlers with good line and swing, SA would not have prepared the pitches as it is now. Indian team certainly needs pace attack and BCCI should seriously look into it. Moreover Indian batting should be prepared for every condition, bcoz all the world cup tournaments will not happen in India.

  • StrYdeRZA on December 16, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Looks like we all need to calm down a bit!

    To the SA contingency, be a little more hospitable, we are after all the hosts and while the Indian players have struggled to adapt with the tour schedule and weather having really not been helpful, let's not forget the calibre of their players, once they've acclimatised it's going to be a whole new ball game.

    To our Indian friends, if you have been offended by some of the things we have done, I hope some reform in our behaviour will demonstrate our remorse. But if the test wickets are as fast and bouncy as we can make them, it's up to your players to adapt to that. None of the wickets thus far have been unplayable, SA scores attest to that. That your team has suffered hampered preparations due to the reduced schedule for this tour can largely be laid at the feet of the BCCI, whatever their motivation, it was them who had the final say, we would have loved a longer tour.

    Let's hope we all get to enjoy some tough competitive cricket soon.

  • on December 16, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Dear SA Fans...Chill Out..India Will Bounce back...Let them enjoy there game. Dont be so biased, we have respect for your nation & your cricketers..it doesnt mean that you keep on commenting once they have failed...

    Dear legfinedeep: We bring ODi worldcups because we have them which you didnt have...

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    @ Jimmyvida..... I fully expect we'll (Aust) be playing on green seamers in SA in February. Would you make a wicket for Siddle, Harris and Johnson ? They will.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli plays fast bowling well. I'm an Aussie, I remember him scoring runs on WACA against a good attack, while new to team, and the only batting glue holding it together. He followed up with a ton in Adelaide... his first ? Of course Steyn, Philander and co bowl really well. Game of millimeters, will as always decide :). Wish both teams well and looking forward to the contest.

  • on December 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    The cost of staying at the top is you are absolutely hated. Everybody wants to be at the top but everybody hates the team at the top. Unfortunately that is the human nature factor - whether you like it or not. Most humans are full of double standards . And BCCI being what it is and with the money and team India being the TOP ODI it gets so much more hyped up and highlighted. The only answer to that is to ignore all criticism and keep producing. This Indian team will get better. This is the first overseas assignment for the kids. Be patient. This young team is here to stay for a very long period at the TOP.

  • on December 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Every Major test nation does well in its own back yard, and struggles in alien land. We do not need to go too far to check this. Australia has gone down 0-3 to India , in India last year. The same Australia is going great guns in its own back yAard against England. The same England beat the Australia in England. This is nothing new, except that people with limited experience (whether watching or playing) expect otherwise. And then there are some pundits, who theorize that only away success is the bench mark for success. Like only a century is a significant score. 94 does not do. Australia, England, SA and West Indies struggle in Subcontinent. All the Subcontinent teams struggle when they tour Australia, England and SA. This is obvious. There are few exceptions here there, that is largely true. But every single time India does poorly in a couple of matches abroad (read Australia,England or SA) the media goes ga ga over the failure...how they are tigers are at home....

  • jimmyvida on December 14, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Do you think if India had bowlers like Holding/Walsh/Marshall/Charlie Grigffith or the Rawalpindi man SA would have prepared such a bouncy wicket at the Wanderers. I think ICC should look at the first half hour of SA bowling and make a decision as to whether it is a good test wicket. The same rule should apply to all other countries. Those of us who are old enough will remember Hall and Griffith against Australia. Norman O"neill said that one day somebody will get killed. Today we see helmets etc. This is not something to jeer at. I was an opening batsman in the 1960"s and I know what I am talking about.

  • Vilander on December 14, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Everybody in SA setup from players,administrators,fans,journos seem to be intent on showing the visiting Indian team in poor light, its one thing to fight with national spirit but an other to be condescending. In such playing conditions this Indian team is not experienced enough to beat this SA team, Indian fans respect Steyn and Morkel at times even love them, but i am not sure about it anymore. If it was just cricket then this respect would have grown, but this whole CSA-BCCI drama and negativity in this tour leaves a bitter taste, i mean SA and India are friendly nations we are not touring a hostile nation. Cricinfo please post.

  • on December 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    the more you try to cover-up, the more you get exposed.

  • on December 17, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Current Indian batting line up is entirely new to the conditions in SA. Moreover those who seriously scrutinize the overall performance or individual performances of India need to remember every country have gone through this similar situation away from their home. Moreover if India had a couple of pace bowlers with good line and swing, SA would not have prepared the pitches as it is now. Indian team certainly needs pace attack and BCCI should seriously look into it. Moreover Indian batting should be prepared for every condition, bcoz all the world cup tournaments will not happen in India.

  • StrYdeRZA on December 16, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Looks like we all need to calm down a bit!

    To the SA contingency, be a little more hospitable, we are after all the hosts and while the Indian players have struggled to adapt with the tour schedule and weather having really not been helpful, let's not forget the calibre of their players, once they've acclimatised it's going to be a whole new ball game.

    To our Indian friends, if you have been offended by some of the things we have done, I hope some reform in our behaviour will demonstrate our remorse. But if the test wickets are as fast and bouncy as we can make them, it's up to your players to adapt to that. None of the wickets thus far have been unplayable, SA scores attest to that. That your team has suffered hampered preparations due to the reduced schedule for this tour can largely be laid at the feet of the BCCI, whatever their motivation, it was them who had the final say, we would have loved a longer tour.

    Let's hope we all get to enjoy some tough competitive cricket soon.

  • on December 16, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Dear SA Fans...Chill Out..India Will Bounce back...Let them enjoy there game. Dont be so biased, we have respect for your nation & your cricketers..it doesnt mean that you keep on commenting once they have failed...

    Dear legfinedeep: We bring ODi worldcups because we have them which you didnt have...

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    @ Jimmyvida..... I fully expect we'll (Aust) be playing on green seamers in SA in February. Would you make a wicket for Siddle, Harris and Johnson ? They will.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli plays fast bowling well. I'm an Aussie, I remember him scoring runs on WACA against a good attack, while new to team, and the only batting glue holding it together. He followed up with a ton in Adelaide... his first ? Of course Steyn, Philander and co bowl really well. Game of millimeters, will as always decide :). Wish both teams well and looking forward to the contest.

  • on December 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    The cost of staying at the top is you are absolutely hated. Everybody wants to be at the top but everybody hates the team at the top. Unfortunately that is the human nature factor - whether you like it or not. Most humans are full of double standards . And BCCI being what it is and with the money and team India being the TOP ODI it gets so much more hyped up and highlighted. The only answer to that is to ignore all criticism and keep producing. This Indian team will get better. This is the first overseas assignment for the kids. Be patient. This young team is here to stay for a very long period at the TOP.

  • on December 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Every Major test nation does well in its own back yard, and struggles in alien land. We do not need to go too far to check this. Australia has gone down 0-3 to India , in India last year. The same Australia is going great guns in its own back yAard against England. The same England beat the Australia in England. This is nothing new, except that people with limited experience (whether watching or playing) expect otherwise. And then there are some pundits, who theorize that only away success is the bench mark for success. Like only a century is a significant score. 94 does not do. Australia, England, SA and West Indies struggle in Subcontinent. All the Subcontinent teams struggle when they tour Australia, England and SA. This is obvious. There are few exceptions here there, that is largely true. But every single time India does poorly in a couple of matches abroad (read Australia,England or SA) the media goes ga ga over the failure...how they are tigers are at home....

  • jimmyvida on December 14, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Do you think if India had bowlers like Holding/Walsh/Marshall/Charlie Grigffith or the Rawalpindi man SA would have prepared such a bouncy wicket at the Wanderers. I think ICC should look at the first half hour of SA bowling and make a decision as to whether it is a good test wicket. The same rule should apply to all other countries. Those of us who are old enough will remember Hall and Griffith against Australia. Norman O"neill said that one day somebody will get killed. Today we see helmets etc. This is not something to jeer at. I was an opening batsman in the 1960"s and I know what I am talking about.

  • Vilander on December 14, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Everybody in SA setup from players,administrators,fans,journos seem to be intent on showing the visiting Indian team in poor light, its one thing to fight with national spirit but an other to be condescending. In such playing conditions this Indian team is not experienced enough to beat this SA team, Indian fans respect Steyn and Morkel at times even love them, but i am not sure about it anymore. If it was just cricket then this respect would have grown, but this whole CSA-BCCI drama and negativity in this tour leaves a bitter taste, i mean SA and India are friendly nations we are not touring a hostile nation. Cricinfo please post.

  • dilscoop_uk on December 14, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    @ Bharat Reddy! Kohli and Pujara future sachin and dravid in the making???? dream on ! !mate dream on ! ! Legends r not born every day. No doubt Kohli and Pujara are classy Batsmen but their skills will be tested in SA against a very good bowling side. Best of Luck !

  • Mitcher on December 13, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Will be a great thrill for the Indian XI to get their passport stamped. Every two years or so a reminder that your pampered home life isn't the norm is healthy. 2-0. See ya.

  • on December 13, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    This is to Mr legfinedeep.... I don't know if u r from SA........if u r or not it doesn't make any diffrence to me.........yes u only came back in to international arena in 1991, SA stated playing cricket before India did, it just because of ur so called resist leaders that u wer stoped from playing on international stage.....thats one thing. now to ur point about us Indian winning the world cup twice in 28 years, well how come SA being so good and they are i am not for a minute saying they are not... don't u think they would have won the world cup once, atleast in they own backyard........... but no they didn't....what i dont seem to get is people seem to knock Indian batsmen down when do dont do good againest pace balling, well l think a ball coming to u at 90 plus mile is more frightning then a slow spining ball........but ur so called great team don't seem to cope with that very well do they?every team is good in they backyard but in away ground its a bit tuff.

  • legfinedeep on December 13, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Why do Indian fanatics keep bringing up ODI World Cups when we are talking Test match cricket - the King of all forms of cricket? In any case, when India won its first WC in 1983 SA were not even playing intl cricket. And from 1983 to 2011 until India won the next WC is a full 28 years - which is not even close to how long SA has been playing ODI cricket since readmittance at the end of 1991, which is barely 22 years ago (and don't forget in SA's very first WC as barely in infant in international cricket, they advanced far enough only to require 22 runs of 1 ball!!!). So if it took India 28 years with a population of over a billion playing practically only one sport, then give SA at least the same amount of time with a population less than 1/20th of that, diversified into a variety of sports.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    i dont know why only Indian team is so scrutinized while playing abroad.Even Pak and SL have dismal away records.I think we must give this young team a chance.Kohli and PUjara are Sachin and Dravid in the making.But i think Dhawan is not a test standard player.He must be an ODI specialist .Gauti must be our opener for at least 3-4 years.And also Irfan Pathan must be our no 7 batter.NO Ravi Jadeja in tests.

  • legfinedeep on December 13, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @Ali Ahmed Khan: the name of the Proteas team is SOUTH AFRICA and NOT Africa. Please get your facts straight that they represent only the country of South Africa and not the continent of Africa. You don't see South African's referring to India and Pakistan and Asians, as if you are one country - do you?

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I am not sure what kind of debate this is on this message board... There can be no argument really that SA has by far been the best test side in the world over the last 4 years and by quite a distance... India have never been good travelers and this tour is not erasing any painful memories. If the likes of Kohli and Pujara can stand up to the likes of Steyn and Morkel, they can expect to be covered in nothing else but glory. Time for boys to turn into men... or chicken

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Why are S.A. number one? The top spots are taken by AB and Amla with Smith also in the top ten best batsman in test cricket, while only Pujara in the top 10. The top two spots in bowling is also by South Africans, Steyn and Philander, with India also having two with Ashwin and Ojha but with a good chance of Ojha not playing. Not forgetting Morkel just outside the the top 10. S.A. also has arguably the greatest all-rounder to have played the game in the form of Jacques Kallis. Not to put anyone down, but if India even draw one match, that should be good and be seen as good as a victory. Lastly, S.A. are an aggressive country. By India insulting the S.A. cricket board by almost cancelling the tour and then "dangling a carrot in front of them", has just awoken anger in the players. Never have I seen S.A. as ruthless as they were when playing India in the One-dayers. With one Africa's greatest sons passing on, The Great Nelson Mandela, the players will be more determined

  • on December 13, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I am not sure what kind of debate this is on this message board... There can be no argument really that SA has by far been the best test side in the world over the last 4 years and by quite a distance... India have never been good travelers and this tour is not erasing any painful memories. If the likes of Kohli and Pujara can stand up to the likes of Steyn and Morkel, they can expect to be covered in nothing else but glory. Time for boys to turn into men... or chicken

  • OttawaRocks on December 13, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    For the test series, I believe SA will dominate and win 2-0. The recent ODI series I don't care about because if you can't show up for the WC then you're a nobody in my eyes. Back to tests, one interesting point is that the commenters on this board keep talking about Kallis and his greatness. However, it's likely irrelevant at this stage in his career since the man is over 38. I did some research and found that those cricketers over 38 (and I only looked at the top players) almost never score centuries once they cross 38 (although there are 1 or 2 exceptions; Dravid comes to mind). SA will still win but Kallis will be more of a non-factor this time around.

  • on December 13, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    There is no need to battle here with SA supporters as they are better equipped in their conditions and it is the likes of Kohli and Sharma and Dhawan and Pujara who have to pull up their socks and show they can raise their standard and improve the teams overall performance abroad. Its only another 17 days to the result....

  • on December 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @tom Cruz. So SA will only loose to India if SA plays poorly, not if India play better than SA, that shows inherent bias, which mot Indian Fans take offence to. Yes India play poorly overseas. Yes they have lost a lot overseas and still not learnt. Yes they never give themselves enough time to acclimatise to overseas condition and instead start playing straight after landing. But equally a win is a win, involves equal measure of good play by someone in the winning team or everyone in winning team, or being better than looser. Also if u have played cricket u will know 50 or 100 in any form on any pitch is still 50 and 100 and is difficult. If it was easy then every good batsman will always score 100 on flat pitches. Most batsmen wherever they are from will always play better in home condition than overseas and will have higher avg at home compared to overseas.

  • edgie on December 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @Tom Cruz, that is where I think some (and I am saying some, not all) of the indian fans as seriously missing the point. We are referring to the TEST team here, not ODI, or T20 teama (yet the Proteas odi team hammered the "world champions", go figure). We are all talking about the test sides here, and no one can argue that the best team at the moment, and in truth for the last 4-6 years, has been south Africa. no 1 test ranking proves it beyond a doubt!! When u win test series in England and Australia, TWICE, that says a lot about this Proteas team...

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @ Natasha Mittal Conditions in England and Australia are very different. In England, ball swings and there is not much bounce. In Australia, there is not much swing, there is a lot of bounce and the pitches are quick with some seam movement.

    Indian fans are not able to digest the fact that, abroad India is very mediocre team. And, yep SA hasn't lost a series abroad since 7 years, that abroad also includes India. They were able to draw that series a few years back in India. SA is a very good team,but they choke a lot of times on big tournaments. It does not mean that they are a worse side than India. One has to give it to SA, they are the best test team right now.

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I am an Indian but, not Indian cricket team fan. I am fan of cricket. It's amazing to see how inane comments some Indian fans maKe. South Africa was the only team that defeated India in WC 11. Other teams may not play well in India and lose. But, India plays abysmally abroad and get whitewashed. And, then they come to India, win the series, and eveyone forgets that they were demolished a while ago. India had a very poor year 2011 and 12. But, then they whitewashed Aussies, and won the Champions trophy ( on slower tracks made by Poms for Aussies for upcoming Ashes), won against WI and Srilanka (yes again). They won a very tight ODI series again inexperienced Aussie side. ( Not inexperienced like some Indian players who played about 100 matches, but still inexperienced). India managed to win a test match against SA in SA 3 years ago, then they had SRT, dravid, laxman etc. At home SA has demolished everyone in last 2 years. Almost certainly India will lose 2-0, unless SA plays poorly.

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    It is a young Indian batting unit which is likely to get pasted 2-0 on hard, fast, bouncy, green and seaming wickets. I'd say it would be no disaster if that happens. What will be important to note and see is whether these young Indian batsmen take this as a learning experience and come back strongly next time when they are in SA.

    I remember distinctly that India were pasted 3-0 by Aussies in 1999. But guys like RD, VVS etc learnt from their experience and came back better players in 2003 and 2007. Lets just hope that this young generation has the same ambition.

    As far as this alleged clip is concerned, I'd say who cares?! Host broadcasters will play match sequences for the benefit of their audience. The matter is just blown up a bit unnecessarily!

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    i am really fill pity for india team, just a example england bowlers conceeding 400 runs in almost every matches this ashes, but no one critisizing them, but if that happen with india team than indian fans will compare them with bangladesh, england batsman struglling against england thats not a big point but yubi, raina struggling aginst johnson thats their incapability. indian fans think that india has all weakness in the world and all team expect india are perfect respect indian fans.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    My South African World No 1 Team Supporters .Agreed that India hasnt toured well abroad and lost 4-0 to Eng and Australia and drew 1-1 in South Africa. But a teams temperament is judged by how it does well in world events on basis of that the three teams which stands out are WI of 70's Aus and Pak of 80's and 90 's and in the 2000's its India who won in 2007,2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in Seaming conditions in Eng .Whereas the amazing Saffers with the most highly rated players choke at a hint of pressure case in point the match against NZ where sledging by Oram Scared them like how India got scared in SA . Now so yeah in test matches SA is by and far the best team but in ODI's they have a far way to go where even Pakistan comes and beats them we were whitewashed 2-0 thats fine but if we had prepared better it would have been totally different.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    edgie @ i can understand bacause the great south african team cant win a single world cup. @ din this medicore india team beat aussies 4-0 in earlier this year.

  • edgie on December 13, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @Ali Ahmed Khan, please, u one of those sad indian supporters who are stuck in the past!! Don't you know, your only as gad as your last game,a nd based on that, Indian team has been ordinary! And remember, we are talking the TEST team here not odi team, get your facts right. And a geography lesson too. It is the SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM, not AFRICA!! AFRICA is a continent, made up of many COUNTRIES.... SOUTH AFRICA is one COUNTRY in AFRICA!! shame...

  • edgie on December 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Natasha Mittal, really now, u need to do research before u say such utter nonsense. SA have the best touring test for the last 4 years, if not longer!! They have not LOST a series away from home in that time, including India!! when last did India win anything away from India? And they have never won a series in SA , period. The mark of a good team, is team that can win outside of their home conditions, and based on that, india is no 8!! NOW, Natasha, who is the better team? Last time I checked SA was no 1 test team, and yes, India might be no 2, but the gap between no 1 and no 2 is massive, not only interms of points, but in terms of skill, talent, and more!!!

  • din7 on December 13, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @natasha mittal u will see that in nxt SA tour to india....We had some great batsmen in sachin ,dravid, laxman..which hold other teams from winin in india..no more..as eng proved just wait and watch for nxt Sa tour of india..this being 2-0 to SA...and ofcourse plz dont try to compare our mediocre indian side to SA...just watch their records from last 6 yrs...india are no match to SA ...also u seem to be new cricket fan..conditions in eng and aus are totallly different..in eng its swinging conditions and aus is bouncy wickets..thats why india has been more successful in eng than in aus...plz get ur facts right then comment

  • highveldhillbilly on December 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @ Ali Ahmed Khan - Sure in ODI, but in real cricket my money in on SA. SA have won from tough situations in tests at crunch times. @ Natasha Mittal - Hate to break it to you but SA haven't lost a series in the sub-continent since 2006. That's a pretty amazing stat when you think about the fact that SA haven't ever had a decent spinner in the last 30 years. PS: AB, Amla and Kallis have all averaged over 60 in Indian and I think Smith's average is around 50. I'd say they play pretty well in the sub-continent.

  • billycraven on December 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    We have had enough of the Indian administrators, their cricketers are great, if they cannot stand the heat in the kitchen they should play in the pantry. They are trying to force their will on all more and more, without the players they are nothing, maybe it's time for the players to make their voice heard. A cricket "spring uprising"

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    mr sameer kumar than tell me why south africa cant win a test series in sub continent for a long time ,why australia lose 8 of their last 10 test in india , let alone sbcontinent england struhling in australia even the condition are quite similar to england, now tell me which team is better.

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Africa is proving their self that they are a World Champion and India dont stand but lets not forget that this Indian Team has appeared for 3 World Cup finals out of which 2 of them were Won , whereas Africa has nothing in their bag . This Africa Team have never shown character in crunch matches . They have always fall under pressure and also lets not forget Current World Cup Trophy is with us. People Still Remember what happened in 2003 WC , we qualify for the final where as SA fail to qualify in super 8. In 2011 WC they have kallis , steyn , morkel such big names but still they dissappointed every one . India are a far better team than Africa under pressure .

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    India should just get on with the game and get white washed , they simply are not good enough at this level outside India on fast pitches . Both thr bowling and batting has been horribly exposed , so all they have left now are ''words''

  • DocBindra on December 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Slow news day? All to do about nothing...Can we get on with the cricket?

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  • DocBindra on December 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Slow news day? All to do about nothing...Can we get on with the cricket?

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    India should just get on with the game and get white washed , they simply are not good enough at this level outside India on fast pitches . Both thr bowling and batting has been horribly exposed , so all they have left now are ''words''

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Africa is proving their self that they are a World Champion and India dont stand but lets not forget that this Indian Team has appeared for 3 World Cup finals out of which 2 of them were Won , whereas Africa has nothing in their bag . This Africa Team have never shown character in crunch matches . They have always fall under pressure and also lets not forget Current World Cup Trophy is with us. People Still Remember what happened in 2003 WC , we qualify for the final where as SA fail to qualify in super 8. In 2011 WC they have kallis , steyn , morkel such big names but still they dissappointed every one . India are a far better team than Africa under pressure .

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    mr sameer kumar than tell me why south africa cant win a test series in sub continent for a long time ,why australia lose 8 of their last 10 test in india , let alone sbcontinent england struhling in australia even the condition are quite similar to england, now tell me which team is better.

  • billycraven on December 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    We have had enough of the Indian administrators, their cricketers are great, if they cannot stand the heat in the kitchen they should play in the pantry. They are trying to force their will on all more and more, without the players they are nothing, maybe it's time for the players to make their voice heard. A cricket "spring uprising"

  • highveldhillbilly on December 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @ Ali Ahmed Khan - Sure in ODI, but in real cricket my money in on SA. SA have won from tough situations in tests at crunch times. @ Natasha Mittal - Hate to break it to you but SA haven't lost a series in the sub-continent since 2006. That's a pretty amazing stat when you think about the fact that SA haven't ever had a decent spinner in the last 30 years. PS: AB, Amla and Kallis have all averaged over 60 in Indian and I think Smith's average is around 50. I'd say they play pretty well in the sub-continent.

  • din7 on December 13, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @natasha mittal u will see that in nxt SA tour to india....We had some great batsmen in sachin ,dravid, laxman..which hold other teams from winin in india..no more..as eng proved just wait and watch for nxt Sa tour of india..this being 2-0 to SA...and ofcourse plz dont try to compare our mediocre indian side to SA...just watch their records from last 6 yrs...india are no match to SA ...also u seem to be new cricket fan..conditions in eng and aus are totallly different..in eng its swinging conditions and aus is bouncy wickets..thats why india has been more successful in eng than in aus...plz get ur facts right then comment

  • edgie on December 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Natasha Mittal, really now, u need to do research before u say such utter nonsense. SA have the best touring test for the last 4 years, if not longer!! They have not LOST a series away from home in that time, including India!! when last did India win anything away from India? And they have never won a series in SA , period. The mark of a good team, is team that can win outside of their home conditions, and based on that, india is no 8!! NOW, Natasha, who is the better team? Last time I checked SA was no 1 test team, and yes, India might be no 2, but the gap between no 1 and no 2 is massive, not only interms of points, but in terms of skill, talent, and more!!!

  • edgie on December 13, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @Ali Ahmed Khan, please, u one of those sad indian supporters who are stuck in the past!! Don't you know, your only as gad as your last game,a nd based on that, Indian team has been ordinary! And remember, we are talking the TEST team here not odi team, get your facts right. And a geography lesson too. It is the SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM, not AFRICA!! AFRICA is a continent, made up of many COUNTRIES.... SOUTH AFRICA is one COUNTRY in AFRICA!! shame...

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    edgie @ i can understand bacause the great south african team cant win a single world cup. @ din this medicore india team beat aussies 4-0 in earlier this year.