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  • South Africa last won a test in their 3-0 series victory against Pakistan in January but then lost 2-0 at home to Sri Lanka and were comprehensively thumped in India in October.

    Anand was invited to ring the starting bell on the second day of the match at Eden.

    Sent home from Australia after the chat show controversy at the beginning of the year, Rahul ends 2019 on a strong note. With Rahul, India also have a wicket-keeping option in the T20 format. He has kept wickets at the domestic level and does so with reasonable success at the IPL. “He is definitely an option,” said India coach Ravi Shastri.

    The 35-year-old's retirement was on expected lines, considering he last played a competitive game in February 2019 during the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for J&K. He did not even put himself in the IPL auction pool. The left-arm seamer's bowling was like a breath of fresh air when he made his India debut against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2003.

    If four-day Tests were held during the 2015-2023 cycle, it would have freed up 335 days of scheduled cricket. Afour-day Test is not a new concept with the last one played between England and Ireland earlier this year. South Africa and Zimbabwe too played one in 2017.

    The BSVI-compliant vehicle will also be available in electric and CNG versions and has been developed over the past four years at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. The company is building an entirely new bodyshop with robotic and laser-welding facilities with an installed capacity of 35,000 units for T1N, which will be an 18-seater van that boasts of 25 industry-first features.

    Birla took a break from cricket due to game-related anxiety.

    With around 1,50,000 people watching the match at the Eden Gardens in the two-and-a-half days is what the world of Test cricket was waiting for. As Ganguly said at the end of the game, “Pink ball may not be the only answer, but it is certainly one of them. It is like a sudden burst of energy that Test cricket needed. Now we need to use it prudently and thoughtfully.”

    In T20s, India need players who can bat around Viratt Kohli and Rohit Sharma and play with more freedom. India won the first T20I despite hitting fewer boundaries than the West Indies, but just like Kohli’s special knock, that was an exception, not the rule. Which is why the West Indies might go into the decider in Mumbai as the slight favourites.

    India beat South Africa 3-0 to reaffirm their home dominance. South Africa was at the receiving end throughout the series, as they just could not come up with any clear-cut plan to challenge the Indians. It was unclear, whether they learned anything.

    Chasing an improbable 395 for victory, the tourists were all out for 191 in the second session.

    Dale Steyn, who retired from Test cricket last year, has been battling to keep his career alive in the other two formats despite being hampered by a recurring shoulder injury. The 36-year-old is currently playing in the BBL. He picked the career-threatening shoulder injury in 2016 and appeared in just eight Tests, nine ODIs and two T20 Internationals since.

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