India's Tour of South Africa Dec 21 - Jan 22

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End of the Kohli era? I'd be keen on seeing Rohit take this team in another direction now.

As it happened with Australia, we need to steer this team in a manner that it can be aggressive without the brash talk.

Currently, we are all talk, no results. This has been going on for quite some time, across formats, under Kohli. Really hope there's a change of guard, not just the middle order.
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ODIs now seem almost meaningless what with World Test championship on the one hand and the upcoming T20 World Cup on the other. Also all league cricket is mostly T20. Maybe time to retire the ODI format completely?
In context of the year forth, ODIs are meaningless. However, the format itself is quite entertaining and need not be done away with.
 
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Excellent play by South Africa to win this series. For a side in heavy transition and not boasting significant names in world cricket with their batting lineup, this for them qualifies almost like an UPSET! India were coming in with a top gun bowling attack, some pretty big names in their batting line up, who for all their recent inconsistencies, won a series in Australia and almost won the series in England before COVID forced a cancellation. South Africa was the final frontier and the home side successfully thwarted an attempt that was expected to easily succeed!

The way things are going, a South African side 'in transition' is likely going to push an Indian side into transition. Luckily India's transition will not as bad as SA's (due to the overflow of resources, in a country deeply mad about cricket).
 
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By the way, India can kiss their WTC Final qualification chances good bye. At 49%, PCT it will take nothing but a miracle for India to even reach the Top 2.

The way things are going, a South African side 'in transition' is likely going to push an Indian side into transition
Man, what a statement, Sai! Sums it up perfectly.
 

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At 49%, PCT it will take nothing but a miracle for India to even reach the Top 2.
India are going to play Sri Lanka & Australia at home for 2 & 4 matches respectively. And are playing Bangladesh for 2 matches away. So it's still not done yet.

India's home series against Australia is going to be crucial.
 

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True and well said! I actually change my assessment from above a little bit, and would place KL Rahul's rant "whole country against 11 guys" as the WORST comment ahead of Kohli's expletive ridden comment against the camera team! His comment basically put the entire country of South Africa in a very negative light and WOW, that is just so so terrible!!

It truly scares me now that KLR is the next in line afte Rohit Sharma to take up captaincy in Indian cricket across all formats!! :facepalm:noway

It was Mayank Agarwal with that comment and not KLR. So apologies from myself because I thought like you that it was KL.

When Kohli was asked about this in his presser, he basically did not apologise as expected and actually insinuated that they could have used this incident to create some sort of bravado in their performance. Unbelievable!
 

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It was Mayank Agarwal with that comment and not KLR. So apologies from myself because I thought like you that it was KL.

When Kohli was asked about this in his presser, he basically did not apologise as expected and actually insinuated that they could have used this incident to create some sort of bravado in their performance. Unbelievable!

It sounds to me like a cover-up is happening behind the scenes. I heard the audio (posted by multiple folks on Twitter) and it clearly sounded like KL Rahul. I know his voice well enough to recognize it.

Could it be happening because KL Rahul is the new vice captain in limited overs formats and is also the stand-in captain for the ODI series and also the 2nd vice captain behind Rohit in tests? I know this sounds like a conspiracy theory, but KL Rahul's sudden rise into the Indian leadership group has been perplexing at the very least! It feels to me like there are forces in Indian cricket who want him to be the future leader.


Cricbuzz reports that its Mayank. Cricinfo says it was KL Rahul

Edit: Social media still attributes that comment to KL Rahul. From where I see, only Cricbuzz seems to say that Mayank said that "whole country playing against 11 guys" comment. Do you know of any other sources, @LiveLoveABD ?
 
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After the historical Mike Deness incident I doubt if any match referee would dare ban any superstar Indian player.

Kohli as captain deserved a ban surely. Ashwin and KL should have been fined 100% match fee at the very least.
 

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How the players get away without any fine after behaving like this on the field and that too three of your main players.

Also, Virat is such a cool headed guy when dealing media and his aggression gets him into the Match and cost him. That's the thing he always needed to learn with Dhoni. MSD always believed that he can still win the game while Virat aggression takes him over on the field, thats my judgement.

Still, I would back him and believe that he should remain the captain, infact he should have been captaining the other two formats as well.
 

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Still, I would back him and believe that he should remain the captain, infact he should have been captaining the other two formats as well.
Because he bats well.......? Would be a disaster if he Captains once again in the LOIs, he's not just cut for it! We've already seen the long term effects of it during the WT20 itself. Perhaps his behaviour on field suggests that the team would continue to be arrogant/ignorant as ever! I just feel for Dravid that he has to survive in a messy environment like this! Under his tenure as coach the India U19 team reached the Finals on 3 consecutive occasions winning one of them.
 

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