January 28, 2011Most valuable players in the SA-India series
Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed 13 wickets to emerge as the most valuable player (MVP) of the South Africa-India ODI series.
January 25, 2011'India series was good preparation for World Cup'
South African cricketer Morne van Wyk feels the close One-day series against India has helped them prepare well for the tough World Cup battle ahead.
January 24, 2011Kohli, Pathan emerge India's top batsmen
Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan emerged India's star batsmen, while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the most economical bowler, in the five-match ODI series against South Africa, which they lost 2-3.
Two warm-up games before WC will be ideal: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disappointed that the batsmen failed to fire as a unit in the five-match ODI series against South Africa, which concluded at Centurion on Sunday with the Proteas eking out a 33-run win in the final one-dayer to clinch the series 3-2.
Of Yusuf's ton and South Africa's series win...
Statistical highlights of the fifth and final ODI between India and South Africa at Centurion.
Our batting department has not scored a lot: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh
'We fought back under pressure against India'
South African captain Graeme Smith has said that winning the ODI series against India was all the more commendable as they had fought back from 1-2 down and this victory would be a morale booster for next month's World Cup.
January 23, 2011Images: India lose despite Yusuf's heroics
Yusuf Pathan's blistering century proved in vain for India as South Africa won the fifth and decisive one-day international by 33 runs on Sunday to take the series 3-2.
South Africa wrap series despite Yusuf's heroics
Yusuf Pathan threatened to single-handedly pull off a sensational victory with a brutal 70-ball 105 before India suffered a heart-breaking 33-run defeat against South Africa in a thrilling fifth and final One-day International to lose the series 2-3 in Centurion on Sunday.
January 22, 2011Match stats: India vs South Africa, 4th ODI
Statistical highlights of the fourth ODI between India and South Africa played in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Our middle order needs to click: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called his middle-order batsmen to show some responsibility after the visitors failed to secure a historic series-win in the fourth One-dayer against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
SA ease past India at Port Elizabeth
South Africa beat India by 48 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) in a rain-affected fourth One-Day International at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth on Friday to level the five-match series 2-2.
January 21, 2011Images: India vs SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth
Images from the 4th ODI between India and South Africa played in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
January 20, 2011Top-order failure not a worry for Dhoni
With their nose slightly ahead, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not overtly worried about the poor show of his batsmen in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa and said the team has learned to cope up with the absence of big players.
India look to seal the series in fourth ODI
Having gained a 2-1 lead after registering back-to-back victories in the last two games against the Proteas, India go into the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth seeking to clinch their first-ever series triumph on South African soil.
January 19, 2011Dhoni lauds 'match winner' Pathan
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded Yusuf Pathan for his blistering innings and said with more experience the dashing all-rounder can become a good match-finishing batsman for the country.
Stats: Zaheer fifth Indian to get 250 wickets
Statistical highlights of the third One-day International between India and South Africa in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Pathan was difference between win and loss: Smith
Pathan proved to be the difference between the two sides as he took his chances and hammered the South African bowlers, especially the spinners, to all parts of the ground en route to his 50-ball 59-run knock on a two-paced Newlands track.
January 18, 2011India win thriller at Newlands as SA fumble again
India scored a thrilling two-wicket win over South Africa in the third one-day international at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday. The visitors made 223 for eight and won with 10 balls to spare in a pulsating match that went down to the wire. The win gave India a 2-1 lead going into the fourth match at Port Elizabeth.
Chawla provides variety to our attack: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday defended Piyush Chawla's inclusion in India's 15-man World Cup squad, saying the leg-spinner's presence provides variety to the attack.
January 17, 2011India's top order batsmen need to hit form
Having levelled the five-match series with a thrilling one-run victory in the last game, an injury-hit India goes into the third One-Day International against South Africa, in Cape Town, with the form of their top order batsmen continuing to be a worry.
January 16, 2011Smith surpasses Cronje's ODI captaincy record
Inspirational Graeme Smith has become the most capped South African ODI captain, surpassing late Hansie Cronje's record of leading the national team in 138 games.
Munaf led the bowling department well: Dhoni
Although the batting department flopped yet again, the bowlers led by a brilliant Munaf Patel brought India back in the series with the narrow one-run win over South Africa in the second ODI in Johannesburg, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
Statistical highlights: India-SA, 2nd ODI
India's thrilling one-run win in the second ODI was their first against South Africa at the New Wanderers stadium. India lost both the previous games at this venue to South Africa by six wickets' margin -- on December 13, 1992 and
Tendulkar to return after injuring hamstring
Batting ace Sachin Tendulkar has injury concerns just a day before India names its team for the World Cup in Chennai on Monday. The batting ace was ruled out of the remainder of the ODI series against South Africa after injuring his right hamstring during his 24-run innings, off 44 balls, in the second ODI against the Proteas at the Wanderers on Saturday, which India won by one run to level the series 1-1.
January 15, 2011Johannesburg ODI: Munaf helps India edge SA
India scored a breathtaking one-run win over South Africa in a low-scoring second One Day International in Johannesburg on Saturday. The home side made heavy weather of what seemed like a modest chase to be all out for 189 in 43 overs.
January 14, 2011Dhoni eases pressure of teammates ahead of WC
The team's performance in Saturday's second one-dayer against South Africa in Johannesburg would not be the deciding factor in selecting the players for the upcoming World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Friday.
'Hit India hard from ball one'
Wary of an Indian backlash after their humiliating loss in the series opener, South African batting coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday asked his players to hit visiting team "hard" from ball one in Saturday's second cricket one-dayer in Johannesburg.
Battered India need to sort out issues in 2nd ODI
Thrashed in the first game in Durban, India would hope to put up a far more inspired display as they go into the second cricket One-dayer against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday with a few problems to sort out in both the bowling and batting departments.
Out-of-favour Morkel thanks Dhoni for support
South African all-rounder Albie Morkel has thanked India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for inquiring about him after he was excluded from the side for the five-match One-day series against the visitors.
January 13, 2011Tsotsobe cherishes Sachin's wicket
South Africa's wrecker-in-chief in the 135-run win over India, medium pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, is on a high as one among his four victims was Sachin Tendulkar but he prefers not to talk about it as he does not want to "anger" the batting icon.
South Africa completely outplayed us: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that his side was "completely outplayed" by South Africa in the first one-dayer in Durban.
Images: India vs South Africa (Durban ODI)
Images from the first One Day International between India and South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban on Wednesday.
Stats: India vs South Africa (Durban ODI)
Statistical highlights of the first one-day international between India and South Africa played in Durban.
January 12, 2011Clinical South Africa maul India by 135 runs
India suffered a top-order collapse to slump to a humiliating 135-run defeat against a clinical South Africa in the first One-day International in Durban on Wednesday.
India, SA fine-tune World Cup preparations
South Africa and India lock horns in a five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday which should help finalise their World Cup squads.
January 11, 2011Praveen Kumar ruled out of SA ODI series
India'a injury woes continued with medium pacer Praveen Kumar heading home after sustaining an elbow injury on the eve of their five-match ODI series against South Africa starting on Wednesday.
India on a high ahead of ODI series against SA
Injury-hit but on a roll after drawing an engrossing Test series and winning the only Twenty20 match of the tour, India now get a chance to try different combinations before next month's World Cup when they take on South Africa in a five-match one-day series starting in Durban on Wednesday.
January 10, 2011'This knock may help cement my place in team'
Rohit Sharma is happy to start the South African tour by shaping India's win over the hosts in the one-off Twenty20 international and sees the upcoming ODI series as an opportunity to cement his place in the side.
January 09, 2011India beat South Africa by 21 runs
An injury-hit India produced a disciplined all-round performance to notch up an emphatic 21-run victory over South Africa in the only twenty20 international in Durban on Sunday.
January 08, 2011'It's better to play on SA pitches than India'
Dubbed challenging at the start of the tour, Indian cricketers have taken a liking to the fast and bouncy pitches of South Africa with star spinner Harbhajan Singh wondering why such tracks are not prepared for them back home.
Injury woes for India ahead of T20 against SA
On a high after drawing a Test series on African soil for the first time, India have been left to deal with a couple of injury setbacks as they take on South Africa, sans Test skipper Graeme Smith, in the only Twenty20 International match of the tour in Durban on Sunday.
January 07, 2011Injured Smith ruled out of T20 international
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith will miss Sunday's Twenty20 international against India because of a bruised hand, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Friday.
Dhoni, the man with the Midas touch
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys a record most captains would love to replicate. Under him India is yet to lose a series.
I take pride in playing through pain: Kallis
He has proved to be a thorn in the flesh for India with 498 runs in the series and Jacques Kallis feels that it's a matter of pride to play through pain.
January 06, 2011India will not accept umpire review system: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ruled out using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and also rejected an offer to travel to Australia and watch its Ashes application.
Pak-born spinner Tahir in SA squad for India ODIs
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who was recently granted South African citizenship, was on Thursday named in the squad for the ODI series against India, starting January 12. In-form Jacques Kallis was not considered because of the rib injury he sustained in the third Test.
India fined for slow over-rate in third Test
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Thursday docked 60 per cent of his match fee while his teammates received a 30 per cent fine each for maintaining a slow over-rate during South Africa's second innings in the third and final Test in Cape Town.
India bat out final day to draw third Test
Live updates from Day 5 of the third and final Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town, on Thursday.
We have enough overs to bowl India out: Boucher
South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher on Wednesday said that his side have handled the pressure very well to come out on top and they have enough overs to bowl India out to win the series-deciding third Test in Cape Town.
We need to see off the first hour: Harbhajan
India spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday conceded that India let slip the third Test out of their hands and reckons that their pace department could have done a better job.
'Kallis best cricketer after Tendulkar'
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday doffed his hat on Jacques Kallis, who hit a century in each innings of the third Test in Cape Town, describing the South African batsman as the best modern cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar.
Fined Sreesanth apologises for angry kick
Indian pacer S Sreesanth was on Wednesday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct.
Fourth innings chases at Cape Town
India need a record-breaking 340 to beat South Africa in the third and final Test in Cape Town on Thursday. Instances of 300-plus targets chased down in a single day even on flattest of tracks are rare. Attaining that against the fiery South African pace attack, led by Dale Steyn, on a fifth day's Newlands pitch will be nothing short of a miracle.
January 05, 2011Images: Vintage Kallis battles pain for 40th ton
Harbhajan Singh claimed two early wickets as South Africa reached 121 for five in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the series-deciding third Test against India in Cape Town.
India's cry baby Sreesanth at it again!
After the slapgate incident during the first edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, India pacer S Sreesanth broke down once again during the ongoing tour of South Africa, it was reported on Wednesday.
SA set India 340 for victory after Kallis ton
Jacques Kallis hit his second century of the match as Harbhajan Singh claimed seven wickets to bowl out South Africa for 341 in their second innings on Day 4 in the third Test against South Africa on a high, at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Wednesday.
No point wasting energy bowling at Sachin: Steyn
He bowled one of the most hostile spell of fast bowling one had witnessed this season but Dale Steyn feels that when Sachin Tendulkar is in his element, it is better to focus on trying to get other batsmen out.
We definitely have an edge: Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh whose played little cameo of 40 and then got two crucial wickets feels that Indians will have an edge going into the penultimate day of the match.
January 04, 2011Images: Tendulkar's 51st ton frustrates SA
Images from Day 3 in the third Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town, on Tuesday.
Largest African crowd to honour Tendulkar, Ntini
South African president Jacob Zuma and a host of Bollywood stars, led by Shahrukh Khan, will be joined by the biggest crowd ever at a cricket match on the African continent to honour iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Makhaya Ntini at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday.
Fire scare in Newlands on 3rd day of India-SA Test
A fire scare broke out in the Newlands during the third day of the third and Test between India and South Africa on Tuesday after smoke was seen coming out of the kitchen adjacent to the member's stand and below the Indian dressing room.
Tendulkar ton keeps Test in balance
Harbhajan Singh claimed two wickets to help India end on a high against South Africa, on Day 3 of the third and final Test at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Tuesday.
Momentum is still with South Africa: Kallis
India's Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar might have restored the balance in the match with their spirited batting but injured South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis feels the momentum is still in the home team's favour in the ongoing third and final Test in Cape Town.
Kallis to be out of action for two weeks
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis battled through the pain barrier to stroke a century on Monday but his heroics mean he is unlikely to play any further part in the third and final Test against India.
'I loved ball that knocked out Prince's off stump'
India would look to bat well on day three and put South Africa under pressure in the third and final Test in Cape Town, medium pacer S Sreesanth said.
Sreesanth registers his 3rd five-wicket haul
Statistical highlights on the second day of the third and final Test between India and South Africa on Monday.
January 03, 2011Images: Gambhir leads India's fightback
Images from Day 2 in the third Test between India and South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town, on Monday.
Kirsten extracts best out of players: Dhoni
Gary Kirsten has the uncanny ability to extract the best out of the players in pressure situations and India will sorely miss him if he does not renew his contract with the Cricket Board after the World Cup starting next month, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
India's strong reply after Kallis's 39th ton
Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar led India's strong reply with the bat after Jacques Kallis's 39th Test century had lifted South Africa to 362 on day two of the third and final Test at Newlands in Cape Town, on Monday.
'Amla look' the latest fad among fans
A bunch of die-hard fans of the South African cricketer Hashim Amla have chosen a different path to show their admiration for the Proteas player by donning the "Amla look" -- complete with long black beard and shaven head.
I was retaliating to Smith taunt: Sreesanth
An unrepentant India paceman S Sreesanth said he did not get personal with Graeme Smith in the second Test in Durban and he was simply retaliating to the South African captain's taunt that he was not a good bowler.
We are in strong position: Amla
South Africa were in a strong position by reaching 232 for four on the first day on bowling-friendly conditions against India in the third Test but ill-afford to lower their guards, batsman Hashim Amla said.
January 02, 2011Kallis, Amla put South Africa on top
Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla hit half-centuries to put South Africa on top against India, on a rain-hit day one of the third and final Test match at Newlands in Cape Town, on Sunday.
January 01, 2011'Dressing room atmosphere is best in last 5 years'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons that the dressing room atmosphere of this current Indian team has been "the best" during his five years in international cricket.
Sreesanth cautioned by Dhoni
S Sreesanth was rebuked by his own captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his verbal spat with rival captain Graeme Smith.
We need to perform well as a batting unit: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith urged his batsmen to pull up their socks ahead of the crucial third and final Test match against India, which will start at the Newlands, in Cape Town on Sunday.
Indians aim for historic first Test series triumph
India's emphatic win in Durban has set the tone for a high-voltage climax as the visitors go into the series-deciding third cricket Test against the Proteas in Cape Town on Sunday seeking to record their first-ever series triumph on South African soil.
December 31, 2010No complaint against umpire Davis: ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday made it clear that it has not received any complaint from Cricket South Africa against umpire Steve Davis, reportedly spotted drunk by South African players on the eve of the second Test against India in Durban.
Newlands track would favour batsmen, says curator
The pitch for the series-deciding third Test between India and South Africa starting in Cape Town on Sunday would favour batsmen and last all five days, according to the curator of the Newlands ground.
'India no longer dependant on Tendulkar only'
The series-levelling victory over South Africa in the second Test in Duban proves that India is no longer a one-man team and can win matches without champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar's contribution, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.
Confident India hope to improve record
Details of India's comeback to win or draw a series after having lost the opening Test.
Zaheer does it with the ball again
It would not be wrong to say that Zaheer Khan triggered India's victory charge in Durban with a superb spell with the ball as they crushed South Africa by 87 runs in the second Test to level the series at 1-1. A look at India's most successful bowlers in Test wins since 01-01-2009.
Laxman a major second innings contributor in India
A look at India's most successful batsmen in the second innings, in wins since the Kolkata Test versus Australia in 2001.
December 30, 2010England can beat India every day of week: Gough
In what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are champions only at home and England can beat them "every day of the week".
Umpire Davis was drunk on eve of Durban Test: SA
South African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India's series-levelling second Test in Durban and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who controversially ruled AB de Villiers out in the second innings.
Sehwag ruled out of ODI series against SA
The dashing opener, who had nursed a shoulder injury a few months ago as well, will be replaced by Rohit Sharma in the squad for the five-match series, starting in Durban on January 12.
Stats: Sreesanth's 3-45 best in 7 Tests this year
Statistical highlights on the fourth day of the second cricket Test between India and South Africa in Durban, on Wednesday. India won the Test by 87 runs to level the three-match series 1-1.
Captain Dhoni continues to conquer
India crushed South Africa by 87 runs to register their 14th Test win under Dhoni's leadership, and his fourth away from home.
December 29, 2010Don't let boards negotiate on UDRS: Smith
Upset after losing the second Test match by 87 runs, South African captain Graeme Smith expressed his displeasure about the non-usage of Umpires' Decision Review System(UDRS) as two of his key batsmen --- AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher got out to debatable leg before decisions.
'Zaheer's experience helped the other bowlers too'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers for making a splendid comeback in their 87-run win at Durban after being sent for a leatherhunt during the first Test match at the Centurion. The skipper had special words of praise for pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.
Images: India break the Durban jinx
An inspired India made amends for the drubbing at Centurion with a sensational 87-run victory against South Africa in the low-scoring second cricket Test to level the three-match series 1-1 in Durban on Wednesday.
Amla included in SA T20 squad
Hashim Amla was on Wednesday included in the South African squad for the one-off Twenty20 international against India to be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 9 next year.
India outclass SA to win Durban Test
India outclassed South Africa by 87 runs to win the second Test and level the three-match series at 1-1, on Day 4 at Kingsmead, Durban, on Wednesday.
We have to dismiss Kallis quickly: Laxman
VVS Laxman, the hero of India's second innings, feels it is important to get Jacques Kallis out quickly on Wednesday to win the second Test and draw level in the three-match series.
Durban Test stats: Laxman, Boucher set new marks
Statistical highlights of Day 3 in the second Test between India and South Africa.
December 28, 2010Sreesanth crossed the line: Harris
Bad blood marred an otherwise absorbing day of cricket with South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris accusing Indian pacer S Sreesanth of making personal remarks on home side captain Graeme Smith during an altercation
Images: Laxman, bowlers put India on top
The low-scoring second cricket Test was tantalisingly poised after the third day's play with South Africa needing 192 more runs to win and India also fancying their chances of a remarkable series-levelling victory in Durban.
Laxman's 96 gives India the edge
Chasing a stiff 303 for victory, South Africa were 111 for three in 27 overs with AB de Villiers on 17 and Jacques Kallis on 12 before bad light closed play early on the third day.
Stats: Dravid first to hold 200 Test catches
Statistical highlights of the second day's play in the second Test between India and South Africa.
'Indian fightback caught us off-guard'
South African batsman A B de Villiers admitted that his team was caught off-guard by the strong Indian fightback on Monday, but felt the second Test is still evenly poised.
If we score more than 300 we can win: Harbhajan
Ace spinner Harbhajan Singh feels India have a great chance of winning the second Test against South Africa provided they bat well in the first session and post a target of over 300 on Tuesday, Day 3.
December 27, 2010Images: India battle back against South Africa
Harbhajan Singh and pace ace Zaheer Khan plotted a dramatic South African collapse to give India a vital 74-run lead in a topsy-turvy second cricket Test, which seemed headed for a nail-biting finish in Durban on Monday.
South Africa's lowest totals against India
This was South Africa's second lowest total at home against India following the 84 all out in Johannesburg in 2006-07.
Smith's lucky Test cap found
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has found his 'lucky Test cap', which he wore for 89 matches, within days of it being allegedly stolen while he was on his way to Durban from Cape town.
Dravid registers 200th Test catch
Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid on Monday achieved a rare milestone in his career when he took his 200th catch in Test matches to stay on top of the list in the five-day format of the game.
Zaheer, Harbhajan put India on top
Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan destroyed the South African batting line-up to give India the upperhand, on day two of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban, on Monday.
Anything above 250 will be competitive: Laxman
Batting mainstay VVS Laxman believes a 250 plus score in the first innings at Kingsmead will prove competitive and give India enough cushion to bowl out South Africa in the second Test.
Each extra over from Graeme yielded results: Steyn
South African pacer Dale Steyn said his urge to bowl an additional over after each dry spell paid rich dividends as he returned with a four-wicket haul on the opening day of the second Test in Durban.
December 26, 2010Images: Fiery Steyn puts South Africa on top
An inspired spell by speedster Dale Steyn helped by some poor shot selection from Indian top-order saw visitors reeling at 183 for six when stumps were drawn on a rain-curtailed first day of the second Test match at Kingsmead, Durban on Sunday.
Steyn destroys India on rain-hit Day 1
Dale Steyn claimed four wickets to put South Africa in control against India before bad light stopped play, on a rain-hit opening day of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban, on Sunday.
December 25, 2010Toss will be crucial factor again: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn't been lucky with the coin of late and there are times when the spin of the coin does have a telling impact on the match.
Gambhir doubtful for second Test against SA
Opener Gautam Gambhir's injury will certainly keep the Indian team management worried ahead of the second Test match against South Africa which will start at the Kingsmead from Sunday.
Preview: Indians look to reclaim pride against SA
Battered into submission in the first Test despite Sachin Tendulkar's batting heroics, world number one India will aim to reclaim their bruised pride and level the series against a rampaging South Africa in the second Test starting in Durban on Saturday.
Zaheer to return as India look to level series
India will welcome paceman Zaheer Khan bacfk from injury to bolster an attack that was pulverized by South Africa in a one-sided first Test when the second starts in Durban on Sunday.
December 24, 2010We're eyeing to seal the series in Durban: Amla
Confidence on sky high after the convincing win in the opener against India in Centurion, South Africa middle-order batsman Hashim Amla on Friday said the Proteas will be hoping to seal the three-match series in the second Test beginning in Durban on Sunday.
South Africa captain Smith loses his Test cap
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has lost his valuable Test cap which he wore in every match since his debut against Australia way back in 2002 in Cape Town.
Expecting typical Kingsmead pitch: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith is delighted that the Kingsmead track in Durban, known for its bounce and carry, is the best he had seen for some years, which should help his fast bowlers against Indian batsmen in the second Test starting on Sunday.
Tendulkar better than Bradman, says Dhoni
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar's ability to adapt to the pressures of modern day cricket makes him better than Australian cricket legend Don Bradman, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tame Amla or go down 2-0: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith warned the visiting Indian team to find a way to tame Hashim Amla or forget the chance of levelling the three-Test series in the second game starting in Durban on Sunday.
Smith braces for India fightback in second Test
'Don't forget this is a fight between the top two teams in Test cricket. India will come out fighting, especially in the batting department,' said South Africa skipper Graeme Smith on the eve of the Durban Test.
Tendulkar the centre of Kingsmead history
Sachin Tendulkar scored the first of his six centuries against South Africa at this venue while Jonty Rhodes was again involved in a technology decision, or to put it more correctly, the lack of one!
December 23, 2010Curator promises fair pitch for 2nd India-SA Test
Promising a fair pitch for the second India-South Africa Test, Wilson Ngobese, the chief groundsman of the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, said the track prepared by him will not excessively help bowlers.
Tendulkar should get Bharat Ratna, says Anand
World chess champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday joined the growing list of top athletes supporting the demand that iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar be conferred the Bharat Ratna -- the highest civilian honour in India.
Rush for Durban Test tickets despite rain forecast
Spectators are flocking to the second cricket Test of the high-profile India-South Africa series with organisers facing huge demand of tickets even as the weather forecast predicted rain in the lead-up, raising concerns of a Centurion-like pitch.
December 22, 2010Dhoni wants solution to losses in tour openers
Stung by the humiliating defeat against South Africa at Centurion, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said it is imperative for his team to rectify the growing tendency of losing the first Test match of a home or overseas series.
Yuvraj believes India will bounce back
India made a disastrous start to the Test series against South Africa but middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh is confident that the number one side will bounce back in the remaining two matches.
December 21, 2010'Sachin is best batsman in the history of game'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram salutes Sachin Tendulkar on his 50th Test century.
Kallis involved in car accident
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis had a close shave this morning when he banged his car against the gate of a house in Wynberg, a suburb in the south of Cape Town.
Bowling is an area of concern: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that bowling was an area of concern as the team were shot out for a paltry 136 in the first innings of the first Test which concluded at the Supersport park in Centurion on Monday.
Tendulkar for SA ODIs; Chawla surprise inclusion
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is back in the 16-man squad, having last played an ODI in 2008. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was left out while Yusuf Pathan, who impressed in the 5-0 home series triumph against New Zealand, retained his place.
Poor planning responsible for Centurion flop show
What went wrong for India in the first Test against South Africa?
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Greatest batsman ever: Bradman or Tendulkar?
Sachin Tendulkar scoring a historic 50th Test ton has re-ignited the debate on who is the greatest batsman of all time -- he or Don Bradman. A poll commissioned by an Australian newspaper put the Indian icon in front though voting is yet to be over.
December 20, 2010'Double century is something I'm really proud of'
He has been one of the greatest all-rounder ever to have played the game but for Jacques Kallis reaching his maiden double century is an emotional moment that he will remember all his life.
'It was a pretty dominant performance from SA'
South African captain Graeme Smith was happy that his team was able to put up a "dominant performance" as they beat India by an innings and 25 runs in the first Test but he also praised maestro Sachin Tendulkar for scoring his 50th Test century under pressure.
Stats: India v SA, 1st Test, Day 5
Statistical highlights of the fifth and final day in the first Test between India and South Africa, in Centurion, on Monday. South Africa beat India by an innings and 25 runs to a take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
'Tendulkar's passion is same even after 21 years'
For Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it's the passion that Sachin Tendulkar has for the game even after 21 long years is something "amazing."
First innings deficit too much to handle: Dhoni
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that the first innings deficit was too much to handle and defeat was inevitable after India conceded a massive 484-run lead to South Africa in the first Test in Centurion.
Dominant South Africa complete easy win
India were dismissed for 459 in 128.1 overs in their second innings on day five after lastman Jaidev Unadkat was caught at gully off Dale Steyn for one. The Indian innings lasted just 30 minutes and 35 deliveries on the final day, for the addition of just five runs, and the loss of two wickets.
An overview of Sachin Tendulkar's Fab Fifty
Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries. Rajneesh Gupta presents an overview of the Master Blaster's tons scored over the years.
'Super human' Tendulkar looks good for more: Bedi
Lavishing rich praise on Sachin Tendulkar on completing his 50th Test century, former India captain and legendary left arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi said the milestone was a super human effort.
'Sachin is jewel in the crown of Indian cricket'
Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar on scoring his 50th hundred in Test hundred on Sunday, terming him a jewel and a genius.
CSA CEO Majola congratulates Tendulkar
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola congratulated Sachin Tendulkar on his 50th century in Test cricket.
Former Pakistan cricketers hail Tendulkar
Pakistan's former Test players showered lot of praise on Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first man to score 50 Test hundreds.
'Wouldn't have skipped ODIs if records mattered'
Sachin Tendulkar has always stressed that he never plays for records and it was no different when the media asked him to describe his feelings after completing the historic milestone of 50 Test centuries.
Tendulkar showed why he is called great: Harris
He grew up watching Sachin Tendulkar play and South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris said the Indian iconic batsman on Sunday showed why he is considered to be one of the greatest cricketers ever.
Sachin's 50th ton a lesson in cricket: ICC chief
ICC president Sharad Pawar on Sunday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test tons and said the iconic batsman's innings is a lesson for youngsters around the world.
Lata, Bhupathi pay tribute to Tendulkar
Accolades continued to pour in for Sachin Tendulkar with the Indian iconic batsman becoming the first cricketer to score 50th Test centuries in the history of the game.
Tendulkar is professor of batting: Kirsten
India coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar for scoring a historic 50th Test ton in Centurion, describing him as professor of batting.
'An outstanding milestone in history of cricket'
Former players were effusive in their praise for Sachin Tendulkar who on Sunday became the first man in the history of Test cricket to post 50 centuries.
December 19, 201050 is just a number for me: Tendulkar
He doesn't hide the fact that he is happy but for Sachin Tendulkar, "50 is just another number."
Images: Tendulkar's 50th ton lifts India's bloom
Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries but India found themselves staring at defeat on the fourth day of the opening Test against South Africa in Centurion.
Check out Tendulkar's 50 Test centuries
A look at Sachin Tendulkar's 50 centuries in Test cricket.
50 Test tons and counting for Tendulkar
Milestones have become so routine in Sachin Tendulkar's career that it hardly came as a surprise when he touched another one by becoming the first batsman in cricket's history to notch up an astonishing 50 Test hundreds.
Dravid touches 12,000 milestone
Senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid on Sunday became only the third player in history to score 12,000 Test runs when he reach 43 during the first match against South Africa in Centurion on Sunday.
SA in command despite Tendulkar's 50th century
Bad light thwarted South Africa's victory charge after Sachin Tendulkar had created history by hitting his 50th Test century on day four of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, on Sunday.
Congratulate Tendulkar on his 50th Test ton
India's master batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first player ever in the history of Test cricket to hit 50 centuries during day four of the first Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
Gambhir confident of India saving Centurion Test
The opener says in the second innings things have changed drastically and the wicket is good for batting.
December 18, 2010Pics: Kallis, de Villiers pile on misery for India
Images from day three of the first Test between India and South Africa in Centurion, on Saturday.
Ind should have played practice match: Sourav
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team should have at least played a practice match ahead of the first Test that's underway at the Centurion.
Spectator ejected after verbally abusing Sreesanth
A spectator was ejected from the ground on Friday after India pace bowler S Sreesanth complained to the umpires about verbal abuse on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Kallis, de Villiers put SA in control on Day 3
Jacques Kallis completed his maiden Test double century and AB de Villiers blasted the fastest ever century by a South African, to leave India with an uphill task to save the first Test on day three at SuperSport Park, in Centurion, on Saturday.
'South Africa will grind the Indian bowlers'
South Africa will look to grind the Indian bowlers and bat them out of the first Test in Centurion on Saturday, says opener Alviro Petersen, who hit a classy 114-ball 77.
Zaheer's absence was crucial, concedes Dravid
Admitting that India find itself in a difficult position in the ongoing first Test against South Africa, batting mainstay Rahul Dravid said the visitor's inexperienced pace attack missed injured Zaheer Khan's services badly.
I was surprised at India's collapse: Smith
India's dramatic collapse in the first innings notwithstanding, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said there was no demon in the wicket and he was surprised to see the visitors surrendering for a paltry 136.
December 17, 2010Spectator ejected after verbally abusing Sreesanth
A spectator was ejected from the ground on Friday after India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth complained to the umpires about verbal abuse on the second day of the first Test against South Africa.
Images: SA tighten the noose around India
Images of the Day 2 play of the first Test between India and South Africa played at the Centurion on Friday.
Kallis, Amla tons light up Centurion
Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla hit unbeaten centuries to put South Africa in complete command against India on day two of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, on Friday.
Match stats: India vs SA, 1st Test, Day 1
# Rahul Dravid (11957 in 148 Tests) has eclipsed Brian Lara's tally of 11953 in 131 Tests, moving into the third place behind Sachin Tendulkar (14402) and Ricky Ponting (12332).
We delivered the first punch: Morkel
South African pacer Morne Morkel believes his and Dale Steyn's exploit with the new bowl on the first day of the opening Test would have repercussions on the rest of the three-match series and also send a good message to the Indian camp.
Harbhajan claims India ready to strike back
India might have been reeling at 136 for nine on the first day of the opening Test but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.
December 16, 2010Images: SA pacers leave India in tatters on Day 1
India's vulnerability to short pitched bowling was exposed as South Africa speedsters Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel exploited seaming conditions to leave the visitors in tatters on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test in Centurion on Thursday.
Dravid becomes third highest Test run-getter
Rahul Dravid on Wednesday overtook former West Indian captain Brain Lara as the third highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket when he reached 11 in the first of the three-match series against South Africa in Centurion.
South Africa's pacers hold the key
A look at how South Africa's fast bowlers have performed at home and their record against Indian batsmen.
SA destroy India on rain-hit opening day
Pacers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn caused havoc, claiming seven wickets among them, to put South Africa in command against India on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday. At stumps on day one, India were reeling at 136 for nine from 38.1 overs after play was called off early due to bad light.
India under pressure to justify No 1 ranking
India will be under pressure to justify their number one ranking by winning away from home when they play second-placed South Africa in a three-match Test series, starting at Centurion on Thursday.
December 15, 2010Injured Zaheer may miss first Test
Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is struggling with a hamstring injury and unlikely to play in the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa, starting in Centurion on Thursday.
Not thinking much about 50th Test ton: Tendulkar
Despite standing on the threshold of history, champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar is unfazed by the media attention and anticipation around his 50th Test century.
India vs South Africa Test dossier
As India take on South Africa in a three-Test series here Rajneesh Gupta takes a look at the players' record and their individual performance against the Rainbow nation. The first Test commences in Centurion on Thursday.
Proteas set to challenge India's No 1 status
The pre-series verbal war has set the stage for an electrifying battle as India gear up to face a hostile South Africa in the first of a three-Test cricket series starting in Centurion on Thursday.
It will be Sehwag vs pacers, says Morkel
South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel said on Tuesday the contest between the home side's fast bowlers and India opener Virender Sehwag would be the key contest in the forthcoming three-Test series.
Swann's success could spur Harbhajan: Prince
English spinner Graeme Swann's success in South Africa last season could inspire Harbhajan Singh to achieve greater deeds during India's three-match Test series against the Proteas, feels batsman Ashwell Prince.
December 14, 2010South Africa not foreign to us: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident that the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League and Champions League in South African conditions will hold the team in good stead during the three-match Test series against the Proteas.
Tendulkar is a great ambassador of the game: Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has termed Sachin Tendulkar as 'a great ambassador of the game' and said his desire to become a cricketer got wings after watching the Indian batting maestro during his childhood.
December 13, 2010SA omit Botha, Duminy for first India Test
South Africa left out off-spinner Johan Botha, left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell and middle-order batsman JP Duminy from their Test line-up for the first match of the high-profile series against India, starting at Centurion on December 16. Captain Graeme Smith and key batsman Hashim Amla, who are both recovering from injuries, were expectedly named in the 12-man line-up.
Smith, Amla cleared to take on India in first Test
In what should please South Africa no end, skipper Graeme Smith and in-form batsman Hashim Amla have been cleared to play in the first Test of the three-match series against India, starting Thursday in Centurion.
India hope to break South African supremacy
India will endeavour to become the only visiting side apart from England to win a Test match at SuperSport Park in Centurion when the three-Test series gets underway on Thursday.
'Short stuff is part of a plan against India'
India may possess two of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment in Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but the Proteas will not be targeting them specifically when the Test series starts at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
Record books don't lie, van Zyl reminds India
"Record books don't lie", said South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl while reminding India of their rather unimpressive past performances here as the battle of wits continued between the two sides ahead of the Test series starting on Thursday.