If you had asked me four years ago I would have said no. Thank you for showing us how it's done, Virat. Their home series against Sri Lanka ended on December 24, which meant they could not play a Boxing Day Test in South Africa.
"Everyone is confident. Whenever any team tours overseas, there is a great chance to win those series, but you have to give your best in every department on all five days".
Then, magic happened. The boys in green won everything and a sound thrashing of a complacent India in the final made one hope for a renaissance of sorts for the most unpredictable side in global cricket. While their pictures from the wedding and their royal receptions continue to break the internet, the couple is off to South Africa where team India will be playing against Proteas. However, all eyes will be on Dale Steyn who has not not played in whites for over a year after injuring his shoulder during the Australia series. When it came to the overall Golden Tweet of the Year from the world of Bollywood, Anushka's tweet won hearts in India.
Australia had the most global wins (38) in the year 2003. The selectors too have done a commendable job by picking a gutsy team for this tour and it will now be up to the players to deliver the desired performance.
2017 proved to be yet another interesting year for the entertainment fraternity. After an expected 333-run hammering in the first match at Pune, India showed commendable character to win the high-intensity series 2-1. This is their joint best winning sequence against an opponent.
Kumble had guided the team to series wins over the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Australia besides the runner-up finish in the Champions Trophy.
There is a big talk about Dhoni doing good work behind and in front of the stumps.
De Villiers has only played one Test since injury and a self-imposed sabbatical kept him out of the longest format for 23 months since January 2016. He had a decent outing against Zimbabwe, scoring a 65-ball 53. It could be a combination of both pace and spin.
Nothing else explains why India will play only three Tests in a 59-day tour. Definitely a joke of the century! "Luckily it's not my issue ... we'll see what happens", quoted AB de Villiers. To add those endorsements add to his colour and now he is not dispensable just like Sachin Tendulkar of olden days. It will not be a cakewalk as we enjoyed in the extended series against Sri Lanka. We respect all opposition. But as a contest with integrity, conditions were so loaded against the batsmen at night, with extravagant movement in the air and off the pitch, that the whole concept was made to look rather silly.
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