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1st ODI Predictions: India vs South Africa

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India will clash with South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Arun Jaitely Stadium on Thursday.

The series will start on 9th June 2022 and end on 19th June 2022.

Delhi will host the 1st T20 match.

Indian team

The Indian team will be devoid of many seniors like  Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who have been rested.

KL Rahul will lead the side in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

Rishabh Pant has been appointed vice-captain for the series.

The best performers of IPL 2022 have been rewarded with selections.

Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan form part of the squad after their sterling displays in the IPL.

At the same, many non-performers in the IPL have been ditched. Varun Chakravarthy, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a mediocre tournament and as a result, they are not in the team.

South Africa Team

Temba Bavuma will lead the South African side for the series.

South Africa has a very good squad with proven T20 performers.

Most of their players are in form including Quinton De Kock and David Miller.

Kagiso Rabada was also hitting the right strides in the IPL and will be in good nick.

The return of Anrich Nortje will be a useful addition to the pace attack as he is capable of bowling above 150 kmph.

Quinton de Kock is one player the Proteas will depend on as he is very familiar with Indain conditions and was outstanding in IPL 2022 as well.

Besides, de Kock was the player of the series in the  last T20 series in 2019-2020.

Head to Head series record

This is the 7th T20 series between the teams.

India has won 3 bilateral series whereas SA has won on two occasions.

One series between the sides ended in a tie.

India Likely Playing 11

1. KL Rahul (Captain), 2. Ishan Kishan, 3. Shreyas Iyer, 4. Rishabh Pant (wk), 5. Dinesh Karthik, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Harshal Patel, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Umran Malik / Avesh Khan.

South Africa Likely Playing 11

1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3. Rassie van der Dussen, 4. Aiden Markram, 5. Temba Bavuma (Captain), 6. David Miller, 7. Dwaine Pretorious, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Keshav Maharaj, 10. Tabraiz Shamsi, 11. Anrich Nortje.

Key Impact Player for India

KL Rahul is possibly the best and most consistent T20 player in the world.

He will be the key player for India.

Till now, he has scored 1831 runs at an average of 40.69 with a strike rate of 142.49.

Moreover, he already has 2 hundred in T20s.

These are outstanding stats.

Key Impact Player for South Africa

David Miller’s talent has never been in doubt.

When he gets going, he is one of the most explosive batters in the world.

Currently, he is brimming with confidence after his exploits with Gujarat Titans.

He has scored 1786 runs for SA and has the highest score of 101 not out in the T20 format.

Who will win

India and South Africa are strong T20 teams.

They are quite even in terms of batting and bowling firepower.

However, India has two advantages.

It has a superior spin attack.

Two, it boasts of the home advantage.

For this reason, our prediction is India will win.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –

 

He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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Fans troll Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in Ranji Trophy 2024

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Ajinkya Rahane

Fans trolled Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. The experienced batter has been going through a lean patch in the ongoing tournament and has not been able to contribute to the team in any capacity. It has frustrated the fans to the core who want to see him back in the Indian team.

In the WTC 2023 final, Rahane last appeared for India. Although he was impressive with a score of 90 in the first innings and a 30 odd in the second innings, Rahane was not picked for the series following it. India seems to have moved on from him, as the experienced batter did not feature in the series against the West Indies, South Africa, and England.

However, the fans were angry with the fact that the star batter was left out of the series. The furious nature of the fans led them to claim that the right-handed batter would certainly return to the Indian squad by performing in the Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. But it does not seem to be a good tournament with the bat for Rahane, who has struggled to score a single hundred for Mumbai.

Poor performance in the quarterfinal against Baroda

His struggles in the Ranji Trophy continued even in the quarterfinal match against Baroda. Batting first, Mumbai scored 384 runs. Rahane was poor with the bat again as he was dismissed for just 3(13). His dismissal paved the way for the great innings of the U19 World Cup 2024 hero Musheer Khan, who scored a double hundred and shined with the bat. He did not have a good 2nd inning either.

As Baroda replied with a score of 348 runs, Mumbai got off to a decent start before Rahane got a chance to bat for the 2nd time. In the 2nd inning, he had a worse outing. The 35-year-old registered a 4-ball duck and became the scapegoat of the anger of the fans. The Mumbai batter has been trolled on social media by the fans, who believe that his time is up in cricket.

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