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India VS South Africa 2013: News

India take 320-run lead riding on Pujara ton, Virat brilliance

India took an impressive 320-run lead on the third day of the Johannesburg Test, riding a brilliant 135 not out from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's unbeaten 77.

Virat Kohli reminded me of Sachin: Donald

South African bowling coach and pace legend Allan Donald said Virat Kohli's "responsible" century in the ongoing opening Test reminded him of how the now-retired Sachin Tendulkar counter-attacked the Proteas during a Test match back in 1996.

Kohli steps into Sachin's shoes with classy century at No. 4

As expected, the short ones came about but Virat pulled them to the fence. It was an answer to his critics and an example of discretion. Khurram Habib reports.

Virat Kohli steps into Sachin's shoes with classy century at No. 4

Virat Kohli puts doubts to rest with a classy century on the opening day against South Africa to lead India’s new generation of batsmen. Virat promised me that he would score a century: Coach 

India reverse tide after early slide against South Africa

While Zaheer manfully bowled 22 overs, eventually getting Smith, and Shami got two key wickets, Ishant was the wrecker-in-chief, picking up three wickets, including Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis off successive balls. Rebirth at Wanderers: Kohli puts doubts to rest with a classy century | Scorecard 

India vs South Africa: Looking to change mood ’n method

South Africa are experienced and settled at home while India are largely young and untested abroad. Young India will have to play out of their skin if they are to upstage South Africa in their den, writes Khurram Habib.

India put up brave front, focus on spin

The most interesting statement made in the past fortnight is that the South Africans aren't bothered about spin. It came from a group of fans who had gathered around their team during a practice session.

India tour of South Africa: It's time to play the trump card

The first Test series after the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar -- the last member of the golden generation and chief mentor to the young brigade -- was always expected to make fresh demands on MS Dhoni.

Dhawan and Vijay hungry but untested abroad

Fragile mind, poor technique and exaggerated reputation built on the comfort of home are the discussions stalking India in their tour of South Africa.

Failing the true test of character

The Test series against South Africa starting on Wednesday will surely be short, but as things stand it will be a big challenge for India to make it sweet.

India tour of SA: Does Virat have what it takes to restore lost pride?

Virat Kohli may still be the star of this struggling India team, with his aggressive attitude and Mohawk, but the number of fans clinging to him or to the team here seems to be dwindling.

India vs SA: Sun shines bright but no warm-up for Team India

Recent thundershowers coupled by the ordinary drainage facilities at the Willowmoore Park meant that despite the sun, the India team's two-day warm-up match against SA Invitational XI had to be abandoned.

Zaheer Khan: Seeking fresh spring in those old steps

Few fast bowlers make a comeback at 35. Even if they have, their return would not have brought to the team the kind of confidence Zaheer Khan has carried with him to South Africa.

India must learn from ODI defeats, says Dhoni

India captain MS Dhoni is hopeful his squad will learn from their defeat against South Africa in the just-concluded One-day series in time for the first of two Test matches at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on December 18.

The catch is in those that have gone abegging

With an average age of just over 26, this India side is among the youngest, most athletic and the chirpiest. While they've been on the ball, literally, over the past few months, barring this odd outing here, they've been failing regularly on the 'catching' front.
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