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Proteas Tour of India: Early Days

With much of the country focused on the Springboks and their quest for a third Rugby World Cup title, the Proteas are flying a bit under the radar as they begin their Indian tour with three T20 matches followed by five ODIs and four Tests.  The tour, which has been named the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series, kicked off with the first T20 match in Dharamsala at the iconic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.
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Delhi Daredevils: Halfway Through

Seven matches in the books for the Delhi Daredevils and although they’ve surpassed last year’s win total, it has been a season plagued by inconsistency.  After opening the season with two successive losses to Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, they went on to win against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Continue reading

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Quotas…Again

Well, it didn’t take too long for the good feeling of the Proteas World Cup run and #ProteaFire to come crashing down.  Just after the semi-final loss to New Zealand there was noise that Vernon Philander was selected over Kyle Abbott because of racial quotas. Cricket South Africa and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were quick to deny that there was any type of racial quota being observed in the selection for the match.  Mbalula has reiterated his stance that quotas played no part in Philander’s selection on Monday.

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The Summer of Steve Smith

Much has been made over the course of the 2015 ICC World Cup about the performances by AB de Villiers, Martin Guptill, and Kumar Sangakarra.  And rightfully so, all three have been spectacular to watch as they’ve lifted their teams with magic at the crease.  Another player worth heaping praise on has been Steve Smith of Australia. Don’t remind anyone on the subcontinent, though they aren’t likely to soon forget, Smith has 5 centuries in 7 matches against India this summer, including 105 in last night’s semi-final win over MS Dhoni’s men.  Steve Smith has knocked in 921 runs, an average of 115 versus India in those matches. And to think, the Aussie wasn’t even in the ODI first XI when the summer began.

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