But now, the year is coming to an end and so is the #VirushkaWedding fever. If India had a role to play in Afghanistan's Test entry, Virat Kohli's boys can also claim to some responsibility for giving another neighbour - Pakistan - a much-needed boost. For the best part of the year, the men in blue were simply unstoppable. Afghanistan to play their first ever Test in India The obsession to produce super-fit machines is making the yo-yo test more important than playing a sublime late-cut and maybe, we are losing out on characters who made the sport what it once was.
Could the toss be scrapped to allow the team who are ranked lower or have been in the worse form in their previous five tests to bat first? After their best performance, Team India is now expected to register wins in the foreign soils.
It is time for the cricket stakeholders including government to come together to boost the game for posterity. Sri Lanka was similar to our conditions but is an away tour. AB de Villiers added 53 in his first test in two years. Their upcoming matches are three Tests against India, and four against Australia.
India's form in South Africa hasn't been up to the marks as the subcontinent giants have never won a test series against the Proteas at their den. "We have lost only one Test this year, the consistency shows our bowlers have been able to take wickets". We know how to win Test matches now. Then, he was called upon to keep wicket when Quinton de Kock strained his hamstring.
There was no love lost between India and Australia after an incident-filled Test series
Why not play the same test on two separate pitches prepared on the same table: a green and grassy surface for daylight hours and a rank flattie for when the sun sets and the magic happens? Kohli and Co played well as defending champions before falling flat in the final.
The duo of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis was lured back to the national team from stints in the English County Championship, in an effort to bolster the team and ZC's bid to host next year's qualifiers for the 2019 ICC World Cup was successful. India next dominated a struggling Sri Lanka in their own backyard, winning the full-series 9-0. Ramachandra Guha resigned on an acrimonious note citing his displeasure with the COA's way of functioning. The results, in all formats, were as good as any team could ask, and this brings the team to a nice boil ahead of the sterner challenges that await. Later, BCCI announced their plan to play more than half their matches against South Africa, England and Australia when the next Future Tours Programme (FTP) is finalised. South Africa collected another 16 wickets in less than two sessions on the second day at St. George's Park to romp to victory before the dinner break.
It will be interesting to see how Kohli and Co cope.