A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

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A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

We review the first Test between South Africa and India – which India won by 113 runs. This was only South Africa’s third defeat in Centurion across 27 Tests.

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Talking Points:

  • KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – and adjusting bat-speeds across formats
  • India’s bowlers adjusting to the conditions – and finding the right length to bowl
  • Bumrah’s trick-shots, Shami’s consistency, Siraj’s relentlessness
  • Temba Bavuma’s strokeplay – and how his Test record is similar to KL Rahul’s
  • Rahane’s 48 – an innings in keeping with his style of attack
  • Pujara and Kohli – and the expectations from each
  • Playing Ashwin v playing an extra fast bowler
  • Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Tests


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)


  • The Wrong Model – Kartikeya Date on the contest between bat and ball – A¬†Cricketing View substack
  • Javagal Srinath on Jasprit Bumrah – Sandip G – Indian Express¬†
  • Leave it to KL – Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo
  • Could de Kock retirement breathe new life into CSA-players’ relations – Firdose Moonda – ESPNcricinfo
  • The Ashwin interview – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo
  • The open-chested predator – Sriram Veera – Indian Express
  • The fast bowler’s snarl ft. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav – Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo


Lead image from here.

2 thoughts on “A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review”

  1. Have you become a sarcastic pod?!?

    Ashoka’s intro comments were pretty irrelevant and unnecessary on the latest episode (Centurion Test review). I thought your pod was a genuine Indian analysis on the game but seems to turning into a moaning space.

    I have enjoyed number of your other episodes though the sarcastic tone doesn’t fit well with me.

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