South Africa pull off a series win for the ages

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South Africa bounce back in a series to remember

We review the third and final Test between South Africa and India – which South Africa won by seven wickets and rounded off a monumental series win.

Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting at the Atta Galatta bookstore in Bangalore. They are happy to courier copies to those outside Bangalore if you write in at: (You can also tweet at their handle: It is also available on Flipkart now and will soon be available on Amazon as well.

Outside India, War Minus the shooting is available as a paperback and e-copy on Amazon.

Talking Points:

  • South Africa’s stirring victory against India’s best bowling attack
  • A fast bowling shootout – with South Africa’s attack tailor-made for the Newlands pitch
  • Rabada’s stupendous spell, and the absorbing battle with Kohli
  • Keegan Petersen coming of age in Test cricket
  • South Africa reaping the benefits of their long-term selection policy
  • Rahane and Pujara – the end of the road?
  • Rishabh Pant’s exceptional innings on a tricky pitch
  • The Elgar DRS moment – and the outrage around the lbw decision
  • Kohli’s chat via the stump mic – and angst against the broadcaster


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)


  • A second-innings triumph for South Africa – Kartikeya Date – A Cricketing View
  • The rise of Petersen, the wisdom of Elgar and a great SA victory – Firdose Moonda and Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo
  • South Africa needed Rabada at his best to stop Kohli – Telford Vice – Cricbuzz
  • Petersen the hero of South Africa’s iconic home victory – Firdose Moonda – ESPNcricinfo
  • Temba Bavuma, a cricketer with principles – Niren Tolsi – Newframe
  • Why Virat Kohli is unlikely to get banned for his Cape Town outburst – Ben Gardner – Wisden
  • What do broadcasters have to do with ball tampering? – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo
  • Crime and Punishment – Alok Prasanna Kumar on penalties and breaches under the ICC’s code of conduct- The Cricket Monthly¬†


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