1. India vs South Africa 2018: Virat Kohli’s men to play 3 Tests; check full schedule

India vs South Africa 2018: Virat Kohli’s men to play 3 Tests; check full schedule

The Indian cricket team will be playing three Test matches along with six One Dayers and three T20 Internationals against South Africa, starting January 5.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 21, 2017 12:44 PM
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The Indian cricket team will be playing three Test matches along with six One Dayers and three T20 Internationals against South Africa, starting January 5. “India will play South Africa in a three-match ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela’ Test series, six-match One-Day International series followed by three Twenty20 Internationals The dates and venues for the fixtures will be confirmed shortly,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stated in a media release.

Originally, India were supposed to play four Test matches but the home series against Sri Lanka series will end in the penultimate week of December. It effectively means that Virat Kohli and his men won’t be able to play either the ‘Boxing Day’ match on December 26 or the traditional New Year game that starts on January 2.

The Indian team has already asked for a practice period of 10 days which would include atleast one, if not two practice games to gear up for the bouncy conditions. The tour has also been shortened as India, after the South Africa series, will be travelling to Sri Lanka for the Independents’ Cup T20 tri-nation tournament.

  1. Tanuj Kalia
    Oct 19, 2017 at 3:30 am
    I don't think Indian team gives two hoots about the SA tour. WHY? Because while England give themselves 3 weeks to acclimatize and practice for the Ashes, India gives themselves 7 days. England has 10 days of practice matches, India has 2. Read more here: : batballpen /2017/10/10/indian-cricket-team-doesnt-give-two-hoots-south-africa-tour/
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      Antony
      Sep 22, 2017 at 10:25 am
      As expected, BCCI has shortened the test series against South Africa. Last time also they shortened the test series against South Africa in 2013. This itself showing our incapability of playing compe ive cricket against good talents like South Africans. Instead of reducing this series, it would be great if they reduce upcoming Sri Lanka series and have full series (4 tests) against South Africa, as no one will be interested on Sri Lanka series. And I don’t understand why India is always shortening the series whenever they tour to South Africa, whereas South Africa never reduce the number of matches when they came and played in India.
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        Antony
        Sep 22, 2017 at 9:32 am
        As expected, BCCI has shortened the test series against South Africa. Last time also they shortened the test series against South Africa in 2013. This itself showing our incapability of playing compe ive cricket against good talents like South Africans. Instead of reducing this series, it would be great if they reduce upcoming Sri Lanka series and have full series (4 tests) against South Africa, as no one will be interested on Sri Lanka series. And I don’t understand why India is always shortening the series whenever they tour to South Africa, whereas South Africa never reduce the number of matches when they came played in India.
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