Despite a heart-crushing defeat against South Africa, Indian Captain Kohli can feel proud as he was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year and he also bagged the Top honors for ODI players in the ICC Annual Awards.
Team APHERALD revealed that Men in Blue can't win this Test Match on the Day 2 itself. As predicted, we lost by 135 runs. Debutant Lungi Ngidi scalped 6 wickets and India just made 151 in the Second innings.
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli kept on complaining about the damp outfield to Umpire Michael Gough and as the umpire responded to him, he showed his rage by throwing the ball into the ground aggressively.
Virat Kohli's 21st Test Hundred and Two early wickets from Jasprit Bumrah never helped India to win the second test and keep the series alive. Once again easy dropped catches and AB De Villiers' skill confirmed India can never win this test.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended Yusuf Pathan for 5 months as he failed Dope Test. The Cricketer thanked the BCCI for permitting him to plead his case in a fair and reasonable manner.
Angelo Mathews who resigned from ODI captaincy six months before has been given back the Hat again. Now, Mathews is expected to take the team into the 2019 World Cup and even beyond. Dinesh Chandimal will be given the Test captaincy and he will also take a place in the ODI squad too.
England Vice Captain James Anderson who addressed the Press after losing the final test by an innings and 123 runs said England are currently on the right path and they don't have to over think anything right now.
Australia is aiming a 4-0 finish at the ongoing Ashes series, as England are in an extremely pathetic position at the moment, in the fifth and final test match of the series held at Sydney. As England batted first, and carefully propelled by Root's 83 and Malan making a poised 62, besides timely and handy 30s by Moeen Ali, Curran and Broad, reached a respectable first innings total of 346.
Anushka Sharma who ended the year 2017 on a happy note doesn't start 2018 in a similar way. Anushka Sharma who married Kohli in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy on December 11, 2017, traveled along with him to South Africa as India is about to play 3 Tests.
Indian Cricket Team has gone to South Africa to play in 3 Tests, 6 ODI's, and 3 T20I's. Virat Kohli who married Anushka Sharma recently took his wife along with him to South Africa. Both of them celebrated New Year together in Cape Town and Kohli even shared selfies from the place around.
IPL Retention has happened and on a surprising note, Chennai Super Kings have preferred Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. Considering Ashwin's poor form in the recent times, he has been sacked even from the ODI and T20I squad.
New Zealand and West Indies faced off in the 3rd T20I at Mount Maunganui. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro opened the account for New Zealand. Both of them scored at a peak run rate and Guptill fell for 63 when the score is 136 in 11.2 overs.
It is now very much obvious that the IPL franchise Chennai super kings are coming back to IPL after a 2-year ban and will be lead by Worldcup winning former Indian captain, Mr.Cool, MS Dhoni. After the 2 years ban for spot-fixing, Chennai super kings and Rajasthan Royals are returning to IPL this season.
The most awaited India - South Africa series has been much anticipated just because of the presence of two of the greatest players of all time, Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers, who are teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Come 2018, and the biggest sports drama of 11th edition of IPL awaits as this season will have new rules, besides 80 crore salary cap, and the most anticipated return of Chennai super kings and Rajasthan Royals after being banned from playing after accusations of spot-fixing in 2013.