Results in practice games do not matter a lot. After all, they are just matches against teams with upcoming, relatively inexperienced players, allowing the visiting side to get idea about the conditions that would prevail during the main contests. In India's case though, it is not all that simple.
As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the year that was for Indian cricket, which featured a loss in the World Cup semi-final, embarrassment in Bangladesh, and also a Test series win in Sri Lanka after 22 years. Towards the end of the year, India also brought South Africa’s nine-year unbeaten streak in Tests to an end, but not before going down in the ODIs and T20s. Here’s a flashback
Amidst all the talk about pitches being unfair for batting, India proved on day two at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi that it was possible to do well with the willow even on spinning surfaces, if only batsmen applied themselves
South Africa went into the series against India having not lost a series away from home in nine years. That came to an end at Nagpur on Friday as India's spinners continued their domination on a crumbling pitch
IND vs SA 3rd Test Preview, Live score: With rain having washed out all but one day of the Bangalore Test, India will now be keen to get back to their winning ways at Nagpur. The pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium is expected to be another turner, and India will look up to their spinners to do a majority of the damage again.
ICC Rankings released on Wednesday following the conclusion of the Bengaluru and Perth Tests. Ravindra Jadeja achieved a career-best ranking of 13th, jumping eight places in the latest ICC Test bowlers rankings.