Nov 05

India Vs South Africa: The Much Awaited Freedom Trophy!

South Africa, on its 72 days tour to India this year, will play five ODIs, three Twenty20 internationals and four Test Matches. The tour started in the month of September and it is scheduled to end in December. This is the longest trip for the South African players in India and the Twenty20 internationals and the first four Test series are happening for the first time between the two teams.

The Cricket South Africa and the BCCI have conjointly announced the match series between the two countries will be termed as ‘The Mahatma Gandhi – Nelson Mandela Series’. The test series between the two teams will be played for the ‘Freedom Trophy’, which is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Experts Speak!

Lt. Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI President, said earlier in September, “The struggle of freedom has been the common thread between our countries. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela liberated our nations with non-violence and non-cooperation as their weapons which have inspired the world, to adopt and achieve their goals in a peaceful manner. We dedicate this trophy to Mahatma and Mandela, the guiding souls of our nations”.

Secretary Anurag Thakur said, “BCCI, on behalf of every citizen of our country is able to pay tribute to these great leaders by naming the series after them and appeal to each and every citizen of our country to imbibe their ideals and follow the path advised by them”.

Sneak Peak into the Freedom Trophy

On November 14th, the second Test match between the two teams has been scheduled in Bangalore. And also, the match is going to be the 100th Test of AB de Villiers. The tour began with a T20 practice match in the month of September and then there was there T20Is in Cuttack, Dharamsala and Kolkata on October 2nd and 8th. The ODIs were too interesting to watch and it took place between October 11 and 25 in Kanpur, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai and Mumbai.

Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa said, “This will be the longest tour that we have undertaken to India and the first time we will play a four-Test series. Both countries are now working to develop this into an icon series. Another first is that we will be playing our first T20 International match against India in India”.

The second, third and fourth Tests are slated to take place on November 14-18 in Bangalore, November 25-29 in Nagpur and December 3-7 in Delhi. So, stay tuned!

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