Sachin Tendulkar, Jack Kallis, and Virender Sehwag lead most of the records in India vs SA Test matches.
India have begun the all-important home series against South Africa with an empathetic win in the first Test match. The Proteas did play well in the first innings, but were completely outdone in the second innings as they lost the match by 203 runs.
Historically, India have mostly had an upper hand over South Africa at home, but how have they played against South Africa as a whole in Test matches? If we rewind the clock, India played South Africa for the first time in 1992 during India’s tour of South Africa. While India did lose the 4-match series 0-1, the series would always be remembered for Kapil Dev’s and Sachin Tendulkar’s amazing performances.
Overall, India have played 13 series against South Africa with South Africa winning 7, India winning 3, and rest 3 being Draw. Surprisingly, India are yet to win a series in South Africa.
Coming to the individual records, which players have impressed the most, what records do they hold? Let’s look at these records in our statistical preview for Test matches between India vs SA.
STATS PREVIEW | INDIA VS SOUTH AFRICA TESTS:
Matches Played: 37 | India Won: 12 | South Africa won: 15 | Draw: 10
Matches Played: 17 | India Won: 9 | South Africa won: 5 | Draw: 3
In South Africa:
Matches Played: 20 | India Won: 3 | South Africa won: 10 | Draw: 7
BATTING RECORDS IN TESTS:
1741: Most Runs by Sachin Tendulkar (IND) in 45 innings
498: Most Runs in a series by Jack Kallis (SA) in 2010-11 series
974: Most Runs at home by Jack Kallis (SA) in 16 innings
69.36: Best Batting Average (Min 300 runs) by Jack Kallis (SA)
319: Highest Score by Virender Sehwag (IND) in 2007-08 series
7: Most Hundreds by Sachin Tendulkar (IND) and Jack Kallis (SA)
8: Most Fifties by Graeme Smith (SA)
17: Most Sixes by Virender Sehwag (IND)
242: Most Fours by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
BOWLING RECORDS IN TESTS:
84: Most Wickets by Anil Kumble (IND) in 40 innings
31: Most Wickets in a series by Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) in 2015-16 series
42: Most Wickets at home by Harbhajan Singh (IND) in 12 innings
17.31: Best Bowling Average (Min 15 wickets) by Allan Donald (SA)
8/64: Best Bowling Figures in an innings by Lance Klusener (SA) in 1996-97 series
12/98: Best Bowling Figures in a match by Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) in 2015-16 series
5: Most 5-wicket hauls by Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) and Dale Steyn (SA)
So, these are the batting and bowling records in India vs SA Test matches to date.
PLAYING XI FOR THE SECOND TEST:
Coming to the second Test match, India are most likely to play the same team unless it is rank turner, which would prompt India with the option of playing Kuldeep Yadav for Ishant Sharma. South Africa could bring in Lungi Ngidi for Vernon Philander, who didn’t impress with the bat or ball.
Predicted Playing XI for the second Test Match (India):
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma/ Kuldeep Yadav.
Predicted Playing XI for the second Test Match (South Africa):
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Senuran Muthuswamy, Dane Piedt, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi.
What do you think about the expected playing 11? Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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