Free Press Journal

India vs South Africa: 8 interesting facts you need to know


India’s tour of  South Africa will begin in a couple of days and this series comes at a time when international cricket is crying out for a context and contest and this challenge will determine Virat Kohli and his young brigade’s legacy. India vs South  Africa might not be in the same league as India vs Australia or India vs Pakistan but ever since South Africa’s  readmission in 1992, the matches between this two nations have always been competitive and fierce. India, the No 1 ranked Test side has been playing splendid cricket for the past 24 months (unbeaten in Test cricket since 2015 Sri Lankan tour) and have created a game plan which is oriented towards winning and playing an exciting brand of cricket.

Indian captain Virat Kohli and men in blue have now been presented with a challenge to write history and break the myth that Indians are tigers at home and lambs abroad. The 17-member Indian squad fills most of the criteria and after a long time, it is capable of upsetting the apple cart and breaking stereotypes. The team’s pillar of strength is skipper Kohli and currently, the kind of form (52 international hundreds, 11 tons in 2017) that he has been in and the hunger shown by Kohli is second to none and the performances in recent past has put him in different pedestal altogether. The team is balanced in all departments and it will all come down belief and self-confidence of players on that particular day. South Africa have regrouped as a unit after the disappointing England tour and will pose a challenge to the Indians.

India’s tour of South Africa: Men in Blue vs Proteas

  • 01

    25 years of pain and misery

    India has not a won a Test series in South Africa since SA's readmission to international cricket in 1992. The best result that India has managed so far has been a drawn series (1-1) in 2010-11

  • 02

    2 wins in the Rainbow City

    Men in Blue have triumphed South Africa two times in their own backyard. The two wins have come at Johannesburg, 2006 and Durban, 2010

  • 03

    Indian batting vs South Africa bowling

    The series will be fought on India's strong batting vs South Africa's pace bowling. India's batting will be led by Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and will have to counter Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander

  • 04

    Virat Kohli vs Faf du Plessis

    The series will see two different individuals leading their respective sides. On one hand, Virat Kohli will be pumped up to better India's record overseas while du Plessis will use his calm and wits to outsmart mighty Indians

  • 05

    Sachin Tendulkar's last Test hundred

    South Africa was the country where Sachin Tendulkar scored his last Test hundred (51) at Newlands, Cape Town in 2011. Incidentally, Tendulkar had also scored his  50th Test century in the rainbow city at Centurion, 2010.

  • 06

    Not short on experience

    Most of the Indian players have been familiar with South African conditions. During the last tour in 2013, India fought well and lost the series 1-0 and many players were part of the trip and will now return as more experienced and seasoned.

  • 07

    Is India's unbeaten streak in danger?

    India has not lost a Test series since 2015 tour of Sri Lanka. On the flip side, India has played most of its cricket in India and subcontinental conditions. 

  • 08

    India's abysmal away record

    Ever since 2011 World Cup euphoria, India has only won a solitary Test in overseas conditions (excluding Sri Lanka and West Indies) at Lord's, 2014 out of 21 matches played