India – South Africa Test series statistics

India and South Africa has played eleven test series and the ensuing four test series would be the twelfth series between the two teams. This is the second occasion of two teams clashing in a four test series, the first one being the first ever series between the two teams in 1992-93. This series was played in South Africa and hence the ensuing four test series is the first four test series between the two teams played in India.  The ensuing four test series will be the seventh test series played between the two teams in India.

 

Of the eleven test series played between the two teams, India has won two series, South Africa has won six series and three series have ended in a draw.

 

India and South Africa have played 29 tests so far. India has won seven tests, South Africa has won thirteen tests and nine tests have ended in a draw.

 

India’s 627 at Chennai in Mar 2008 is its highest team total against South Africa and also provides the only occasion of India posting a total of 500 plus runs against South Africa. South Africa on its part has posted 500 plus total on eight occasions against India and 643 for 6 declared at Kolkata in Mar 2010 is its highest team total against India.

 

India has been dismissed for a total of less than 100 runs on two occasions against South Africa, while South Africa has been dismissed for a total of less than 100 runs against India only once. India’s lowest total in a completed innings against South Africa is its 66 at Durban in Dec 1996, while South Africa’s lowest total in a completed innings against India is its 84 at Johannesburg in Dec 1996.

 

Three Indian batsmen – SR Tendulkar {1741}, V Sehwag {1306} and R Dravid {1252} – have scored 1000 plus runs against South Africa. Two South African batsmen – JH Kallis {1734} and HM Amla {1207} have scored 1000 plus runs against India. SR Tendulkar’s 1741 runs is the highest aggregate by a batsman in India-South Africa test series.

 

As many as 25 centuries have been scored by Indian batsmen against South Africa. V Sehwag’s 319 at Chennai in Mar 2008 is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa. SR Tendulkar has scored most centuries against South Africa. He has scored seven centuries. There are eleven occasion of an Indian batsman’s century in a losing cause against South Africa. SR Tendulkar has witnessed four of his centuries going in vain against South Africa.

 

SR Tendulkar – 169 at Cape Town in Jan 1997 and MS Dhoni – 132 not out at Kolkata in Feb 2010 are the two Indian captains to score centuries against South Africa.

 

MS Dhoni – 132 not out at Kolkata in Feb 2010 is the only Indian wicket keeper batsman to score a century against South Africa.

 

There are eight occasions of Indian batsmen scoring nineties against South Africa. SR Tendulkar – 97 at Mumbai in Feb 2010 and MS Dhoni – 90 at Centurion in Dec 2010 – are the two Indian captains to score nineties against South Africa. MS Dhoni – 90 at Centurion in Dec 2010 is the only wicket keeper batsman to score a ninety against South Africa.

 

As many as 33 centuries have been scored by South African batsmen against India which includes three double centuries. HM Amla {253 not out at Nagpur in Feb 2010}, AB de Villiers {217 not out at Ahmedabad in Apr 2008} and HH Gibbs {201 not out at Centurion in Dec 2010} are the three batsmen who have scored double centuries. HM Amla’s 253 not out at Nagpur in Feb 2010 represent the highest individual score by a South African batsman against India. JH Kallis with seven centuries to his credit holds the record for most hundreds by a South African batsman against India. There are four occasions of a South African batsman’s century in a losing cause against India.

 

KC Wessels – 118 at Durban in Nov 1992 is the only South African captain to score a century against India. AB de Villiers – 103 at Johannesburg is the only South African wicket keeper to score a century against India.

 

There are eight occasions of South African batsmen scoring nineties against India. KC Wessels – 95 not out at Port Elizabeth in Dec 1992 and GC Smith – 94 at Cape Town in Jan 2007 – are the two South African captain to score nineties against India. No South African wicket keeper has scored a ninety against India.

 

V Sehwag with 17 boundary sixes to his credit holds the record for most boundary sixes by an Indian batsman against South Africa, while JH Kallis with eleven boundary sixes to his credit holds the record for most boundary sixes by a South African batsman against India. V Sehwag holds the record for most boundary sixes in India-South Africa test series. V Sehwag and JH Kallis are the only two batsmen to score ten or more boundary sixes in India-South Africa test series.

 

SR Tendulkar with 242 boundary fours holds the record for most boundary fours by an Indian batsman against South Africa, while JH Kallis with 173 boundary fours hold the record for most boundary fours by a South African batsman against India. SR Tendulkar holds the record for most boundary fours in India-South Africa test series. SR Tendulkar and JH Kallis are the only two batsmen to score 150 plus boundary fours in India-South Africa test series.

 

SR Tendulkar and JH Kallis are the only two batsmen to score ten or more fifties in India-South Africa test series. Both the batsmen have scored 12 fifties. Both have scored seven centuries and five half centuries.

 

Zaheer Khan holds the record for most ducks by an Indian batsman against South Africa. He has failed to open his account in five innings. M Ntini with four ducks to his credit hold the record for most ducks by South African batsman against India. S Sreesanth, J Srinath, SC Ganguly and A Kumble are the other four Indian batsmen to score four ducks against South Africa. Zaheer Khan’s five ducks represents the most ducks by a batsman in India-South Africa test series.

 

JH Kallis with an aggregate of 498 runs in the three test series against India in 2010-11 holds the record for most runs in a series by a South African batsman against India. Mohd Azharuddin with 388 runs in the three test series against South Africa in 1996-97 holds the record for most runs in a series by an Indian batsman against South Africa. It is interesting to note that no batsman from either side has aggregated 500 plus runs in a test series between the two teams.

 

Three Indian bowlers – A Kumble {84}, J Srinath {64} and Harbhajan Singh {60} – have an aggregate of 50 plus wickets against South Africa. Three South African bowlers – DL Steyn {63}, AA Donald {57} and SM Pollock {52} – have an aggregate of 50 plus wickets against India.  A Kumble with 84 wickets hold the record for most wickets by a bowler in India-South Africa test series.

 

L Klusner’s 8 for 63 at Kolkata in Nov 1996 represent the best innings bowling effort by a South African bowler against India. It also represents the best innings bowling effort by a bowler in India-South Africa test series. L Klusener is the only bowler to capture eight wickets in India-South Africa test series. Harbhajan Singh with 7 for 87 at Kolkata in Nov 2004 holds the record for the best innings bowling effort by an Indian bowler against South Africa.

 

Indian bowlers have captured five or more wickets in an innnings on 17 occasions against South Africa.  Harbhahan Singh and J Srinath share the record for most five wicket hauls against South Africa. Both the bowlers have taken five plus wickets in an innings on four occasions.

 

South African bowlers have captured five or more wickets in an innings on 15 occasions against India. DW Steyn with five five or more wicket hauls holds the record for most five wicket hauls against India. DE Steyn’s five five or more wicket hauls is a record for most five wicket hauls by a bowler in India-South Africa test series.

 

AA Donald – 12 for 139 at Port Elizabeth in Dec 1992, DW Steyn – 10 for 108 at Nagpur in Feb 2010 and SM Pollock – 10 for 147 at Bloemfontein in Nov 2001 – are the three South African bowlers who have captured ten or more wickets in a test against India. BKV Prasad with his 10 for 153 at Durban in Dec 1996 is the only Indian bowler who have captured ten or more wickets in a test against South Africa.

 

A Donald’s 12 for 139 at Port Elizabeth in Dec 1992 represent the best bowling effort in a test by a South African bowler against India. It also represents the best bowling effort in a test by a bowler in India-South Africa test series. BKV Prasad’s 10 for 153 at Durban in Dec 1996 represent the best bowling effort in a test by an Indian bowler against South Africa.

 

There are 36 occasions of Indian bowlers conceding 100 plus runs in an innings against South Africa. Harabhajan Singh’s 2 for 169 at ct Centurion in Dec 2010 provide the most expenisve bowling figures in an innings by an Indian bowler against South Africa. A Kumble holds the record for conceding 100 plus runs in an innings on most occasions by an Indian bowler against South Africa. He has conceded 100 plus runs in an innings on eight occasions.

 

DW Steyn of holds the record for conceding 100 plus runs on most occasions by a South African bowler against India. He has conceded 100 plus runs in five innings. There are 19 occasions of a South African bowler conceding 100 plus runs in an innings against India. PL Harris’s 3 for 203 at Chennai in Mar 2008 provide the most expensive bowling figures by a South African bowler against India in terms of runs conceded

PL Harris remains the only bowler to concede 200 plus runs in India-South Africa test series and also his figures of 3 for 203 at Chennai in Mar 2008 represent the most expensive bowling figures in terms of runs conceded in India-South Africa test series.

 

DW Steyn is the only South African bowler to capture five or more wickets in an innings conceding 100 plus runs against India. He returned with figures of 6 for 100 at Durban in Dec 2013.

 

The following table lists the nine occasions of Indian bowlers capturing five or more wickets in an innings conceding 100 plus runs against South Africa.

 

No Player O M R W Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Harbhajan Singh 38.0 1 120 7 3 v South Africa Cape Town 02 Jan 2011
2 BKV Prasad 35.0 6 104 6 1 v South Africa Kolkata 27 Nov 1996
3 A Kumble 54.0 13 131 6 1 v South Africa Kanpur 20 Nov 2004
4 RA Jadeja 58.2 15 138 6 2 v South Africa Durban 26 Dec 2013
5 A Kumble 68.4 15 143 6 2 v South Africa Bangalore 02 Mar 2000
6 J Srinath 25.1 5 104 5 2 v South Africa Johannesburg 16 Jan 1997
7 S Sreesanth 29.0 0 114 5 1 v South Africa Cape Town 02 Jan 2011
8 J Srinath 33.0 6 140 5 2 v South Africa Bloemfontein 03 Nov 2001
8 Harbhajan Singh 44.5 4 164 5 1 v South Africa Chennai 26 Mar 2008

 

There are five occasions of Indian bowlers conceding 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in an innings against South Africa. A Mishra’s none for 140 at Nagpur in Feb 2010 provides the most expensive bowling figures in an innings by an Indian bowler against South Africa in this category of statistics.

 

There are three occasions of South African bowlers conceding 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket against India. M Ntini’s none for 107 at Cape Town in Jan 2007 provide the most expensive bowling figures in an innings by a South African bowler against India in this category of statistics.

 

There are only two occasions of South Africa losing a test when its bowlers had captured five or more wickets in an innings. PR Adam’s 6 for 55 at Kanpur in Dec 2010 and DW Steyn’s 6 for 50 at Durban in Dec 2010 are the two occasions.

 

The following are the six occasions of India losing a test against South Africa when its bowlers had captured five or more wickets in an innings.

 

No Player O M R W Inns Oppn Ground Start Date
1 A Kumble 68.4 15 143 6 2 SAF Bangalore 02 Mar 2000
2 J Srinath 33.0 6 140 5 2 SAF Bloemfontein 03 Nov 2001
3 RA Jadeja 58.2 15 138 6 2 SAF Durban 26 Dec 2013
4 BKV Prasad 35.0 6 104 6 1 SAF Kolkata 27 Nov 1996
5 BKV Prasad 25.0 4 93 5 3 SAF Durban 26 Dec 1996
6 BKV Prasad 19.0 6 60 5 1 SAF Durban 26 Dec 1996

 

BKV Prasad’s – 10 for 153 at Durban in Dec 1996 – provide the only occasion of an Indian bowler’s ten wicket haul in a test going in vain against South Africa. It also provides the only occasion of a bowler’s ten wicket haul in a losing cause in India-South Africa test series.

 

JH Kallis holds the record for most catches by a South African fieldsman against India. He has pouched 23 catches. R Dravid with 21 catches to his credit holds the record for most catches by an Indian fieldsman against South Africa.

 

As many as six Indian fieldsmen have taken ten or more catches against South Africa while as many as eight South African fieldsmen have pouched ten or more catches against India. JH Kallis with 23 catches to his credit holds the record for most catches by a fieldsman in India-South Africa test series.

 

MV Boucher with 60 dismissals {58 ct plus 02 st} holds the record for most dismissals by a South African wicket keeper against India. He also holds the record for most dismissals by a wicket keeper in India-South Africa test series. MS Dhoni with 28 dismissals {27 ct plus 01 st} holds the record for most dismissals by an Indian wicket keeper against South Africa.

 

NR Mongia {five dismissals – all caught} at Durban in Dec 1996 and MS Dhoni {five dismissals – all caught} at Cape Town in Jan 2011 are the two Indian wicket keepers who have effected five dismissals in an innings against South Africa.

 

DJ Richardson, MV Boucher {twice} and AB de Villiers are the three wicket keepers who have effected five or more dismissals in an innings against India. The four occasions are listed below.

 

No Player Dis Ct St Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 DJ Richardson 5 5 0 3 v India Port Elizabeth 26 Dec 1992
2 MV Boucher 5 5 0 3 v India Mumbai 24 Feb 2000
3 MV Boucher 5 5 0 1 v India Durban 26 Dec 2010
4 AB de Villiers 5 5 0 1 v India Durban 26 Dec 2013

 

Indian batmen have posted 22 three figure partnerships against India which includes eight partnerships of 200 plus runs. 268 runs partnership for the second wicket between V Sehwag and R Dravid denotes the highest partnership by Indian batsmen against South Africa.

 

The feat of very first occasion of batsmen posting 200 plus runs partnership for the first and second wickets in the same innings n the annals of test cricket has been credited to Indian batsmen. W Jaffer and V Sehwag added 213 runs for the first wicket at Chennai in Mar 2008. This was followed by a 268 runs partnership between V Sehwag and R Dravid in the same innings.

Partners Wkt Runs Inns Oppn Ground Start Date
W Jaffer, V Sehwag 1 213 2 SAF Chennai 26 Mar 2008
V Sehwag, R Dravid 2 268 2 SAF Chennai 26 Mar 2008

 

South African batsmen have posted 34 three figure partnerships against India which includes eight 200 plus runs partnerships. 340 runs partnership between HM Amla and JH Kallis for the third wicket at Nagpur in Feb 2010 provides the highest partnership by South African batsmen against India. This partnership not only represent the highest partnership in India-South Africa test series but also provides the only occasion of a 300 plus partnership in India-South Africa test series.

Few more records for MS Dhoni in the just concluded one day series against South Africa

MS Dhoni has an aggregate of 4071 runs as captain in a bilateral one-day series involving two teams at the end of just concluded one-day series against South Africa. He became the second captain to total 4000 plus runs in a bilateral series after RT Ponting. RT Ponting has an aggregate of 4407 runs.

MS Dhoni occupies the second place in the list of captains who have scored most runs on home soil in the bilateral one-day series involving two teams. At the end of the just concluded one-day series against South Africa at home, MS Dhoni’s aggregate read 2247. The first place is occupied by SP Fleming who has an aggregate of 2249 runs. MS Dhoni went past GC Smith who has a total of 2170 runs on his way to occupy the second place.

MS Dhoni’s aggregate at the end of the just concluded one-day series against South Africa at home read 6145. He became the sixth batsman in the annals of one day games to score 6000 plus runs in a bilateral series involving two teams. He completed 6000 runs during this series. Other batsman to total 6000 plus runs under this category of statistics are – KC Sangakkara {7331}, SR Tendulkar {7215}, JH Kallis {7133}, AB de Villiers {6603} and TM Dilshan {6148}

AB de Viiliers of South Africa emulated SC Ganguly of India in scoring three centuries as captain in a one day series.

AB de Viiliers of South Africa emulated SC Ganguly of India in scoring three centuries as captain in a one day series. SC Ganguly leading India had scored three centuries in a multi-nation tournament played in South Africa in 2002-03.

In the just concluded bilateral series against India, AB de Villiers of South Africa scored three centuries thus emulating SC Ganguly. The performances of these two captains are furnished below

SC Ganguly in World Cup 2003 in South Africa
No Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 112* 1 Ind Nam Pietermaritzburg 23 Feb 2003
2 107* 2 Ind Ken Cape Town 07 Mar 2003
3 111* 1 Ind Kne Durban 20 Mar 2003
AB de Villiers – RSA vs Ind in India 2015-16
No Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 104* 1 RSA Ind Kanpur 11 Oct 2015
2 112 2 RSA Ind Chennai 22 Oct 2015
3 119 1 RSa Ind Mumbai 25 Oct 2015

 

 

Eleven or more boundary sixes in an innings – AB de Villiers is the only batsman and also as captain to do the feat twice

AB de Villiers of South Africa scored eleven boundary sixes in his knock of 119 in the final one-day game against India on 25.10.15 to provide the eleventh occasion of a batsman scoring eleven or more boundary sixes in a one-day innings in the annals of one day games. All the eleven occasions are listed below

No Player Runs 6s Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 RG Sharma 209 16 India v Australia Bangalore 02 Nov 2013
2 AB de Villiers 149 16 South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015
3 CH Gayle 215 16 West Indies v Zimbabwe Canberra 24 Feb 2015
4 SR Watson 185* 15 Australia v Bangladesh Dhaka 11 Apr 2011
5 CJ Anderson 131* 14 New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown 01 Jan 2014
6 XM Marshall 157* 12 West Indies v Canada King City (NW) 22 Aug 2008
7 ST Jayasuriya 134 11 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Singapore 02 Apr 1996
8 Shahid Afridi 102 11 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi (Gym) 04 Oct 1996
9 D Ramdin 169 11 West Indies v Bangladesh Basseterre 25 Aug 2014
10 MJ Guptill 237* 11 New Zealand v West Indies Wellington 21 Mar 2015
11 AB de Villiers 119 11 South Africa v India Mumbai 25 Oct 2015

AB de Villiers is the only batsman in the history of one-day game to score eleven boundary sixes in an innings on two occasions. He had scored 16 boundary sixes in his knock of 149 against West Indies at Johannesburg on 18.01.15. AB de Villiers is also the only captain in the annals of one-day game to score eleven or more boundary sixes in an innings.

No Player Runs 6s Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 AB de Villiers 149 16 South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015
2 AB de Villiers 119 11 South Africa v India Mumbai 25 Oct 2015

AB de Villiers had an aggregate of 94 boundary sixes as captain prior to the final game against India at Mumbai. With eleven boundary sixes in the final one day game, his boundary sixes aggregate read 105. He became the fourth captain in the annals of one-day games to score 100 plus sixes. Others are – RT Ponting {123}, MS Dhoni {117} and SC Ganguly {115}

AB de Villiers  is the second captain to score ten or more sixes in one-day innings. AD Mathews of Sri Lanka has scored ten boundary sixes against India at Ranchi on 16.11.2014. His feat of eleven sixes at Mumbai against India on 25.10.15 provide the third occasion of a captain scoring ten or more sixes in an innings in the history of one day games     

No Player Runs 6s Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 AB de Villiers 149 16 South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015
2 AB de Villiers 119 11 South Africa v India Mumbai 25 Oct 2015
3 AD Mathews 139* 10 Sri Lanka v India Ranchi 16 Nov 2014

 

AB de Villiers adds one more feather to his cap – become the first ever batsman and captain to score fifty boundary sixes in a calendar year

AB de Villiers of South Africa became the first batsman to score fifty boundary sixes in a calendar year. He achieved the feat when he scored his third boundary six – off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar over mid wickert which was a mishit – to credit himself with the first ever batsman to score fifty boundary sixes in a calendar year. At the end of this game, his aggregate of boundary sixes read 58.

The previous record for most sixes in a calendar year was held by Shahid Afridi of Pakistan who had a total of 48 boundary sixes in calendar year 2002. AB de Villiers was one boundary sixe shy of Shahid Afridi prior to the start of the final one day game against India and required two boundary sixes to rewrite the record of most boundary sixes in a calendar year,

The following table furnishes the performance of AB de Villiers in the calendar year 2015 – as of 25.10.15. He has played 20 games, 18 innings, twice not out, aggregate runs 1193, Highest Score 163 not out, Average 79.53, five centuries, five half centuries, 91 boundary fours and 58 boundary sixes.

No Opposition Ground Start Date Inns Runs 6s
1 West Indies Durban 16 Jan 2015 1 81 0
2 West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015 1 149 16
3 West Indies East London 21 Jan 2015 2 DNB
4 West Indies Port Elizabeth 25 Jan 2015 1 19 0
5 Zimbabwe Hamilton 15 Feb 2015 1 25 1
6 India Melbourne 22 Feb 2015 2 30 0
7 West Indies Sydney 27 Feb 2015 1 162* 8
8 Ireland Canberra 03 Mar 2015 1 24 2
9 Pakistan Auckland 07 Mar 2015 2 77 5
10 U.A.E. Wellington 12 Mar 2015 1 99 4
11 Sri Lanka Sydney 18 Mar 2015 2 DNB
12 New Zealand Auckland 24 Mar 2015 1 65* 1
13 New Zealand Centurion 19 Aug 2015 1 9 0
14 New Zealand Potchefstroom 23 Aug 2015 1 31 0
15 New Zealand Durban 26 Aug 2015 1 64 1
16 India Kanpur 11 Oct 2015 1 104* 6
17 India Indore 14 Oct 2015 2 19 1
18 India Rajkot 18 Oct 2015 1 4 0
19 India Chennai 22 Oct 2015 2 112 2
20 India Mumbai 25 Oct 2015 1 119 11
      Total   1193 58

AB de Viiliers also became the first captain to score fifty boundary sixes in a calendar year. He achieved the feat when he scored his third boundary six – off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar over mid wickert which was a mishit – to credit himself with the first ever batsman to score fifty boundary sixes in a calendar year. At the end of this game, his aggregate of boundary sixes read 58.

The previous record for most boundary sixes by a captain in a calendar year was held by SC Ganguly of India who had an aggregate of 34 boundary sixes in the calendar year 2000.

It should be noted with interest that no batsman or captain has ever scored fifty plus boundary sixes in a calendar year since the inception of the game in 1971 which means 43 years since 1971

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