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Stats Preview: India’s opportunity to take 25-year old Revenge from SA

The year 2018 is all set for a stellar start with the top two-ranked sides in the ICC Test rankings – India and South Africa – going head-to-head in a three-match tussle in South Africa. While India is set to kick-off their tours away from home following an extended period of dominance at home, South Africa is getting ready for a big summer.

The three Tests against India will be followed by another four against Australia. Though the visitors have lost five out of the six series in South Africa, they are perfectly capable of turning the tables this time around.

2-8 Win-loss record for India in South Africa – the best among the four Asian teams in South Africa. The first of their two wins in South Africa came in Johannesburg in 2006 when they beat the hosts by 123 runs. The second one was in the second Test in Durban in 2010 when they overcame the hosts by 87 runs after losing the first by an innings margin.

India’s previous tours to South Africa:

SeasonTestsWonLostDrawBat AvgBowl Avg

25.30 India’s batting average in Tests in South Africa – the lowest for them in any country. In the 17 Tests in South Africa, Indian batsmen have gone past fifty 43 times out of a possible 336 innings which gives them an innings per fifty of 7.81, the lowest for them in any country.

India’s batsmen in all countries:

Host CountryMatIngnsRunsHSAvg100s50sInngs/50
in Bangladesh81014163248*52.0315163.26
in Sri Lanka244111260620335.0132584.57
in Pakistan264031183730934.5124614.74
in India264434912746531934.212645925.08
in Zimbabwe694253714030.934125.88
in West Indies498172185422030.65431065.48
in New Zealand234131079719230.4116555.82
in Australia4488122401241*28.7140946.57
in England57110825538221-26.00391306.56
in South Africa17336751516925.3013307.81
0 Venues in South Africa where India possess a positive difference between batting and bowling averages. The venue with the least difference is Wanderers in Johannesburg – 1.23. At all other venues, the corresponding difference is more than 10.

5 Fifty-plus scores for Rohit Sharma in his last five innings dating back to the second innings of the Kolkata Test against New Zealand last year. His scores read – 82, 51*, 102*, 65 and 50*. Only three players have scored more in consecutive innings for India – seven by KL Rahul in 2017 and six each by Rahul Dravid in 1997-98 and Gundappa Vishwanath in 1977-78.


V Kohli2443193920046.1656.7784
A Rahane1729131214754.6653.9647
M Vijay1935118714633.9143.3827
C Pujara172985615329.5140.6613
S Dhawan132471811529.9156.5713
R Ashwin132263511835.2753.3622
R Sharma10184247224.9445.1502
KL Rahul5736615852.2851.7621
W Saha71031610431.6042.7610
B Kumar81329763*27.0047.0603
R Jadeja8152896820.6469.4701
P Patel8122126221.2044.4401


27.43 Hashim Amla’s average against India at home. In comparison, he averages 62.73 in India with four of his five three-figure scores (versus the Asian country) coming in India. In his last eight Tests against India, he has scored only 271 runs from 14 innings at 19.36 with just a solitary fifty.

42.73 Bowling average for R Ashwin in Tests outside the sub-continent in comparison to 23.04 at home. He failed to pick up a wicket in his only Test in South Africa in 2013-14 before being dropped for the first time in his career. Ravindra Jadeja also has similar contrasting numbers – 20.34 at home and 41.80 outside Asia.


Indian bowlers outside Asia

I Sharma341230.51107/7438.663.4567.15
Mohammed Shami14490.2475/11238.313.6762.51
R Ashwin13548.1417/8342.733.1980.22
U Yadav9285.3305/9341.604.3757.11
B Kumar8256.3266/8228.192.8559.13
R Jadeja8336.5216/13841.802.6096.21
63 Catches dropped by India since the start of the 2016-17 home season. Virat Kohli has been the biggest culprit, grassing as many as nine, seven of them coming in the slip cordon. He is followed by vice-captain Rahane and wicketkeeper Pathiv Patel with seven each.

9 Successive series wins for India dating back to August 2015 when they beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2015. They are currently on level with Ricky Ponting’s Australia for the most successive series wins and currently hold the rubber against all sides.

So guys, who will win the first test which is going to start from tomorrow? If you find anything interesting about this story then do share your views on the same in below comment section.

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