Centurion loss prolongs Indian cricket team’s horror in South Africa
Virat Kohli’s nine-series winning streak as captain not only came to an end with the 135-run loss in the Centurion Test, but it prolonged the Indian cricket team’s horror show in South Africa.cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 21:20 IST
Virat Kohli’s wonderful nine-series winning streak as skipper of the Indian cricket team ended when they lost the Centurion Test by 135 runs. (IND v SA 2nd Test match report)
This loss not only prolonged India’s wait for a rare series win in South Africa, but it extended their overseas woes. India have not enjoyed touring South Africa, having won just two Tests there since 1992. (IND v SA 2nd Test Day 5 highlights) (Full scorecard)
Having registered only one 300+ score in four innings of the two Tests so far, India’s batsmen continue to suffer. The displays in Cape Town (209,135) and Centurion (307, 151) sum up the problems faced by India’s batsmen in conditions which assist pace bowling.
However, this is not the first time that India have put up below-par batting performances vs the South African cricket team away from home. Here is a list of five previous instances when India’s batting suffered.
1) 1992 Port Elizabeth Test (Result: India lost by nine wickets)
After being bowled out for 212 in the first innings, India’s performance by the top order in the second innings was woeful. Scores of 5,0,6,0,7,7 reduced India to 31/6 and it took Kapil Dev’s brilliant 129 to help India to 215. However, South Africa chased down the target easily with Andrew Hudson scoring an unbeaten 95.
2) 1996 Durban Test (Result: India lost by 328 runs)
This was India’s worst batting display on South African shores. In the first innings, Sourav Ganguly’s 16 was the top score as India were bowled out for 100. In the second innings, they fared even worse to be bowled out for 66. Rahul Dravid was the top-scorer with 27 but barring his knock, the rest of the batting scores read 2,1,0,4,8,4,2,7,5,1.
3) 1997 Cape Town Test (Result: India lost by 282 runs)
Sachin Tendulkar’s 169 and Mohammad Azharuddin’s 115 helped India recover from the Durban horrors but in the second innings, they crashed down to earth. Chasing 427, India were bowled out for 144, with VVS Laxman’s 35 and Ganguly’s 30 the only notable contributions.
4) 2010 Centurion Test (Result: India lost by an innings and 25 runs)
On a green deck spiced up with rain, India capitulated to 136 with Morne Morkel picking up 5/20. Jacques Kallis (201) and centuries from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers boosted the hosts to 620/4 dec. Despite Sachin Tendulkar’s record 50th century, India suffered a heavy defeat even after scoring 459.
5) 2013 Durban Test (Result: India lost by 10 wickets)
At 320/5, India looked set for a big score but Dale Steyn ripped through the tail to bowl them out for 334. In the second innings, in response to South Africa’s 500 all out, only Ajinkya Rahane stood tal with 96 as the rest of the batting folded up for 223, with the next best score being 32.