India vs South Africa
This battle remains significant in that India were the first country to host South Africa for an official international series - consisting of three ODIs - since the latter's suspension from the sport following apartheid policy. India emerged 2-1 victors in the series but it also marked the beginning of South Africa's resurgence in global cricket. Today, the Proteas stand tall as one of the most formidable teams, boasting an array of exceptional players who have graced the sport over decades. Their encounters in the 1990s were rather sporadic, confined mostly to ICC competitions and intertwined with triangular and quadrangular tournaments. The turn of the century witnessed the bilateral tours gaining momentum, with Shaun Pollock, and then Graeme Smith's leadership propelling South Africa to one of the most-feared sides in world cricket. Remarkably, South Africa hold an impressive record against the two-time World Cup champions, securing victory in 50 out of 90 head-to-head ODI matches. Yet, one of India's most memorable moments in the format have also come against South Africa, when Sachin Tendulkar became the first men's cricketer to smash a double-century in an ODI in 2010. He is also the highest run-getter in matches between the two (2001 runs in 57 matches), but Pollock tops the wicket-taking charts (48 in 33 games). The World Cups have also witnessed South Africa clinching three out of five encounters but the past two editions in 2015 and 2019 saw India asserting their dominance.
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- How is India's record against South Africa in the World Cup?
India have played against South Africa on five occasions in ODI World Cups. They have won two matches, and lost three.
- Who is the leading run-scorer in India vs South Africa ODI matches?
Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in India vs South Africa ODIs, with 2001 runs in 57 matches.
- Who is the leading wicket-taker in India vs South Africa ODI matches?
Shaun Pollock is the leading wicket-taker in India vs South Africa ODIs, with 48 wickets in 33 matches.
- What is the head-to-head record between India and South Africa in ODIs?
India and South Africa have met on 90 occasions in ODIs. While South Africa have won 50 games, India clinched victories in 37 while three ended in tie/draw.
- Who holds the record for the highest individual score in India vs South Africa ODIs?
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for highest individual score in India vs South Africa ODIs, scoring an unbeaten 200 in 2010.