Zaheer Khan has the most ducks between the two sides in SA. He was dismissed for nought on five occasions.

The Indian cricket team will be playing three Test matches against South Africa, starting December 26 in Centurion. The Test series will be part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle. Notably, India are yet to win a Test series in South Africa, visiting the nation seven times so far. India last toured SA in 2018 and suffered a 2-1 loss. Virat Kohli-led Team India, who won twice in Australia in recent years and also gained a 2-1 lead in the incomplete 5-Test series in England earlier this year, will be keen to script history when they take on the Proteas. 

Team India hasn’t quite cracked the code in SA, and on the same note, we present the unwanted records held by the side.

Conceding the highest total

In the 2010 tour, India went on to concede a mammoth 620 runs against SA in Centurion. SA managed 620/4d in their first innings after bowling India out for just 136 in the first innings. India were asked to follow on and managed 459 in the second, losing the Test by an innings and 25 runs. SA’s 620/4d is the best score between the two sides in Test matches on Proteas soil. 

Allowing SA to post 5 fifty-plus scores in an innings

The 620/4d saw all five SA batters post 50-plus scores. Openers Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen added 111 runs for the first wicket. Smith hit 62, and Petersen smashed 77. Then. came three successive centuries by the batters from number three to five. Hashim Amla hit a 202-ball 140. Number four batter Jacques Kallis smacked 201* runs from 270 balls. AB de Villiers hit a sparkling 112-ball 129. The Indian bowlers were all over the place and leaked runs.

India have posted the lowest score 

Team India was bundled out for just 66 in 1996 in Durban. Notably, the 66-run score came in the second innings of the first Test during that tour. This is the lowest team total in South Africa vs India Test matches so far. India were bundled out for 100 and 66 across the two innings, suffering a 328-run loss. The 66-run effort saw just Rahul Dravid getting to double digits (27*). India’s 66 is also the lowest total by any side in Durban.

Worst defeat in terms of runs and wickets

India’s 328-run loss in Durban is also the worst defeat in terms of runs between the two sides in South Africa. Meanwhile, India suffered a 10-wicket loss in Durban in 2013. That year, the second Test of the tour saw India set a 58-run target as SA won by 10 wickets. This is the heaviest defeat for India in South Africa (wickets).

India have this unwanted record as well

In the 2013 Centurion Test, India allowed SA to post two double-century stands in the same innings. Being under the cosh, the Indians saw Amla and Kallis add 230 runs for the third wicket. And then, Kallis joined hands with ABD, and the two posted 224 runs for the fourth wicket. It’s a unique record for India in a Test match.

A string of heavy defeats

India’s struggles in SA can be highlighted by how they have lost. India have suffered the six biggest losses in their tour of SA. In 1996-97, they lost the first two Tests by 328 and 282 runs, respectively. They also suffered a 174-run loss in 2006. In 2010, they faced a defeat by an innings and 25 runs. In 2013, they lost by 10 wickets before another 135-run loss in 2018 in Centurion.

The story of ducks

Zaheer Khan has the most ducks between the two sides in SA. He was dismissed for nought on five occasions. Zak is followed by Ishant Sharma (4 ducks) and S Sreesanth (3 ducks). Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has the worst average (min 3 Tests) of 1.00. He has two ducks under his belt.

Unwanted tally for Bhajji

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has the unwanted record of conceding the most runs in an innings in South Africa versus India Test matches. He gave away 169 runs from 36 overs at an average of 4.69 in Centurion in 2010. Notably, Indian bowlers dominate this unwanted list up till number seven. 

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